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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Diablo 4 to Feature More Gore, NPC and Towns

Blizzard will make Diablo IV much darker; will add over 100 towns for more NPC interaction to tell a grounded story.

Revealed last week at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment is working on Diablo IV, next installment of hack and slash action RPG game series that is set to launch for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Shortly afterwards, players have a chance to take a look at its story premise and brief gameplay overview. Blizzard is not only going to make Diablo 4 darker but is planning to feature more towns and villages with lots of NPC interaction.

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Diablo IV to Feature More Gore, NPC and Towns

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During a panel at BlizzCon, creative director Sebastian Stępień talked about its lore and world. Darkness will greatly serve its plotline by moving from infamously bright surroundings of Diablo III and more gritty vibes of Diablo II.

There will be lots of NPCs from more than 100 towns and villages for players to explore and learn from locals. This way, its story is approached in a much grounded way and players will piece together stories of regular folks.

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People living in these villages are not talking about kings, politics or anything but giving reference of dark medieval fantasy. These locations can also serve as a form of social hubs or may be used to host seasonal events in future.

In past, games of Diablo franchise would require players to take tour in certain areas in each act and they were branch of a central town. So far, number of towns was summed up to less than 10 but adding over 100 of them is quite a leap.

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More Towns and Villages

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Set in massive open-world locations, the game will share select areas and world bosses with fellow players online. Another aspect that has came to light lately is that D4 to be always online and not supporting a full offline mode

By the time Diablo IV was revealed at BlizzCon 2019, it was no longer a surprise to its audience because of numerous leaks and though a possible release window is not given yet, it is not likely to come out any time sooner than 2021.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Diablo 4 Will Have Cosmetic Micro-Transactions

Blizzard would offer players cosmetic micro-transactions for character skins and mounts in Diablo IV.

Earlier this month, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment kicked-off BlizzCon 2019 by officially revealing upcoming Diablo IV from renowned hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

D4 is to take a darker path than its predecessor and will feature more than 100 towns to explore. It is also unveiled recently by a livestream from BlizzCon that they will include some micro-transactions for cosmetic items.

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Diablo 4 Will Have Cosmetic Micro-Transactions

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Blizzard representatives confirmed during their annual event that Diablo 4 will add character customization options and mounts, which players are allowed to spend money on to purchase these items for their characters.

Although developers are currently planning to do micro-transactions solely for cosmetics, there is no guarantee that they won't go for a different model of business in future and that is what concerns majority of player community.

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In a discussion with Twitch streamer Quin69, lead developer Joe Shely talks about in-game monetization.

Diablo 4 will be available as a base game, and we're going to have expansions. You also will be able to acquire cosmetics in the game.

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Shely also confirmed during a live broadcast at BlizzCon that these purchases can be made in an in-game shop. Even if they are in early stage of development, multiple expansions will be part of their post-launch content support.

Despite allowing in-game purchases for customization skins, players will never be allowed to gain power through build. Whether they are going for a subscription model is not clarified yet but for a full-priced title, that idea seems rather irrational.

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Given overall scenario of mobile game releases in recent years, Blizzard is more likely to pursue a heavily micro-transaction imbued business model for their upcoming Diablo Immortal title that would largely target Chinese market.

Since Diablo IV is expected to sell several million units followed by multiple paid expansions, they could make those items free for players. Even though deemed harmless, putting a price tag on cosmetics in a looter RPG is never a good sign.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Diablo 4 Will Be Always Online

Blizzard has confirmed that all versions of Diablo IV are online-only and won't support a full offline mode.

Only days ago at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced Diablo IV, latest installment of their hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Of course, this news would make fans cheer in joy and maybe even have them forgive Blizzard for disastrous launch event of Diablo Immortal from last year but there is a catch; D4 will require you to be connected to the internet.

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Diablo IV Will Be Always Online

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Lead designer Angela Del Priore has recently confirmed on a panel at BlizzCon that Diablo 4 will not feature a full offline mode, which means players would need to have a constant access to internet connection if they want to play.

You are free to enjoy solo adventure and noting would force them to party up with others but they won't support a full offline mode. Anyone can experience campaign quest areas and play through dungeons in private anytime.

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Now this decision should not come as much of a surprise to players on PC platform since even for single-player mode, Diablo III would require them to connect to internet same as their other titles like Overwatch, StarCraft or World of Warcraft.

However, this action will most likely to affect player community on consoles, because Blizzard had an exception for those versions of Diablo 3 to play offline back then but now they will only support online play over all platforms.

