Community voting has decided which faction-specific motorcycle will become an in-game mount in the Warlords of Draenor expansion.
Over the last eight weeks, Blizzard’s web series Azeroth Choppers has shown the process of design, fabrication, painting, and assembly for two custom motorcycles. Working with custom motorcycle design teams at Paul Jr Designs, Blizzard had one Alliance-themed bike and one Horde-themed bike created. The completed motorcycles, unveiled last week, were put to a vote from the Blizzard community to determine the winning bike. The votes have now been tallied, and the clear winner is the Horde chopper. The imposing bike, with bone tusks and tractor treads, will be recreated as an in-game mount for the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. The mount will be free for all Horde players.
“At Blizzard, we all work very hard coming up with cool new things to put into World of Warcraft,” says Blizzard President and CEO Mike Morhaime. “Collaborating with Paul Jr. and his team has given us an opportunity to do just that, but it’s also given us an opportunity to give our community a chance to decide what goes into the game.”
The two motorcycles were fabricated and assembled by the teams at Paul Jr Designs over five weeks. “I had so much to work with from a creative standpoint. The guys at Blizzard have been great,” says Paul Jr. “To do these tandemly, to have Horde and Alliance builds going on at the same time, was absolutely one of the toughest things we’ve ever had to do, but also one of the most rewarding. At the end of the day, all we wanted to do was bridge the gap between fantasy and reality, and I think we may have done that.” Paul Jr. Designs is the motorcycle design company behind the television series American Chopper. The motorcycle teams at Paul Jr. Designs were helped by Blizzard teams led by Chris Metzen, Blizzard Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development and Sam Didier, Art Director at Blizzard. Metzen headed the Alliance team while Didier headed the Horde team.
You can watch all eight episodes of the Azeroth Choppers online. What do you think about the results? Did the Horde bike deserve to win?