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1 week ago

Try Overwatch for free, pick it up at a discount during Blizzard’s Black Friday sale

Have you played Overwatch? You haven't? Well, for the next week, you've no excuse not to at least give it a go. Blizzard's Saturday morning shooter is offering a free trial from today 'till next Wednesday, letting you try your hand at Overwatch without spending a penny. With Blizzard's extended Black Friday Sale kicking off today too, it'll be a hell of a lot cheaper…

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5 months ago

Your next Starcraft II opponent might be a robot in disguise

Google's DeepMind AI division will likely end up making the next generation of military killbots, but before then, at least they'll provide new challenges for the esports crowd. In January, their "AlphaStar" StarCraft II agent trounced a crew of pro players ten to one. To make sure it wasn't a fluke, they've unleashed AlphaStar on the European public. According to this official blog post, AlphaStar…

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StarCraft fan-remake mod Mass Recall for StarCraft 2 is finally complete

After some delays, StarCraft: Mass Recall is complete and ready to play. It's a StarCraft 2 mod remake of the original StarCraft's campaign, expansion, demo and more. Better still, it's compatible with the free SC2 Starter Edition, effectively making it a free game. When I last covered this and other SC2 mods, only the first three campaigns were available, with the remaining missions needing work to…

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6 months ago

Rumour: Blizzard cancelled a StarCraft FPS “like Battlefield”

A team at Blizzard had been working on a first-person shooter set in the world of their StarCraft real-time strategy games, the rumour mill says, but it's recently been cancelled. One secret source told Kotaku that the game was a bit "like Battlefield in the StarCraft universe" though we may never see or know much more about it. Cancelling unannounced games is fairly standard for…

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11 months ago

Google DeepMind AI beats StarCraft 2 pros 10-1

Today in "computer beats human at thing computers could not previously beat humans at" news: Google Deepmind has bested StarCraft 2 pros at their own game. "AlphaStar" was unveiled on a livestream last night, in a show revolving around matches against top StarCraft pros Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz and Dario "TLO" Wünsch. All the games AlphaStar won were actually prerecorded, because GOOGLE ARE COWARDS COME FIGHT…

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Feature: Terrans for nothing and Zerg for free

Best StarCraft 2 mods: huge RTS campaigns you can play for free

StarCraft 2 remains an RTS esports favourite nine years from launch, but its mod scene never got the love or attention it deserved. Despite Blizzard's support, an in-game mod browser, powerful editor and even a short-lived premium mod program, a lot flew under the radar. While some mods and standalone missions remain popular in the StarCraft 2 Arcade, we're going to be diving deep into…

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2 years ago

StarCraft 2’s first paid mods include a turn-based RPG

Almost nine years after first announcing plans to sell some player-made custom maps in StarCraft II, Blizzard are finally following through. SC2's first two paid player-made maps will launch in the StarCraft Arcade with the next big update, with a share of sales going to the creators. Ark Star is a new turn-based tactical RPG in the world of StarCraft, while popular free mod Direct…

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Fan ’em up: BlizzCon 2018 tickets go on sale in May

This year's BlizzCon will run November 2-3, Blizzard have confirmed, and the first round of tickets will go on sale on May 9th. BlizzCon is their annual fan convention in California, with panels, tournaments, and events for all their big games. It always brings some big announcements too, setting up the year of Blizzard to come. For people who can't get there, Blizzard will also…

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Celebrate Starcraft’s 20th with a free co-op commander

Blizzard have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of Starcraft all month long with a series of giveaways and perks for their endlessly cross-promoted stable of games. Today, they're finally giving away something of real value for Starcraft II players: One of their premium-priced playable characters for the RTS giant's still-growing cooperative mode. You remember Fenix, right? Protoss hero, seemed friendly if a little death-prone. Now…

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Blizzard are handing out freebies to celebrate StarCraft turning 20

