BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT® UNVEILS
LOS ANGELES, California - May 14, 2003
SINGLE-PLAYER CAMPAIGN FOR
WARCRAFT® III: THE FROZEN THRONE™ AT E3
- At the 2003 E3 Expo, Blizzard Entertainment® gave show attendees an exclusive
look at one of Warcraft® III: The Frozen Throne™'s highly anticipated single-player campaigns. With the multiplayer beta test
nearing completion, the campaigns are among the last of many new features that are being finalized in preparation for the
expansion set's launch this summer.
In The Frozen Throne, 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, but a new threat has arisen throughout the land. The campaign follows the
traitorous Death Knight Arthas and the renegade Night Elf Demon Hunter Illidan as they battle their way toward the mysterious
Icecrown glacier in Northrend. Imprisoned within this icy tomb is the soul of Ner'zhul, the evil Lich King responsible for
unleashing the Undead Scourge upon the world of Azeroth. As the saga unfolds, the villains' intentions are revealed, and the
fate of the world will once again find itself in the hands of the resilient Human Alliance and the stalwart Night Elf
"Our plan for the expansion set is to increase the scope and depth of the Warcraft universe in many ways," stated Mike Morhaime,
Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder. "In addition to expanding the rich story line, The Frozen Throne will also
increase the strategic gameplay possibilities available to players, with 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 offers many new features and
enhancements to the original game's experience.
Key features include:
- 4 new race-specific Heroes, each with a complementary set of powerful spells and abilities
- 2 new units per race, adding depth to the strategies and tactics that players can employ
- 3 new tilesets, featuring new lands to explore and numerous new creeps and critters
- Player-built shops, equipped with items uniquely designed for each race
- 5 neutral Heroes that players can recruit to strengthen their armies, such as the Dark Ranger and the Pandaren Brewmaster, each with unique spells and abilities
- New neutral buildings that provide players with additional units, new magical items, and a new mode of transportation
- Expanded multiplayer options over Battle.net®, including clan and tournament support
- Numerous new multiplayer maps
- An enhanced world editor that allows players to create and connect their own custom campaigns, complete with cut-scenes and voiceovers
- 4 single-player campaigns, including a bonus RPG-style mini-campaign designed to demonstrate the power of the world editor
Slated for worldwide release in the summer of 2003, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne will bring all of these new features and
enhancements to the fastest-selling PC game ever, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos™. To date, Reign of Chaos has sold well over 3
million copies worldwide*. The Frozen Throne is expected to retail for approximately $35.00 and has received 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 highly
acclaimed Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness™, considered by many critics to be one of the best games ever made. In 2002,
Blizzard expanded the boundaries of the epic Warcraft universe with the release of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos™. This
third chapter in the legendary saga quickly became the fastest-selling PC game ever* and has since garnered numerous
Game of the Year awards.
Best known for popular hits including the Warcraft series, StarCraft®, and the Diablo® series, Blizzard
Entertainment (www.blizzard.com), a
studio 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® is
the largest in the world, with millions of active users.
*Based on EDI sell-through, internal company records,
and reports from key distribution partners around the world.