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Blizzard Decides To Tell Its Own Stories

When gamers aren’t playing video games, we like to read about them. Taking their gaming worlds into the world of literature, Blizzard Entertainment is creating Blizzard Publishing.

The new book-publishing label will be dedicated to developing and releasing new Blizzard publications and reissuing out-of-print titles in the company’s Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo settings. Whether created in-house of through ‘ongoing global partnerships’ fans of Blizzard’s titles can expect to fill their library with well-known characters and familiar settings.

‘Each of Blizzard’s game universes has been inhabited by millions of players worldwide, and Blizzard Publishing will help maintain the lore and legacy of the company’s earliest novels and manga while also providing a variety of new ways for people to engage with Blizzard’s rich worlds and characters,’ Blizzard Publishing explains.

Several of Blizzard Publishing’s upcoming releases will be available in multiple formats, such as print, audiobook, and e-book. The first books published under the Blizzard Publishing label include two sets of previously released novels and manga from award-winning and New York Times best-selling authors.

Under the category of Blizzard Legends

  • Warcraft: The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb
  • Warcraft: Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden
  • World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden

And with the heading of Blizzard Manga

  • Warcraft Legends: Volume One, with stories by Richard A. Knaak, Dan Jolley, and Jae-Hwan Kim
  • Warcraft Legends: Volume Two, with stories by Richard A. Knaak, Dan Jolley, and Aaron Sparrow

Future releases in the Blizzard Legends and Blizzard Manga series will include titles across multiple Blizzard franchises.  

Blizzard Publishing has also developed a new original title, the World of Warcraft Adult Coloring Book, an epic volume of more than 80 pieces of concept art, sketches, and more, featuring characters and scenes from beloved locales across Azeroth.

“Great stories and inspiring artwork have always been at the heart of everything we do,” said Lydia Bottegoni, senior vice president of story and franchise development at Blizzard Entertainment. “The creation of Blizzard Publishing gives us new opportunities to celebrate the art and stories of our games with Blizzard gamers as well as fantasy and sci-fi fans around the world.”

Those looking to dive into a new book today can find the aforementioned Blizzard Legends novels and Blizzard Manga titles, as well as the World of Warcraft Adult Coloring Book, wherever books are sold and online. Blizzard Legends titles are available for USD $14.95; Blizzard Manga titles and the World of Warcraft Adult Coloring Book can be purchased for USD $12.95.

Blizzard Publishing is also planning to release a captivating series of full-color coffee table art books, starting with Art of Hearthstone and Cinematic Art of StarCraft, as well as additional novel and manga reissues, in 2017 and beyond. More information about these project are still to come.

Last modified on 08/12/2016

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