Posts Tagged ‘Activision Blizzard’

Here’s when Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris releases in your timezone


Merry Destiny Day everybody! Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris is out today, but do you know when? If not, you’re in the right place: I’ve posted exactly when you can get your mits on it in various timezones below. Because I’m a font of Destiny 2 expansion timing knowledge, I can also tell you that there’ll be around 3 hours of server downtime before the update/DLC lands, and that you can start downloading about an hour after that starts. Again, timezone specifics are all conveniently laid out below.

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Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris trailer shows off new weapons, armour and dance moves

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Destiny 2 is about to get Vexier, with the Curse of Osiris expansion landing on December 5th. How are you going to pass the time until then, you ask? Well, you can spend at least 48 seconds of it watching this preview of the new weapons, armour and emotes. Emotes rarely seem like a big deal to me, but I have a soft-spot for those in Destiny – it’s criminal that Destiny 2 only allows you to equip one at once. I’ll soon be able to fill that slot with a sweet-looking holographic mic drop though, so Bungie are at least partially forgiven.

You can take a peek at the new gear in the trailer below, which includes a gun that launches terrifying little spider-robots.

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Destiny 2 might not reward grind as much as you’d think

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Over on the Destiny 2 subreddit, an eagle-eyed mathemagician known as EnergiserX has seemingly spotted something strange about how the game portions out XP. His discovery came after he noticed something strange about his XP progression in the post-story segment of the game, and that he was receiving far fewer Bright Engrams (cosmetic-laden reward boxes) than he should. Having shared his full workings, I’m inclined to agree there’s something unusual going on, although hesitant to call it such a terrible thing.

Update: It would seem that the backlash against this discovery was intense enough that Bungie have officially dropped the XP scaling system from the game, effective immediately.

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Humvee manufacturer suing Activision over Call of Duty warcars

The manufacturers of Humvees are suing Activision over Call of Duty games featuring vehicles which, they say, look an awful lot like their own warcars. AM General claim that these Humvee-lookin’ vehicles violate their trademark and Activision don’t have permission, so they want CoD to knock it off and pay them damages. Their case pivots on several Call of Duty games, including Modern Warfare and Ghosts, featuring warcars which allegedly look close enough to Humvees to fall under their ‘trade dress’ — a type of intellectual property covering what a product looks like — and are sometimes called Humvees by name.

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Wot I Think: Destiny 2


It’s 4AM and I’m whispering with strangers in the dark. I found them online through a private channel, arranged a meeting in secret, and set my alarm to wake under cover of night. We’ve already got a plan, but we need to talk it through, to get on board with each other. We need to make sure we won’t get caught this time.

I promised my wife I’d stop doing this, but these are the sacrifices I have to make in order to finish Destiny 2’s Leviathan raid.

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The PC version of Destiny 2 is out now

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It’s 6pm over here in ol’ Blighty, which means that according to this handy launch-times map Bungie’s zeitgeist-wrangling online FPS Destiny 2 is available to play on PC. For those who preordered and preloaded, your copy of the game should be unlocking just about now, assuming the servers haven’t burst into flames, of course.

If you’ve not preordered and are still wondering what all the fuss is about, check out the PC launch trailer after the jump, and see the game described by many Destiny fans as “It’s way better now!” and by some of the original game’s detractors as “Actually good this time.”. High praise, for sure.

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You can pre-load Destiny 2 now, if you’re into that

"You MUST stop the Cabal, Guardian. It is.... your DESTINY 2."

“There is no greater love,” sang the late Amy Winehouse, “than what I feel for shooting hostile robots in their glowing stomachs.” If you also can’t get enough of sci-fi space shooting, then you’ll be happy to learn that Destiny 2 [official site] can be pre-loaded now. That’s a whole five days ahead of its release on October 24. On top of that, here’s the exact times you can start playing. Activision aren’t taking any chances, are they?
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Bang! Zoom! Straight to the new Overwatch map which is set on the Moon

Overwatch [official site], aka the one you still think about when you fall asleep at night even though you are in a happy relationship, is getting a new map. It’s set on the moon. According to the increasingly tangled folklore of the multiplayer hero shooter, the Horizon Lunar Colony is where tanky gorilla Winston comes from. It’s an assault map and, although most of it will be grounded and normal, there are parts of the map where you can prance about in low gravity. But come down here to see what the map itself looks like.
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Leaky leak: Overwatch’s next event is PvE Insurrection Uprising

Update: Past Brendan, you fool! It’s actually called ‘uprising’ in English and now has a trailer in that language, available via super-legit sources, and contains all these goodies.

