Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard Entertainment’

Diablo II Now Has Better Support For Modern OSes

Last year, we were briefly excited at the prospect of Blizzard revamping some of their older games, as a job listing made clear they were looking for a software engineer to work on Diablo II, Warcraft III and the first StarCraft. Our hopes were dialled down when Blizzard clarified that their goal was simply to “maintain our legacy games.”

It seems that goal has borne fruit, as they’ve just released the first new patch for Diablo II in five years. The update “focuses on system glitches introduced by modern operating systems.”

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Overwatch’s Closed Beta Returned With New Mode, Maps

“Would it be possible for you to write the Overwatch info, Alice?” Pip asks as she swings through Unravel, and I… as a good friend, shall refrain from embarking upon An Hilarious Misunderstanding with several hundreds words about XCOM 2 ‘overwatch’ attacks. So. Closed beta testing has resumed for Overwatch [official site] (you can sign up over here), bringing with it new maps and modes and things.

This may be most immediately useful to folks in the beta but hey, it also tells the rest of us what to expect from Blizzard’s FPS.

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Overwatch Beta Returning In February With New Mode

It’s been forty-odd days since the Overwatch [official site] closed beta went offline. Forty-odd days in the desert, is more like it. While Blizzard is off “addressing player feedback” and “adjusting the balance,” we’re all stuck playing games that have actually released. Boring.

And if you’ve been frothing at the mouth waiting for Overwatch’s return, you’ll have to tap your foot a bit longer: the FPS’s beta won’t be back until February. But there’s good reason.

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Heroes Of The Storm Adding Two Diablo Spellcasters

At some point, one has to wonder how many heroes could possibly be hidden inside a single tempest. I’m no meteorologist, but my suspension of disbelief is starting to strain here.

Case in point: Blizzard announced two new characters for Heroes of the Storm [official site] this week, both lifted from the Diablo universe—Li-Ming the Wizard and Xul the Necromancer. They’ll bring the Heroes roster up to 48 different characters, by my count [49 by mine! -unhelpful ed.].

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Heroes Of The Storm Snubs Shakira With New Hero

Look, Blizzard, you claim you’re serious about digital sports yet here you are, missing out on montage opportunities. Yes, sure, tournaments and pageantry and a good game and all that are nice, but mostly you need good frag montage videos. Adding a werewolf character to Heroes of the Storm [official site] should have hundreds of fans making videos set to one of the all-time greats, Shakira’s She Wolf [workplace warning: video shows Shakira dancing inside glitterguts], winning billions of views, but- oh, it’s a He Wolf. Shakira didn’t sing He Wolf, Blizzard. Don’t you even know that? But sure, you enjoy Greymane, the Lord of the Worgen. Whatever.

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Diablo 3’s Mini-Expansion Patch 2.4 Hits Next Week

After a few months steeping on the PTR, it’s time for another massive Diablo III [official site] patch. Like, surprisingly massive. The type of content a different developer might package up, slap a name on, and sell for a fiver.

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How To Draw And Cosplay Overwatch’s Characters

I remember Craig, formerly of this parish, once trying to put together a Halloween costume and stumbling down the well of messageboards where people studied screencaps of films and TV shows and tried to identify glove manufacturers, watch models, and other fine details. He would have appreciated the producers of Dexter putting out a guide as detailed as the one Blizzard have released to cosplaying any of the characters in multiplayer shooter Overwatch [official site].

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