World of Warcraft is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Based Game (MMORPG). It is developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment for the Microsoft Windows and macOS platforms. The time of its appearance is November 2004. After its release, it quickly gained mega-popularity, with almost 10 million members by 2009.
Meaning and History
From the moment of activation to the present time, ten versions of the extension have been released. Each of them is bright and memorable, thanks to the original emblem. She opens the entrance to the wonderful world of fantastic adventures with an eternal confrontation between the forces of good and evil. Currently, fans of this game know nine logos, emphasizing the next online version’s features. They are like a pass to the fantasy universe, a magic gateway to a fabulous space with their own rules of life. All options directly reflect the content of the game.
2004 – today
The debut mark of World of WarCraft is still relevant today. It was he who laid the foundation for the creation of many of his kind. The emblem’s design is intriguing: a curly frame of a golden hue, decorated with small spike-like details that you want to peer into. In the upper and narrowest part, there is the first fragment of the name of the game – “World” with the preposition “of” in the center of the letter “o.” At the bottom is the compound word “Warcraft.” It is much larger than the top one and is similar in design to the surrounding frame. Moreover, the developers made it the accent, highlighting the width of the stripes and enhanced color.
2007 – 2008
The first expansion of the Burning Crusade belongs to this period. To emphasize its peculiarity, the designers slightly changed the main logo. They placed the version name below the base text, which remained in the same framework. The words are written in small print but comply with the main decorative canvas – with angular and sharp protrusions. The blue background color has been changed to green, which makes the yellow characters look faded.
2008 – 2010
With the introduction of the second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, the logo’s edges were covered with frost and snow. This was the idea of the designers to bring it as close as possible to the theme. The name of the unit is written in the lower zone in white “frosty” letters. The substrate color has been changed to a cool blue, reminiscent of an icy shade.
2010 – 2012
The third expansion (Cataclysm) required an extreme-themed emblem. It is conveyed by cracks, chips, fire, which were also added to the design. The edges of the logo along the frame are darkened, and the center is lit with flames.
2012 – 2014
As it says at the bottom of the updated emblem, Mists of Pandaria adapted to the game’s content. The red colors disappeared, and instead, the emerald shades of the deep sea appeared. The edges of the circle are sharpened. To the right and the left of the name, there are snakes wrapped around a frame.
2014 – 2015
This period was marked by the release of the Warlords of Draenor part. To emphasize the direction of the game, the developers used elements in the logo such as wooden planks (background), iron brackets (sides), deep chips (impromptu defects). They darkened the globe to a smoky black, making it terrifying.
2016 – 2017
The glow from the middle, the green camouflage color, the minimalism are all the main characteristics of the emblem for Legion. The pointed letters of the name are arranged in one line on a black background. Sunrise or sunset rays appear through the gaps of the word “World of WarCraft.”
2018 – 2020
The emblem of the seventh part was presented in 2017 and was used only a year later. It reflects the name Battle for Azeroth, which took place at the bottom of the logo. The letters are from bright gold steel to ash silver. The designers also changed the background – to dark gray, almost earthy. But they highlighted the globe at the top in deep blue. The skeletons and fragments of the spine appeared on the frames.
2020 – today
The eighth expansion, presented at Blizzcon in 2019, is called Shadowlands and has a spiky design. Sharp spikes stick out to the right and left, and the background is made milky-hazy. The upper and lower zones are mirrored opposite: at the top, there are dark letters on a light substrate, at the bottom – vice versa.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
Solid logo: each option directly conveys the content of the part. It is enclosed in a curly frame, the decor of which changes depending on the theme. Moreover, everywhere there is a different design, emphasizing the balance between the external and internal worlds. A patinated gold or silver texture with vignettes and spikes gives the emblem a heraldic touch. And the transitions of colors with gradient nuances make it voluminous.
The verbal designation of the game is on two levels and is made with a different typefaces. For World, the designers used an elegant, thin, graceful typeface with serifs and shadows. Inside the “o,” they placed the preposition “of.” The word “WarCraft” was written in wide curly Gothic-type characters.
Each part has an individual color scheme. The most demanded are gold, silver, copper. They painted letters and a frame. Variants of green, blue, red, ash have been chosen as the background. Often a gradient is used that creates smooth gradients to express the basic idea.