Showing posts with label Blizzard Entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blizzard Entertainment. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

New Diablo Game in Development

Blizzard has been working on an unannounced Diablo project and a job listing on their website confirms it.

The last game developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment released from action role-playing franchise was Diablo III, which came out in 2012 and its second expansion Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer came out last year on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This hack and slash dungeon crawler haven't seen a sequel for past six years but maybe that changes now. According to a new revelation, Blizzard is apparently working on a brand-new installment of Diablo.

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New Diablo Game in Development

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From a recent list of job listing posted their website shows that the studio is looking for some dungeon artists for a new, yet unannounced Diablo project. They were also looking for a few artists to work on environmental, technical and VFX assets as well as some software engineers. All of the applicants will be hired to work full-time to create a dark fantasy world full of dungeons for their newest title where players will embark on a quest to save the world once again.

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The gameplay and world of Diablo series has inspired many RPG over the years and it is high time that the developer finally revives it. Although Diablo III was widely successful, players were quite unhappy with Blizzard mostly focusing on multiplayer mode, aspects of single-player game struggled to thrive. Given today's scenario of so many game companies moving ahead with online games, we are only wondering if they would follow the same path or would they acknowledge fans criticism from past?!

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Atmospheric Dark Dungeons

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Aside from this fan-favorite game, Blizzard is also responsible for creating hugely popular series like StarCraft and World of Warcraft. Although, they are quite busy with their team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch, which is ruling major platforms and received positive acclaim from almost everyone. To keep the momentum flowing and keep the entire fan-base happy, they are regularly dropping post-release contents and arranging seasoned events.

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While they were away, many other popular RPG franchise has emerged and Blizzard has been long absent from the competition. So, fans are really concerned if they will be able to live up to expectations of modern day fans and reclaim their throne! By the looks of it, things don't seem like that they are completely moving away from the core but sticking to it instead. Hopefully they will make killing demons of Hell and looting rewards.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Overwatch's Symmetra Will Be Removed From Support

After a patch released back in December 2016, Symmetra is still not one of Overwatch heroes that players pick so often. She is now the only hero capable two ultimates; one of which is Teleporter and the other being Shield Generator. Her small shields are reworked into large photon barrier to make her support stronger. Even the League pros seem to avoid playing with her despite crowd pleading. On the other hand, players have been asking questions about her upcoming changes on the game’s forums.

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Overwatch's Symmetra Will Be Removed From Support

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Symmetra brings nice balance of diversity into the huge mix of character from this team-based shooter as a hero. In her solo comic-book "A Better World", she is seen to make use of her hard light technology for making bridges and sphere-shaped shields used for defense from enemy attack. It's just like how the fictional species of Shi'ar from Marvel Comics uses their tech that eventually helped the X-Men build their Danger Room training simulation.

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In a recent Interview with Overwatch developer Timothy Ford recently revealed that Symmetra will no longer remain in a support role but will become a defense hero after they are done working on her. What they are targeting here is to make her character more flexible through some dramatic change. Though they cannot reveal much detail because of the work-in-progress and what part of hers is actually their focus of development yet but suggested people will find out as they play Overwatch.

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Overwatch developer Tim Ford


"We are discussing the change right now, and although we can’t tell you the details of each change, we would still like to let you know it will be a fairly dramatic change. One thing we can tell you is that Symmetra will turn from a support hero to a defense hero after the remake. Our aim is to make the usage of Symmetra even more flexible from it."
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Hopefully, this change will be proven revolutionary for her character because players mostly treat Symmetra as an odd support and avoiding her in their fold using the in-game "Avoid as Teammate" system, which was actually introduced to as a measure against abusive players. Hints also suggest that she will be able to heal her teammates as well and she is already good for shielding support. Taking her for defense also suggests that Blizzard is probably done with non-healing support.

RELATED: Overwatch Support Hero Brigitte Announced

Recently, Brigitte joining as a support hero has given this unique class some boost in spite of still having Ana and Moira in the roster. Bottom line is, we are getting a new Defense hero, who is getting changed from another class and most likely to have a brand-new version of her to make things interesting. Developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch is available to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Release Date

The seventh expansion pack of world's most popular multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft was announced in November 3, 2017 much to the excitement of their massive fan base worldwide. Everyone was waiting for a release date and then it became available for pre-order from January 30. Today, Blizzard has announced that "Battle for Azeroth" will arrive in a few months and the date is August 14.

