Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard’

Overwatch Opens To “A Lot More Players” This Weekend

I know, I know: you’re eager to try Overwatch [official site] for yourself, but you’re barely able to keep up with all the (actually finished) games that came out in November. Woe is you. But dry those tears.

On Friday Blizzard will launch Overwatch into its first Beta Test Weekend, opening the game to “a lot more players” in the process.

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Cho’Gall (Two-) Heads To Heroes of the Storm

Cho'Gall in Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard have added a new character to the Heroes of the Storm [official site] roster. Er…two new characters? One and a half?

It’s Cho’Gall, the two-headed ogre magi of Warcraft fame. First announced at BlizzCon earlier this month, Cho’Gall’s either “zany and innovative” or “a stupid gimmick” depending on who you talk to. Why? Because each of his heads is controlled by a different player—one for Cho, one for Gall.

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Hearthstone’s League Of Explorers Now Adventuring

Hearthstone [official site] players, it’s time to figure out which one of your pals would be easiest to catch, subdue, slaughter, and devour. That might sound grim, but it always pays to be prepared when adventuring, even if Blizzard probably are thinking more Indiana Jones than Be Your Own Pet with the latest singleplayer ‘Adventure’. They announced The League of Explorers at BlizzCon only a few days ago, and have now started rolling out the add-on to the four corners of Azeroth. Adventure calls!

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StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void Is Live

It seems daft to launch two of the year’s biggest games on the same day, yet here we are. Alec is telling us all about Fallout 4 (check out Wot He Thinks and his fashion show, and who knows what’s next?) but what about StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site]? Well, Blizzard’s subtrilogy-capping real-time strategy game is indeed out today too, but our thoughts won’t be coming until later this week. You wouldn’t believe the traffic in hyperspace on a Tuesday morning, I tell you.

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Activision Blizzard Studios Planning CoD Movies & More

Following that Warcraft movie trailer, Activision Blizzard announced over the weekend that they’ve launched a new arm dedicated to making movies and TV out their games. The first celluloid fruit of Activision Blizzard Studios will be a TV cartoon adaptation of the Spyro spin-off series Skylanders, and they’re awfully keen on making Call of Duty talkies too. Oh, if Pip were in today she’d know how to make this funny. Me, I’ll just get a bit carried away hoping they make movies based around Cod Blops 3‘s bee-shooting cyberarm and Jeff Goldblum’s escapades as a phoney wizard in its Zombies mode.

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Diablo III Patch 2.4 Out On PTR Next Week

Have you played Diablo III [official site]? For me it’s one of those games I find myself drawn back to time and time again for reasons I’m not entirely sure I can explain. I love messing about with it, basically, tinkering with builds, developing individual traits, I can never seem to be finished with it. The latest patch – number 2.4 – is huge and brings with it plenty more reasons why I won’t be done with it anytime soon.

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World Of Warcraft: Legion Gets Shiny Launch Trailer

After being announced in August, Legion – the upcoming World Of Warcraft [official site] expansion – has received a launch trailer ahead of its summer release next year. It’s pretty and shiny and so CGI-infused that it could give the series’ real-life movie cinematic that dropped on Friday a run for its money.

Check it out in all its four and a bit minutes-long glory below.

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Hearthstone: The League Of Explorers Single-player Expansion To Launch November 12

Calling all you creative card configuratorists: a new single-player Hearthstone [official site] expansion is on its way. Announced at BlizzCon 2015 this very weekend, The League Of Explorers will bring with it 45 new cards and will launch its first wing on November 12. That’s next week! Hop below for more details and a trailer.

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Late-Night Treat – SC2: Legacy of the Void Unlock Times

“Look, I don’t know if you know,” you say, tapping your watch, “but I have a homeworld to reclaim and a galaxy to save. Yes, I know that Legacy of the Void comes out next Tuesday, November 10th, but when?” Cool your jets, Chad. If your question is “May I play an hour or two before bed?” then the answer is yes, you may, as long as you’ve got tomorrow’s clothes laid out and have already brushed your teeth.

Blizzard have detailed the unlock times and, for us around the RPS Treehouse, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site] is actually unlocking at 11pm on Monday.

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Seems Blizzard Are Revamping Diablo 2, StarCraft, WC3

[Update: Oh! Blizzard told GameSpot it’s simply to maintain them. Dreams are always so short-lived. Hey, maybe do consider revamping them though! That would be lovely. Official support for modern resolutions in Diablo II would be a grand start.]

Once a games studio has been around for long enough, different generations of players will each have their own idea of the devs’ finest days. Perhaps like many in their early thirties, the Blizzard games I think of most fondly are Diablo II, the first StarCraft, and Warcraft III (which isn’t to say I dislike their modern games, of course). If you’re in a similar position, good news! Going by a job listing, it looks like Blizzard are planning to tart up those three classics.

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