IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Blizzard Entertainment today announced the creation of a book publishing label, Blizzard Publishing, dedicated to developing and publishing new Blizzard publications and re-releasing the company’s out-of-print Warcraft titles.®StarCraft®and Diablo®
contexts, directly and through ongoing global partnerships. Each of Blizzard’s game universes has been inhabited by millions of gamers worldwide, and Blizzard Publishing will help maintain the tradition and legacy of the company’s early novels and manga while providing a variety of new ways for people to engage with Blizzard’s rich worlds and characters. Many of Blizzard Publishing’s upcoming releases will be available in multiple formats, such as print, audiobook, and ebook.
The first books released under the Blizzard Publishing label include two sets of previously published novels and manga by award-winning authors and New York Times successful authors.
- Warcraft: The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb
- Warcraft: clan lord by Christie Golden
- World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden
- Warcraft Legends: Volume 1, 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 of the Blizzard Legends and Blizzard Manga series will include titles from multiple Blizzard franchises.
Blizzard Publishing has also developed a new original title, the World of Warcraft adult coloring book– an epic volume of over 80 pieces of concept art, sketches and more, featuring characters and scenes from beloved locations 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 players 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 at gear.blizzard.com. Blizzard Legends titles are available for $14.95; Blizzard Manga titles and World of Warcraft adult coloring book can be purchased for 12.95 USD. Blizzard Publishing releases are distributed by Publishers Group West.
Blizzard Publishing also plans to release an engaging series of full-color coffee table art books, starting with Hearthstone® Art
and StarCraft Cinematic Art, as well as other novel and manga reissues, in 2017 and beyond. Further details on these and other Blizzard Publishing titles, including regional translation pricing, will be announced at a later date.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®Overwatch®, the Warcraft®StarCraft®and Diablo®
franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a leading entertainment software developer and publisher renowned for creating some of the most acclaimed games critical. Blizzard Entertainment’s list includes twenty-one #1 games* and several Game of the Year awards. The company’s online gaming service, Battle.net®is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
*Based on internal company records and reports from major distribution partners.
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