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Blizzard Entertainment opting out of an offline mode support for the game is mainly because of their DRM policy but whether or not it would force console players to subscribe to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold is not yet confirmed.

Diablo IV is fourth mainline release from its respective action RPG franchise and has no set launch date yet but according to estimates from analysts; it would arrive sometime around 2021 since the project is still under development.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Overwatch 2 Announced

Blizzard officially announces popular hero shooter sequel Overwatch 2 and new modes at BlizzCon 2019.

Following an exclusive report from ESPN and a leak within in-game store, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has finally revealed Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon 2019 event for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

One of Blizzard's major franchises, team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch was launched on all major platforms back in 2016. It became a popular eSports title over time and now is ready to delve into its next chapter.

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Overwatch 2 Announced

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In a traditional manner, a new cinematic short "Zero Hour" is released by Blizzard to kick-off the announcement.




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The cinematic begins by focusing on Winston, who is reminiscing their old days while heading over to Paris with Mei and Tracer. They are off to fight a terrorist organization known as Null Sector and all they have is a small crew.

Taking charge of their operation, Winston jumps right in fighting and helping local populace. As he was getting overpowered by their forces, Mei came to his assist and Tracer joins them too but not before a giant omnic came out blasting.

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With their ride destroyed and Mei getting injured in an attack, Winston realizes that they can't possibly win. So, he instructs Tracer to get everyone out of harm's way and decides to stay behind, holding the line for as long as possible.

Running for cover, his friends look back to see him trying to make a last stand but is saved by Genji at last minute. Brigitte and Reinhardt came charging in, followed by arrival of heroic omnic Echo and guardian angel Mercy.

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Null Sector Invasion

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Brigitte and Reinhardt work together to display ability to create an interlock shield to deflect a beam from their giant enemy. Winston cooks up something up with cryo-freeze backpack and pulse bomb from his teammates to take it down.

By working together as a team, they managed to put that inside giant omnic unit and shattered it into icy bits. Effectively shutting down a Null Sector invasion, Overwatch team has reformed once again after so long and is back in action.

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An official gameplay video has followed up to showcase upcoming content and features of Overwatch 2.




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Vice President of Blizzard and game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed bringing new story-based missions to deliver co-op experiences that are highly replayable and heroes would make progress through a unique leveling system.

Those early rumors had mentions of new PvE story mode, new map, PvE content, introduction of a new hero and all of them came true. However, there will be at least two new hero characters; previously shown Echo and newcomer Sojourn.

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Replayable Hero Missions

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In a latest inclusion of hero characters, Sojourn from "Recall" animated short and origin video for Ana will be introduced. A former Overwatch captain, she was instrumental in Storm Rising mission and is about to re-join her old gang.

A brand-new map will be based on Canadian city Toronto and PvE story missions will help expand character stories. All current players will be allowed to play in a shared multiplayer environment with all new heroes and maps.

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Aside from story mode, a new competitive PvP mode, "Push" is coming soon to play over all existing maps. Player progression like game highlights, holiday skins, sprays and victory poses from Overwatch will be saved and can be accessible.

All of your favorite heroes are getting some sort of design changes and reinvented with visual updates. Blizzard will roll out regular content updates and seasonal events for original OW but they have no release window in mind for its sequel yet.

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Overwatch 2 Push Gameplay

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It was rumored long ago that Blizzard has been working hard on Diablo IV and Overwatch 2. Though everyone expected the former to come out, the latter was somewhat a surprise since it just launched a Nintendo Switch port recently.

Other than Diablo 4 reveal, one of the biggest announcements out of BlizzCon this year was sequel of Overwatch and Kaplan believes it will redefine everything a follow-up installment should stand for with steady stream of new contents.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Expansion Announced

Blizzard announces Shadowlands expansion for fantasy MMORPG title World of Warcraft at BlizzCon 2019.

During opening celebrations event at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has announced upcoming Shadowlands expansion for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft.

Despite being fastest-selling WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth failed to keep up hype, probably because of recently launched WoW Classic but Blizzard plans on bringing more content update for their players anyway.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Expansion Announced

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In a newly released cinematic trailer, Blizzard builds up premise of Shadowlands, next chapter in WoW lore.




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Sylvanas Windrunner walks up to Icecrown citadel to confront Lich King Bolvar Fordragon sitting on his Frozen Throne. Realizing her intent, the lord of Scourge led all of his forces after Banshee Queen who has broke free of his control.

