Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard Entertainment’

Overwatch increasing punishments for naughtiness

Asses, blaggards, bleeders, blighters, bounders, brutes, cads, cheats, fannies, jackasses, jagoffs, jeb ends, knaves, loudmouths, ne’er-do-wells, nobheads, nuisances, prats, pricks, rascals, radges, rats, reprobates, rogues, rotters, and scoundrels beware: Blizzard are increasing punishments in Overwatch [official site].

“Play nice; play fair” is one of their main rules, they say, and flipping flipfaces are spoiling things. So from now on, they’re increasing penalties for bad behaviour, and they’re planning to expand their disciplinary systems. One such planned change is issuing notifications for when people you’ve reported get punished. Internet justice! Read the rest of this entry »

Doomfist punches into Overwatch proper next week

After several weeks beating the bag on the Overwatch test servers, new character Doomfist is almost ready to start pounding faces properly. The villain will arrive next Thursday, July 27th, Blizzard announced this week. If you prefer not to tamper with test servers and unfinished bits, you might want to meet Doomfist in this here video: Read the rest of this entry »

Seven Overwatch League teams confirmed across US and Asian cities

Overwatch D.Va

Blizzard has announced the first seven teams to take part in the Overwatch League [official site], the game’s official eSports league that’s due to launch later this year.

The teams will represent cities, almost like football teams, and will be owned by a mix of eSports guys and traditional sports business giants, including the head honcho at current NFL champions the New England Patriots. Yep, Overwatch is big business.

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Wot I Think: Diablo III – Rise of the Necromancer

I’ll be honest, I couldn’t really see a space in Diablo III for a Necromancer. Another class that’s based on raising gross minions and smashing up mobs from afar? The Witch Doctor seemed to have that amply covered, commanding zombie dogs, harvesting souls and erupting towers of zombies from the ground.

Oh but it’s great to be completely wrong. I’ve been having a wonderful time, raising the dead and casting dark curses. Here’s wot I think. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Overwatch’s newest map has made me fall in love with its least popular hero

I really struggled with my first few outings in Overwatch’s new map, Horizon Lunar Colony. When my team was defending it seemed all too easy for the attackers to roll over us, especially on the first of two capture points, which has a wide-open approach and lots of entrances. I didn’t know which way to look. When I was attacking, I kept getting picked off from long distance, dying in the halfway house between safe cover and the point itself. It was rubbish, I thought. Badly designed.

I was wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne announced

Blizzard’s Hearthstone [official site] is off to the icy land of Northrend to duff up zombies in the free-to-play card game’s next expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne. It’ll add Death Knight variants of the Hearthstone heroes, giving players powerful new abilities like stitching corpses together to make megamonsters. Neat! Eight new singleplayer missions are coming too. The expansion is due to launch in “early August.” Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch slams in new character Doomfist

The dastardly Doomfist is finally arriving in Overwatch [official site], now playable on the test realm after yonks of teasing. He’s one of the baddies in Blizzard’s FPS, a man who has a robot arm and is jolly annoyed because a monkey put him in prison and… that doesn’t matter. He is a new character, and he is here, able to shoot from his knuckles and punch things mightily. Meet him in this new trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

StarCraft Anthology won’t get matchmaking after all

After Blizzard made StarCraft free ahead of August’s launch of the fancied-up StarCraft Remastered [official site], they had said they planned to add Remastered’s new matchmaking and ladder to the free version too. (Yes, StarCraft had no matchmaking – oooh the olden days!) Blizzard have changed their minds. Matchmaking will not be added to the free old version after all, as it supports cross-version play with Remastered and Blizzard say they worried it’d end up being abused by griefers. That’s a bummer but hey, it is a free game. Read the rest of this entry »

Hearthstone making ‘Wild’ sets purchasable again

Older card sets retired to the ‘Wild’ format in Hearthstone [official site] will soon become purchasable again, Blizzard have announced. Wild is format where all cards from every set are allowed, the one Blizzard created in 2016 to create a rolling metagame in the ‘Standard’ format with limited sets – and to make Hearthstone friendlier to new players. Blizzard had stopped selling cards for expansions only in Wild, but that made getting into Wild a faff for newer players who wanted to get into it. That’ll change “in the coming weeks”, when they all return to sale. Read the rest of this entry »

Moonshot: Overwatch’s Horizon Lunar Colony map’s live

MOON MOON MOON

Overwatch‘s [official site] moon arena, Horizon Lunar Colony is now live. The assault map’s origin story is all about exploration and science and all of that kerfuffle which sounds so grand and optimistic. Nowadays (i.e. in the future-present of Blizzard’s FPS-iverse) it is a contested set of facilities where heroes mangle one another with lasers.

