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Activision Blizzard are reportedly closing their Versailles office

Activision Blizzard, the mega publisher behind the likes of Overwatch and Call Of Duty, are reportedly shutting down their office near Versailles, France. According to Bloomberg, employees at the company will learn more about the closure next week, but at the moment it's unclear when exactly it'll happen, or how many people might lose their jobs in the process.

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Blizzard have delayed World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Sorry, death. With the news that World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands has been delayed out of its October launch, it looks like we'll be avoiding the grave a little while longer. Blizzard today announced they've pushed their behemoth MMO's next expansion back to "later this year" to give the underworld a bit more polish as developers continue to deal with the weirdness of remote working.

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Diablo 4 reveals a large, gnarly skill tree for you to climb

Although Diablo 4 doesn't have so much as a planned release window, Blizzard are continuing to lay out bits of development on the table for players to get a gander at while the studio iterate on the game. In the latest quarterly update, Blizzard are responding to player feedback on earlier updates with some proposed changes to skills, gear, and legendary items. They're also showing…

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Blizzard co-founder opens new studios with loads of ex-Blizzard folks

Mike Morhaime, the co-founder and former CEO of Blizzard, has opened a new video games venture with two studios stacked full of fellow ex-Blizzard folks. Dreamhaven is the company name, under which sit two studios, Moonshot Games and Secret Door. Open their doors and you'll find folks including longtime StarCraft II game director Dustin Browder and original Hearthstone game director Eric Dodds. What are they…

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BlizzCon Online is scheduled for February 2021

As with most other physical conventions this year, BlizzCon 2020 is cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Blizzard said that they wanted to take the con online but didn't think they'd be able to squeeze it into this calendar year. They were right on that front, but you won't be waiting until next November for the con to return. Honorary BlizzCon 2020 will now officially…

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Bam! Pow! Overwatch gets graphic with Tracer’s Comic Challenge

Super-powered heroes? Nefarious evil organisations? Dubious allegories to real-world oppression? Overwatch is already basically a comic book series, so why not lean all the way into that? This month, Blizzard are doing just that. Tracer's Comic Challenge is a graphic two-week event for picking up some themed cosmetics, running alongside the release of a new webcomic starring everyone's favourite spatially-unbound Londoner.

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World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands minimum PC requirements now include HDDs again

After yesterday's kerfuffle over World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands' PC requirements listing an SSD as the minimum type of storage supported, Blizzard have now updated the game's minimum requirements to include good old-fashioned HDDs as well. In their updated support article on the subject, the storage entry for WOW's Shadowlands expansion now includes both SSDs and HDDs, with the extra clarification that "player experience may be…

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Overwatch’s Bastion gets the attack helicopter buff he never needed in a new mod

Ah, the Overwatch Workshop. It's an excellent tool for creating all sorts of wacky modded game modes in Blizzard's colourful hero shooter, and players have produced some real gems with it since it was added. From Weeping Angels to a self-playing piano you can import songs to, there are endless possibilities. But for all of the weird and wonderful things players have made, sometimes it's…

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World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands PC requirements calls for an SSD

World Of Warcraft's Shadowlands expansion is getting a formal release on October 27th, but Blizzard's recently updated PC requirements for the game have been causing quite a stink among its player base. While the minimum CPU and GPU requirements haven't changed all that much, the minimum storage requirement now seems to imply that you need an SSD to play WOW's Shadowlands expansion rather than a…

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World Of Warcraft delves into the Shadowlands this October

You've killed every god, demon and monstrosity in the world of the living - so I s'pose it's time to quest through the afterlife instead. The next chapter in Blizzard's seemingly-unstoppable MMO, World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands tonight announced that it'll open the gates to the collective afterlives in October with two new trailers.

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The 5 most fun decks in Hearthstone’s Scholomance Academy expansion

Colourful Blizzard card battler Hearthstone is now a week into its new expansion, Scholomance Academy, whose theme appears to be "Harry Potter, but there are orcs as well". As ever, the injection of a bunch of new cards into the game has shaken up the meta, and there's the usual frenzy of analysis going on to determine which classes and archetypes are going to be…

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Overwatch is back at the beach for another round of Summer Games

It's summer! Scotland might've missed the memo (my soaked jeans can attest to that), but at least Overwatch is willing and able to have some fun in the virtual sun. The Summer Games have returned to Blizzard's hero shooter, bringing in a fresh collection of hot beach looks - whether you're chilling by the pool or pushing that dang payload.

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This incredible Mercy cosplay made my heart flutter

Cosplayer Zibartas is someone who will never run out of light. His latest creation is Mercy’s wings from Overwatch. They’re built out of steel and aluminium, glow with the perfect amount of heavenly light, and unfurl like he’s just activated an ultimate. There are very few moments of true beauty in the world at the moment, but I'd argue that seeing these snake out like…

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Overwatch’s Orisa nearly got an ability that let her teleport across the map

Imagine you're having a scuffle in Blizzard's funky little FPS, Overwatch. Most of the enemy team is here, except one of their tanks is definitely missing. That's when you see it - a drop pod hurtling down from the sky. It crushes your teammates upon landing, before the gentle giant mech Orisa emerges from it. According to the Overwatch devs in a recent Q&A, this…

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World Of Warcraft Classic begins the war to open Ahn’Qiraj today

Brought your bug repellant, adventurers? World Of Warcraft Classic is going back to Silithus to revisit the game's most notorious bug hunt. Today's update for the throwback MMO is preparing to re-open the lost Silithid empire of Ahn'Qiraj - which is to say that the long and arduous task of funding an army, piecing together an ancient staff worthy of a Scarab Lord, and knocking…

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Who needs clothes to kill WoW Classic’s biggest dragon, anyway?

Onyxia, Broodmother of the Black Dragonflight. If you're a veteran World Of Warcraft player, that name will immediately conjure long-buried feelings of dread - from the precision play needed to take her down, to the hours spent grinding quests to even enter her lair. But Azeroth's scariest dragon seems to have lost her touch, as a band of 40 World Of Warcraft: Classic adventurers worked…

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Hearthstone: Scholomance Academy expansion will introduce dual-class cards

The next Hearthstone expansion will take players to the wizard school of Scholomance Academy, Blizzard announced last night. The 135-card expansion will introduce 40 cards that can be used by two classes, reflecting the school's multidisciplinary curriculum, including 10 representing the dual-class disciplines' Legendary professors. The new Spellburst keyword is coming too, and a new Studies card type. Also, the school has just a load…

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Overwatch adds orchestral flair (and a new skin) with Sigma’s Maestro Challenge

Oh, to ditch Overwatch's crude gunfights for a night at the opera. To push culture, not payloads. Capture hearts and souls, not control points. Ah, well, the latest challenge event for Blizzard's hero shooter might not be picking up a fiddle anything soon, but it will let you pretend you're the sort of person who frequents the concert hall with Sigma's Maestro Challenge - dressing…

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Overwatch has released a soundtrack featuring funky tunes from its maps

Blizzard have released an Overwatch album, so now you can bop along to your favourite in-game tunes even when you're not playing. Overwatch: Cities And Countries is a collection of soundtracks from the game, all based on the global locations of its maps. You know when you first load into a match, and it plays that short riff of music symbolic of the setting? These…

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World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands is killing its gender transition fee

By all accounts, changing gender in World Of Warcraf has always been simpler than doing it for real. No appointments, no faff, no convincing Bobby Kotick through two years "lived experience" - just pay Blizzard a small fee and they'd let you rebuild your digital persona from the ground up. With this year's World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion, even that hurdle is getting the boot,…

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