Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard Entertainment’

Heroes Of The Storm: Heroes Brawl Mode Kicks Off With Punisher Arena

Punisher Arena

Heroes of the Storm’s [official site] Heroes Brawl mode is out now marking a victory for consistent brand experiences across a multi-franchise media landscape. It’s a rotating game mode where Blizzard switch up how you play and what heroes you can use and the like. They have similar modes in Hearthstone and Overwatch so you might be familiar with the concept from there.

I’ve tried it a grand total of one times and at the moment I think I’d rather just play normal HotS. Whether that’s just because of the current flavour of Brawl or the mode itself I’m not sure. Read the rest of this entry »

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, which hits the North American servers today, also boshes in psychic superspy Nova as a new paid commander in the Co-op Missions mode. Read the rest of this entry »

WoW Players Can Return To Karazhan On 25 October

Return To Karazhan

Return to Karazhan kind of implies I’ve been to Karazhan even once. It’s like when you meet someone new at a party and they say “So good to see you again!” and you have to decide whether to tell them you’ve never met or just go with it, trying to work out who they think you are and generally besmirching that other person’s reputation. Oh hang on – is it about someone ELSE returning? ANYWAY let’s ignore that awkwardness and talk about World of Warcraft [official site] Patch 7.1 and the fact it’s going to launch on 25 October.

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OverWITCH: Hallowe’en Comes To Overwatch

I think my favourite ever Hallowe’en event in a game was the one which put the chickens of CS:GO into little ghost costumes. They were so adorable I’d get shot because I was chasing chickens about the place. ANYWAY. Overwatch [official site]. Overwitch? That game. It’s having a Halloween event for the next few weeks with Hallowe’en-themed loot and a special co-op PvE event called Junkenstein’s Revenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Heroes Of The Storm Swaps Arena For Brawl

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm [official site] is one of those games that I enjoy when I do boot it up but I tend to forget it even exists until I get an email about it. For me it’s fun to dip into, but it doesn’t stick beyond that. Today’s reminder was the info that the game is getting Heroes Brawl mode as a kind of evolution of the arena mode which I… don’t remember playing.

So what is Heroes Brawl, other than a reminder of how HotS is definitely a hero brawler and not a MOBA?

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Heroes Of The Storm Welcomes Overwatch’s Zarya

A second Overwatch character (class? Hero? Overwatcher? Omniumumumanaut? wizard?) has arrived in Blizzard’s free-to-play crossover MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] as a new hero (Champion? Summoner? Lord? wizard?). Zarya, the pink-haired Russian with a honking great gun, arrives in this week’s update with her usual Overwatching abilities.

A StarCraft-themed new map is in too, with nuclear warheads to gather and launch. What a merry dance across the Blizziverse this update is.

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Logging Off: Blizzard Dropping The Name

After twenty years, Blizzard plan to step away from the name for their online platform and services. The Diablords and Warcrafteers today announced that they’ll be “transitioning away” from the name, which they’ve been using since the first Diablo way back in 1996. No, Blizzard now want to name elements boring things like Blizzard Streaming and Blizzard Voice. Ah, the end of an era. Another icon falls.

Look, let’s be honest: names which are also domain names had become daggy by ooh we’ll generously say 1999. But don’t you see, Blizzard? A ’90s revival is going on – for the first time in yonks, the name currently sounds cool.

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