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Finally, 2007 has come to a close; it's been a wonderful year to be a fan of Blizzard Entertainment. Over the past year, many major events have taken place: there have been new game announcements, there's been real discussion and interaction between fans and developers, there has been a game release, discussion about unannounced and games, and finally Vivendi Games and Activision merged to form Activision Blizzard.

Major Announcements:

The fans of the StarCraft universe were beginning to lose hope, nine years of no announcements heralding a sequel, of getting elusive answers to direct questions, and of waiting! In May, hope was dwindling, but we were vindicated and rejuvenated with the announcement of StarCraft II at the World Wide Invitational in Korea. Fans flooded the Blizzard site and the newly released starcraft2.com for more information on the long-awaited continuation of the original StarCraft saga.

Another major announcement during the year came in August when the next expansion to World of Warcraft. Titled "Wrath of the Lich King", it was announced in California at BlizzCon. There will be no new races, but there will be new classes, including the Death Knight, which will be available to all races. The level cap has once again been raised by ten, making the highest attainable level, eighty. There will be new areas to explore, new mounts, new instances, and so much more!

Major Releases:

There has only been one major release by Blizzard in the year 2007. That game was World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, which was the first expansion to the ever-popular MMORPG. Allowing the player to level up to the maximum of 70 from 60, and with the addition of two new races: the Draenei and the Blood Elves, the long awaited expansion became a loved and very popular hit in the gaming world, once again, adding popularity to the ever-expanding Blizzard company.

BlizzCon:

In 2007 the second ever BlizzCon was held in Anaheim, California and was even more successful than the first back in 2005. Although the game had not been announced at BlizzCon, StarCraft II was one of the major focuses of the convention. For the first time, players outside of Blizzard were allowed a hands-on experience with the sequel in either a 2v2 match, playing as either the Protoss or Terrans, or a sample single-player mission. Also focusing on SCII, Dustin Browder gave the fans the long awaited demo of the Terrans, demonstrating the power of the revised Terran faction in action. With the announcement of the new expansion Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft presence, as always, was felt. Much like StarCraft II, the public was allowed to play by transferring their own characters over to the world of Northrend and explore the new dynamic regions that the developers at Blizzard had created. An often-overlooked topic was raised at BlizzCon -- the World of Warcraft movie. It secrets were explored as much as some of us would have liked, but the current information that has been released tells us that the movie will be told from the Alliance's perspective and will be geared towards an older audience with a PG-13 rating. It is currently set to be released in 2009. Wrapping up the show was an exclusive performance by the now fully leveled Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftains (made up of Blizzard Staff) and a special performance of all Blizzard related tracks by Video Games Live.

Unannounced:

They have not officially been announced, but they have been confirmed -- Project "Hydra" and a new MMO. It is possible that they are one and the same, which is seen in the comments of the community. Some say that the new MMO is going to revisit the Diablo world, while "Hydra" is a new RTS. Although this idea is not as popular, the idea of a StarCraft MMO has popped up. Nothing official has been said about these games, or game, but we expect to get more information on it later in 2008.

Other:

Other happenings in 2007 have been more recent. After StarCraft II announcement in May, Karune, Blizzard new RTS Community Manager, has issued regular Q&A, which answers questions posed by the community and answered by the developers themselves. Throughout the months, this has evolved to include a "Chat with Devs" section, which gives a look into a certain, specific aspect of the game such as the status of a certain unit. Karune also kicked off the Community Monthly Discussion Topic in September, which included the following: the Mothership, Battle.net features, the Ghost, and most recently, the Artistic Direction of StarCraft II. The StarCraft II site, as well as the Wrath of the Lich King, has been updated occasionally, giving the fans an update on the progress of the game.

Even though the long-awaited patch to Warcraft III and its expansion has not been released (although Karune has said to expect one in early 2008), World of Warcraft received many patches, the most recent being 2.3. The patches have included many bug fixes and new interface and quests have been implemented.

One of the more recent events in the gaming world as a whole is the announcement of the merging of Activision and Vivendi games, making it the largest gaming company in the world. Some are hoping that with Activision's major foothold in the console gaming market, Blizzard will continue it indefinitely held next-gen console game: StarCraft Ghost. This merger however, does not significantly change any of Blizzard operating policies; its logo, releases, games, etc. will remain untouched.

As everyone can see, 2007 has been one of Blizzard's publicly busiest years. With three or more games in production and no-doubt, other projects as well, Blizzard is sure to deliver in 2008. From all of us here at StarCraft: Legacy - Happy New Year!

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