Blizzard Launches Battlegrounds for World of Warcraft

BLIZZARD
ENTERTAINMENT® LAUNCHES BATTLEGROUNDS FOR
WORLD OF WARCRAFT
®

 


A new era of player-vs.-player
warfare has arrived in Blizzard’s critically acclaimed massively multiplayer
online game

 



IRVINE, Calif. — June 07,
2005 —

Blizzard Entertainment® today announced the release of the first
two player-vs.-player (PvP) Battlegrounds for
World of Warcraft
®, its
record-setting subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing
game. Featuring distinctly different map designs and game objectives, these
highly anticipated PvP battlefields provide an entirely new dimension of
competitive gameplay for both expert and new
World of Warcraft
players.

 

“While
World of Warcraft
has been
expanding with new content regularly since launch, the PvP Battlegrounds
represent the single biggest update to the game yet,” stated Mike Morhaime,
president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re excited that
players can now experience Horde-vs.-Alliance combat as it was meant to be,
and we’re looking forward to adding even more Battlegrounds to the game with
future updates.”



 



World of Warcraft
’s
Battlegrounds are PvP-enabled zones where players compete against each other
to achieve victory, Honor points, and valuable in-game rewards. Each
Battleground has different goals and gameplay styles, providing an addictively
engaging experience for participants. The two initial Battlegrounds now
available to the public are Alterac Valley, a high-end zone designed for large
groups of experienced players, and Warsong Gulch, a more casual zone designed
for all players level 21 and up.

 

In Alterac Valley,
two teams of 40 battle each other for all-out domination. The snowy zone,
nestled high within the Alterac Mountains of Lordaeron, features a fully
functioning base for each faction, NPC defenders, PvP quests, and unique
allied monsters to create a challenging and epic conflict. Players can spend
hours executing carefully planned strategies in Alterac Valley, earning bonus
Honor points by achieving key objectives along the way and ultimately by
winning the Battleground.

 

Victory in Warsong
Gulch, situated on the border between Ashenvale Forest and the Barrens,
likewise requires strategy and teamwork, but the pace of play is faster, with
games lasting 45 minutes on average. In Warsong Gulch, two teams of 10 vie to
capture each other’s flag and return it to base while defending their own flag
from capture. Three successful captures result in a win, with each capture
conferring bonus Honor points.

 

The Honor points
gained in both Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley accumulate to help players
advance in rank in World of Warcraft’s
Honor System. Designed as an alternate means of character advancement, the
Honor System allows players to access increasingly powerful items as they move
up through the ranks.

 

Blizzard is
currently in the process of designing additional Battlegrounds, complete with
exciting new settings and new styles of gameplay, which will be available for
testing in the months ahead. For more information about
World of Warcraft
’s Battlegrounds
and the PvP Honor System, visit the official
World of Warcraft
website at

www.worldofwarcraft.com
.



 



About World of Warcraft


In
World of Warcraft
,

players assume the
roles of legendary heroes and interact with thousands of other players online
as they explore and adventure across a vast world. Whether journeying together
or questing on their own, players will engage in heroic battles, develop
friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory.
The game features customizable
character classes with
thousands of weapons, spells, and
abilities. With an innovative,
easy-to-use interface, an action-packed combat system, and thousands of quests
that build an immersive storyline,

World of Warcraft
offers a MMORPG
experience that will appeal to both veteran and casual players alike. For more
information on the game, visit

www.worldofwarcraft.com
.

 



About Blizzard
Entertainment

Best known for
blockbuster hits including the Warcraft®
series,
StarCraft
®,
and the Diablo®
series, Blizzard Entertainment®, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division 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 nine #1-selling
games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s free Internet gaming
service, Battle.net, reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of
active users.