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Showing posts with label eSports. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

Revealed in a surprise announcement, Epic Games will be acquiring Rocket League developer studio Psyonix very soon.

After scoring surprising success with vehicular soccer game Rocket League on all major platforms, indie developer/publisher Psyonix has made quite a reputation and now they are being acquired by industry giant Epic Games.

Obviously this transaction will take time as each party would negotiate their conditions, which will probably take another month or two and the game will eventually come to their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store.

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Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

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Epic has managed to amass a fortune by taking the world by storm with their free-to-play online Battle Royale game Fortnite and now they even have their own online marketplace to feature exclusive titles from various publishers.

Although Psyonix claimed to provide continued support for PC version of Rocket League through releasing frequent updates but from what it looks like, it will become another exclusive game when it comes to Epic Store in late 2019.

RELATED: Metro Exodus Will Be on Epic Games Store, Leaving Steam

It is stated in their official announcement that the title will stay on every other available platform for sale and cleared their intent to support all existing purchase on Steam, tactfully avoid mentioning whether they are completely removing it from Valve's storefront.

Of course, that is just a speculation at this point but a very obvious one given Epic's recent history of bagging exclusives from Steam. However, moving over to Epic Games would give Psyonix some long-term advantage like getting more eSports coverage.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Inside Xbox April 2019

Latest episode of Inside Xbox talks about backward compatible game, Xbox Game Pass and much more before E3 2019.

With E3 2019 only months away from now, latest episode of Inside Xbox returns with loads of news and upcoming announcements on gaming. New features and services for gamers on the platform will be revealed with promises to unveil more soon.

Present on stage were Director of Programming, Larry Hryb along with Kate Yeager and Rukari Austin to host a show that gives Xbox fans advance peak at exclusive gameplay footage, eSports updates and more juicy bits on E3 of course.

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Inside Xbox April 2019

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Watch the latest episode of Inside Xbox below for all exciting news and head straight to main course by jumping at 21:40.




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Mortal Kombat 11 | Official TV Spot




The show kick starts with a recent TV spot video of upcoming fighting game Mortal Kombat 11 from developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment that features debut entry of Kitana into MK11.

Both characters are depicted with near perfect accuracy of their video game counterpart and it was released a little while ago before dropping her official reveal trailer. Princess of Edenia puts up a fight against Scorpion here in her brief appearance.

RELATED: Mortal Kombat 11 Adds Kitana

Xbox Game Pass | Ultimate
Since June 2017, Xbox Game Pass kick-started their monthly subscription service for Xbox One gamers, which has been pretty amazing. They allow players to sign up and continue for a low-monthly price to access over 100 great games.

Head of Gaming Services at Microsoft, Ben Decker announces Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that gets you a membership deal by adding advanced Xbox Live Gold multiplayer network features into one, due to a long period of member requests.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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So, you can now have access to a huge library of games and exciting multiplayer in one package just by paying $14.99 only each month. Before launching it later this year, currently they are testing the service within limited number of Xbox Insider members.

However, players who are currently using an active Game Pass membership on a regular basis does not have to migrate if they do not want to and it is completely voluntary for anyone to switch deal or remain at their existing positions.

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Sea of Thieves | New Competitive Game Mode
Action-adventure title Sea of Thieves from developer Rare Studio is getting its anniversary update and it includes fishing activities. Also, grab barrels or chests from other vessels using newly introduced Harpoon Gun on your ship.

Brand-new competitive game mode, The Arena will let everyone take part in short matches to have some fun and glory while at it. Then hop onto an epic journey in Shores of Gold storyline digging deep lore into pirate paradise on April 30, 2019.

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Xbox One S | All-Digital Edition




Then comes an all-digital edition of Xbox One S, which has been a topic for discussion for some time even before it was announced. This is exactly the same old 1 TB device that players love with all of its pros but minus an optical disk drive within.

