Blizzard Entertainment photo tour

Located in Irvine, California, Blizzard Entertainment's headquarters is as impressive as the games the studio has developed. This is where the folks responsible for creating and running genre defining titles, like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft get their work done – and we're very excited to offer you a look at where the magic happens.

The reason for our visit was to see the singleplayer campaign for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. For more details on the follow up to Wings of Liberty, watch the first trailer, browse through 40 new screenshots, and read our hands-on preview. During our visit, nothing was discussed about Diablo III or anything related to World of Warcraft. But as you can see from the photographs, whoever was in charge of  decorating Blizzard's campus clearly had WoW, Diablo, and StarCraft on their mind.

Above: The courtyard outside the lobby at Blizzard HQ is guarded by this mighty orc

Above: A closer look at the statue

Above: The plaque at the base of the Thrall statue

Above: Across from the Thrall statue, VIP parking right next to the main lobby is reserved for '/LOOT' winners

Above: The front lobby

Above: To the right of the reception desk stands a detailed statue of Nova. Behind her, you can see a monitor playing pro-level StarCraft II matches. If you follow the competitive scene, seeing that Fruit Dealer won should come as no surprise

Above: Look at her hair!

Above: This burly dwarf watches over the area to the left of the reception desk. If you think he looks detailed from this angle, look closer...

Above: Nose hairs. Now that's what we call attention to detail!

Above: The World of Warcraft Official Magazine enjoys prime placement in the lobby

Above: Throughout the main building, mounted monitors list the status of World of Warcraft realms around the world

Above: Even the phones are skinned with Blizzard’s greatest hits. Here, we see Cisco’s Hydralisk model. In other rooms, phone menus featuring Tyrael from Diablo and Arthas from Wrath of the Lich King were also sighted

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  • Longnuts - June 1, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Next week will be the tour of the Activision headquarters, where every wall has paintings of dollar signs, statues of dollar signs in every open space, and dollar bills instead of toilet paper.
  • Gorlack312 - June 1, 2011 2:31 p.m.

    Regardless of weather we can see the left-hand weapon, even the hair is off! Sorry for going "Red Shirt" on you guys, but I don't want you to get slammed like the recent ABC News article.
  • BigBrother - June 1, 2011 4:59 a.m.

    Gotta agree with Gorlack312 and TheRandomfool, Doomhammer would have to be present. XP BUT. All that aside, i am jelly that you got to go to the Blizzard headquarters and that you get to see all the juicy SCII Heart of the Swarm deets before anyone else.
  • TheHalfanese - June 1, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    I actually live 5 minutes away from it. It's kind of cool to drive by it and know what goes on in there. My girlfriend managed to get a tour of the studio through family friends, which, needless to say, made me incredibly jealous.
  • Reebokanonymous - June 1, 2011 4:28 a.m.

    I love these! Keep doing them plox.
  • TheRandomFool - June 1, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    Very true. Can't be Thrall, his hammer is to identifiable for them to make so simple a mistake. Plus, he only had one weapon, cause it shot lighting!
  • NightCrawler_358 - June 1, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    awesome, if i ever strike it rich, first thing I'm doing is getting that Thrall (erm... orc on a wolf, sorry) statue on my lawn, right next to a zealot statue or something. Would love to work in an office like that as well.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 1, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    I think I need new pants. To this day, I wonder why games jarnalists complain about their jobs.
  • BigDannyH - May 31, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    I love how the first word in the first comment is "Wow". Wouldn't have been as funny if it had been on purpose.
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - May 31, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    @Gorlack312 might that be doomhammer in his left hand? I saw an orc riding a wolf and just thought Thrall!
  • LordZarlon - May 31, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    It's unfortunate that more companies don't take the pride in their work that Blizzard does. Could you imagine the museum at EA or Activision. Those soulless corporations will never consistently put out the quality of work that Blizzard puts into every game they do. Nice work Tyler.
  • Gorlack312 - May 31, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    That.....that wasn't Thrall. That's an orc on a wolf. Thrall would have had Doomhammer and the thick plate mail.
  • pinoklin - May 31, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    utter beauty!....i'd burn a bag full of kittens using fuel made from puppies, oh and the bag is made from rabbit skins, just to work here!
  • Akutare - May 31, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    Wow, I didn't really expect to see that the Blizzard offices had that same "Developers" touch that Valve has too.

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