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Tuesday, August 21, 2001

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Warcraft III's Bill Roper Interviewed
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As if our giant article on Blizzard's upcoming RTS Warcraft III wasn't enough, we have even more information for readers today., a website devoted to all things Warcraft III, has posted a recent interview with Bill Roper that divulges even more details regarding this highly-anticipated title.

One of the new items revealed is the news that each race will have some kind of aerial capability. Roper cites the Gyrocopter, a mechanical flying machine piloted by a risk-loving Dwarven pilot, as one example. Another unit, the Zeppelin, is a neutral transport unit that can be purchased by any race. Roper emphasizes that air transports will not be nearly as important in WCIII as they were in Starcraft.

Roper also reveals even more details concerning the enigmatic Night Elves. Though we noted yesterday that their structures are trees that can uproot themselves to both move and attack, it's now also revealed that their Tree of Life (the Night Elf equivalent of a Town Hall) can entwine a gold mine and draw out the minerals when needed. Wisps, which sound like the Night Elf peon unit, are used to grow new buildings. Once buildings are completed, extra Wisps can be attached to decrease the time required to build units from that structure.

As far as the game's development status, Roper gives a general answer:

While this is always a fairly subjective answer to give, the Orcs and Humans are currently about 90% complete and the Night Elves and the Undead are about 60% complete. As always, we are doing massive amounts of iterations on all of the units across all of the races while we tweak game play and balance as well as focusing on making each unit unique and useful.
As to when WCIII itself will be completed, Blizzard's answer has always been "It'll be ready when it's ready." A simultaneous PC/Mac release has been announced, though of course this is subjective as well. In the meantime, be sure to check out the rest of the Bill Roper interview for more information on what looks to be another smash hit from Blizzard. - Bill Roper Interview
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