Priced at 249.99, it offers a 50$ less and that is a good initiative point to start playing games on an Xbox console. Pre-orders are available from this instant and it will be fully available on Microsoft Store or other select retail market from May 7 onwards.

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RAGE 2 | Exclusive Gameplay Demo




A much-awaited first-person shooter sequel set in an open-world, RAGE 2 comes from Avalanche Studios and id Software. Even if you are not familiar with Rage from 2011, you don't need to know about gameplay mechanics or story at all and jump right in.

Into the boots of ranger Walker, we see him shooting down goon squad of wasteland using either his firepower or augmented abilities, because chasing enemies on a car and hunting mutants for sports makes a post-apocalyptic crisis all colorful and fun.

RELATED: RAGE 2: Wasteland Superhero Trailer

Gears Esports | ELEAGUE




The Coalition developer studio head Rod Fergusson reveals plan of an upcoming six-part eSports event of live tournaments titled "ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood", starting from June 14.

Also, Versus multiplayer mode of Gears 5 will make its worldwide debut where top eight Gears of War teams would gather to compete. Eager fans can enjoy this exclusive event on Twitch and the B/R Live, where it will be streamed live from July 13-14.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | Star Wars Celebration 2019




One of the most exciting reveal for Star Wars fans was upcoming anticipated action-adventure title Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts at Star Wars Celebration, Chicago.

Fallen Order is set after execution of Order 66 has wiped out majority of Jedi Order and actor Cameron Monaghan is cast as lone Padawan survivor Cal Kestis, who is on a constant run from Galactic Empire now that there is a galaxy-wide purge of Jedi.

RELATED: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Revealed

Backward Compatibility | Xbox One X Enhanced
Update on newly added backward compatible titles are Ninja Gaiden II, Fable II, Fable III, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Splinter Cell: Conviction and Splinter Cell: Double Agent from Xbox 360 era has finally become playable on Xbox One consoles.

All six of them are enhanced with higher resolution for Xbox One X and offers 9 times their original pixel count, delivering their best possible version. If you already own disks for those games, you can start right away from today or purchase digitally if you want to.

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New Xbox One Backward Compatibility Additions

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Windows 10 Game Bar | New Features




Players on PC platform are getting new features on Windows 10 built-in overlay Game bar by having a more customizable UI and Spotify added to it. Getting in touch with friends aside from gaming and listening to music does not require you to make a switch.

Capturing gameplay screenshots is easier than ever and you can even share it on Twitter or make a meme without leaving your game. It allows you to instantly message your friends when they are online or watch them play live on Mixer stream.

RELATED: Ubisoft Cancelled Starlink Physical Toys

Warhammer: Chaosbane | Second Closed Beta
Fans of Warhammer fictional universe can get ready for some Diablo-esque dungeon crawling action in upcoming action-RPG title Warhammer: Chaosbane, set to launch on June 4 and its second closed beta program from April 18 to April 24.

All four classes of heroes are available for you to join forces with friends in a local co-op gameplay or even online. Plus, there is a limited edition demonic themed Xbox One X for giveaway for fans along with free beta codes.

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Xbox One X Warhammer: Chaosbane Special Edition

RELATED: Warhammer: Chaosbane Second Closed Beta Live Now

Xbox One Spring Sale 2019
Don't forget to take a look at ongoing Xbox One Spring Sale and pick some gaming accessories consoles, games and some sick looking wireless controllers from Xbox Design Lab to enjoy amazing discount, more if you have Xbox Live Gold membership.

Titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Crackdown 3, FIFA 19, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Division 2 are on sale for some pretty great price-off sale, which would be a crime to pass on.

RELATED: Xbox One Spring Sale 2019

Xbox FanFest | E3 2019




This year, Xbox FanFest program celebrates its 5th Anniversary and at E3 2019, they will arrange for 700 lucky fans from around the world to experience official Xbox briefing and showcase for their biggest moment yet.

