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Platform: PC

Genre: RTS

Publisher: Blizzard

Developer: Blizzard

ETA: Summer 2003




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WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne


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After waiting nearly seven years, the ground-breaking real-time strategy PC game from Blizzard, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (WC3), was finally released in July of last year, much to the delight of Warcraft gaming fans everywhere (including yours truly). WC3 was worth the wait, as it garnered universally excellent reviews and sold well over 2 million copies worldwide. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that Blizzard plans to capitalize on WC3’s success with the release of a WC3 expansion pack, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, sometime this summer.


Here’s the official info from Blizzard, which expects to take the PC gaming world by storm in a short few months:


"We are very pleased by the success of Warcraft III," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder. "Our plans for the expansion set include increasing the strategic gameplay possibilities and depth of the Warcraft universe by introducing a wide array of new Heroes and units, specifically designed to enhance each race."


Following in the tradition of previous Blizzard expansion sets, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne provides gamers with a vast new chapter in the epic Warcraft saga. In the single-player campaign, players revisit the war-torn world of Azeroth. Several months have passed since Archimonde and the Burning Legion were defeated at the battle of Mount Hyjal, yet a new threat has arisen throughout the land.


The evil Lich King Ner'zhul has been imprisoned inside the Icecrown glacier, deep within the arctic continent of Northrend. Although the former Orc Shaman 



lacks physical form, his soul lives on, forever seeking a means to escape his icy prison. As the saga continues, it is revealed that both the Night Elf renegade, Illidan, and the traitorous Death Knight, Arthas, seek the Icecrown glacier and the mysterious powers found inside. While it is uncertain as to what is being sought inside the icy tomb, players must traverse uncharted lands and battle treacherous new enemies to uncover the schemes of these nefarious beings, and save all of Azeroth from the forces of darkness.


Key features include:

One new Hero per race, each possessing powerful spells and magical abilities specifically designed to enhance each race.


A host of new units, each equipped with new abilities and spells, giving players the opportunity to create diverse strategic and tactical forms of combat.


3 new tilesets featuring extraordinary new lands to explore, complete with numerous creeps and critters to wage war upon.


Player-built shops, unique for each race, equipped with items carefully designed to improve and aid the units of every race.


Neutral buildings, which will provide players with numerous new upgrades, items and abilities.


Neutral Heroes, available for recruitment by all players, that can supplement and strengthen a player's army with all new spells and abilities.


An advanced world editor that allows players to create their own custom campaigns, complete with cut-scenes and voiceovers.


Many new multiplayer maps.


Expanded multiplayer options over including multiple new game types, clan and tournament support.


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The Northrend missions in WC3 were some of my favorites, so I’m definitely hyped for a return trip there in The Frozen Throne. Throw in all the new units, Heroes, buildings, multiplayer options, and the ability to implement cut-scenes and voiceovers in your custom-created campaigns with the improved world editor and Blizzard, renowned for its quality products, will have itself another winner of a game (like there really was any doubt).


Expect The Frozen Throne to provide an icy cool blast of PC gaming goodness right in time for the hot, hot days of the upcoming summer.


- Lee Cieniawa

(February 2, 2003)