This week’s been a whirlwind of news as a massive amount of information regarding the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion is now out in the wild. Much of this new content has landed on our Mists of Pandaria site, with a particular focus on the exotic sights and unusual creatures you’ll encounter as you explore the long-hidden land of the pandaren. Click through to unveil:
These updates just scratch the surface of what we have in store. We plan to reveal even more of the secrets of Pandaria on this site in the future, featuring details on zones and dungeons, a more expansive bestiary, the diverse factions of the pandaren continent, and the latest information on gameplay systems like challenge modes, pet battles, and scenarios.
The End of Days approaches... Diablo III is set to launch on May 15, 2012, and you can be ready to play the minute the servers go live by pre-purchasing the game digitally on Battle.net today. Simply complete the digital pre-sale process, and your account will be flagged for automatic access to Diablo III when it launches on May 15.
If you would rather play Diablo III for FREE, the World of Warcraft Annual Pass is still available for a limited time... but don’t delay, because the Annual Pass offer ends at 9:01 a.m. on May 1, 2012.
Check out the official press release for further details on the upcoming launch of Diablo III, or head to the Diablo III pre-sales page on Battle.net to pre-purchase your digital copy now.
The Scroll of Resurrection has just been infused with powerful glyphs, making it more potent than ever before.
For a limited time, you can earn a free faction mount when you use a Scroll of Resurrection to bring a friend or former guildmate back to World of Warcraft!
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that it is in the process of creating a fully localized Italian version of its critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft®. The Italian version will be available in Europe later this year. The World of Warcraft community website and forums will be offered in Italian, and realms dedicated to the Italian community will be made available to all European players. This will be the eleventh officially supported language for World of Warcraft worldwide, and the seventh supported language in Europe, following English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese.
We’re pleased to announce that PayPal is now available to use as a Battle.net payment option here in Europe.
This means that you can now sync up your existing PayPal account with your Battle.net account, in order to purchase Blizzard Entertainment products and services directly through Battle.net.
You can currently use the PayPal payment option to purchase World of Warcraft paid services and digital versions of select Blizzard Entertainment games, including Diablo II, StarCraft II and World of Warcraft expansions.
For more information on Europe’s new PayPal payment option, please check out our PayPal FAQ.
CeBIT is a unique exhibition of digital technology, games and much more which takes place every year in Hannover, Germany. At the 2012 show, which starts on March 6, Blizzard Entertainment will be showcasing the Diablo III beta in the free gaming area, in partnership with ESL.
Members of our Community and eSports teams are looking forward to meeting you there! So if you’re going to CeBIT make sure you drop by to see us, especially as you’ll have the chance to win some nice prizes — including Diablo III beta keys — in the various contests and activities we’ll be organizing.
CeBIT is also hosting the final of the Intel Extreme Masters Season VI, where 24 of the best StarCraft II players will fight for the title of IEM World Champion and an impressive prize pool of $75,000! The roster so far contains famous names like Greg “IdrA” Fields, Giacomo “Socke” Thüs, Moon “MMA” Sung Won and Kim “viOLet” Dong Hwan – so make sure to follow the matches live or tune in on ESL TV.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Event: CeBIT 2012 / Intel Extreme Masters Season VI World Championship
Location: Messe Hannover / Exhibition Grounds 30521 Hannover Germany
When: March 6 to 10, 2012
Stream: ESL TV
Take to the skies with the luminous dragon known as the Heart of the Aspects. Born of the radiant energies of the Dragon Soul artifact, this mount flies as fast as your riding skill will take you and, once purchased, applies to all present and future characters on a single European or Russian World of Warcraft license.
Visit the Pet Store today and fly home with the Heart of the Aspects.
In honor of World of Warcraft’s Seventh Anniversary in Europe, we’re offering the biggest discount ever on the entire WoW game range! From now until February 19, all boxed games and digital upgrades are available at half price, as well as two in-game collectibles. Don’t miss your chance to join in Azeroth’s anniversary celebrations by snagging Wrath of the Lich King for just €10/£7.50 and Cataclysm for only €15/£12.50.
Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of the most skilled pro players on the planet battle it out for cash and glory.
We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We're also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.
More details about the 2012 Battle.net World Championship and BlizzCon 2013, including specific dates and locations, will be coming in the months ahead.
World of Warcraft fans have one final chance to take part in this auction, and get a piece of Blizzard Entertainment history. Recent changes to the hardware running the various World of Warcraft realms in Europe have made a unique opportunity available to players. The old hardware has been carefully decommissioned and lovingly preserved in presentation cases (see attached pictures), and the final batch of retired EU server blades are now available for bidding on eBay; this is the very final step in the charity auction that began in October. Net proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude is a pediatric hospital and research facility where patients from Europe and around the world are cared for. European medical professionals benefit from the discoveries made at St. Jude in their treatment of children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Partner clinics across the globe are aided by the hospital’s valuable research.
If you thought your chance had gone… think again! You can go place your bids now.
For more details, and to view the auction schedule for this final batch of server blades, please visit this blog post on our World of Warcraft community site. More information on St. Jude is also available on their website.