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World of Warcraft – Battle for Azeroth Release Date

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As the Alliance and Horde prepares themselves for one of the biggest fight in their circle of hate, another short trailer for the latest World of Warcraft expansion is dropped.




Looks like early Warcraft games have been a great influence to the development of Battle for Azeroth. Alliance vs. Horde war takes a new height in this expansion and new quests added to the story are a well evidence for that. Players will explore new areas in the island of Kul Tiras for Alliance and Zandalar, belonging to Horde for resources. New Raid zones and 10 dungeons have made it to the expansion.

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Warfronts is a 20-player multiplayer mode that brings back the flavor of classic Real-Time Strategy games. You will build forces and then lead attack on enemy objectives. Level cap can be increased to 120 for a character. There was an offer of a level 110 boost with Battle for Azeroth pre-order and many players jumped in for that. Plus, Alliance will get two new races; Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves, whereas Highmountain Tauren and Nightborne are for Horde.

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Battle for Azeroth Collector’s Edition

According to Blizzard, there is a Battle for Azeroth Collector’s Edition, which is a physical copy of the game. There is a hardcover novella featuring the story of Alliance and Horde that led to the events of WoW: Battle for Azeroth. You will be able to finds out more about it but this novella that comes with Collector's edition is the only physical form for this tales. Plus, a digital soundtrack full of music from expansion, a collectible coin as well as few other goodies from Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and StarCraft II franchise.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth already have the dedicated fans hyped enough that they literally broke the World of Warcraft servers while trying to pre-order the expansion. Standard Edition of Battle for Azeroth will cost you $49.99 and if you are going for Digital Deluxe Edition, then you have to spend $69.99 only. Price for Collector’s Edition is still undisclosed and some features from World of Warcraft: Legion will be brought back.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Deckard Cain Joins Heroes of the Storm

Players who have enjoyed Blizzard Entertainment’s action role-playing Diablo franchise may remember the last Horadric scholar character Deckard Cain. Before he met his fate at the hands of Maghda and her Dark Coven, Cain re-forged the fallen archangel Tyrael's broken sword in Diablo III. You might be wondering why we are not talking about Diablo but just a recurring character who used to narrate lore and offer advice? Well, Blizzard is bringing him back once again.

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Deckard Cain Joins Heroes of the Storm

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Blizzard has officially announced Deckard Cain from Diablo series is going to be drafted as a playable character for their free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of the Storm, available on Mac and PC. Cain will be joining the Nexus this April and we have a spotlight trailer here to showcase his abilities.




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Deckard Cain is introduced as a support hero to aid his fellow Heroes of the Storm characters during battle by handing out healing potions for them. When he will give up potions, it will heal the first nearest ally and then another and at a time, he can drop five of these. He can throw out Horadric Cube as one of his offensive abilities to deliver 80 damage to his enemies within range and also slow them down to 40 percent for a brief time, which is 1.75 seconds to be exact. This one is a great tool to control opponents and set up your allies.

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Deckard Cain's Scroll of Sealing

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Cain's Scroll of Sealing spreads out a magical triangle to root his rivals in their place for 1.5 seconds and dealing 150 damage inside this protective scroll. One of his famous line from Diablo series was "Stay Awhile and Listen", which is Cain’s ultimate ability in Heroes of the Storm. Enemies in range will be put to sleep for two seconds as he will tell stories to them. By sticking close to his allies, he gains 10 armor his basic abilities charge back twice faster than usual.

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Now, this is not a new news for Heroes of the Storm players that Blizzard brings out many popular character into this popular online hero brawler from Diablo, Overwatch, StarCraft, The Lost Vikings and Warcraft series every now and then. Though, many followers of the HotS franchise initially thought his inclusion to be an April fool's joke, we think it would be interesting to see how his character works out into the mix.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

Developer Blizzard Entertainment's free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone is getting an expansion with 135 brand-new cards. Titled "Hearthstone: The Witchwood", this expansion is the first of 2018 that will usher Year of the Raven. Though they have not stated any specific release date for it to arrive yet, The Witchwood pack will probably drop anytime before April 30.

