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Blizzard's Roper Talks Frozen Throne
11:09 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Gaming Illustrated's Sean Gibson recently sat down to an exclusive interview with Bill Roper, Vice President of Blizzard North, a subdivision of the popular gaming giant Blizzard Entertainment, to talk about the upcoming expansion set to WarCraft III:, WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne. Information ranges from the game's storyline, to new features, Roper's personal history at Blizzard, and more. Below is a sample from the full article:

G.I. : You've added some new heroes, will they be introduced in the single player campaign, and how will they affect play on

Bill Roper: Well in the single player campaign we introduce the new hero types as characters. So in fact when you first start the game out the first race you play are the Night Elves, and your chasing Illidan. We start by introducing The Warden who is the new Night Elf hero, and so really what you get to do is have an introduction to new concepts of the world, but also introductions to the new characters through a strong presentation. However as you go through the single player campaign, that hero ramps up against several segments of that campaign so really get to play with what their new abilities do. We've done a lot of work to build challenges that are set up to be addressed by specific hero abilities.

All of that makes for a better storyline and a better campaign, and then at the same time get you very familiar with that hero so when you go onto you have a much higher facility to play. As far as how it affects I think the single biggest thing it does is that it gives players more to play with. You've now got 1 more hero and 2 more units, plus whatever rebalancing we've done. We now also have neutral heroes - 5 in total - that anyone can have. So no matter what race you play you actually have 6 new heroes to play with. It really opens up strategic options and makes the game more fluid and fun.

Check out the full interview for more info. WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne will be shipping on July 1st, 2003. To place your pre-order, head over to the IMG Store.

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