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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Blizzard Confirms Overwatch Soldier: 76 to Be Gay

Blizzard subtly confirms another Overwatch hero to be a LGBTQ character within the fictional universe but there is more!

Although team-based multiplayer first-person shooter title Overwatch is not a game where players dive in for some story, it is really nice to enjoy when developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment adds a little bit of lore with animated shorts or single issue comics.

This adds back-story to certain characters and helps establish the fictional world the game is set on, which is one of the reasons why those little pieces mean a lot. Blizzard has come up with a short story titled "Bastet" that has to do with the sexuality of a character from Overwatch universe.

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Blizzard Confirms Overwatch Soldier: 76 to Be Gay

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The new visual story "Bastet" (not a comic though) bounty hunter Ana meets Jack Morrison AKA Soldier: 76 on the streets of Cairo and takes him to her hideout as he was wounded. None of them knew if the other is alive until this point following the destruction of their headquarters in Switzerland.

Jack was reminiscing about the old days and handed her a small stack of photos where she noticed a dark-haired man by his side in one of them. Jack identifies the person as Vincent, someone he had a relationship with when he was younger and then the plot continues.

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Jack Were With Vincent

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Previously, Blizzard has revealed the sexuality of their Damage hero Tracer from the known universe, where she is depicted to be a lesbian through a comic-book during Christmas 2016 that was about her spending holiday time with her girlfriend Emily.

However, the matter of LGBTQ representation in case of Soldier: 76 seem a bit out of place and unsatisfying. The confirmation from lead writer of the game Michael Chu about the relationship of Jack and Vincent feels a lot like J.K. Rowling's proclamation about Dumbledore being gay all along.

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If you have been following up about Blizzard Entertainment lately, then you already know that they are having a bad time with the fans right after the Diablo Immortal debacle from BlizzCon 2018 and then many of their original founders are leaving the company now after massive stock plummeting.

Most recently, the hero shooter faced a scandal surrounding a fake Overwatch player named Ellie who leaves the league team Second Wind due to harassment but then turn out to be a "social experiment" set up by streamers.

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Tracer Revealed to Be Lesbian

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So, even though the developers were quick to jump off to tackle this strange situation and confirmed Soldier: 76 to be gay is not because they are so diverse and inclusive about the game's cast but to score some virtue signaling points from minor communities.

Of course, it matters a lot to players from LGBTQ community, many of whom can now relate to the character more than ever and will even feel more driven towards Overwatch but without any previous indication of his sexuality anywhere else only makes their desperation obvious to everyone.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Blizzard Cancelled Heroes of the Storm eSports 2019

Blizzard axes down Heroes of the Storm eSports events for 2019 and will release less content in the future.

When Riot Games came up League of Legends and Valve with DOTA 2, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment responded by creating a multiplayer battle online arena game of their own that we know today as Heroes of the Storm in 2015.

Each year, these two competitor companies arrange international world championship events that attracts millions of viewers, whereas Blizzard literally struggles to get a steady bunch of spectators and now they are cancelling their 2019 eSports events.

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Blizzard Cancelled Heroes of the Storm Esports 2019

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Whenever it comes to take part in the world-class gaming events, every other renowned franchise in MOBA games offers massive prize pool for the winners and on that comparison Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) has very little to offer.

Moreover, the company is moving their resources from development teams away from the game to work on other unnamed projects. Company president J. Allen Brack states this to be a hard decision and also claims that such action has led to new games that they are proud of today.

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We do understand that saying such actions in past has brought us some of the biggest games they ever made, is just a desperate attempt to try and convince their fans who are very pissed at them these days due to their recent negligence to what the community really wants.

The step to scale back development of the game is caused by many new and unannounced projects they are currently working on. To help those stand on their feet, they decided to swing talented heads for their years of expertise and skills.

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Heroes of the Dorm Cancelled Too

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Without going into much deception, they also cleared out that even though they plan on continue supporting the game, fearing players may start outright abandoning the title but the devs will do that with a fewer flow of content release from this point.

