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

Monday, March 12, 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 account to enjoy playing this intense collectible card game on Warcraft folklore.

Sunday, March 4, 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.

Friday, March 2, 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.

Wednesday, February 28, 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.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Warcraft III Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

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

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Warcraft III Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

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

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

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Warcraft III Updates Installer Interface

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

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Play Overwatch Free on February

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

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Play Overwatch Free on February

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

StarCraft: Scavengers Comics in Development

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

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StarCraft: Scavengers Comics in Development

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twitch Paid $90 Million for Overwatch League Exclusive Deal

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

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Twitch Overwatch League Exclusive Deal

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

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

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

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Twitch and Blizzard Join Forces

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

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