Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard Entertainment’

Overwatch Beta: First Thoughts

Welcome to the land of Overwatch [official site] beta thoughts. It is a land populated by shooty guns, caveats, health packs, potential excitements, potential concerns and the knowledge that a big old Overwatch presentation is going to take place at BlizzCon, 2am GMT on Saturday so I’ll probably have a bunch more information to factor in as I continue playing.

Blizzard’s team-based shooter currently allows you to pick a character from a roster of eighteen. It’ll be twenty-one by the game’s Spring 2016 launch. Each has a different skill set but they’ve been grouped into classes – tanks, defenders, supports and offence. In each match one team plays attack and the other is defence. You’ll either be capturing/defending fixed points on the map or protecting/advancing a payload.

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Watch The Warcraft Movie Trailer

So in among the anniversary congrats and the esports chat of the opening BlizzCon ceremony Blizzard has unveiled the trailer for its Warcraft movie, Warcraft: The Beginning.

You can watch it after the jump:

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World Of Warcraft Won’t Report Subs Numbers Anymore

World of Warcraft [official site] now “only” has 5.5 million subscribers, a considerable decrease from the game’s peak but still nearly a Scotlands-worth of people paying a monthly fee direct into the coffers of Activision and Blizzard. Blizzard also say this is the last time they’re going to announce subscriber numbers.

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Hearthstone EU: A Closer Look At Thijs’s Winning Decks

Thijs taking the trophy at the Hearthstone EU Regional Qualifiers

The European leg of qualifiers for Blizzard’s various eSports world championships concluded this past weekend in Prague. Over $300,000 USD was awarded across the Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and World of Warcraft tournaments that played out. On the Hearthstone [official site] front, G2’s Thijs “ThijsNL” Molendijk took home first place and $10,000 USD for his performance – and we’re going to look at exactly how he did that.

Thijs posted his decklists to Twitter, and later took to the Hearthstone subreddit to discuss his choices. Armed with this information, let’s learn a little more about the decks that just won the first ever European regional title in Hearthstone…

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StarCraft 2’s UI Is Being Revamped In Patch 3.0

What’s the worst thing in between you and interplanetary domination in StarCraft 2? It’s not the endless hordes of revolting Zerg. It’s not the condescending space-worthiness of the Protoss, or the wannabee space cowboy antics of the Terrans. It’s the menus.

Luckily, that’s all gonna change when patch 3.0 lands.

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Blizzard Are Considering An RTS Return For Warcraft

A pair of recent interviews with Blizzard employees, conducted by IGN at Gamescom, have hinted at the future of the Warcraft franchise beyond the MMO’s vice-like embrace. It’s not only movies; there might be a new strategy game on the cards.

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Heroes Of The Storm Update Brings Early Access To New Skins And Heroes

At Gamescom last week Blizzard announced that Heroes of the Storm [official site] would get a host of updates including new heroes, a map and skins. Some of this content is now out on the Public Test Realm, Blizzard’s publicly available testing environment where players can help shake out bugs and preview what’s coming next. There’s one very interesting change: you must now buy any paid-for items before you can test them. It’s a strange combo of Early Access and pre-ordering, where these items – in this case new hero Kharazim, aka the Monk from Diablo 3 – will transfer to your main account only when they’re fully released.

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Overwatch Is A Very Blizzardy First-Person Shooter

Blizzard like to hop between genres, that much is clear. At their Gamescom conference they talked about Legacy of the Void, an RTS; Hearthstone, a collectible card game; Heroes of the Storm, a MOBA (or ‘hero brawler’, if you accept Blizzard’s nomenclature); and Overwatch [official site], a first-person shooter.

But after playing Overwatch, which visually recalls Team Fortress 2, I’m starting to think Blizzard’s games all have more in common than their surface suggests. I’m beginning to think there is as much a ‘Blizzgame’ formula as much as there is a ‘Ubigame’ formula.

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Heroes Of The Storm’s First Championship Finals Are Coming To BlizzCon

Like a cunning master plan finally coming to fruition, Blizzard has, cracking its bejewelled knuckles, announced that the launch of Heroes of the Storm [official site] is going to be paired with the first ever Heroes of the Storm Championship Tournament.

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What Heroes of the Dorm Means For Blizzard And Esports

Blizzard’s upcoming Heroes of the Storm [official site] is, in my humble opinion, a belter of a game. Such praise is small beer to the Californian mega-developer, however, which with HotS and the upcoming Overwatch intends to reclaim a leading role in the eSports industry it helped to create. HotS is still in beta but the long road began this weekend with Heroes of the Dorm, a college-focused competition that culminated in a grand final broadcast live on ESPN – the latter being not only something of a coup, but also an eSports first. The event laid bare Blizzard’s intentions for HotS and, despite some community grumbling, what looks awfully like a new take on how best to present competitive gaming.

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