Sylvanas successfully takes them all down and eventually brought Bolvar down on his knees before defeating him and break his Helm of Domination, opening a portal to realm of life and death to unleash its nightmarish horrors.

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Shadowlands, Realm of Death

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Battle for Azeroth allowed players a level cap of 120 that many could reach to but rather than going any further, WoW will be capping levels at 60 and everyone currently at max level will start their journey of Shadowlands from level 50.

This action is to ease up leveling process and make players feel rewarded for ongoing progress. Instead of going over all sorts of different content, you can simply play up Mists of Pandaria expansion as a newcomer and go to level 50.

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Though a huge chunk of player community is busy playing WoW Classic mode these days, Blizzard is still keen to add more content update each year ever since it was released and has a considerable size of player base even this day.

Therefore, revelation of Shadowlands was nothing sort of a surprise as WoW has been dropping hints for its next expansion for some time. Ahead of BlizzCon 2019, a leak from Blizzard gear store has showed glimpse of new Lich King, Bolvar.

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On top of upcoming gameplay overhaul, a new continent will come to play as well as NPC factions to join up. Realm of Death is not linked to physical plane like Kul Tiras or Zandalar from past expansions, so it may take a weird route.

Shadowlands has always been a part of World of Warcraft lore outside of physical universe from its very beginning as this is where players go after death but its dark realm has never been merged with Azeroth, up until now.

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There is Tower of the Damned for class-specific challenges, which will play out in roguelike fashion. Now that Bolvar is dethroned, every race can have a Death Knight and Banshee Sylvanas may appear as a raid boss.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion is currently available to pre-order and is scheduled for a 2020 release window. Blizzard will have a zone restricted for new players only where they can learn the basics before entering world of Azeroth.

Diablo 4 Announced

Blizzard Entertainment officially revealed highly-anticipated dungeon crawling title Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019.

Although expected to be revealed last year, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment ended up showcasing upcoming mobile title Diablo Immortal instead of latest installment of mainline Diablo game from popular dungeon crawler series.

After multiple leaks from various sources and a series of rumors hinting its existence over and over to fans, Blizzard has finally announced hack and slash action RPG title Diablo IV for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at BlizzCon 2019.

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Diablo IV Announced

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A brand-new cinematic trailer builds up arrival of ultimate evil and it seems all that waiting was really worth it.




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The video show off a perilous journey of a group of adventurers looking for gold but among them was a scholar who was only seeking knowledge. Their small posse is chased to an underground dungeon by a horde of demonic creatures.

They ask the scholar to breach seal of a gate while they fend off those beings and he figured out it would take blood to open the door. So he asks two of his companions to willingly offer their blood and it does open but one of them is left behind.

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However, instead of gold what they find inside is terror unimaginable as their fallen companion returns to unveil a horrific truth to them. They have unwittingly entered a forbidden tomb and opened up a gate to hell that will usher doom.

Finally, they all three surrenders to darkness and a veil of blood is formed to call forth home Lilith, daughter of hatred. Her blood soaked introduction to D4 is only a sign of Diablo lore getting darker and gruesome than ever.

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At this point, a new Diablo game is not a surprise anymore since it has been reportedly under development for some time and probably even changed direction at least once but ultimately, Blizzard decided to go back to series roots.

Entire plot will focus on Sanctuary and mother of the Nephalem, Lilith will be serving as main antagonist. Taking inspiration from all past games of the franchise in terms of horror aspects and gameplay, Diablo IV aims to be gorier and grittier.

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Blizzard has also revealed a first gameplay trailer showcasing character classes and other notable features.




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First noticeable change to new installment of the series is a massive graphical upgrade and smooth gameplay. Inclusion of horses as mounts indicates vast open-world locations that would require transportation to reach to.

At launch, Diablo IV to have five set of unique character classes and initially only three of them are revealed. Barbarian, Druid and Sorceress have their different set of skills to play out and charge into battlefield for glory.

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Barbarian represents heavy hitting warriors wielding powerful weapons that they can swap and switch between at any time. This valiant class will run rampant amidst streets littered with corpses and cause destruction all around.

A Druid can transform into creatures as Werebear to Werewolf and command magic like no other. Sorceress can harness elemental powers like fire, cold and lightning aside from freezing enemies before breaking them in pieces.

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More Random Dungeons

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Players are allowed to customize each class with ability levels, cosmetics, rune words and skill trees. They are free to go anywhere and anytime they want as campaign is completely open to either explore its expanded world or go on side quests.

