Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 3/11/14

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Blizzard is now taking digital pre-orders for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor ahead of a newly confirmed autumn launch window.

Those who pre-order the long-running MMO’s fifth expansion pack will receive an instant level 90 character boost.

Announced in November 2013, Warlords of Draenor features a new continent, lets players build and upgrade garrisons, gives character models a visual update, and raises the level cap to 100, among other features.

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A listing for a Watch Dogs Closed Beta has appeared on the Xbox One Games Store, according to multiple Reddit reports.

While the listing appears to have since been removed, two people claim to have seen reference to the beta on their Xbox One – one directly through the Xbox Games Store and another via Upload.

Videogamer.com

Where have a group of developers dispirited by “our soul-crushing, corporate jobs” looked for inspiration for a new kind of multiplayer role-playing game?

To Ultima Online – the grandfather of 3D MMOs that most of the team cut their teeth on, albeit later in the game’s life (2005 onwards).

They’ve been through EA, through free-to-play, through MOBAs, mobile games, new business models, and they’re fed up.

Cue the formation of Citadel Studios and the hotbed of concerns that led to Shards Online, an isometric “send-up of all the love we have for sandbox games of yesteryear, especially Ultima Online”.

Eurogamer.net

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