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World Of WarCraft

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Blizzard
Developer: Blizzard
Release Date: Nov. 23, 2004 (US), Feb. 11, 2005 (EU)

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'World of Warcraft' Available in Stores!

by Judy on Nov. 23, 2004 @ 9:36 a.m. PST

Rich in legend and filled with adventure, the World of Warcraft awaits! For the first time, players experience the lands of Azeroth from a new, in-depth perspective. As heroes, they explore familiar battlefields, discover new lands and take on epic quests and challenges.
"After an extensive and extremely successful beta-testing period for 'World of Warcraft,' we are especially proud to now be releasing the game to the public," said Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "This has been our most ambitious undertaking to date, and despite the epic size and scope of the game, we believe it fully meets the high standards that we've set for all Blizzard games. We're confident that both experienced and novice players alike will be delighted with the endless hours of enjoyment that 'World of Warcraft' has to offer, and we look forward to hearing their thoughts about the game."

"World of Warcraft" is now available for Windows(R) 98/ME/2000/XP and Macintosh(R) formats. Players can opt to purchase the "World of Warcraft" standard edition at a suggested retail price of $49.99 in the United States, or the "World of Warcraft" collector's edition for a suggested retail price of $79.99. Both versions include a free one-month subscription to the game. The special collector's edition also includes a "World of Warcraft" behind-the-scenes DVD, an exclusive in-game pet, a cloth map of the game world, a soundtrack CD, an "Art of the World of Warcraft" coffee-table book, and a commemorative game manual signed by the development team.

In "World of Warcraft," players assume the roles of legendary heroes and interact with thousands of other players online as they explore and adventure across a vast world. Whether journeying together or questing on their own, players will engage in heroic battles, develop friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory. The game features customizable character classes with thousands of weapons, spells and abilities. With an innovative, easy-to-use interface, an action-packed combat system, and thousands of quests that build an immersive storyline, "World of Warcraft" offers a MMORPG experience that will appeal to both veteran and casual players alike.

"World of Warcraft" is already in Open Beta in Korea and Closed Beta in Europe, and further details regarding the Final Beta Test in Europe and additional beta tests in Asia will be announced in the near future.

After the initial free one-month subscription ends, players of "World of Warcraft" can continue playing under one of three different subscription plans. The month-to-month subscription plan costs $14.99 per month, the three-month plan costs $13.99 per month, and the six-month plan costs $12.99 per month. "World of Warcraft" subscription fees can be paid by major credit card, PayPal and pre-paid game cards, which are available in stores where "World of Warcraft" is sold. "World of Warcraft" has received a Teen rating from the ESRB.

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