Today, Blizzard Entertainment has announced the creation of a book-publishing label, Blizzard Publishing, dedicated to developing and releasing new Blizzard publications and reissuing out-of-print titles in the company’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® settings, directly and through ongoing global partnerships.
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. 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 will include two sets of previously released novels and manga from award-winning and New York Times best-selling authors.
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
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 Blizzard’s SVP of story and franchise development Lydia Bottegoni. “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.”
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. Further details about these and other Blizzard Publishing titles, including pricing for regional translations, will be announced at a later date.