World of Warcraft Summary
World of Warcraft has lost another 1.5 million monthly subscribers since May, Blizzard has revealed in its second quarter(.PDF link), knocking it down to a total of 5.6 million.
That's not quite as dramatic as thein the company's first quarter, but it's still a significant figure. The new total number of subscribers is the game's lowest since 2005, according
Blizzard has a new World of Warcraft expansion pack in store, and it's planning to lift the lid on it atnext week. You can follow the company's schedule
Trademark trawlsters have foundhas filed for 'Council of Glades' in New Zealand - that bit next to Australia - the bit on the right. It certainly sounds all Druid-like and World of Warcrafty.
Perhaps we'll find out at this year'swhich is scheduled November 6-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the mecca for Blizzardites. The trademark covers everything 'computer video game' imaginable.
Blizzard is working on afor the next World of Warcraft patch that will allow players to play as a mercenary for the opposing faction in the game's player-versus-player battlegrounds.
Mercenary Mode will add a new NPC in Stormshield for the Alliance and Warspear for the Horde, who will allow you to betray your fellow warriors by hopping into battle disguised as the enemy. The new feature is designed to reduce queues for, while maintaining the illusion of Horde versus Alliance warfare.
Inevitably, footage from thehas leaked on the internet (seriously, they do realise that absolutely everyone has some kind of recording device designed to make an expensive movie look blurry and terrible?), giving us a look at the world and culture of the warlike orcs.
The clip, shown to fans atthis week, sees Toby Kebbell's Durotan leading his band of warriors from their homeworld through a portal to Azeroth created by Gul'dan the warlock, who is clearly to be trusted because he constantly chants about death and fuels his magic by draining the life-force of thousands of slaves.