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

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Now check out the following clip where the game developers of Hearthstone go to the Irvine California backwoods to reveal more about The Witchwood.




The newly introduced 135 Hearthstone cards are themed on the haunted forest of Gilneas to fend off the spirits of Witchwood. There will be new type of cards and a shift from the usual gameplay mechanics to a new style. For example, if you are to build your deck with Baku the Mooneater or Genn Greymane, then you either has to own odd or even cost cards, so that the former will grant Hero Power upgrade and the latter will cost 1 Hero Power for the whole game for any class.

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New Cards and Mechanics

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The Phantom Militia has the power of Echo, which allows you to play the card many times in the same turn depending on how much mana you are packing and this one is one of the many from the set. Though Rush card Militia Commander cannot attack the opponent's hero like Charge cards, they will attack other minions on a same turn. Before the expansion goes live, claim three card packs and a random Class legendary card for free just by logging into the game.




It also launches a single-player experience called Monster Hunts and it will start within two weeks of the release of the expansion. If you have played Kobolds & Catacombs then this mode may seem familiar to Dungeon Run to you. Players collect their loot bounties to upgrade a deck upon killing the bosses following eight progressively challenging fights for staying alive and exploring further into The Witchwood.

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion pack is priced only 49.99 and you can get a special 50 card pack bundle on pre-purchase. As an included bonus, you will also receive the exclusive In a Dark Wood card back and 20 more The Witchwood card packs. The only other thing that you will need is a Blizzard Battle.net account to enjoy playing this intense collectible card game on Warcraft folklore.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Blizzard celebrates 20th anniversary of StarCraft

March 31, 2018 will mark for the 20 year anniversary for Blizzard Entertainment's sci-fi real-time strategy game StarCraft. The game originally came out on March 31, 1998 for PC and spawned a successful series of games that ran on Mac as well. Now, this occasion causes for celebration and Blizzard decides to rejoice this anniversary with a bunch of in-game giveaways like skins and rewards for their other fan-favorite titles.

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Blizzard celebrates 20th anniversary of StarCraft

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To celebrate this grand achievement of StarCraft, Blizzard has picked up Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II, Starcraft: Remastered and World of Warcraft for players to earn these exciting rewards in-game.



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Instead of the end of the month, Blizzard decides to spread the joy of their accomplishment for the entire month of March and some of the reward items are for you to claim just by logging into the game. Following are the free rewards waiting for you to take in-game within the respected titles.

  • Diablo III: Dominion’s Revenge is a terrifying Battlecruiser-themed Pet that you can receive by logging into the third installment of the popular action RPG title after March 6.

  • Hearthstone: You have to play a StarCraft-inspired Tavern Brawl game to get three Kobolds & Catacombs pack rewards anytime from March 21 to 25.

  • Heroes of the Storm: From March 27 to April 7, get the 20th Anniversary Portraits for Protoss, Terran and Zerg species in exchange for a single log in.

  • Overwatch: To get the Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin for the defense hero Widowmaker, just log in to the team-based shooter game between March 6 and April 3. This skin of Sarah Kerrigan is akin to her Nova skin and themed on the character before the time when she turned into the Queen of Blades.

  • StarCraft II: Onwards from March 6, log on to the original sequel of StarCraft and get a special UI Skin for each playable race. Then within March 6 to April 3 logging into the game once again will get you a Portrait and Decal.

  • Starcraft: Remastered: A memorial 20th Anniversary UI Skin as a tribute is just waiting for you to claim by simply logging into the game.

  • World of Warcraft: This multiplayer online role-playing title grants you the “Salute to StarCraft” Feat of Strength for saluting any one of the StarCraft-themed pets among Baneling, Grunty, Mini Thor, Zeradar or Zergling within March 31 to April 6.

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Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin for Widowmaker

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Aside from the in-game cosmetic item giveaways, the developer plans to host anniversary StarCraft stream of Twitch personalities, which will run from March 30 to 31. Also, on March 31, the very date of StarCraft's original release, Blizzard is going to release a video titled StarCraft is Life: A Celebration on YouTube, featuring the biggest fans of the game sharing their experience with the game for the last two decades.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Blizzard Hints Diablo for Nintendo Switch

Blizzard Entertainment has been re-working with their old video game titles lately, following which, they just made StarCraft free to play and there is a rumor for Warcraft III Remastered Edition. Fans of the developer were wondering when would they do something about one of their most celebrated action role-playing game series, Diablo. By the apparent look of things, we are assuming that time has finally come.

