Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard’

Success Story: World Of Warcraft Documentary

By Adam Smith on November 10th, 2014.

Looking For Group, a new World of Warcraft documentary, is as earnest as the late Jim Varney. It’s a sixty minute reflection on the first ten years of the giant of MMORPGs and as it was created in-house at Blizzard, it’s all about the good times. Creators and players alike fondly reminisce and the whole thing almost collapses into a blackhole of backslapping self-aggrandisement around the forty minute mark, when a kung fu panda is held up as an example of the maturing narratives tastes of the WOW audience. But despite the fluff, I found my cynicism thawing as I watched. The whole thing is embedded below.

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Diablo III 2.1.2 Changes Goblins, Rifts, Hubs

By Ben Barrett on November 10th, 2014.

Diablo was the awkward child of this BlizzCon. With WoW’s expansion coming soon and StarCraft’s Legacy of the Void now being shown off, Diablo is the only currently-released game without a paid update on the horizon. I figured another expansion would be announced this weekend, but between a new game, movie news and the like, nothing was forthcoming. When asked, the reply was “nothing to announce.” Instead, the panel on Friday was focused on upcoming patches, the next of which is 2.1.2, and what changes they’ll bring. Check out the details below.

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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Shown Off At Blizzcon

By Ben Barrett on November 8th, 2014.

Well gosh, isn’t it around time? Blizzard have finally revealed and officially begun to speak about the third instalment of StarCraft II’s trilogy, Legacy of the Void, at Blizzcon this weekend. It’s focused on those enigmatic space-elves the Protoss for its singleplayer along with the usual spread of balance update and unit additions for multiplayer. The campaign is about your man in the middle there, Artanis, as he forms an army to take back his homeworld and coincidentally runs into the universe-ending machinations of the series’ big bad. Meanwhile the changes to the online game hope to bring the foundation of modern e-sports back to some of its former glory. Get the deets below.

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Heroes Of The Storm Enters Beta In January

By Ben Barrett on November 8th, 2014.

“Blizzard: The Game” as Mike Morhaime named it marches ever on toward release. Heroes of the Storm will be entering closed beta on January 13th. The difference between this and their current technical alpha, which is also invite only, will be a ramping up of frequency of invites and more polish in various areas. This was the most major of Blizzard’s announcements for the game during Blizzcon, but they detailed some other upcoming changes.

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New Hearthstone Expansion Is Gnomes vs. Goblins

By Ben Barrett on November 7th, 2014.

Panel over, all the info and some thoughts below.

The new Hearthstone expansion, some details of which were already reported, has been revealed as Gnomes vs. Goblins in the Blizzcon 2014 opening ceremony. It contains 120 new cards, increasing the current pool by about 25%. The focus is on the explosive developments of the Warcraft universe’s two diminuitive races, introducing Mechs as a creature type and with a focus on more random effects. Battle.net’s got the details including some new card previews and the announcement trailer is below.

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Blizzard’s Overwatch Is A Team Based FPS

By Ben Barrett on November 7th, 2014.

The Blizzcon reveal panel has now finished, liveblog and all the footage below.

To kick off the 2014 version of fan convention Blizzcon, Blizzard have announced Overwatch, a new game not set in any of their established universes. It’s in the future of Earth, featuring a number of superhero-styled characters battling it out for control points in 6v6 multiplayer FPS battles. The Team Fortress 2 inspiration is clear, both in the art style and how it plays out. Some more details below and I’ll add in the Pixar-quality announcement trailer once it goes live.

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Looking For Group: World of Warcraft Documentary

By Philippa Warr on November 6th, 2014.

Azeroth's finest

This weekend’s BlizzCon will see the premiere of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft documentary, Looking For Group. According to the blurb:

“Celebrate 10 years of adventure, camaraderie, and /dancing on mailboxes all around Azeroth. Explore the history of WoW with its creators, and journey into corners of Blizzard and the WoW community you’ve never seen before.”

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Hearthstone’s Upcoming Decksplosion

By Philippa Warr on October 1st, 2014.