The company has obviously choosing other priorities and it led them to cancel two of the major upcoming eSports events for Heroes of the Storm in 2019, HGC and Heroes of the Dorm series. Thanking the fans and players for their support, the official site has echoed somewhat the same dialogues.

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Ever since we got past the BlizzCon 2018 event, Blizzard Entertainment is slowly revealing their dark side that doesn't know what the fans want from them anymore and is constantly at fan backlash that started with the announcement of Diablo Immortal.

Only a month after that PR disaster, they are slowly cutting off support for Heroes of the Storm now. Blizzard has been taken over by Activision recently and the shareholders clearly want them to pursue projects that drive more money. This way, they will effectively kill popular franchises one by one in time.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hearthstone Rastakhan's Rumble Single-Player Mode Rumble Run

Hearthstone adds new single-player mode Rumble Run for their newly released expansion Rastakhan's Rumble.

During the BlizzCon 2018 event, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment announced the newest expansion pack Rastakhan's Rumble for their free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone, which has now introduced a brand new single-player mode.

Titled Rumble Run, this mode is similar to the single-player content of the game like Dungeon Run and Monster Hunt. It will let you challenge AI opponents into deck-building puzzle and is made available from today, December 13, 2018 for Android and iOS devices, Mac and PC.

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Hearthstone Rastakhan's Rumble Single-Player Mode Rumble Run

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Even though the latest expansion came out on December 4, the solo mode waited a few weeks extra to drop in. The game lets players start as young troll Rikkar and pick a Shrine as his faction for the run to defeat champions from other factions in the arena.

You start with a class, 10 Health and with a weak deck to enter for your first match. For defeating a boss, you gain extra 5 Health each time and can gain up to 45 Health by the time the eighth and final boss arrives. Additionally, participants get new cards for each victory to make their deck stronger.

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The only setback of losing is that one has to start over and that is only understandable, right? People having the option to choose from different classes and explore the random elements scattered around are the appealing charm that gives it replay value.

Although Rastakhan's Rumble has been receiving mostly positive feedback from fans, some are complaining that the newest set is relatively weaker than the earlier and with modes like Rumble Run, there is always scope for newer cards to shine.

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For years now, Hearthstone has been a successful competitive collectible card game title from Blizzard that has millions of the fans engaged since 2014. A several few expansions later, the game is still relevant to the players and the developers continue to pour in contents for them.

Currently, the king of digital card game genre, the title has over 100 million registered players that are making hundreds of millions each year, generating one quarter of the total market revenue alone and such new experiences like Rumble Run will only keep it going.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Blizzard Black Friday Sale 2018

Battle.net unleashes Black Friday Deals 2018 for many running titles from Blizzard and Activision.

People are running amok for all the crazy Black Friday Deals of 2018 offered by Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop on different consoles and games this holiday season. Battle.net also has an offer for Blizzard and Activision games on PC that will run till November 30.

To begin with, both of this publisher companies have some of the biggest video game titles under their belt that are popular among fans and they would love to get some sweet deals while the worldwide shopping hype lasts. We bet even you are among them.

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Blizzard Black Friday Sale 2018

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Blizzard Black Friday Deals 2018
Blizzard Entertainment's team-based multiplayer hero shooter Overwatch is always booming to the fans because of their ever increasing roster of playable heroes. Currently, there is a free trial offer on the game that will last until Monday, November 26.

You can access all of the 29 heroes from the roster as well as the newest inclusion of Ashe, who was introduced BlizzCon 2018. If you are looking to buy the game at the end of the trial period, you can get 62% off on the game's standard edition, 66% for legendary edition and 75% off for current owners of standard edition.

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Do not worry about your overall progress made during the time of this trial because they will be carried over on Battle.net once you purchase the game. The offers ends at November 28 at 11:59 PM PT, two days right after the free trial is over.