If you've ever looked at your pet in Diablo III and thought "it's a shame that's not a miniature version of a high-tech flying battleship", then I've got some good news. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of StarCraft's release, Blizzard are giving out some free bits and bobs for StarCraft: Remastered, StarCraft II, Diablo, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. You…

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Let’s get Raynor to rhumble: StarCraft 2 launches free version

Blizzard have released a big free version of sci-fi real-time strategy game StarCraft II, offering one full singleplayer campaign along with all the multiplayer. This launched overnight, available now if you sign up for Battle.net and download its client doodad. The free version contains the campaign from 2010's Wings of Liberty--the one focused on humans--plus bot battles and online competitive, casual, and co-op action. That's…

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StarCraft 2 launching generous free version this month

A huge chunk of StarCraft II is going free later this month as a sort of big 'ol demo for the wider trilogy. From November 14th, everyone will be able to play the full Terran story campaign from the original Wings of Liberty, the competitive multiplayer including units from all three chapters, and -- with some limitations -- the cooperative mode too. If you dig…

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Tweak-o! StarCraft II big balance changes incoming

I had thought Blizzard were about done with big StarCraft II balance changes, or at least had decided which units should be in the game, but nope! This week they announced a load of changes for all factions in multiplayer, redesigning some units and outright removing one. Blizzard explain, "This time around our general focus is to address underused units and abilities while also trying…

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Blizzard and Google betray humanity with StarCraft 2 tools to train artificial intelligences

When the robots come for us, bad sci-fi has taught me, it'll be teenage whizzes who save the world. In light of that, I believe that Blizzard and Google's DeepMind Lab are taking the audacious and treasonous step of pre-emptively toadying to our future robot overlords. They've teamed up to release a machine learning API and toolkit to use StarCraft II [official site] as a…

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StarCraft II getting an esportsy War Chest

As Westlife once sang in their famous song about esports and their associated cash drives: Tell me what makes an girl want to give you her credit card Smile when you're around and cry when you're apart If you know what makes a girl want to love you the way I do Esports, you gotta let me know so I can get over you. While…

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3 years ago

Gee gee! StarCraft II adding Tastosis announcer pack

We might not all have professional-grade StarCraft skills but soon we will all be able to have our games commentated on by the wonderful veteran commentary team of Nick 'Tasteless' Plott and Dan 'Artosis' Stemkoski. The pair have once again merged into the casting Archon of 'Tastosis' to record an announce voice pack for StarCraft II, which will launch this week with patch 3.14. I…

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Blizzard phasing out Windows XP & Vista this year

World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm are all to stop working on Windows XP and Windows Vista as Blizzard start phasing out support for ye olde operatinge systemes later this year. Other, older games will still work fine, but folks will need to upgrade to keep playing those newer ones. Windows XP is now fifteen years old and…

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Blizzcon Roundup: World Of Warcraft, StarCraft II And Heroes Of The Storm

There’s a lot going on at Blizzcon 2016 – new Diablo classes, Hearthstone cards and long-rumoured Overwatch characters for a start. If Blizzard keeps making games, how large could Blizzcon become in the future? Could it grow too large for Anaheim, California, perhaps? At this rate it’s only a matter of time before it engulfs the whole of the US West Coast. But for now:…

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StarCraft II Update Brings Separate MMR Per Race

Good news for StarCraft II players who play several factions: you'll soon have a separate matchmaking rating for each one, meaning you can play/learn/try something different without tanking your ranking. Bad news for insecure SC2 players who try the "yeah but this is my first time ever playing Zerg ever in the world ever okay" excuse when losing: that won't fly any more. Update 3.7,…

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KeSPA Announces Closure Of StarCraft Proleague

The Korea e-Sports Association, KeSPA, has announced it will be discontinuing the world's longest-running esports league, the StarCraft ProLeague as of 18 October. Its closure comes after 14 seasons of competitive play across the Brood War and SC2 iterations of the franchise. You can read the statement in full after the jump but I wanted to say that the golden years of competitive StarCraft were…

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