After being picked through random draw from a pool of submitted Xbox Live gamertag, you can get each FanFest ticket for only $45. Entire sales amount from tickets will be given to a select charity that would be revealed in future.

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Xbox FanFest at E3 2019

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Finally, head of Xbox, Phil Spencer joined in to talk about Project xCloud that would allow anyone to play games on the go on their preferred devices and though currently in alpha testing stage, it would be a game-changing experience for all.

E3 2019 is coming in June and it is a wrap up for the last episode of Inside Xbox before that, which shared a news and tease to eagerly wait for it. So, live stage shows will be mostly focusing on many anticipating upcoming games for Xbox and PC.

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.

RELATED: World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Sylvanas

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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Game Awards 2018 Nominees

Nominations for The Game Awards 2018 are revealed and some of the most beloved titles of 2018 are fighting for GOTY.

Like each year, 2018 has blessed us with some of the best games that we are really thankful for and then there were some disappointments as well. The nominees for The Game Awards 2018 are already revealed and we can see some of the hottest game of 2018 among them.

In the 30 announced categories, the intensity of competition is high between God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2. The first two of these titles are PlayStation 4-exclusive titles of 2018 by the way.

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The Game Awards 2018 Nominees

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Although God of War and RDR2 are on a major tug of war regarding most of the nominations of this year, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, indie title Celeste and Monster Hunter: World are giving a tough run to become Game of the Year.



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To celebrate achievements of these titles, the full list of nominations from all categories are given below for you to take a quick look at. You're welcome.

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game

  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Ni no Kuni II
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Best Game Direction

  • A Way Out
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Narrative

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Ongoing Game

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Art Direction

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Score/Music

  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Intro the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Best Performance

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor (Detroit: Become Human)
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos (God of War)
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption 2)
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker (Marvel’s Spider-Man)

Games for Impact

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

Best Mobile Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Fortnite
  • PUBG MOBILE
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones

Best VR/AR Game

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect

Best Fighting Game

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Soul Caliber VI
  • Street Fighter V Arcade

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 19
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • NBA 2K19
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Sea of Thieves

Best Student Game

  • Combat 2018
  • Dash Quasar
  • JERA
  • LIFF
  • RE: Charge

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Best eSports Game

  • CSGO
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

Best eSports Player

  • Dominique "SonicFox" McLean
  • Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi
  • Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • Sung-hygeon "JJoNak" Bang

Best eSports Team

  • Astralis
  • Cloud9
  • Fnatic
  • London Spitfire
  • OG

Best eSports Coach

  • Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu
  • Christian "ppasarel" Banaseanu
  • Danny "zonic" Sorensen
  • Dylan Falco
  • Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi
  • Janko "YNk" Paunovic

Best eSports Event

  • ELAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • League of Legends World Championship
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018

Best eSports Host

  • Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez
  • Alex "Machine" Richardson
  • Anders Blume
  • Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere
  • Paul "RedEye" Chaloner

Best eSports Moment

  • C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE
  • G2 beating RNG
  • KT vs IG Base Race
  • OG’s massive upset of LGD
  • SonicFox side switch against Go1 in DBZ

Content Creator of the Year

  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Ninja
  • Pokimane
  • Willyrex

Favorite Moment of 2017

  • Carol Shaw (Industry Icon)
  • The Game Awards Orchestra (Performance)
  • Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro (Moment)
  • Josef Fares (A Way Out)
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Game of the Year)

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Public voting for The Game Awards 2018 is currently open for everyone on their official site and participants can vote once every 24 hours until the results come in live on December 6. Vote for your favorite games, developer studio and even eSports champions to see them win on the grand platform.

Presented in stunning 4K UHD resolution, you can watch the program for free from anywhere on any of the popular digital media platforms like Facebook Live, Mixer, PlayStation Network, Steam TV, Twitch, Twitter, Xbox Live and YouTube at 5:30 PM PT.