Dungeon crawler action role-playing title Diablo III comes at 50% off for the base game to help you stand against the Lord of Terror. The same offers goes for Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion packs as well as Battle Chest.

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If you are a fan of Blizzard's real-time strategy game series StarCraft, then getting your hands on the StarCraft: Remastered, StarCraft II Announcers and StarCraft II Campaign Collection for a flat out 50% discount will be an offer you would jump for, right?

To satisfy your cravings for some MMORPG dose, the Standard, Digital Deluxe and Complete Collection Editions for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth expansion pack are currently on sale for up to a 20% off over them.

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Activision Black Friday Deals 2018
Turns out, multiplayer first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from the Black Ops sub-series has become one of the highest selling games of the year. We hope a 20% discount may encourage you a bit more to pick up from the standard, digital deluxe or digital deluxe enhanced edition.

Developer Bungie made Destiny 2: Forsaken as such a huge expansion, that one can consider it almost as a whole game. For a 35% price off, buy the Destiny 2 base game, Annual Pass bundle, Digital Deluxe or even Legendary Collection Edition before the offer expires.

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Other important gaming deals include a limited edition Spider-Man PS4 Pro Bundle for only $199.99, Nintendo Switch handheld console for just $259.99 after $40 off and $100 off on an Xbox One X, available at $399 only.

We have also covered up about "Steam Autumn Sale 2018" and "Xbox Black Friday Deals 2018" is our previous updates for the best buy offers of 2018 on selected video games and next-gen consoles so far. Go check them out before you miss out some of the great deals available this year.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

World of Warcraft: Lost Honor – Cinematic

Battle for Azeroth had Saurfang of Horde captured by Alliance but now he returns to fight for a different side.

The newest expansion of World of Warcraft, Battle for Azeroth has upstaged an epic conflict between two major factions, Alliance and Horde that resulted in heavy damage on both sides but most importantly, Horde General Varok Saurfang was captured.

During the opening ceremony of their BlizzCon 2018 annual event, news and updates regarding upcoming patch for the game was discussed and new videos were dropped. One of these clips focuses on the disgraced Horde warrior and reflects on what is coming next.

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World of Warcraft: Lost Honor – Cinematic

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The cinematic trailer shows a confrontation between King Anduin Wrynn and his prisoner of war Varok Saurfang, regarding the allegiance to their people.




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In Battle for Lordaeron, Sylvanas Windrunner unleashed her genocidal fury upon both the Alliance and Horde, which equally scared everyone. As Alliance King Anduin look at their last few remaining soldiers wondering what they did wrong, he is reminded by Genn Greymane that he is doing everything he can to stop the Banshee Queen.

He then goes to the cell where Saurfang is currently kept and asked why he didn't kill Anduin when he had the chance in Lordaeron? The veteran points out that he could kill him now but he wants his old Horde back, which Sylvanas is destroying.

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Anduin asks him again why Anduin spared him and to which, the Orc simply states that he thought it would stop her but the Alliance King replies, he can't do it alone. He then left the gate open while his prisoner states at him.

Just like the Horde’s most honorable soldier was previously spared by him for his sense of honor, he spared the Alliance King in hopes that it would probably stop destroying everything that his people stood for throughout ages.

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Within the next few months, the newest patch "Tides of Vengeance" will release for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and players will witness how this new alliance between two honorable leaders changes the tide of battle.

The conflict of interest that has put Saurfang against his ruthless Warchief will surely have some grave ramification in the upcoming battle and maybe even led to something that he has been seeking for so long, if you know what we mean by that!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Overwatch’s New Hero Ashe

BlizzCon 2018 has introduced the newest and 29th hero for Blizzard's acclaimed hero shooter Overwatch.

Last time developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment introduced a super-intelligent hamster riding a death machine called Wrecking Ball as a new hero for their team-based multiplayer shooter Overwatch and now BlizzCon 2018 heralds for another one.