Certain in-game areas are now open as PVP zones to fight each other but this is just an option if anyone wants to opt out. Social areas are for gathering in groups, trade items and even taking on terrifying bosses together.

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Multiplayer World Boss

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Shortly before announcement, a leak revealed that Diablo 4 will have three character classes and will be set in an open-world. Players will be able to interact with surrounding environment like climbing walls or even ride mounts as well.

Many long-time fans would have a great experience with such improvement to gameplay mechanics and turns out, these leaks were actually true, which certainly helps generating more hype for upcoming isometric action RPG title.

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When Diablo III came out in 2012, it initially suffered from connection issue at launch but ended up selling over 30 million copies. Though originally debuted for PC platform, D3 eventually saw console release and even a Nintendo Switch port.

Blizzard is promising their fan-base every reason to get excited for Diablo IV but there is no official launch date yet, nor even a release year. Given they have been working on the project for some time; we probably won't have to wait too long.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Overwatch 2 May be Revealed at BlizzCon 2019

BlizzCon 2019 to reveal popular hero shooter sequel Overwatch 2 with new hero and PvE game mode!

Rumors for a sequel to team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch has been out there for past couple of months but new report not only suggests that claim, it also confirms inclusion of a new hero and PvE mode.

Although developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has yet to announce Overwatch 2, it is supported by several sources that the follow-up to popular hero shooter will be officially revealed at BlizzCon 2019 on November 1, 2019.

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Overwatch 2 May be Revealed at BlizzCon 2019

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According to a recent BlizzCon training document, Rod Breslau of ESPN mentions of a new PvE story mode that is a four-player co-op mission and will take place on a new map set in Rio de Janeiro, hometown of support hero Lúcio.

Player community and professional league players have long been complaining for some of least popular modes like Assault. Attendees of BlizzCon may likely to have a chance to experience both its PvE and new game mode "Push".

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Revealed at BlizzCon 2018, in "Reunion" trailer, an omnic named Echo will be joining current hero roster as 32nd hero. She is reunited with McCree after he rescued her earlier from Ashe and her Deadlock Gang from Route 66.

Their brief conversation suggests that she used to be a partner of the outlaw gunslinger and was put into stasis for some unknown reasons. During a recall of Overwatch agents, McCree came to wake her up and join team once again.

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Back in June, Blizzard reportedly cancelled a first-person shooter title set in StarCraft universe in favor of major franchise sequels, shifting that team to work on Overwatch 2 as that scrapped FPS project used to ran on Overwatch engine.

Even though developers usually hate leaks ahead of time, Blizzard should feel lucky at this point to come in spotlight for a new game after their controversial move against Hearthstone player Ng "blitzchung" Wai Chung for political speech.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Diablo 4 Leaked by Art Book

An ad for new "The Art of Diablo" book from Blizzard has leaked Diablo IV weeks ahead of BlizzCon 2019.

A major franchise from developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment, action role-playing hack and slash dungeon crawler series Diablo has seen its final game Diablo III six years ago and its second expansion came out in 2017.

Last year, many fans initially believed that Blizzard would reveal a much-anticipated sequel in their BlizzCon 2018 event and a mobile title was announced but a recent leak suggests that Diablo IV will be unveiled at BlizzCon 2019.

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Diablo 4 Leaked by Art Book

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In latest issue of German magazine GameStar, there is a single mention of Diablo 4 in an ad for upcoming book "The Art of Diablo", which will come out in November 3, a date set after BlizzCon for Blizzard to announce the game.

First line of that advertisement reads, "Mit über 500 artworks aus Diablo, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, und Diablo 4", which roughly translates to "With over 500 artworks from Diablo, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, and Diablo 4" and there you go.

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Following is a Tweet that posts an image of "The Art of Diablo" book ad containing the leaked information.


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The Art of Diablo is already available on Amazon for pre-order and aside from that print ad; there are no mention of Diablo IV anywhere. At this point, many leaks have suggested its existence but this one is the most legit among all.

Though some fans may believe that the ad probably mistook Diablo Immortal for a mainline Diablo sequel, that seems too far-fetched and it was reported earlier that a working build for the game already exists in their French offices.

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Blizzard is already in hot waters lately after banning a Hearthstone player for protesting against Chinese government, which led to huge surge of fan backlash and boycott campaign that has been supported by United States politicians.

Although Blizzard neither confirmed nor denied any leaks, they stated to have exciting news to share at BlizzCon 2019. If they want to win over fans after last year's Diablo Immortal, developers will need something big like Diablo IV.