We popped down to
Vivendi in Reading to
meet Bill Roper from Blizzard Entertainment to check out two of the hottest titles to come
out over the next few months. On our visit we had the chance to see
and Diablo II.
Warcraft Adventures picks up where
Beyond The Dark Portal left us and develops the characters and worlds even further. You
return to the land of Azeroth as Thrall, an Orc robbed of his heritage after being raised
by humans in servitude. As Thrall, you return to the Orc's divided clans to be reunited.
The game itself looks stunning with animation
that will take your breath away. There is a whopping 22 minutes of cinematic animation to
watch and it sports a user interface that is easy to grasp. There are also 70 different
characters in the game that you will bump into on your travels through the 60 different
If you were a Warcraft fan you will recognise a
lot of the references to the previous games, but don't worry, Blizzard have made sure it is
easy for those unfamiliar with the WC titles to be drawn into your new world. The
intention is to make this game an epic with cinematics that help progress the storyline.
Next week Blizzard are going back into the
studio with the actors to record more of the dialogue. This should be an amusing
recording session, as the game is littered with humour throughout
and pays homage to other
popular game titles such as Duke Nukem. The team who have been working on
Adventures are based in St. Petersburg in Russia. They were given the concept for the
game and came back to Blizzard with ideas that quite simply took their
Expect the game to hit the shelves this summer.
Thrall is the central character in the story. He was
raised by Humans in servitude. He escapes his shackles and begins his journey to
discover his heritage and reunite the clans.
Durotan is Thrall's father. He is murdered by the unscrupulous Orc brothers Rend and
Maim, sons of Blackhand.
Orgrim is the quintessential
'grandfather' Orc. Orgrim has seen it all and most of
his speech recounts certain parts of the Horde's history.
If rock and roll had ever erupted on
Azeroth, Grom would have been its driving force.
He is a leather-clad, loudly abrasive Orc who kicks serious ass. Grom is usually
boisterous, but also gets down to business in a very no-nonsense manner.
Gazlowe the Goblin
If Azeroth was New York city, Gazlowe would be a cabby. He's a wise cracking
smart-ass, whose only real concerns are besting the Gnomes in an invention and design war.
Gazlowe is cranky and abrasive, but means well deep down.
'Thar, like Doomhammer, is an old Orc who serves a very paternal role for Thrall.
As opposed to Orgrim, Drek 'Thar is a very impatient old
Alexstrasza the Dragon Queen
Alexstrasza is easily the most powerful individual on
Azeroth. She's a huge red
dragon who could just as easily crush an army as cunningly manipulate its leaders to her
own ends. She has a brilliant intellect and delights in toying with the lesser
creatures who cross her path.
Zuljin is a real character. He was once a notorious bandit, but now sells junk goods
in a run-down trading post.
Blackmoore is the crafty Human who has no problem with taking advantage of others when
they're down. He's a slave-owning, back-stabbing, double-crossing, no-good swindler.