During the opening ceremony of the festival, Blizzard released a brand-new cinematic short "Reunion" set in the fictional universe of the popular hero shooter and featuring everyone's favorite gunslinger, Jesse McCree, this clip offers more than just one hero.

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Overwatch’s New Hero Ashe

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We won't be wasting any more time to hop in for a ride to find out whom McCree would encounter in "Reunion" and what that would lead to.




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The short opens up showing a record labeled "Reunion" starts playing in an empty diner in Route 66, where a stranger is slowly enjoying his apple pie and coffee. Before he takes another bite, a train that was passing by is bombed and he leaves the cafe.

Picking his cowboy hat and holster after leaving a dime on the table, he goes outside and sees a group of military hardware traffickers robbing the train. One of them sees him and runs back to their leader, Ashe stating they got trouble.

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It is then revealed that he was running scared to see Jesse McCree, who seems to know Ashe and apparently have shared past together. After their initial sarcastic greeting, McCree says he only want a certain crate from their loot and is not interested in their business.

When her omnic companion B.O.B. opens it up, she asks him what it is but he tries to dodge the question. This irked Ashe and minions of her Deadlock Gang starts taking position on Jesse in a Wild West fashion until he made his move on them.

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He quickly incapacitated the gang by drawing his six-shooter Peacekeeper but they cornered him with concentrated fire. He throws out a couple of grenades at them and shoots the pins off mid-air to knock them all off at once before restraining the group.

Ashe wakes up to see her including the gang tied up while McCree opens the crate and pulls an omnic out that calls him her partner. Jokingly telling her to say hi to the monkey for him (Winston) he heads to attend to some unfinished business somewhere.

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Aside from being a rugged outlaw, Ashe and B.O.B. has a history of their own before forming the Deadlock Gang and hit the streets.




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Elizabeth Caledonia Ashe grew up in the middle of wealth but never had her family at her side when she felt their need. Having a rebellious nature, she always used to find troubles and get into fights but instead of her family, would always find B.O.B. beside her.

She came across McCree at some point and went on a crime spree before he moved to Blackwatch. Ashe eventually sets out for an adopted family of friends to form the Deadlock Gang, which becomes one of the biggest criminal syndicates in America.

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If you think that the cinematic has somehow failed to properly capture her true enigma or you have missed something, then here is a glimpse of her gameplay we have for you.




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Ashe wields a semi-automatic rifle called "The Viper" for firing quick and accurate shots but also carries a Coach Gun to blast off he opponents. Even though a sniper hero, she doesn't shy around from throwing a bundle of dynamite at her enemies.

She would often summon her robot companion B.O.B. to crushing down her rivals or shooting them down with his arm cannons. This powerful omnic sidekick can come in very handy and sometime can feel like a hero of his own.

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Gunslinger of Route 66

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Voiced by actress Jennifer Hale, Ashe was a complete surprise addition to the Overwatch roster even though Route 66 was hinted earlier after the revelation of Hammond as well as the upcoming character would somehow be related to McCree.

Currently, all attendees at BlizzCon 2018 get to play as Ashe and very soon she will hit PTR for players on PC for them to master her skills. Her addition to the game as a damage hero would sure brig some great changes and we look forward to her arrival. Echo too, will return soon as the 30th hero when her development is finally complete.

Warcraft 3: Reforged Announced

Blizzard Entertainment is bringing back their classic RTS title in an all-new HD remastered version as Warcraft 3: Reforged.

The question that arose back in February 2018 that whether developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment will release a remastered version of their fantasy real-time strategy game Warcraft III is finally answered at BlizzCon 2018 today and we couldn't be happier.

During their opening ceremony, Blizzard took the stage to offer everyone a glimpse of their reworked version of the game, now branded as Warcraft III: Reforged and it simply recaptures the intensity when it was first launched back in 2002.

