Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard Entertainment’

StarCraft Remastered out this summer, original to be free

Blizzard have fired two blasts from the news-barrels, finally revealing a vague release window for the long-rumoured StarCraft Remastered [official site] project, and informing the world that the original version of the game will be free to download and play once the next patch arrives. What’s more, owners of the original will be able to play against those using Remastered. StarCraft is back, even though it never really went away.

Although presumably aimed at the esports crowd, Remastered contains all of the singleplayer content and the Brood War expansion. On top of that it has 4K visuals, widescreen support, improved online functions and remastered audio. It’s coming in summer and you can see it below.

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Overwatch map editor is a long-term goal for Blizzard

Blizzard do hope to one day add a map editor to Overwatch, but you shouldn’t expect it any time soon. That’s the word from game director Jeff Kaplan, who says there’s a lot of technical work between now and this future dreamtime. Overwatch has started dabbling in kinda-sorta mods, with the confusingly-named Server Browser letting players fiddle with game settings enough to essentially create new modes, and a map editor would be a welcome addition. I’m guessing it’d take, what, two days for Overwatch’s first DE_Dust remake? Three for CP_Dustbowl?

In other Overnews, patch 1.9 is due to launch today, adding new character Orisa. Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch’s new hero, Orisa, hits test servers

The next fighter to join the happy-go-lucky crew of thieves and murderers in Overwatch [official site] is, as expected, not an 11-year-old. It is the honking great robot that child prodigy designed, though. Last night Blizzard revealed Orisa, and popped the tanky four-legged deathbot onto the public test servers for all to tinker with. Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch gets a game browser and boosts Bastion

Overwatch [official site], aka The Shooter For Whom You Write Poems Which You Never Send, has been given a game browser as part of its most recent patch. This will let players scroll through weird and wacky game modes invented by others, or host strange custom games of their own devising. The patch brings some other stuff too. Capture the Rooster (the CTF brawl they recently offered as part of their Lunar New Year event) is now a permanent fixture and robot good boy Bastion is getting a decent buff.
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Hearthstone’s next expansion coming April (with dinos)

A new expansion for card-thirsty players of Hearthstone [official site] has been announced, bringing with it splurging volcanoes that deal random damage, elemental fire birds that resurrect themselves stronger than before, and dinosaurs that can adapt as a game goes on. There’s going to be 135 new cards but most interesting for Hearthstoners (I’m guessing!) is the new Quest card type, which let’s you setup a goal during the match and rewards you with a powerful card if you manage to complete it.
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Overwatch teases something new via robo-prodigy, Efi

Efi Oladele

Looks like Blizzard are teasing something to do with a new character for Overwatch [official site]. They’ve put up an “interview” with 11-year-old robotic engineering prodigy, Efi Oladele, which is clearly teasing something on the robotics/AI front.

To be honest, as long as I never have to pick through a Sombra-style interminable ARG reveal event again I’m probably fine with whatever Efi’s interview presages. Read the rest of this entry »

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 Vista ten, Microsoft have long since stopped updating either, and Blizzard say “the vast majority” of players have upgraded, so they’re knocking old Windows out and smashing ’em in a big skip. Read the rest of this entry »