Return to the 2003 Blizzard WOW information station decade ago

“World of Warcraft” so far has been around for eight years, but in fact, WOW can be traced back to 10 years ago the first time.
Early in 2003, Blizzard had produced a “World of Warcraft” Official information station. From this early version of the site, we can find many differences about this online game, world-renowned in the subsequent eight years at the initial design stage.
“World of Warcraft” in 2003, only six races and six careers, major monster only had 13 kinds, in which many professional positioning and skill set were also greatly different from today. The pattern and area of all the continents of the world of Azeroth are different from now.
early mapAzeroth World Map
Early Azeroth World Map
There are still wide differences between initial Azeroth and later closed beta stage of 45 levels. Although the earliest Azeroth was divided into two continents of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms in accordance with the records of the novel the same with later, every continent actually was divided into three regions. Kalimdor was divided Into Northern Kalimdor, middle Kalimdor and South Carolina Slim; Eastern Kingdoms were divided into Lordaeron, Khaz Modan and Azeroth. Concept of Kalimdor island over three blocks was later faded until it disappeared, but the eastern part of the King’s geography has been remained now. However, more intuitive point of difference is the shape of two mainland has a very large difference with later.
early map1The officially released Azeroth map
Contrast with two pictures, you can clearly see the difference. Kalimdor north-south span is shorter. Two peninsulas of the Azshara also are yet to be extended; The Strait between Lordaeron and Khaz Modan is also wider and Storm Bay area is greater than later.
They are not only the different shapes, also the number of areas is initially set is also very little. In addition to the six main cities, there were only six opening areas: Duskwood, Stranglethorn, Westfall, Ashenvale, Feralas, Stonetalon Mountains Felwood. If refer the left scene shot carefully, it can be found in large or small differences from later in many regional in art design.


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