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World of Warcraft: Chronicle Vol. 1 Release Date Revealed

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The lore of World of Warcraft is deep, complex and slightly chaotic. It's easy to find yourself out of touch with the history of the game, since its timeline expands to millenia and its story is spread around various different media. Now, a new series of illustrated books is going to comprehensively explore the story of Azeroth.

 

World of Warcraft: Chronicle volume 1 is going to be the first installment of a series, which will present the lore, story and settings of the Warcraft universe. Chris Metzen is among the writers, while the book is going to feature unseen artwork by Peter Lee. Something similar has already been done with the Diablo series and the Book of Cain.

 

 

Bits and pieces of the history of Warcraft can be found in numerous sources: four games and five (soon six) expansions, novels, art books, comics, manga, short stories, videos and articles on the official sites. If you have been playing World of Warcraft a little longer, you may recall that on the old official site, before the incorporation to Battle.net, there was a comprehensive account of the lore of Warcraft called "The History of Warcraft". It covered everything from the creation of the universe by the Titans up until the colonisation of the orcs to Kalimdor.

 

Afterwards, it was replaced by the Game Guide, which was a slight disappointment. The Game Guide is more about World of Warcraft as a game, not so much about its story. While it contains a very brief overview of the story of all the Warcraft games, there is no information about what happened before them. The creation of the Warcraft universe by the Titans took place millenia before the timeline of the first Warcraft game, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. The events of this game, in turn, happened several years before the beginning of World of Warcraft and the story keeps progressing with every expansion and every patch.

 

The World of Warcraft: Chronicle series aims to make sense of this rich history and to draw connections from the past, to the present of World of Warcraft, and then to its future. The "History of Warcraft" was a very good source of information, but it can be described as an extensive summary at best. The first volume of this new series is going to bring untold stories about the beginning of Azeroth, along with awesome new artwork. Blizzard had announced their intention of making an encyclopedia of Warcraft several years ago; this is finally going to happen in three months.

 

 

The original release date was set in the end of 2015, but we can forgive Blizzard for that if the final result is satisfactory. You can now pre-order World of Warcraft: Chronicle vol.1 on Amazon as well. Personally, I hope that the whole series is chronological and not thematical, because it will help us follow the story more easily. We are looking forward to learning more about our favourite game(s), uncovering some of the mysteries of Warcraft and finally getting answers to some burning questions!

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