Los orcos arrasan muchas villas en Azeroth. Anduin Lothar, comandante de las fuerzas humanas del Reino de Ventormenta, revisa los cuerpos de algunos de los hombres asesinados, encontrándose con un mago llamado Khadgar, quien explica que está investigando los cuerpos al hallar en ellos indicios de magia vil. Khadgar convence al rey de Ventormenta, Llane Wrynn, de consultar con Medivh, el Guardián de Trisfal, y Llane envía a Lothar y Khadgar a la fortaleza de Medivh, la torre de Karazhan, para informarle sobre la presencia de magia vil en Azeroth. En la biblioteca de Karazhan, una figura fantasmagórica guía a Khadgar hasta un misterioso libro, que él toma.
World of Warcraft fue anunciado por primera vez por Blizzard en el European Computer Trade Show en septiembre de 2001.25​ El desarrollo llevó unos 4 o 5 años e incluyó un extenso periodo de pruebas. Los gráficos 3D usaban elementos del motor de juegos de Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.25​ El juego fue diseñado como un ambiente abierto donde los jugadores pudieran hacer lo que quisieran.26​
Much of World of Warcraft play involves the completion of quests. These quests are usually available from NPCs.[19] Quests usually reward the player with some combination of experience points, items, and in-game money. Quests allow characters to gain access to new skills and abilities, as well as the ability to explore new areas.[20] It is through quests that much of the game's story is told, both through the quest's text and through scripted NPC actions.[21] Quests are linked by a common theme, with each consecutive quest triggered by the completion of the previous, forming a quest chain. Quests commonly involve killing a number of creatures, gathering a certain number of resources, finding a difficult to locate object, speaking to various NPCs, visiting specific locations, interacting with objects in the world, or delivering an item from one place to another to acquire experience and treasures.
Seven expansions have been released: The Burning Crusade, released in January 2007; Wrath of the Lich King, released in November 2008; Cataclysm, released in December 2010; Mists of Pandaria, released in September 2012; Warlords of Draenor, released in November 2014; Legion, released in August 2016; and Battle for Azeroth, released in August 2018. Players are not required to purchase expansions in order to continue playing; however, new content and features such as higher level caps and new areas may not be available until they do so.
Especialista en ataque con armas a distancia, además de acompañarle una mascota que ayuda en combate. Disponible para Elfos de la Noche, Humanos, Tauren, Orcos, Elfos de Sangre, Enanos, Draenei, Trol, Renegados, Goblin, Huargen y Pandaren. Poseen tres especializaciones en la rama de talentos: Puntería (daño con armas a distancia), Bestias (más daño con mascotas), o Supervivencia(énfasis en trampas y defensa a corta distancia). Aunque en un inicio eran capaces de llevar todo tipo de armas excepto varitas y mazas, desde el lanzamiento de Mists Of Pantaria (cuarta expansión del juego) pueden usar tan solo ballestas, arcos y armas de fuego. Utilizan armaduras de malla a partir del nivel 40. Generalmente, determinándose por sus propios talentos, hay tres tipos de mascotas:
In late 2007, a series of television commercials for the game began airing featuring pop culture celebrities such as Mr. T, William Shatner, and Verne Troyer discussing the virtues of the character classes they play in the game.[153] A Spanish commercial featuring Guillermo Toledo, and a French commercial featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, were also televised.[154] Two more were shown in November 2008, featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Van Zandt.[155] Another commercial in the series, which began airing in November 2011, featured Chuck Norris and played on the Internet phenomenon of "Chuck Norris facts".[156]
World of Warcraft takes place in a 3D representation of the Warcraft universe that players can interact with through their characters. The game world initially consisted of the two continents in Azeroth: Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. Four separate expansions later added to the game's playable area the realms of Outland and Draenor and the continents of Northrend and Pandaria. As a player explores new locations, different routes and means of transportation become available. Players can access "flight masters" in newly discovered locations to fly to previously discovered locations in other parts of the world.[27] Players can also use boats, zeppelins, or portals to move from one continent to another. Although the game world remains relatively similar from day to day, seasonal events reflecting real world events, such as Halloween,[28] Christmas, Children's Week,[25] Easter, and Midsummer have been represented in the game world. Locations also have variable weather including, among other things, rain, snow, and dust storms.[27]
Han pasado cinco años desde los eventos narrados en Warcraft 3. La Alianza y la Nueva Horda viven en un estado de guerra fría, y mantienen una frágil y quebradiza paz, mientras reconstruyen sus reinos y tratan de recuperar su prosperidad. En Ventormenta, el rey Varian Wrynn ha desaparecido en circunstancias misteriosas mientras viajaba en misión diplomática a la isla de Theramore, por lo que en su ausencia, es nombrado rey su hijo Anduin Wrynn, todavía un niño, asumiendo la regencia lord Bolvar Fordragon y la misteriosa lady Katrana Prestor. En Orgrimmar, el jefe de guerra Thrall lucha por sacar adelante a la Nueva Horda.
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