También existe aparentemente un orden cronológico entre una y otra marca. Warcraft apareció primero y puso los elementos históricos del universo de Warcraft en juego, estableciendo así las enemistades y relaciones entre razas y grupos, origen de todas las guerras.6​ World of Warcraft, por su parte, se ha dedicado a explotar las posibilidades del libre desenvolvimiento dentro del mundo establecido por los juegos anteriores, y podría decirse que se desarrolla en el tiempo presente de este mundo fantástico, después de Warcraft I, II y III. Esto es en su mayoría cierto; sin embargo, este orden cronológico no siempre se respeta, World of Warcraft también da nombre a algunos productos que regresan en la historia de Warcraft y la amplían, como la novela World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde.


El pacífico reino de Azeroth está a punto de entrar en guerra para enfrentarse a unos terribles invasores: orcos guerreros que han dejado su destruido mundo para colonizar otro. Al abrirse un portal que conecta ambos mundos, un ejército se enfrenta a la destrucción, y el otro, a la extinción. Dos héroes, uno en cada bando, están a punto de chocar en un enfrentamiento que cambiará el destino de su familia, su pueblo y su hogar. Así empieza una espectacular saga de poder y sacrificio donde se descubren las numerosas caras de la guerra y donde cada uno lucha por lo suyo. Adaptación del popular videojuego homónimo. (FILMAFFINITY)
World of Warcraft es una marca comercial de Blizzard basada en el universo de Warcraft, que, a diferencia de éste, deja a un lado la estrategia de campañas bélicas y explora las posibilidades del rol y la configuración personalizada de personajes ficticios. Este juego es online y multijugadores, por lo que el usuario explora este mundo, pero en otro formato de juego junto a los demás jugadores.
In September 2006, reports emerged of spoof World of Warcraft game advice websites that contained malware. Vulnerable computers would be infected through their web browsers, downloading a program that would then relay back account information. Blizzard's account support teams experienced high demand during this episode, stating that many users had been affected. Claims were also made that telephone support was closed for isolated periods due to the volume of calls and resulting queues.[115] In April 2007, attacks evolved to take advantage of further exploits involving animated cursors, with multiple websites being used.[116][117] Security researcher group Symantec released a report stating that a compromised World of Warcraft account was worth US$10 on the black market, compared to US$6 to US$12 for a compromised computer (correct as of March 2007).[118] In February 2008, phishing emails were distributed requesting that users validate their account information using a fake version of the World of Warcraft account management pages.[119] In June 2008, Blizzard announced the Blizzard Authenticator, available as a hardware security token or mobile application[120] that provides two-factor security. The token generates a one-time password based code that the player supplies when logging on. The password, used in addition to the user's own password, is only valid for a couple of minutes, thus providing extra security against keylogging malware.[121]

^ "The Activision/Blizzard Merger: Five Key Points". Industry News. gamasutra.com. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December 21, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2009. One of the intriguing things about the old Vivendi structure was that, even when Martin Tremblay joined to run Vivendi's publishing, it was specified: "World Of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment has been designated a stand-alone division reporting to VU Games' CEO, and is not part of Tremblay's product development mandate.
The World of Warcraft launcher (referred to in press releases and the menu bar as the "Blizzard Launcher") is a program designed to act as a starting point for World of Warcraft players. It provides a way to launch World of Warcraft and starts the Blizzard updater. It was first included with the version 1.8.3 patch. The 2.1.0 patch allowed for an option to bypass the use of the launcher. Features of the launcher include news and updates for World of Warcraft players, access to World of Warcraft's support website, access to the test version of World of Warcraft when it is available to test upcoming patches, updates to Warden,[60] and updates to the updater itself. The 3.0.8 patch redesigned the launcher and added the ability to change the game settings from the launcher itself. The launcher update from patch 4.0.1 also allows people to play the game while non-crucial pieces of the game are downloaded. This requires a high-speed broadband internet connection.
The soundtrack for World of Warcraft was composed and arranged by Jason Hayes, Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke, and Glenn Stafford and conducted by Eímear Noone. It was released on November 23, 2004, together with the collector's edition of the game. It is sold separately on one CD in the MP3 format. On January 12, 2011, Alfred Publishing produced an officially licensed sheet music series for vocalists, pianists, strings, and other instruments, World of Warcraft Sheet Music Anthology in solo and accompaniment formats with CD. These works include four pages of collectible artwork and vary by number of songs included. In 2018, a remix of the song from the game, "Hymn of the Firstborn Son", was nominated for "Best Game Music Cover/Remix" at the 16th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards.[78]
Las novelas y otros textos como Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft: War of the Ancients Trilogy, WarCraft: Of Blood and Honor, (libro electrónico), The Warcraft Archive, Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy (manga), The Art of Warcraft y varias guías de estrategia de sus videojuegos.
Thrall, jefe de guerra de la Horda y chamán más poderoso de Azeroth, otorga el cargo de jefe de guerra a Garrosh Grito Infernal para unirse al Anillo de la Tierra en su lucha contra Alamuerte. Esta criticada y disputada decisión por parte de los altos cargos de la Horda llevará a esta nueva Horda a una serie de medidas en las que será palpable el afloramiento de la locura de Garrosh. Es necesaria la unión de los guerreros de la Horda y de la Alianza junto a los Dragones Aspecto para enfrentarse a los agentes de Alamuerte y destruir al mismo.
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