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Blizzard Hints Diablo for Nintendo Switch

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It all started with a cryptic Tweet from Blizzard saying “Sweet dreams.” while showing a Diablo, the Lord of Terror-shaped nightlight switched on and off.



Fans and followers of didn't take much time interpreting this as a tease to the news of Blizzard's dungeon crawler action RPG title Diablo heading to Nintendo Switch. To be frank, it wasn't that hard clue to figure out anyway!

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Though any Blizzard Entertainment spokesperson has not came clear about the act yet and no announcement of any sort were made, we can at least hope that the game may come to Nintendo Switch at some point. Well, careful marketing plans of the corporate doesn't usually let the public relations reveal anything in advance of their pre-planned schedule and Blizzard is just cleverly playing that same game.

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Diablo III on Nintendo Switch Port

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The last installment of the series, Diablo III was released back in 2012, which is close to six years ago. Then in 2013, the game was brought to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platform. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One also received it next in 2014. PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X enhanced update was also dropped. Till date, Blizzard is still quite active with the project as the annual Darkening of Tristram event was just held in January 2018.

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However, even though Blizzard has enough good reasons to be interested for bringing Diablo III to Switch, we still cannot be very sure about any of their moves. Because prior to the reveal of Nintendo Switch in 2016, Blizzard had posted the following Tweet and led many to float in the bubble of speculation.



Everyone who saw that Tweet thought that Blizzard is probably bringing their free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone for Switch but we are now in 2018 and the developers have not made any single buzz about that in the past two years.

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Since every other major game developer are bringing their prize titles to Nintendo's next generation console these days, it would be quite fitting to port Diablo on Switch. Games like Batman: The Telltale Series, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, Doom, Mercenaries Saga Chronicles, Payday 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has already marched their way to the port. So, it will be a shame to see Diablo III left behind in the revolution just like Hearthstone.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Overwatch Support Hero Brigitte Announced

Blizzard Entertainment has just announced the 27th hero character for their massively popular team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter Overwatch. Blizzard has been teasing the reveal of the character for some time on their Twitter handle with images and mysterious hints though. Named Brigitte Lindholm, the new support character will be live on public test region from February 28th within 1 PM ET and 2 PM ET for players on PC.

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Overwatch Support Hero Brigitte Announced

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So far, Overwatch has introduced five extra playable hero characters after the release of the game back in 2016. We had two offensive heroes Doomfist and Sombra, Ana as a support hero and tank hero Orisa. The latest addition to the roster was support hero Moira, added to the gang in November 2017 and now we got Brigitte as another support player, which makes the number three among the additional heroes list.

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Below is the newest animated short clip featuring the origin story of hero Brigitte Lindholm from Overwatch.




Brigitte will be the first Overwatch character added to the game in 2018 and she also appeared in the “Honor and Glory” animated short. Growing up as the daughter of defense hero Torbjörn Lindholm, Brigitte used to work with her father in his workshop and she was always inspired by her mentor, tank hero Reinhardt. So, she eventually decided to join the fight with a custom-built armor of her own when she realized that she can do more than just building weapons and fixing armors.

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Here goes another video of Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan giving up details on the story, abilities and other aspects of the newest character Brigitte.




Brigitte's melee weapon Rocket Flail has the power to knock of a couple of enemies in an extended range at the same time with one single swing. She has an ability called the Repair Pack, which can be used to heal up a teammate and if that player is already at a full-health, the healing will act as armor to them. Other than the former, she wields abilities like Barrier Shield, Inspire, Shield Bash and Whip Shot to either take damage or knock opponents down.

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The Ultimate Ability that Brigitte possesses is called Rally, which gives her boosted agility to move faster while shielding her teammates with armor within a certain range. Development tweaks in her character made her better than Torbjörn or Reinhardt and she is more than suited to stop Genji or Tracer during a match. Because she wanted to do more than patching, her gameplay style totally matches the attitude.

