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Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Announced
6:00 AM | Scott Turner | Comment on this story picked up on an as-yet unreleased announcement from Blizzard regarding an expansion for their hit real-time game Warcraft III, dubbed Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Set in the icy mountains of Northrend in the lands of Azeroth, the saga continues from where Warcraft III left off:

In the single-player campaign, players revisit the war-torn world of Azeroth. Several months have passed since Archimonde and the Burning Legion were defeated at the battle of Mount Hyjal, yet a new threat has arisen throughout the land. The evil Lich King Ner'zhul has been imprisoned inside the Icecrown glacier, deep within the arctic continent of Northrend. Although the former Orc Shaman lacks physical form, his soul lives on, forever seeking a means to escape his icy prison. As the saga continues, it is revealed that both the Night Elf renegade, llidan, and the traitorous Death Knight, Arthas, seek he Icecrown glacier and the mysterious powers found inside. While it is uncertain as to what is being sought inside the icy tomb, players must traverse uncharted lands and battle treacherous new enemies to uncover the schemes of these nefarious beings, and save all of Azeroth from the forces of darkness.
Of course, what would a Blizzard expansion pack be without a pack of new units, maps, and features to compliment the new storyline?
Key features include:

  • One new Hero per race, each possessing powerful spells and magical abilities specifically designed to enhance each race
  • A host of new units, each equipped with new abilities and spells, giving players the opportunity to create diverse strategic and
    tactical forms of combat
  • 3 new tilesets featuring extraordinary new lands to explore, complete with numerous creeps and critters to wage war upon
  • Player-built shops, unique for each race, equipped with items carefully designed to improve and aid the units of every race
  • Neutral buildings, which will provide players with numerous new upgrades, items and abilities
  • Neutral Heroes, available for recruitment by all players, that can supplement and strengthen a player's army with all new spells and
  • An advanced world editor that allows players to create their own custom campaigns, complete with cut-scenes and voiceovers
  • Many new multiplayer maps
  • Expanded multiplayer options over Battle.netŪ including multiple new game types, clan and tournament support
  • While a Mac version is not mentioned in the announcement, keep in mind Warcraft III itself was a simultaneous release, so we're hoping to see the same from Blizzard this summer for the expansion pack. The title is expected to be priced at $35.

    [Update] Blizzard has made the announcement official, with a press release on their site and a new section dedicated to the expansion. Check it out for more information, screenshots, and a FAQ.

    Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Site
    Blizzard Press Report at
    Blizzard Entertainment
    Buy WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne

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