The American wing of Future Publishing, Future US, will publish a subscription only official magazine to the mighty MMO World of Warcraft.
The first issue is promised for the “end of the holiday season” and will be ad-free. Future and Blizzard are pushing 148 pages of art, behind-the-scenes insights and peaks at Cataclysm.
Will it be successful? Probably. There’s enough of a player base in the giant World of Warcraft that only a small fraction of players will need to buy it for it to take off. The fear that they’ll loose a competitive advantage might twist a few arms but also raise some grumbles.
I’m just surprised that they’re not offering an electronic version of the magazine. Why not an iPhone app? I guess this might be something that Future US are working on.
The magazine does have a website. That’s where you need to go to subscribe: http://www.worldofwarcraftthemagazine.com/.