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The reveal of Overwatch's previous support Moira at BlizzCon 2017 surprised the fans but for some reason, people were not as much excited as the developers hoped for. Brigitte's announcement however is a complete different case and as she is live on game’s test servers, Blizzard will issue her full release for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One very soon.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Warcraft III Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

Blizzard Entertainment has released their fantasy real-time strategy game Warcraft III more than a decade ago, in 2002 for Mac and PC. The 16-year-old game is getting a brand-new Patch 1.29 has been released by the developer for testing. The updates include 16:9 widescreen display support instead of last year's 1440x1080 resolution upgrade, a 24 player servers in an experimental mode, hero balance changes and Map Pools.

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Warcraft III Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

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This sudden update after quite a while isn't the real news here even if it seems a bit odd because Blizzard dropped the last update for Warcraft III in 2017. They've been also working to update their other classic fan-favorite games like Diablo 2 and StarCraft to restore them to glory they deserve as par present day games running on modern operating systems. The recent updated installer interface is what that drew attention of keen eyes of game theorists already.

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It was pointed out that Warcraft III has an updated installer now which is akin to the current Battle.net launcher. Now, this fresh change to one of the legacy games can be for better merger with Blizzard’s Battle.net client. The installation process of the game has also changed as it installs both of the games now. So, that brings hope to the fans that it can lead to a Warcraft III Remastered Edition just like Blizzard's StarCraft Remaster last year.

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Warcraft III Updates Installer Interface

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Coincidentally enough, the news of the update hits us at the same time Blizzard is busy making an announcement for a Warcraft III competitive tournament invite that will run from February 27-28 on Twitch. This contest is open for Free-for-All, 4v4 battles and other friendly fights for Warcraft III professionals from worldwide. This is just an initiative to bring the game to the arena of esports tournament trend of recent times.

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We won't be much surprised if Blizzard Entertainment decides to announce the Warcraft III: Remastered during the Warcraft III tournament and this is very much a possibility. Although the official sources haven't yet releases a statement on the speculation but it's good to see that a renowned game developer like Blizzard isn't giving up on their old titles just yet. A community-created mod for the game named Dota 2 is ruling Valve's digital distribution platform Steam for years.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Play Overwatch Free on February

Blizzard Entertainment's team-based multiplayer online shooter Overwatch has a huge fan-base and is also popular for eSports tournaments. Since the release of the game from 2016, the developer offered many free weekends to attract new players into the fold and we think that is a great initiative to empower your franchise. Speaking of free weekends, we are awaiting just another right after the Valentine's Day.

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Play Overwatch Free on February

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Starting from February 16th to 19th, Blizzard Entertainment has offered a Free Weekend for everyone out there who always wanted to Overwatch a shot but wasn't sure about it. Well, this free trial period will be a perfect opportunity for them to sink their teeth in for four days on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Not only you are getting access to the 26 available hero characters of Overwatch to choose from but you also get to explore all the 17 different maps and 4 modes of the game. Depending on the selected game modes, you can play with variable amount of players. Earning loot boxes for cosmetic items and various skins are also open for this trial. Several other features like the Arcade, Custom Games, Play Vs. AI and Quick Play are open in this limited time offer.

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You will need the Battle.net desktop app and a Blizzard account to get started with the game on PC. For console, you can log in with your selected local user for PlayStation 4 and in case of Xbox One, you have to sign in to your Xbox Live account. Whatever progress and experience you will gain during this period can be transferred to the full game should you decide to make a purchase for it after playing the free weekend on Battle.net.



Multiplayer online first-person shooter game Overwatch is released in 2016 from Blizzard Entertainment to play on PC and major console platforms like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The official Tweet from Overwatch given above has the link to all the details regarding the trial and you can even shoot your questions directly for any queries as they are very responsive to replying the tweets back.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

StarCraft: Scavengers Comics in Development

Other than spawning a series of great sequels and expansion packs, Blizzard Entertainment's real-time strategy game franchise of StarCraft is quite adept when it comes to produce more and more tie-in comic-books for the enthusiastically curious fan-base of theirs. Following that trail, the developers have banded with publisher Dark Horse Comics to announce their upcoming limited series StarCraft: Scavengers.

