Mists of Pandaria launches this very night! From 8:00pm (BST), players will descend on London's confusingly-named Café de Paris to cheer in the latest expansion to Blizzard's venerable MMORPG. To get you in the celebratory spirit, they've kindly offered to give away a haul of Pandaria-flavoured kit.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Repeating patterns embedded in screenshots taken with WoW's game client application can be decrypted to identify you, a report on Slashdot suggests. Posters on the OwnedCore forum claim that the watermark can be decoded to reveal user IDs, the time the screenshot was captured and the IP address of the server.
In World of Warcraft, balance is king. With such a huge userbase, it’s essential to ensure noobs are able to play the game without feeling frustrated. At the same time hardcore players need a tooth-grindingly tough experience.
We caught up with World of Warcraft's lead systems designer, Greg Street at Blizzcon. He admits that most recent expansion Cataclysm got it a bit wrong. “In Wrath of the Lich King we heard from our players that the PvE content was too easy,” says Street. “So we were like okay, clearly what we need to do is make the PvE content harder, which we did for Cataclysm and then players told us ‘it’s too hard, I can’t handle it!’”
Ever wanted to stride down to the local store while listening to World of Warcraft soundtrack, turning your sortie for sundries into a grandiose quest to obtain milk because you suspect the milk you have has gone off and you're not sure but screw it you can never have enough milk anyway? Well then you'll be delighted to discover that Blizzard have opened up a music store, selling soundtracks to World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 2 and even a bit of music from Diablo 3.
Each individual track costs $0.99 and albums cost $9.99. Stick the StarCraft 2 music on in the background while preparing dinner this evening, and use your skyrocketing actions per minute ratio to make a feast fit for a Zerg brood.
Blizzard have announced that in the first 24 hours of going on sale, Cataclysm sold more than 3.3 million copies, breaking previous records for the fastest selling PC game.
If you've been thinking about getting into World of Warcraft, now would be an excellent time. The 4.0.3a patch has gone live, changing Azeroth forever, and Cataclysm's release is a few weeks away. Now, on top of all that, World of Warcraft and its first two expansions are on sale. World of Warcraft and The Burning Crusade are £4 / $5 and Wrath of the Lich King is £8 / $10. The deal is set to run until November 29th on the Blizzard store.