The battle for Pandaria has only just begun, but already millions of World of Warcraft players around the world have signed up to join the fray. Today we announced that Mists of Pandaria sold through approximately 2.7 million copies during the first week of its launch, and World of Warcraft’s global player base passed the 10 million subscriber mark. Read the press release for more information, head to the Mists of Pandaria website to learn more about the latest expansion, and check the World of Warcraft community site regularly to find out what’s in store for the heroes of the Horde and Alliance as the fight for Pandaria progresses.
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is now live and available in a store near you! You can also click here to upgrade to the digital version directly through Blizzard. Featuring a new playable race (the pandaren), a new character class (the monk), and an exotic new continent to explore, the new expansion offers a huge variety of content for new and returning players. Read the press release or visit the Mists of Pandaria info page to learn more.
Haven’t yet ventured to the frozen reaches of Northrend? Beginning today, September 19, players will be able to get the original World of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King for only €14.99 as part of the newly upgraded digital Battle Chest, available now on Battle.net. In addition, all World of Warcraft subscribers will now automatically have access to all of the content and features of both The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King, even if they never purchased either expansion, at no additional cost.
It’s time to sail north, adventurer — the Lich King awaits!
In just one week, World of Warcraft players will be able to explore the long-lost continent of Pandaria. If you can’t make it to one of the official launches taking place on the evening of September 24 in Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Cologne and Stockholm, we will be linking events from around Europe and streaming a live show via YouTube.
The Digital Launch Event, scheduled to start at 22:30 Paris time (CEST), will bring all the excitement of the live events from around Europe into your home. Blizzard artists and developers including Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street will be on hand in each city to offer insight into the latest expansion, and the show will also include spectacular entertainment such as a live orchestra playing music from Mists of Pandaria, MANAO – Drums of China and much, much more.
You can catch the free live stream of the Digital Launch Event at www.youtube.com/warcraft and for more information on all launch activities, visit the dedicated minisite.
Join in the celebration and watch the excitement as it unfolds!
Save big and prepare for Pandaria with a new sidekick. This week only, you can get the Pandaren Monk companion pet for just 5€ / 4.5£. That’s 50% off the regular price, making this a great time to round out your pet collection before the imminent arrival of the Pet Battle System.
Hurry, this offer ends September 17, 2012.
This week only, you can get StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for €24.99 when you download directly from Blizzard. That’s €15 off the regular price. Kick off the StarCraft II World Championship Series Europe Finals this weekend by inviting a friend to join you in StarCraft II multiplayer, where you can both burn a path of destruction across the Koprulu sector.
Join us to celebrate the opening of World of Warcraft’s newest lands! On the night of September 24, Blizzard will celebrate the launch of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Seven official launch events will take place in cities across Europe: Paris, London, Moscow, Cologne, Madrid, Milan and Stockholm.
Attendees will have the chance to meet developers, get their game boxes signed, take part in quizzes and competitions and witness the entertainment unfold as the clock counts down to the game going on sale that night.
Check out the dedicated website, which will be updated with more information about activities taking place at each location as we get closer to release!
Remember you can still pre-order World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria on the pre-order page.
After five million words and nearly a year of hard work, we’ve reached our final destination. The wait is over: the Italian version of World of Warcraft is now available!
You can now experience World of Warcraft in a whole new light. The Italian language pack will allow you to enjoy all that Azeroth has to offer – completely in Italian. Experience the intriguing quests, hear the new voices of heroes and villains alike, visit your favorite cities, and much more.
Players are now able to download this free language pack and enjoy the fully localized version of World of Warcraft and all its expansions, including The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and soon Mists of Pandaria.
New Italian-language realms are also now available: Pozzo dell’Eternità (PvE) and Nemesis (PvP). We’re offering Free Character Migration to these two new realms – see below for more information.
We invite you to enjoy the Italian version of World of Warcraft, and we’ll see you on the new Italian realms!
For more information, check out the following resources for Italian speakers:
We spent an amazing five days at gamescom this year, and we’d again like to thank everyone who visited us at the Blizzard booth! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
We put on a great show with some incredible activities. Who could forget the world premiere of the stunning World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic? If you missed it, don’t worry – you can watch it online here. Thanks to MANAO – Drums of China for setting the stage for our remarkable cinematic trailer with an impressive drum performance.
Of course gamescom wouldn’t be complete without our famous costume and dance contests. Congratulations to Svetlana Quindt, who took first place in the Blizzard Costume Contest for her handmade barbarian garb from Diablo III. Congratulations also go out to the World of Warcraft Dance Contest winner Sebastian Kothe, who impressed the crowd and the judges with his brave rendition of the Orc dance.
Accolades are also due to the winners of our two Mists of Pandaria leveling contests, Justin Schilling and Mark-Hendrik Moll, who out-raced their competitors by being the fastest to make it to level five in the pandaren starting area.
All of our winners took home some incredible prizes from our partners, including a Schenker XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook, SteelSeries gaming gear, and Mega Bloks sets.
In addition to showing their stuff in our contests, our visitors were treated to some inspired entertainment. Blizzard artist Grace Liu was on stage demonstrating her talent during live drawing sessions every day. She amazed our audience with her creations of a witch doctor and the Butcher. We also experienced an amazing eight-piece orchestra play popular songs from World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III.
And of course Blizzard’s presence at gamescom wouldn’t have been complete without some exciting eSports action! We saw some of the best StarCraft II players in the world demonstrate their skills during intense show matches every day. On Thursday: Jang “MC” Min Chul won against Lee “PuMa” Ho Joon; and Kim “SuperNova” Young Jin prevailed over Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen. On Friday: Eugin "Strelok" Oparyshev beat Jared "PiG" Krensel; and Andrew “mOOnGLaDe” Pender came out on top against Tomasz "Tarson" Boron. On Saturday: Aleksey "White-Ra" Krupnyk prevailed over Jérémy "Feast" Vansnick. Finally, on Sunday: it was Kim "SuperNova" Young Jin who prevailed over Pedro "LucifroN" Moreno Duran.
We also saw two of the most well-known European raiding guilds battle elite bosses in live World of Warcraft raids. Members of Method took down the main Cataclysm bosses, followed by an awesome PvP fight, while members of For The Horde raced through Dragon Soul in 25-man Heroic mode.
On Sunday afternoon, we ended this year’s gamescom with the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational! We saw the best arena teams in Europe battle it out for a $30,000 USD prize pool and two spots in the Global Finals.
Congratulations to team Yaspresents: Another (Death Knight), Zunniyaki (Priest) and Câra (Paladin) and team I'm just being honest: Swapxy (Shaman), Boetar (Shaman), and Blukstack (Warlock) who’ll be heading to the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China!
Be sure to check out the daily recaps for the details of all our activities at gamescom this year, and our updated photo gallery for pictures from each day of the event.
We hope to see you next year at gamescom!
Prepare for Pandaria with epic savings! This week only, you can get the World of Warcraft Battle Chest for €5 (£4 GBP), Wrath of the Lich King for €5 (£4 GBP), and Cataclysm for €10 (£8 GBP) when you buy directly from Blizzard. That’s up to 75% off the regular prices, making this a great time to set yourself up for the imminent launch of Mists of Pandaria... or to invite a friend to join you in Azeroth.
Hurry, this offer ends August 27, 2012.