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StarCraft: Scavengers Comics in Development

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Spanned for only four issues, the series is plotted out by writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Faith) and artist Gabriel Guzmán (Mass Effect: Discovery, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows) lend his illustration skills to create this story. The book will focus on a band of Terran scavenger group on a risky mission to salvage invaluable tech from an abandoned Protoss ship within a certain time and the experience is something like they never had.

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The official synopsis of the StarCraft: Scavengers comic series is as follows:

"In StarCraft: Scavengers, a group of terrans hopes to pull off the job of their lifetimes: pillaging a derelict protoss ship in a decaying orbit above an uninhabited planet. The scavengers’ dangerous mission is seen from the point of view of a young, inexperienced engineer. The team must scavenge the ship’s priceless tech before it burns up in the planet’s atmosphere, but can they beat the clock and avoid being busted by Dominion police forces?"
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With the release of the previous games and comic-books published by Blizzard, we already have seen a lot before and hopefully there are more depth to the core plot than the summary reveals at this stage. Whatever mysteries are going to unfold at the end of this chapter, that might have some long-lasting effect on the franchise and maybe the story will herald a tease for any potential game sequel as well. StarCraft III will not be a bad idea if that is what Blizzard is secretly cooking but we can be wrong too.

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The first issue of the series will come out on July 25, 2018 and very soon it will be available for pre-order. Blizzard Entertainment has previously released StarCraft: Revelations and StarCraft: Hybrid limited series comic-books. Publishers like DC Comics and Wildstorm were later involved in the series of graphic novels based on StarCraft. There was also a digital comic series focused on StarCraft II’s War Chest program.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Twitch Paid $90 Million for Overwatch League Exclusive Deal

With the recent news of live streaming video platform Twitch and game developer studio Blizzard Entertainment made an exclusive deal for Overwatch League which starts on January 10, it became pretty evident that the world of such esports tournaments holds a lot of potential for the growth of the industry. Taking over the broadcasting rights for the contests for the next two seasons surely have cost Twitch a big buck and many were really interested to know the amount they have spent for it.

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Twitch Overwatch League Exclusive Deal

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Out of the curiosity, we searched for it and found out that reportedly, Twitch has just paid up whooping $90 million dollars cash to secure rights over Overwatch League and we have a recent Tweet from @VentureBeat to back that up.



Whatever big bucks Twitch have paid over this deal is almost exactly one tenth of what the company was sold over for to Amazon back in 2014. The company bought Twitch for over $970 million at that time. However, neither of Blizzard or Twitch has made any official statement on the deemed dollar amount to confirm the news on the air.

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As the Overwatch League kicks off with San Francisco Shock taking on Los Angeles Valiant at the launch event, Blizzard has introduced new Overwatch skins collaborating with Twitch. There are 312 skins which is one for each hero from all 12 different teams. These new skins can be found on a new in-game tab and costs $5 each. However, the developer was generous enough to offer up 100 free tokens for every Overwatch players to start with as an in-game reward.

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Twitch and Blizzard Join Forces

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Blizzard already struck a deal with Twitch prior to become the premiere partner for competition events on games like Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch from the game developer studio. This new deal has definitely taken their business relationship further and it won't be surprising if Twitch ended up with some more major announcements at the upcoming BlizzCon this year.

Overwatch is a multiplayer online shooter that is available worldwide to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Like Dota 2 or any other competitive online games, Overwatch doesn't have that much of celebrated gamers but it does have the potential to be all the good things. After the hyped up Overwatch League is over whether it turns out successful or not, the face of esports is going to change forever.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Overwatch League is Exclusively on Twitch

This January 10, 2018, is marked to be the for the first Overwatch League tournament, which will take the standards of esports to another level. Realizing the potential of this contest, live streaming video platform Twitch have just announced that they have secured a media rights partnership deal for Overwatch League for the next two years with the game's creator studio Blizzard Entertainment, which will give them access to broadcast the contest live worldwide.

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Overwatch League is Exclusively on Twitch

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The first match of the tournament will take place between the San Francisco Shock and the Los Angeles Valiant, which starts at 4PM PST, on January 10. You can watch all the past matches that are archived on the Videos tab of the site and live matches will be available to watch on Twitch and at mlg.tv. Aside from Twitch, Blizzard's very own Overwatch League website will also be broadcasting match feeds as well as their app on smart phones.