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Warcraft 3: Reforged Announced

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The official trailer below for WIII: Reforged opens up in a cinematic re-imagining the original conflict that the game was based on.




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The cinematic opens up with two soldiers from Human Alliance and the Orcish Horde were fighting each other to an exhausting end in the middle of a field. Skies were roaring and then the army of Burning Legion returns with a reign of fire.

One of those comet-like object falls near the warriors and an Infernal in a glowing fiery aura comes out of it as a common threat to the Human and Orc. Moments later, two of them fell to their demise battling the demon and their blood soaks the land.

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We encourage you to take a look at the gameplay trailer to witness how every aesthetic of Warcraft is remodeled and redesigned for a greater experience.




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Announced for a 2019 release, Reforged is based on the original Reign of Chaos and comes with its original expansion pack, The Frozen Throne. Aside from graphical upgrade, the remake is upgraded with an advanced UI and World Editor to support mods.

Every hero, unit, building and environment elements of the classic real-time strategy are being recreated and now they have 4K support. Players can choose from four races to take on over 62 missions taking place into various continents of the game.

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When Patch 1.29 update for the game was released, it introduced the 16:9 widescreen display support and hero balance tweaks. This was slightly unusual considering the last update that came for the game was over a year ago and then a long pause.

It also got an updated installer with changed interface then alongside other fan-favorite titles like Diablo II and StarCraft to make them compatible for modern systems. From then, speculations started to fly from fans about a Remastered Edition.

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Reforged With Better Graphics

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However, developers were actually updating the client so the players who owned the original title would be able to play with the new wave of Reforged owners. Blizzard is already open for pre-orders including a Spoils of War Edition of the game.

Most of the community member has been asking them for years to polish the game visuals without making any further change in gameplay. This actually made things easier for the company and helped them balance the game like StarCraft.

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Die-hard fans of the series had high hopes for getting an announcement for Warcraft IV though but still everyone appreciated the remake. Besides, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is what set the concepts for World of Warcraft lore in the first place.

So, regarding all the enthusiastic anticipation and respect it deserves from players, Reforged can very well turn out to be one of the biggest titles to come to Mac and PC in 2019 and it wouldn't be of any surprise if it does.

Destiny 2 Free on Battle.net

Destiny 2 is free for a limited time on Blizzard's Battle.net online client. Plus, Gambit free trial is coming next week.

This festive season of BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard Entertainment is giving away a free digital copy of online-only multiplayer first-person shooter Destiny 2 (vanilla version) for celebrating the first year of the game on PC to anyone who doesn't own the game yet.

To enjoy this offer, you have to claim your own copy within November 2 and November 18 on Blizzard's Battle.net app. Once you claim the title on the online client, it will be yours forever to keep in your account and play with your friends.

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Destiny 2 Free on Battle.net

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Known for complex storytelling, the game is mostly celebrated among players for its unique PvE and PvP features. Thanks to developer Bungie and publisher Activision, a legion of fans will be joining the expanded universe of the game.

D2 is set in a futuristic backdrop, where players assume the role of a Guardian of Light who constantly fight against invading alien forces and protect the Last City. Later, Curse of Osiris, Warmind and Forsaken expansion packs added more to the plot.

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Although you can download the title for free, you won't have access to the current expansion pack Forsaken, which has Curse of Osiris and Warmind bundled in together now and also available as Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection.

For those who already own the game, free trial for upcoming 4v4 hybrid activity mode Gambit is coming very soon with lots of multiplayer gameplay and monster slaying. Don't miss out the "Gambit Free Weekend" from November 9 to 11.

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Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection

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Despite many controversies and setbacks faced in the past year, Destiny series has managed to thrive and improved many features from the previous game. Overall experience has only gotten better with their evolved technique in storytelling.

In December, players on PC will receive exclusive emblem as part of the year anniversary celebration while they keep competing with other rival teams. Now hurry up and head over to the gift section of Battle.net to reserve your copy before November 18.