Friday, November 2, 2018

BlizzCon 2018 Opening Highlights

BlizzCon 2018 kick starts with opening ceremony today with news on Diablo, Overwatch, Warcraft and more.

With lots of fan anticipation and excitement BlizzCon 2018 jump started with their opening ceremony and stream today. So much expectation is in the air and the gathered fans are growing impatient to hear announcements on their favorite title.

If you have somehow failed to catch it live or missed the program online, its okay and we got the live streamed video right here for you to take a good look at. Even if you have attended or watched it already, there is no harm taking another look, right?

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BlizzCon 2018 Opening Highlights

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Since the whole show was about two and a half hour, we suggest you skip right to 58:40 if the pre-show seems like a stretch to you.




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Destiny 2 | FREE
Nearly at the ending of the pre-show, we learn from the developer of Destiny 2: Forsaken that the game is currently free for anyone to claim with a Battle.net account and forever to keep. All you have to do is to grab your copy before November 18.

Players who already own D2 will enjoy free trial of the newly introduced Gambit mode of the Forsaken expansion from November 9 to 11. Those who love competitive multiplayer experience and shooting down monster will surely love the trial.

RELATED: New Diablo Game in Development

Diablo Immortal | Cinematic Trailer




It was months ago in August, when Blizzard Entertainment announced through an official video that they were working on a couple of Diablo projects that they would love to showcase at BlizzCon 2018 and Diablo Immortal is the latest in the line from the franchise.

The new cinematic released for the game reveals that it takes place between the events of DiabloII: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III, coming to both Android and iOS. Although many fans were waiting for Diablo IV, they got this but it doesn't look that bad either.




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Currently available demo lets you get into the action with a touchscreen right away and it does well for a fast-paced action game. Except for Witch Doctor, most of the playable classes are available but hardcore fans of the franchise can skip this one out.

The developers also anticipated that players probably are hoping for a sequel game based on the Lord of Terror and subtly left hints that it might take more time to deliver what they want. Despite having the feel of Diablo III, the game needs more polishing to have appeal and acceptance from fans.

RELATED: Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

Hearthstone: Rastakhan’s Rumble | Expansion Pack DLC




Based on the lore of Warcraft, free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone is getting a new expansion pack Rastakhan’s Rumble. It will include a solo mode, Rumble Run, the concept of Overkill and a new Tavern Brawl event.

Since they are keeping up to the current lore of WoW franchise, players are to encounter a lot of trolls. Even though all of the new cards are not revealed yet, it appears that each class will get their definite version of legendary cards with unique style.

RELATED: Deckard Cain Joins Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm | New Hero




The newest and 83rd hero character to join Heroes of the Storm, Orphea is drafted to the Nexus with a new trailer. She was born here as the daughter of Raven Lord and is called the Heir of Raven Court but she rejected the dark power. To protect the innocent, she returns home as a Hero of the Nexus.

Though comprised of characters from popular Blizzard games like Diablo, Overwatch, StarCraft and Warcraft, Orphea is an original playable character and has an alternate skin of Slacker Orphea. She is free for anyone who attended BlizzCon or owned a Virtual Ticket.

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Heroes of the Storm’s New Hero Orphea

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Overwatch | New Hero




A new animated short for Blizzard's acclaimed hero shooter Overwatch titled "Reunion", which features bounty hunter Jesse McCree going up against the leader of the Deadlock Gang, Ashe to retrieve a pod from the train she just bombed down.

Seems like these two shares a past and a quick shoot-out takes place among the vigilante and the outlaws. You can easily tell that this female gunslinger is going to be the 29th hero for the game and she will soon be available to play.

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Overwatch Introduces Ashe and B.O.B.

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Overwatch LEGO
Building brick based toy production company LEGO announced six new Overwatch series of building sets for 1 January, 2019 and they are already available for pre-order. Each set have at least two characters and a vehicle construct from the popular multiplayer shooter.

