Key features include:
- One new Hero per race, each possessing powerful spells and magical abilities specifically designed to enhance each race
- A host of new units, each equipped with new abilities and spells, giving players the opportunity to create diverse strategic and
tactical forms of combat
- 3 new tilesets featuring extraordinary new lands to explore, complete with numerous creeps and critters to wage war upon
- Player-built shops, unique for each race, equipped with items carefully designed to improve and aid the units of every race
- Neutral buildings, which will provide players with numerous new upgrades, items and abilities
- Neutral Heroes, available for recruitment by all players, that can supplement and strengthen a player's army with all new spells and
- An advanced world editor that allows players to create their own custom campaigns, complete with cut-scenes and voiceovers
- Many new multiplayer maps
- Expanded multiplayer options over Battle.net® including multiple new game types, clan and tournament support
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is currently slated for worldwide release in the summer of 2003, and is expected to retail for approximately $35.00. The game is expected to receive a Teen Rating from the ESRB.
Since its debut in 1994, the #1-selling Warcraft series has won industry acclaim and has shattered sales records worldwide with over 8 million copies sold. In 1995, Blizzard followed the well-received Warcraft: Orcs and Humans* with the critically acclaimed Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness*, which won multiple Game of the Year awards and is still considered by many critics to be one of the best games ever made.
Best known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft, StarCraft*, and Diablo series, Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com ), a division of Vivendi Universal Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes seven #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's free Internet gaming service Battle.net reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users.
*Based on EDI sell-through, internal company estimates, and reports from key retail accounts around the world.