Posts Tagged ‘alpha’

MMO Champion Unveils Maps, Models from Cataclysm Alpha

MMO Champion has unleashed the leak to end all leaks (until the next one, of course) from the Cataclysm Friends and Family Alpha: tons of maps, screenshots of various zones in multiple forms of completion, and tons upon tons of information about new zones, achievements, talents, and more.

There are tons of screenshots of nearly all of the new zones and instances taken from the alpha, and it’s worth noting that most of this stuff will change between now and the actual beta, much less between now and the actual launch, but regardless of who posted the information or whether it’s a carefully leaked foil from Blizzard, we get to reap the benefit! All of the details are at this post at MMO Champion, which is being constantly updated.

Cataclysm Leak: Deathwing Goes to Stormwind

See that puppy up there? That’s Deathwing. Deathwing himself on the steps of Stormwind (click the image to enlarge it) and is reportedly a leak from the forementioned Alpha of Cataclysm.

I’m not entirely convinced just yet – the model definitely looks like what we would expect Deathwing to look like in-game, but his placement on the steps of Stormwind doesn’t make a lot of sense, especially without massive destruction around him. Why would he even be there? No idea. It’s just as possible that this is a snapshot from a private server with hacked models as it is an actual screenshot from the game itself. Who knows. Regardless though, it’s pretty cool to see!

This image has been circulated around WoW blogs this morning from to MMO-Champion, so there’s every reason to believe that it’s real, even if it may not be legit. Do I see wallpaper fodder? New wallpapers, anyone?

Cataclysm Friends-and-Family Alpha Begins

One of the first things that Blizzard does when they launch a new expansion or product is do a “Friends and Family Alpha,” which is only open to developers, their family, and people who are “friends of the company,” meaning they know they’ll get really high-quality feedback on issues and bugs they find, and that they have a small number of individually identifiable people involved in the testing that are all under NDA (non-disclosure agreement) so they won’t speak to the press or the public about the game or share information from the game.

Now, Blizzard confirmed in a blue post that the Friends and Family Alpha for Cataclysm has officially begun. Sayeth the Zarhym:

Yes, we can confirm that the Family & Friends phase of the testing process for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm has begun. The closed beta test phase has not yet started, but we will provide updated information when it does.

And there you have it – every day the Friends and Family testing goes, we march closer to a beta. I’m still betting on November 2010 – when do you think Cataclysm will be released?

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