On the negative side that feels less grand and optimistic. On the positive side, it means that universe has the technology to send people to the moon all the time. Read the rest of this entry »

Diablo 3’s Necromancer DLC rising next week

The skeleton-raising, corpse-exploding Necromancer class will arrive in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls [official site] with the launch of its ‘Rise of the Necromancer’ paid next week. The paid add-on brings back the Necromancer class introduced in Diablo II, complete with his (and now her) tooth-grinding chums. Blizzard today announced that it’ll launch alongside the next update on June 27th (or later, in certain corners of the world), priced at £13. Here, see what the class gets up to: Read the rest of this entry »

Diablo 3 adding weekly runs with other players’ builds

An unconventional form of weekly challenge run is coming to Diablo 3 [official site] with the introduction of Challenge Rifts in the next big patch, Blizzard have announced. Every week, Challenge Rift players will play through the exact same Greater Rift with the same character and item build – a character copied from an actual player’s account. Challengers will take on the same Rift with the same build originally used to beat it. It’s an interesting idea which might force players into some unconventional play styles. I dig that! And the reward for beating the original player’s time? Loot, obvs, and bragging rights. Have a look: Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch celebrates birthday with new loot, game sale

Genji

In case any of you were keeping an eye out for a price dip during which to pick up Overwatch [official site] there’s one happening right now. It’s part of a seasonal event celebration which is essentially a three-week birthday party for the game and involves a weekend trial and new digital loot like anniversary skins and three new arena maps.

I don’t know about you but I definitely like to celebrate my birthday by spending the best part of a month sloughing off my old skin to reveal a shiny new look and some emotes. It’s what we millennials do instead of jelly and ice cream nowadays. I also Instagram the whole thing, my iridescent scales falling photogenically into my flat white, the little buds of my newly grown ears peeking out from behind the old ones and ripening over a series of selfies… Read the rest of this entry »

Do Valve own Dota? A jury may decide

Valve may make Dota 2 but who actually owns Dota? A jury trial may be called to decide who — if anyone — owns the copyright, Ars Technica report. Two mobile developers who are making Dota-y games and facing a legal attack from the combined forces of Valve and Blizzard have argued that the Dota copyright was abandoned so they’re free to use it, their logic rooted in Dota’s complicated origins in the Warcraft 3 mod scene. Given that Valve’s lawyers have previously fought the mighty Blizzard’s lawyers to a standstill in a trademark fight, I’d be surprised if this doesn’t go their way, but we’ll see! Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch’s D.Va stomps into Heroes of the Storm

Mech-piloting, Dorito-munching pro gamer D.Va has joined the cast of Blizzard’s free-to-play crossover MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site], arriving just a few weeks after Genji. If you know her from Overwatch, you largely know how she works in HotS, because abilities translate fairly directly between the two class-based games. She stomps around in a mech which has shields and boosters and which she can set to self-destruct as a bomb, and she can scamper about on foot popping people with her pistol. Here, have a look in this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Heroes of the Storm gets Overwatchier in v2.0

Overwatch cyberninja Genji has arrived in Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm [official site] and the mech-piloting digital sports superstar D.Va is soon to follow. To give them somewhere familiar to scrap, the free-to-play crossover MOBA’s update 2.0 has added a map based on Overwatch’s Hanamura level. HotS 2.0 also reworks the player progression and loot system, and brings an event with crossover rewards in both HotS and Overwatch (including, oddly, a D.Va cop outfit for Overwatch). Oh, and all players are receiving enough virtuacash to unlock a bundle of twenty characters for free. Those busy Blizzees! Here, watch what Genji is all about: Read the rest of this entry »

Call down the thunder: StarCraft is now free

Blizzard’s seminal 1998 strategy game StarCraft [official site] and its expansion, Brood War, are now free for all and sundry. The game that birthed modern digital sports! The game that launched a thousand zerg rushes! The game that still has the best tanks in all RTSland! Blizzard have updated StarCraft a touch to play nicer with modern computers but mostly it’s still just StarCraft (“just StarCraft” she says!). The real overhaul is coming later this summer in the not-free StarCraft Remastered. But for now, free StarCraft for all is just dandy, ta. Read the rest of this entry »

Blizzard due $8.5 million in legal battle with botmakers

A company who make and sell cheats for Blizzard games including Overwatch, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft must pay Blizzard over $8.5 million, a US court has ruled. This is the latest development in Blizzard’s battle with cheaty botters Bossland, which has so far spanned five years, the courts of several countries, and even more cases. This latest ruling says that, along with paying up, Bossland are ordered to stop selling their software in the US as it “circumvents technological measures that control access to Blizzard’s games”. Other cases are still ongoing, mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Hearthstone journeying to Un’Goro on Thursday

Blizzard have announced that the next Hearthstone [official site] is due on Thursday, April 6th. Journey to Un’Goro will venture into the primeval Un’Goro Crater to play with dinosaurs, battle monstrous plantlife, and embark on Quests with a new card type. Here, have a peek at what awaits in the free-to-play card game: Read the rest of this entry »

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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