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E3: Warcraft III Interview
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The dedicated fansite Warcraftiii.net has posted the first two parts of a massive Q&A session with Rob Pardo and others from Blizzard. The interview talks about many new (and detailed) aspects of their upcoming RTS sequel Warcraft III. They also dig into some new storyline tidbits revealed by the recent cinematic trailer we reported on Friday. If you have the bandwidth, be sure to check out the 30MB movie. While it doesn't show any in-game footage, the prerendered 3D in the cutscene rivals anyone else in the industry.

Besides talking about the cinematic, other gameplay aspects like heroes, races, and buildings are also discussed. Here's a very interesting excerpt about allies in the game:

What bonuses will the alliance between two races bring about?

As we mentioned in our Day One Briefing, the biggest advantage will be the optional means of sharing resources.  No more "My base got wiped, my Nexus is dead, and I don't have 400 gold to rebuild, so I'm outties here" situations.  Now, you can "self tax" yourself all along, or you can make a "donation" on an individual basis, to your allies.  The exciting new bit of information on this subject, learned even since our Briefing of two days ago, is that you can choose to do this after the game begins.  You do not need to set this option at the beginning of the game as you do for "looting" in Diablo II.  If someone needs financial help halfway through a game, and they ask politely, you can float them a loan.

Check out the rest of the interview for many more other W3-related goodies. While Blizzard hopes to have the Mac version completed soon after the PC late this year, they are also working hard to finish the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion pack hybrid CD this summer. See our other E3 news for more info.

E3: Warcraft III Trailer, Movies
E3: Report on Blizzard Titles, Release Dates
Warcraft III Q&A Part 1
Warcraft III Q&A Part 2
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