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Wednesday, September 5, 2001
IMG Previews World of Warcraft
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IMG has posted a detailed first look at just-announced massively multiplayer
online title, World of Warcraft. After having attended the ECTS show,
we were able to get a good rundown from Blizzard on the game. It
should be mentioned up front that no Mac version of World of Warcraft has
been announced by the company; we're hoping their stellar track record of releasing their titles for
the Mac OS will shine through once again.

One of the biggest changes for this title is the online pricing model.
While all of Blizzard's past titles have been free to play online, World of Warcraft
will require a monthly fee in order to play (like every other modern MMO title
on the PC market). Here's a rundown on the server structure:

The multiplayer and server model will be entirely different and separate from battle.net; a totally new networking model has been developed with the game world living in its own game-space; there will still be multiple synced servers, as with Diablo II, to minimize lag within each Realm. World of Warcraft will be subscription-based like most of the new Massively Multiplayer games; it is expected to be about as expensive as the existing titles, in the $10-a-month range. These charges will not be purely for mindless profit, but for upkeep of the dedicated worldwide servers; the team claimed the money will be rolled back into the game via the dedicated maintenance crew that will continue to work on the project once it goes live.
Blizzard hopes this new pricing structure won't scare away their huge base of fans,
though the feature set for World of Warcraft will certainly be enough to
convince many to keep paying to play. For much more on the title (including
the possibility of a Mac version), read through the preview. Also be sure
to check out the very impressive gallery of screen shots if you haven't already
seen the unique and gorgeous visuals this game will provide -- even at this early stage of development.

IMG Preview of World of Warcraft

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