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Ditto has KingsIsle’s Big Announcement – WINTERTUSK!!

That’s right, the excitement from PAX East wasn’t just my initial interview with Fred Howard! After that interview was over, Fred said that the next part of the filming could not be shown until the official press announcement on March 15th – it was TOP SECRET! He was telling ME secrets about Wizard 101!! Talk about PRESSURE! And what was the top secret thing he had to reveal?

Wintertusk!!

The next world coming to Wizard 101 is called Wintertusk, and it will complete the epic storyline that began with Grizzleheim. Yes, Fred does call it Jotungaard a few times in the interview – I guess he was more nervous than he seemed – but I did confirm that the world is called Wintertusk and that Jotungaard is an important area in the Wintertusk mountains! That’s right, mountains!! How cool is that?

The Wintertusk update will offer new things to do, and areas to explore, for powerful high-level Wizards as well as lower-level students just beginning their adventures, which is always a nice thing!

According to Fred, some of the things that wizards will have to look forward to with the Wintertusk update include:

  • Brand new areas for high-level Wizards to discover and explore.
  • New spells! I’ll say that again – New Spells!!! Woohoo!!
  • Level 58 class pets for each primary school – Yay pets!!
  • A revamped underwater introduction zone for lower level characters that’s going to continue the story of the Crab King from the Selena Gomez/Crab Alley quest line. That’s great because that was a fun quest line!! I love the underwater areas!
  • Lots of additional surprises – Fred said they were saving some of the best details to reveal later, but the info we have now is a GREAT teaser – I’m already really excited!!

In addition to the video interview, KingsIsle gave me a great picture of one of the lead characters in the Wintertusk storyline, Grandmother Raven. She looks so nice – I’ll bet she loves to bake cookies, what do you think??

Grandmother Raven

Grandmother Raven, a lead character in the Wintertusk story!

That’s all the information I have right now, and it was made very clear to me that there is no release date or tentative release date or anything even resembling a date related to this. They keep the developers locked in a room with no access to calendars, and even the fruity dates that grow on trees are off limits to them, so please don’t ask! KingsIsle will let us all know as soon as they’re ready to, and I for one cannot WAIT!!!

I do want to say another deep thank you to Fred Howard and everyone at KingsIsle who made this furry orange monster’s PAX East experience one he will NEVER forget!

18 responses

  1. Christina IceDreamer

    This is very exciting! GH is Stormy’s favorite world. He tried to tell me he was sick and needed to stay home from school today to play the new world. Then I made him read the part that says Wintertusk not only isn’t out yet, there is no idea when it will be out. I convinced him he wouldn’t miss out on anything by going to school this one day.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    • Esmee Dreamstone

      ????
      I CANT WAIT! but i still have to get past MARLEYBONE!!!! WHEN WILL I GET THAT BIG BEN QUEST!? 😦
      even though Grizzle is not my favorite world, i still love how it is about ancient warriors, 🙂
      I CANT WAIT TO SEE WINTERTUSK!!!!!

      April 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

  2. So exciting Ditto! new pets,spells world, oh my!
    Cannot wait. Awesome info Ditto.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  3. Amber Hart

    Woo HOO!!! New stuff is always AWESOME! Thanks for sharing this Ditto!

    March 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  4. “… a lot to do with a whole new world AND SOME NEW LOWER LEVEL ZONES AS WELL.” Sounds like they’ll also be adding new zones to existing worlds!

    March 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

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  6. Outstanding work,Ditto

    March 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

  7. Frank

    Awesome just awesome 🙂

    March 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

  8. smarytie

    YAY! go Ditto! Grandmother Raven looks great, and I can’t wait for Wintertusk!
    I am probably most excited for the new spells though, and does that mean they will be raising the level cap? They didn’t with GH. . .
    Fingers crossed

    March 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm

  9. SO excited! You did it again Ditto, making us all pumped up. Hehe 🙂

    March 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm

  10. Tara Windwalker

    wow … wow … wow! Ditto, I don’t know how you could keep such a HUGE secret! What an honor that KingsIsle trusts you so much. After the interview, people were probably wondering what that Fabricated American was smiling about! Now that the news has broken, they understand.

    Isn’t it amazing that KingsIsle has been able to find so many wonderful people to work with them?

    The more I think about the news that Fred Howard relayed the bigger my eyes get … the news is beyond “wow”, that’s for sure.

    March 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm

  11. There is a new world coming up called”Wintertusk”how knew. I can’t wait to see the new world Wintertusk.Character: Daniel DeathForge death wizard level 46

    March 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm

  12. Patrick Hawktamer

    Sweet, thanks for sharing Ditto! Guys, remember the that Feedback Friday where they asked us about closed areas we wanted to see? Well, with Wintertusk coming, I’m guessing they are opening a few closed areas too!

    March 16, 2011 at 12:17 am

  13. Oh wow, They’re releasing a new world called Wintertusk?

    2 words:

    EPIC AWESOME!!!

    March 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

  14. Amy Summerbreeze

    AWSOME!!!! im excited to do wintertusk! thanks for sharing ditto

    March 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm

  15. Jc

    Omg i so happy sry i asked when the date is but i dont have patience to wait i very EXCITED! i hope the spells are very cool

    March 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

  16. Cameron Stromcaster

    O: another new world!! wow the thing i can’t wait to see is the new pets! i wonder what they’re gonna be mabye something that looks like a leviathan for storm this update is gonna be so awesome!

    March 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm

  17. destiny

    This is SO exciting. Does this mean that Crab Alley will be coming back for keeps? And is WinterTusk a free-to-play area, or do we have to pay? If so, how much? This is all so exciting ..! 🙂

    March 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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