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As the exclusive worldwide third-party broadcaster for Overwatch League, Twitch will be streaming matches in English, French and Korean. However, China does not include being in this deal. The partnership also brings unique reward system for the most dedicated viewers of the league with Overwatch in-game exclusive items. In celebration of the event's launch, a new update released by Blizzard Entertainment introduced a couple of new skins.

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Overwatch League at Blizzard Arena

Since various professional Overwatch teams will try to take on each other in this team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter, the arena is about to become a center of interest for millions of esports spectators. Blizzard Entertainment presents Overwatch is currently available to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Overwatch Free Weekend Is Coming

Like many other big-shot studios in the gaming industries, Blizzard Entertainment has also realizes the necessity to explore the fever of free weekend and they are throwing us a free weekend for Overwatch. Yes, you can now enjoy this team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter from Blizzard for free later this month in a free weekend from the developers.

Overwatch Free Weekend Is Coming

All you need to enter the world of Overwatch is a PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One on the free weekend. Players will find a trial version to download on their respective console systems. Also, you will be needing either the PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscriptions to play on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Those who wishes to play the game on PC on free weekend will need to download the Blizzard's Battle.net app from battle.net

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Under this free weekend initiative, you will be allowed to test out all 26 playable characters of Overwatch, as well as explore the 16 existing maps. Arcade, Custom Games, Loot Boxes and Quick Play are all open to take part in. Competitive games however, are off limits for now. Finally, all the progress you have made during the free weekend period will be carried over to the main game if you choose to purchase the game in the end.

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Overwatch’s free weekend will officially start on Friday, November 17 at 11 a.m. PT and will end Monday, November 20 at 11:59 p.m. PT. There is one last thing that we would like to mention as a friendly reminder is that although the game is available on all major platforms, it will not be up for any cross-platform play but probably you already knew that right?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Overwatch Support Hero Moira Announced

During BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment had a surprise for all the Overwatch fans and it's about a new character. A new support hero . . . err, heroine is being added to the roster, who is actually more of an antagonist as she works for Talon organization and the 26th playable character of the game. Her name is Moira and she is great for both recovery and attack.

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Overwatch Support Hero Moira Announced

With a long-range beam called Coalescence, she can drain the life-force of her opponents and then using that energy, she can heal her teammates with biotic spray. This happens to be Moira's main attack. Moira's "Fade" power allows her to teleport from situations if she is cornered but it also is a great mobility option for the hero even if it has a short range. Players may find this a bit identical to Reaper's Wraith Form and who knows; maybe they're even connected somehow. Just saying!

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There is a short clip below that focuses on her motives and few takes from her gameplay which you better take a look at while we talk more about her.




After a while, it might seem that she might be a bold retake on the sniper Ana but whether or not it is true, she will heal you up if she is on your team or give you some serious damage if you are on the other side of her allegiance by sending out her bouncing "Biotic Orbs". You can even compare her to a more hostile version of Symmetra but still, she has superior mobility and long-range for attacks.

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Moira's Coalescence Attack

Then there comes her Ultimate attack, which is a massive beam of energy blast to wipe out the enemies on your way. So far, the character is full of great features and it will take people some time to figure out how to best use it as well as pointing out whatever flaw she has.

Blizzard's team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter Overwatch is available to play on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. If you're even a little bit of interested about this new support character, you should just go ahead and give it a try already. If you are a support main, you're probably gonna end up loving play as Moira and if you are not, still, chances are you will appreciate having her on your team.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Expansion Announced

If there is one thing Blizzard Entertainment is good in other than making blockbuster games then it would be releasing multiple expansion packs for those games years after year to always keep things stirring. For example, their 2004's massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft is getting the cycle of hatred between Alliance and Horde renewed in the upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Expansion Announced

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At BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard has revealed their plan of bringing the next and seventh expansion for World of Warcraft with a cinematic trailer, which truly captures the intensity of the battle.




Battle for Azeroth re-engaged the Alliance and Horde in their heated clash once again in the World of Warcraft. By the looks of the war shown in the trailer, we can only assume that the battle has raised more stakes than ever and your choice of faction will actually matter more than you think. You get to explore Zandalar empire and the fabled kingdom of Kul Tiras. Plus, you can recruit help from many of the allied races to empower your faction.

