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

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Diablo 2 Remaster Reportedly Coming in 2020

A remastered version of second Diablo game titled Diablo II: Resurrected is reportedly coming later this year.

Though majority of Diablo series fans are currently waiting for developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment to release upcoming action role-playing hack and slash title Diablo IV soon, old-school fans are still hoping for a Diablo II remaster.

A recent report on French gaming site ActuGaming suggests that a high-definition remake of D2 titled Diablo II: Resurrected is currently being developed by Vicarious Visions, which is currently scheduled for fourth quarter of 2020 release.

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Diablo 2 Remaster Reportedly Coming in 2020

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As for credibility of source, ActuGaming has previously reported on announcements of Diablo IV, Overwatch 2 and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion shortly before they were officially revealed to public at BlizzCon 2019.

Vicarious Visions is an Activision subsidiary studio that has worked on Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and PC version of Destiny 2 earlier. Both of their works were praised for staying true to their original sources while adding improvements.

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Until there is an official confirmation from Blizzard, you can't be absolutely sure of a remaster though. Maybe they are being cautious following a major debacle with Warcraft III: Reforged earlier this year to avoid another disappointment.

Diablo II: Resurrected is one of the several projects under Activision/Blizzard that is constantly drawing increased amount of fan-interest and it may end up getting released before Diablo IV given its larger scale of development level.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

NASCAR Heat 4, Overwatch and Verdun on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days event brings NASCAR Heat 4, Overwatch and Verdun for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members this weekend.

Back again for a new week, Xbox Free Play Days event brings a new lineup of games for all members of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate monthly services to enjoy on their Xbox One consoles for this weekend.

Use your membership right now to sign in at Microsoft Store from March 12, 12:01 AM PST/3:01 AM EDT to download and play NASCAR Heat 4, Overwatch and Verdun for free until March 15, 11:59 PM PST/2:59 AM EDT.

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NASCAR Heat 4, Overwatch and Verdun on Xbox Free Play Days

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Despite having some shortcomings with online features, racing simulation game NASCAR Heat 4 returns as a grand improvement of its predecessor titles from developer Monster Games, with many of its old mechanics reworked.

Players are allowed to join an existing team or start a new one as a solo driver to earn contracts and build a reputation in exciting career mode. You can literally take all of its collection of cars to drive on any tracks except for dirt courses.

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A pioneer in hero shooter genre, Overwatch lets you choose from a vast roster of character that are armed with extraordinary powers and advanced weapons to engage in team-based combat against each other on futuristic locations.

Based on 1916 event Battle of Verdun, squad-based shooter title Verdun takes you back gritty landscape of World War I to play four different game modes; Attrition, Frontlines, Rifle Deathmatch and Squad Defense in Europe.

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If you end up liking what you've been playing all weekend and want to keep that up, simply purchase these titles at a limited time exclusive member discount to carry over your in-game achievements, progress and Gamerscore.

For starters, Verdun Standard Edition is offering 50% off on its regular price and is coming dirt cheap for $10 only. NASCAR Heat 4 Gold Edition can be yours at 30% less and is bundled with a Season Pass for complete experience.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

Blizzard confirms to add beloved "Elective Mode" for Diablo IV to let players assign skill categories.

Fans of hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo are excited once again after recent reveal of Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019 by developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment following Diablo Immortal debacle from BlizzCon last year.

According to a latest official blog post, Blizzard has confirmed plans of bringing back popular "Elective Mode" system from Diablo III that would allow players assigning specific skill selection slots to buttons of their choosing.

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Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

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Initially, certain categories such as defensive and primary skills will be allocated to set of buttons on controller or keyboard. What Elective Mode does is that gives players a choice to customize their own set as they want.

Maybe you have one particular skill type set on a certain button and that is not matching with what you have in mind, then you can simply place that skill under a different key using the feature, which gives you flexibility in playing.

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Because of a user interface from demo showed at BlizzCon this year, members of player community were speculating if D4 will lock skills under specific slots but Blizzard came clearing all confusion on that by confirming Elective Mode.

Lead systems designer David Kim stated that every skill categories will remain unlocked for all players to let them freely assign and select. Besides, the shown UI is not final just like many other aspects due to an ongoing development.

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Elective Mode From Diablo III

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Customization has always been a great part of the looter RPG and in terms of itemization, Blizzard looking to add more depth for base items. They will also allow people to spend money on in-game cosmetics and mounts for characters.

Diablo IV is announced to arrive for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but an official release window is yet to be determined. Currently, they are mostly busy gathering feedback from fans to improve overall gameplay experience.

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.