Posts Tagged ‘leak’

Is This a Leaked Blizzard Product Slate and Schedule?

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So this image comes to us courtesy of a post at MMO Champion who report is was posted at a Chinese game site called, and they offer the same warning that we’ll offer here, blockquoted so you can’t ignore it:

This document, even if it is real, is already outdated. It is very likely that it is not real at all. Even if it is real, Blizzard will never acknowledge it as such, and you should not – not now, not ever – go posting on the official forums claiming there’s a “timeline” according to this image and that you’re “wondering where XXXX title is.” Got it?

Now then, the slide itself, if it is real, likely comes from some internal presentation of product strategy, but I even have a difficult time believing that – most companies have a standard template for presentation slides, and this really isn’t it. Then again, it could be a template-stripped export, so who knows – anything is possible, and a lot of people are concluding that it is the real thing.

The timeline however, especially as it pertains to World of Warcraft isn’t anything special – the expansion schedule looks solid and makes sense. Based on this, we would be looking at a new WoW expansion every year and a half, give or take, and that jives with previous release schedules. I’m a little put off as to why Blizzard would have the timeline of the World of Warcraft Movie on their internal documentation for anything but planning – as far as I know, it’s Blizzard’s IP, but they’re not controlling the filming or production schedule.

I also have to say – I’m really interested in the “WOW/Mobile” inclusion there. Mobile? There’s no way to tell what they mean, but Blizzard has been pushing in the direction of mobile devices, but how far they’re planning to go we’ll have to wait and see.

“Titan,” which everyone is assuming is Blizzard’s so-called “Next Generation MMO,” is undoubtedly going to be pushed from that date, but the biggest thing I’m interested in is that Diablo 3 release date: I would be a very very happy boy if we saw Diablo 3 at the end of next year. Although I’ll be interested to see if Blizzard really does take the tack of releasing “expansions” to Diablo 3, the same way they’re stretching out StarCraft 2 content – which is also reflected on the slide.

What do you think? True or false? Real or fake? Or does it not matter at all?

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?

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