Minecraft Version Of World Of Warcraft Now In Beta

By Pete Haas 2012-10-08 11:54:08 discussion comments
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Two of the most addicting PC games ever have now combined. A hard-working Minecraft modder has recreated two entire continents from World of Warcraft in the sandbox building game.

"I developed software to convert the continents of World of Warcraft into Minecraft blocks using a process known as voxelization," explains Crafting Azeroth creator Rumsey. "The software converts everything in the game, including all the buildings and natural details, down to the individual tree stump. Once the parameters for the software have been set, the entire conversion process takes approximately 24 hours and requires no human intervention."

This wasn't a simple process by any stretch. Rumsey had to match all of the textures from WoW to the closest fit in Minecraft. He says that there were over 10,000 textures in the game total, so that must've been fun.

Thus far Rumsey has recreated Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, the two main continents from the game. However, he's not stopping there. He's already working on Outlands and Northrend from the expansion packs, and smaller regions like Tol Barad and Lost Isles could be converted as well. Dungeons are a lower priority but might also be recreated as well. Presumably he'll tackle the new continent introduced in the recently released Mists of Pandaria expansion as well.

The map is already quite massive, though. It spans 275 square kilometers and has 68 billion blocks. The map actually exceeds Minecraft's height limit so it had to be divided into seven altitude layers with portals.

As you might imagine, the file of this map is quite large too. You'll need 24GB of hard drive space in total. If that number doesn't concern you in the slightest, head here to download it.
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