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.