Original story:Il y a eu une fuite!” That means “There has been a leak” in French, a language which I am now speaking because a trailer for the next Overwatch [official site] event has seeped out onto the French YouTube channel for PlayStation. It’s called Insurrection and pits four characters against waves of Omnic robots on the streets of King’s Row. And it’s due to start tomorrow. Here’s the video, which was taken down by the official channel once they realised their slip-up but has – surprise, surprise – been hastily copied by enterprising Tubefiends.

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Destiny 2 offers teaser trailer for other, longer trailer

A “reveal trailer” due to come out on March 30 for Destiny 2 [official site] has got its own smaller trailer, because that’s what happens in this, the dying age of humanity. It’s got some Nathan Fillion in it though, voicing the robot japer Cayde-6, a character you might remember from the first game’s Taken King DLC if you are an original Destonerd. We’re telling you all this because we are banking on the sequel coming to PC, following some strong rumours. Anyway, you can watch the trailer for the trailer below.
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Destiny 2 announced, but why do we care?

Destiny 2 has been officially announced by Bungie via a tweet from an official account. This was always pretty much guaranteed, given the success of the first game. But why do we care on our illustrious PC-only website? Because it might well be coming to PC as well as PlayStations and Xbones, according to some previous rumours. Those are just rumours for now but we’re posting about it anyway, because we don’t want to be left out of the party. In other words, we’re hedging our news-bets.
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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: more announcements.

Between all of the show’s marquee announcements, and all its eAthletes competing for big cash money prizes, there’s also been the usual bevvy of updates unveiled for StarCraft II, World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm. Time for a roundup!

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Necromancers And Diablo 1 Remake Coming To Diablo 3

Update: Yikes! Blizzard has confirmed The Darkening of Tristram will be an event taking place in Diablo III in January, and will return annually (side note: holiday events seem to be all the rage right now) as an anniversary-themed homage. The event will be home to some exclusive loot, including the soulstone from the original Diablo along with the Butcher’s clever and Wirt’s leg. Keen beans will be able to access the event from the test realm starting next week.

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Fresh information has dropped out from the sleeve of Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime’s wonderful bowling shirts: the Necromancer class will be coming to Diablo 3 [official site] next year. But what’s that hiding in the other arm? Blizzard is also remaking the very first Diablo in the Diablo III engine, and that’s coming out in the next couple of months.

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The Ten Hottest Robots In Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Gotcha. It’s just a new trailer. Alongside a video of the upcoming Mass Effect spin-off, some footage for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site] was also released during Sony’s dull as drapes news conference today. It shows a bunch of our friendly soldiers storming into an abandoned space facility where the sun outside burns at 900 degrees. It looks like it’s an asteroid mining complex. I can tell because of all the dissatisfied robot labourers.

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Wot I Think: Overwatch

Overwatch [official site] is like going for an evening of speed dating and realizing everyone you meet is marriage material. I’ll stare at the character select screen before each match, unable to decide which hero I want to play because I want to play them all. Do I play as Reaper and try to earn ‘Play of the Game’ with my deadly shotguns? Do I hang back as Widowmaker and snipe holes into people’s heads? These are the kinds of questions are only made hard because each one leads to its own kind of fun. But does all that diversity lead to a game as enduring as everything else in Blizzard’s great legacy? Here’s wot I think.

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Call Of Duty 2016 Confirmed, Infinity Ward Really Proud Of Office Signage

Gosh! Is it time for the annual “Activision have confirmed Call of Duty [official site] still exists and is still getting its annual instalment” post already? But it was only just Christmas! Where does the time go?

Anyhoodle: Activision have confirmed Infinity Ward are working on Call of Duty 2016 and it will be released in Q4 (it’s usually during the first half of November if you haven’t been keeping track).

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720 Noscope Buyout: Activision Blizzard Rekt MLG

Pound your airhorn, crank up the dubstep, and scream Internet memes as if that level of ‘irony’ makes you any less irritating: Major League Gaming got totally #rekt. [My office, after work, bring a phone book and a sock filled with £3 in pennies -ed.]

Monolithic publisher Activision Blizzard has bought up the digital sports organisation, which hosts big tournaments and streams all sorts of competitive gaming things online. The acquisition comes as part of Activision’s plans to, in company head honch Bobby Kotick’s words, “create the ESPN of esports”.

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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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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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Activision Blizzard And Their New Team Of Esports

So Activision Blizzard’s creating a new division “devoted to esports” within the company. It’s going to be chairman-ed by the former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, Steve Bornstein, and senior vice presidente-ed by a co-founder of Major League Gaming, Mike Sepso. There’s a press release and everything.

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