Imagine this frog is Alex Trebek

“More than 100.”

If we were playing Jeopardy Alex Trebek would be standing about in a nice suit waiting for your light to come on and for you to say “What is new Hearthstone cards?” He would maybe then look at you strangely because even by Jeopardy’s standards that’s an incredibly awkwardly phrased Q&A. He is very disappointed in you even though you’ve just earned, like, $600 or something.

In case that didn’t make anything clear, Hearthstone will be getting an injection of more than 100 new cards in its first expansion.

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Titan Falls: Blizzard Cancels Its Next MMO

By Alec Meer on September 23rd, 2014.

n.b. hasty Photoshop not real image pls thx

We’ve been hearing about Titan, the next trick up Blizzard’s immense sleeve, for many years now. Sci-fi-themed MMO with shooty stuff was the abiding but forever unconfirmed buzz, which did sound appealing, but perhaps such itches are being capably scratched by Planetside 2 on PC and Destiny on console.

That’s not the reason Blizzard have given for axing the seven-years-in-the-making project, though. The reason is “”We didn’t find the fun.”
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WoW’s 10th Anniversary Brings Nostalgia, Molten Corgis

By Ben Barrett on September 12th, 2014.

This little guy's going to cost me about £50 and it'll probably be my best purchase ever.

Blizzard usually throw a birthday party for World of Warcraft, but are really indulging their love of pomp and nostalgia as the MMORPG hits double digits. WoW’s 10th anniversary celebrations will bring a level-100 version of the classic Molten Core raid and a new PvP battleground based on old favourite murderzones Tarren Mill and Southshore. Having a bash at those will get players special mounts and gear, but even simply logging in during the festivities (between November 21st and January 5th) will get you that adorable molten corgi pet up there.

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Diablo III Patched, Now Greater, More Seasonal

By Ben Barrett on August 29th, 2014.

Replace eyes with spikes for +3 damage.

Because video games, one of the things added in the latest Diablo III patch is “The Cesspools.” They’re the sewers of Westmarch, a city overrun by an angel of death and his hoards of minions, making them only slightly better than a toy store in the run up to Christmas. They’re included in patch 2.1.0 as a new area to explore within the endgame Nephalem Rifts, quick one-shot dungeons with totally random layout and encounters. These have also received an upgrade, now with timed “Greater Rift” versions that provide unique rewards and global leaderboards for speed and difficulty. The most significant introduction is Seasons, similar to the character ladders in ealier Diablo games, which allow a competitive version of levelling and loot hoarding.

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World of Warcraft Getting Warlordier On November 13th

By Ben Barrett on August 15th, 2014.

I would honestly not be surprised if the official name for this thing wasn't 'The Darker Portal'

I’ve spoken about the Blizzard cinematic siren before and it has gone off again. Yesterday evening at an event in Los Angeles (which, for some reason, was then simulcast to the Blizzard booth at Gamescom rather than just being ran there) the titanic MMO developer showed off the CGI intro to Warlords of Draenor, the next World of Warcraft expansion. Blizz announced its release date–November 13th–and spoke about what’s coming in the expansion itself. They also showed off the first episode of their new animated series about the eponymous Warlords. Find it all below.

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Heroes Of The Storm Alpha Update: Orcs & Artifacts

By Ben Barrett on July 23rd, 2014.

I know it would be embarrassing to change the name again but ... I mean, come on.

“Me too!” cries Heroes of the Storm as it sprints after big siblings League of Legends and Dota 2. “No,” they say as they slip behind the bike sheds, “you can play when you’re older.” Infinite Crisis titters in the background, the nerdy friend who gets in because it does their homework. Heroes of the Storm stamps its feet and sulks. It just wants to share its new patch.

I’d basically forgotten about Heroes since Pip’s hands-on report in April. The ongoing “Technical Alpha” is still invite-only and mostly unavailable to regular humans, but Blizzard are still blitzing out information about the patches to the general populace. The latest adds a new map, a new hero and changes customisation and progression options.

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