Warcraft III The Frozen Throne!!!!

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  1. Macmaniac macrumors 68040



    IRVINE, Calif. - JANUARY 22, 2003 - Blizzard Entertainment®, a division of Vivendi Universal Games, announced today plans for Warcraft® III: The Frozen Throne™, the expansion set to the fastest selling PC game ever*, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos™. Since the game's release in July 2002, Warcraft III has now surpassed 2 million units sold worldwide. *

    "We are very pleased by the success of Warcraft III," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder. "Our plans for the expansion set include increasing the strategic gameplay possibilities and depth of the Warcraft universe by introducing a wide array of new Heroes and units, specifically designed to enhance each race."

    Following in the tradition of previous Blizzard expansion sets, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne provides gamers with a vast new chapter in the epic Warcraft saga. 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, Illidan, and the traitorous Death Knight, Arthas, seek the 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.

    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 abilities

    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.net® including multiple new game types, clan and tournament support

    Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is currently slated for worldwide release in the summer of 2003, and is expected to retail for approximately $35.00. The game is expected to receive a Teen Rating from the ESRB.

    Since its debut in 1994, the #1-selling Warcraft series has won industry acclaim and has shattered sales records worldwide with over 8 million copies sold. In 1995, Blizzard followed the well-received Warcraft: Orcs and Humans™ with the critically acclaimed Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness™, which won multiple Game of the Year awards and is still considered by many critics to be one of the best games ever made.

    Best known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com), a division of Vivendi Universal Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes seven #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's free Internet gaming service Battle.net reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

    *Based on EDI sell-through, internal company estimates, and reports from key retail accounts around the world.

  2. Jeffx342 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2002
    North Andover
  3. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    Of course there will be a Mac version.

    Just food for thought, the new Human hero is called a Blood Mage and is a High Elf.
  4. diorio macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2002
    Thats the great thing about Blizzard. I've yet to buy WC3, but will be doing so within the next 2-3 weeks. WC3 Frozen Throne sounds great!
  5. WannabeSQ macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2002
    I am really looking forward to this. Having player built item stores, as well as neutral heroes for hire will add the depth to the game that blizzard meant by having mercinaries and merchants. Now we have no excuse for not purchasing potions and scrolls and what not. Its gonna shake up the old strategies, and make for a fun transition to new strategies. I hope I can get in on a beta test.
  6. iAmAzN macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2002
    Golden, CO
    man cant wait to play it!!! Seems cool... but looks like you wont be able to be another race it seems... but at least there is another class of heros =/ more units too hehe
  7. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    Here's what we have confirmed so far:
    Blood Mage- New human hero, some sort of caster
    Blood Elf Spell Breaker- A human unit that specializes in dispelling magic

    The following were seen in screenshots and have been recognized as units that were removed during development:
    Orc Shadowhunter- New Orc hero
    Wind Serpent- Human air unit
  8. Macmaniac thread starter macrumors 68040


    I saw a possible Orc air unit in a screenshot, but its unconfirmed. I don't like the idea of spell steal it could cause alot of havoc! Man this will be interesting, count on me dissapearing during the summer!!!
  9. WannabeSQ macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2002
    a screen shot showed a troll flying unit, i forget the name, but its there nonetheless.
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  11. iAmAzN macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2002
    Golden, CO
    i think the name of the new orc flying unit.. is the Troll Batrider ..:confused:
  12. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    It's not stealing the spell, just nullifying it. I'm glad it's there, the biggest balance problem in the game was that there was no counter to massing spellcasters.

    Where is the screenshot of the Orc flying unit? They needed another flying unit.
  13. WannabeSQ macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2002
    it IS stealing the spell, it takes all positive buffs and transfers them to friendly units, so if someone masses spellcasters, all of their inner fire, bloodlust, roars, and scrolls of protection will be cancelled, and the player with the new elf gets it all. It would have been really bad if it also transferred negative buffs to enemy players, I think the NE should do that, like the opposite of a dryad.
  14. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001

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