New Warcraft Lore Book Series Shows the Unseen History of Azeroth

Warcraft Chronicle: Volume 1 covers the beginning of the franchise's universe up through the first game.

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Blizzard has announced a new book series that will delve into the history of Warcraft's lore and offer looks at never-before-seen parts of Azeroth.

Warcraft Chronicle: Volume 1, as the first entry will be called, covers the timeline "from the creation of the Warcraft universe all the way up until the story of The Last Guardian, which is essentially the story of Warcraft [Orcs & Humans]." That's according to Chris Metzen, Blizzard's senior vice president of story and franchise development, who offers a few details about the book in the video below.

Blizzard artist Peter Lee has created original artwork for the book. Some of what's depicted in it will be things seen for the very first time, particularly stuff from the pre-history of Warcraft.

"What's really fun about doing the Chronicle project is trying to take that holistic audit of our first ideas all the way to the now," Metzen said. "You can read through this thing and go, 'Oh I get it; I get how this begat this, and then this came from here, and this turn in history happened because of these three things. I never saw that before.'"

There's not yet a release date for Warcraft Chronicle, but it sounds like it'll make for mandatory reading for fans of the Warcraft universe.

It isn't the only new Warcraft reading on the way either, as Blizzard has also announced a prequel graphic novel for the upcoming Warcraft movie. That book, Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood, is due out in May 2016, just prior to the movie's debut on June 10.

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