World Of Warcraft Nearly Complete; Stress Test Begins
9:47 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story
There's a virtual cacophony of WoW news today.
At the Electronic Games Network conference, currently taking place in London, England, Blizzard Entertainment's president and co-founder Mike Montaine has announced that work on his company's much-anticipated MMORPG World Of Warcraft is almost complete, and should be in gamers' hands soon, according to an article on gaming website Voodoo Extreme.
Taken from the article:
"We're pleased to announce that World of Warcraft is nearing completion.," says Fontaine. " When we set out to create a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, our goal was to give players an incredibly dynamic online gaming experience filled with endless possibilities while expanding the scope of the Warcraft universe. We look forward to accomplishing this goal with the release of World of Warcraft."Meanwhile, a new post over on the game's official website indicates that the WoW stress test is starting today. From 12:00 noon Pacific, the 100,000 gamers who signed up for a stress test account and downloaded the beta client over the weekend will be able to login, create their accounts, and start exploring the strange new worlds Blizzard has spent years developing. Selected beta participants will be notified through email on how to login and proceed to the virtual gamespace.
Over on the WoW forums, Blizzard's Tigole has posted a list of twenty three items currently on the game developers task list. According to the post, work is currently underway to finishing a number of the game's exterior, dungeon, and instance locations; a number of existing areas are being revamped; gameplay issues, such as talents, tradeskills, classes, spells, the game's reward system and AI are being polished; and new artwork and micro-dungeons are being created. On top of all that, of course, Blizzard's programmers are also bug fixing as the beta continues.
Finally, given all the activity surrounding the upcoming MMORPG, a number of gamers involved in the current beta test have posted their personal views on the state of the game, and their experiences in the new virtual universe. Most recently, beta tester Jefferik has posted a quick WoW Beta Journal over on gaming website Evil Avatar. Check out the article by clicking on the appropriate link below.
By all accounts, it appears that development of the long awaited role playing game, which has been in the works since the turn of the century, is approaching the final stages of completion. Readers eager to get their hands on the title should stay tuned to IMG as we'll keep you updated on the progress and imminent release of the new title. While you're at it, head over to the IMG Store and pre-order your very own copy of the game for $49.95 USD.
Voodoo Extreme: WoW Completion Imminent
Blizzard: WoW Stress Test Begins Today
WoW Developer's Task List
Evil Avatar's WoW Beta Journal
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