LOS ANGELES, California - May 14, 2003 - Today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Blizzard Entertainment® unveiled several new gameplay elements for World of Warcraft™, its upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game. During the hands-on demo, the company debuted the game's fifth new playable race, the reclusive Night Elves. These shadowy, immortal creatures were the first to study magic, which they unleashed throughout the world of Azeroth nearly ten thousand years before the events chronicled in the original Warcraft®.
Building on the success of the Warcraft series, Blizzard hopes to expand the MMORPG genre by creating a deep, immersive, user-friendly experience that will appeal to both veteran gamers and casual players alike. The E3 presentation shows off the vibrant world of Azeroth in great detail and demonstrates the significant new ways in which the universe has been expanded.
*Immense, detailed world spanning miles of terrain and featuring hundreds of familiar locations throughout the rich Warcraft universe, as well as all-new, uncharted territories.
*Hundreds of quests that drive gameplay and provide countless opportunities for adventure and heroism.
*Regular content updates created by an ongoing live development team that continuously designs new lands, quests, and monsters.
*Thousands of items, including rare and unique weapons and armor with which to customize your character's appearance and abilities.
*Numerous character classes, each with its own distinctive style of play and multiple paths for development.
*A revolutionary secondary-skill system that allows players to create truly original characters with unique combinations of abilities.
*Multiple races to choose from, including Night Elves, Humans, Orcs, Tauren, Dwarves, and more to be revealed.
*Several personal modes of transportation, including horses, wolves, and more.
*Ships, Zeppelins, and Gryphons provide quick and easy travel throughout the world
*Instanced zones create a personal combat and adventure experience for you and your companions.
World of Warcraft takes place three years following the aftermath of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne™, where a great tension has settled over the ravaged world of Azeroth. As the various races begin to rebuild their shattered kingdoms, new threats, both ancient and terrifying, have arisen to plague the world once again. Players must explore the lands of Azeroth, forge fellowships with other players, and build their strength in order to prevail.