Except for Bastion, characters are paired in D.Va and Reinhardt; Genji and Hanzo; McCree, Reaper and Solider: 76; Mercy, Winston, Reaper and Pharah as well as Tracer and Widowmaker set ranging from $14.99 to $89.99 only.

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LEGO Overwatch Sets Unveiled

RELATED: Warcraft 3 Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

Warcraft III: Reforged | Cinematic Trailer




In 2019, Blizzard will release a remastered version of their critically acclaimed title Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as Warcraft III: Reforged. Almost everything from character designs and environments will be remodeled for new generation.

Back in February, there was a speculation from Patch 1.29 updates that made player assume that the popular fantasy RTS game is getting a remaster treatment and hoped to get the announcement at a then recent eSports tournament but it clearly took them enough time to reveal the project at BlizzCon 2018.

RELATED: World of Warcraft: Old Soldier – Cinematic

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth "Lost Honor" | Cinematic Trailer




The two factions from World of Warcraft, Alliance and Horde have been through a devastating conflict in Battle for Azeroth. Alliance King Anduin approaches Horde General, Varok Saurfang asking why he spared Anduin during Battle for Lordaeron.

Turns out, this warrior was horrified by the actions of current Warchief, Sylvanas Windrunner and he hoped if spared, Alliance King could defeat her. Saurfang is released from prison because Anduin cannot defeat her alone. This will build up stage set for the game’s next patch Tides of Vengeance that will release within next few months.

RELATED: World of Warcraft Subscription Includes All Pre-Released Content

World of Warcraft: Classic | Demo
2019 will also see the launch of World of Warcraft: Classic which will be something that die-hard fans will cherish and would be accessible to anyone with an ongoing subscription. Experience how the series rise to ascension in a modern re-imagined interpretation.

Currently, there is a live demo available until November 8 for BlizzCon 2018 attendees and those who own a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. The time-limited demo can be played for 60 minutes and then wait for another 30 minutes to cool-down before logging back in.

RELATED: World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Sylvanas

World of Warcraft: Tides of Vengeance | Update




The first major patch for WoW: Battle for Azeroth titled, Tides of Vengeance is all set to debut on December 11. With some new changes to the system, Patch 8.1 will be introducing new content to engage the players in more activities.

Tides of Vengeance will heavily focus on the Night Elves because of burning down world tree, Teldrassil. There will be a Horde versus Alliance raid with distinct order for different faction but the fight will lead them to same bosses.

RELATED: World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Jaina

World of Warcraft: Rise of Azshara | Update

Following the launch of Tides of Vengeance on December 11, there is another major patch waiting for World of Warcraft players. Rise of Azshara will be Patch 8.2 and it will take them to the home of the Naga, Nazjatar for all-new adventure.

There is a raid, "Azshara’s Eternal Palace" that challenges the champions of Azeroth to face off eight bosses and eventually confront Queen Azshara. Another continent Mechagon will be included in the update and it won’t be released until next year.

RELATED: World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Azshara

The opening ceremony program for BlizzCon 2018 was actually free for everyone to enjoy. However, you do need a $49.99 worth BlizzCon Virtual Ticket if you want to stream live the other panels of this event where developers talk in depth about the news.

Blizzard is going full festive mode this entire season and hopefully some major announcements will be there as well as some eSports events. Our watchful eyes will be eagerly looking for any cool cosplay contest with enthusiastic community members.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Warcraft 3 Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

Blizzard's recent updates released for the 16-year-old Warcraft 3 have fans hoping for a Remastered Edition.

Developer/publisher 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 a revamped 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 for a change.

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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.

This is an attempt 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.

RELATED: Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

It was pointed out that Warcraft III has an updated installer now which is akin to the current Battle.net launcher. Now, this fresh change to one of the legacy games can be for better merger with Blizzard’s Battle.net 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.

RELATED: Overwatch League is Exclusively on Twitch

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. Otherwise, they might simply push the announcement to BlizzCon 2018 later this year.

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.