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Bringing the new expansion pack for World of Warcraft was not the only good news from BlizzCon 2017. With the arrival of Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard is also bringing back their Vanilla World of Warcraft servers and fans of the series were losing their minds over this one. This gives the players a chance to re-experience the retro flavors of the game after the servers were shut down in 2016. The biggest reason for that move was that it wasn't possible to run two MMOs at the same time.

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Blizzard has not revealed any release date for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth expansion pack yet but our good guess is that it will come out late next year. However, a beta version may go live in the early part of 2018. Battle for Azeroth promises a lot of good stuff that the fans are looking forward to and since this is World of Warcraft we're talking about, players will always be eagerly waiting for it to arrive.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Overwatch Update Changes Mercy

Blizzard Entertainment has been working on updates and releasing them time to time for their award-winning multiplayer online first-person shooter video game Overwatch. As we all know that they are always busy with updating the hero roster as well as bug-fixing, Blizzard has recently released a new update for the game which already went live. By the looks of it, they were primarily focusing on support character Mercy.

They have also updated the social tools so that the players can show when they are online, away, busy or appear offline as their status on PC. The last one won't hide you from your friends if you are all in a same match though.

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Overwatch Update Changes Mercy

A recent bug fix has cost Lúcio’s wall ride ability, slowing him down a bit. Now, developers are saying that his wall ride speed has been boosted up to 65% but then again, it just compensates for the reduced speed Lúcio got previously for the update. The adventurer monk Zenyatta received a few new lines of his own. Issue of visual effects regarding Sombra’s Pumpkinette victory pose that wasn't displaying correctly is also fixed.

Okay, let's talk about Mercy now. If you are a Mercy player then you will no longer have trouble to glide past your targeted allies and all you have to do is to use the jump key with Guardian Angel. If you activate Resurrect, your cooldown will no longer reset. Same thing goes for Valkyrie and the resurrection cooldown won't be reduced either. That means players will get a bonus Resurrection charge from now on. All of these and it makes place for a bit of flexibility.

Before, if you had two teammates to resurrect, you had to activate Valkyrie and revive the first target prior so that the Resurrect’s cooldown will reset and you will proceed with the other target. After the update gone live, now you can activate Valkyrie and resurrect both targets immediately. There was also a bug that taxed Mercy’s momentum and prevented her from properly slowing down upon cancelling Guardian Angel.

We've discussed almost every necessary aspect of the update above already, which is available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, if you are feeling like checking out the details for yourself then here it goes: OVERWATCH PATCH NOTES, OCTOBER 17, 2017.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Overwatch Doomfist Comic – Masquerade

Following lots of anticipation, rumors and waiting, Doomfist finally Arrives as the 25th hero of the game Overwatch. Blizzard has already released a short-animated video featuring Doomfist's origin but to them, maybe that wasn't enough for everyone's new favorite. As there are something new happening in the game every now and then, it was about time for the fans to get some news.

A brand-new official comic featuring Doomfist is out now and it is all sorts of fun for fans of the game and regular comic-book readers. This latest installment of Overwatch digital comic from Blizzard Entertainment is titled "Masquerade!"

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Overwatch Comic – Masquerade

To the whole world Akande Ogundimu is known by the name of Doomfist, who is a member of Talon's inner council. After he was defeated and imprisoned by the international peacekeeping organization Overwatch, he finally breaks out of his captivity and decides to return to Talon's circle. As he escaped from the prison, Reaper comes to receive him and updates him about the Russian mission. Back at his feet, Doomfist is all set for starting the war that he signed up for.

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Overwatch Comics Featuring Doomfist

The plotline of this digital comic short is written by Blizzard's in house writer Michael Chu. Artist Ryan Benjamin (Batman – The Black Glove, Batman – The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul) and Anthony Washington has taken the illustration responsibility of this story. The book "Maquerade" is now available for reading or downloads at comic.playoverwatch.com but if you are looking for the full-multimedia experience with sounds and all that, then you should definitely check out Madefire Motion Book, available for desktop PC, mobile and Apple TV.