Overwatch Adding New Support Hero Moira And Blizzard World Map

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Overwatch Adding New Support Hero Moira And Blizzard World Map

During today's Blizzcon opening ceremonies, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan revealed Moira, the newest hero coming to the enormously popular shooter.

Moira is a support hero, but she appears as though she can take care of herself, as the highlight reel shown off on stage shows her sprinting into battle. She appears to have a stealth attack similar to Sombra's hacking ability that deals damage, however she can also blast a healing orb that restores the health of nearby teammates. Similar to Hanzo's scatter arrow (Moira even uses his line, "simple geometry"), Moira can hurl damaging orbs around corners to hit enemies. For more direct combat interactions, Moira has purple damage bursts, as well as yellow healing bursts. She also has the ability to teleport around the map. Her ultimate is a beam that deals heavy damage to enemies, while healing any teammates in the path of the attack.

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Blizzard Announces Hearthstone Expansion Focused On Dungeon Crawling

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Blizzard Announces Hearthstone Expansion Focused On Dungeon Crawling

The final set in Hearthstone's Year of the Mammoth is an ode to RPGs past. Kobolds and Catacombs is a 135-card set focused on finding loot, avoiding traps, and fighting bosses in labyrinthine underground corridors.

The expansion's Dungeon Run single-player mode appears to play out like a choose your own adventure dungeon crawler, as you choose which directions to go and deal with whatever may be lurking that way. Each time you venture into the dungeon, eight random bosses are selected randomly to appear in that catacomb. You start with a 10-card deck, but each time you defeat a boss, you earn new cards that go directly into your arsenal, increasing your power each game. If you lose, your deck is thrown away and you have to start over with a brand new deck. This mode is free, and you don't need to own any cards to play.

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Niantic Acquires Evertoon Developers To Add Social Media Functionality To Pokemon Go, Other Apps

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Niantic Acquires Evertoon Developers To Add Social Media Functionality To Pokemon Go, Other Apps

The developers of the augmented reality Pokemon game has taken in a new team known for social media app development.

In a new announcement, Niantic CEO John Hanke reveals that the developer has acquired the startup team behind Evertoon, a recently established mobile animation app, in order to expand the social media functionality of its games. Founded in 2016 by Niniane Wang, the startup company has raised $1.7 million to date from a variety of publishers through their film sharing app for social networks like YouTube or Twitter. 

The full statement can be read below:

Blizzard Announces Hearthstone Expansion Focused On Dungeon Crawling

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Blizzard Announces Hearthstone Expansion Focused On Dungeon Crawling

The final set in Hearthstone's Year of the Mammoth is an ode to RPGs past. Kobolds and Catacombs is a 135-card set focused on finding loot, avoiding traps, and fighting bosses in labyrinthine underground corridors.

The expansion's Dungeon Run single-player mode appears to play out like a choose your own adventure dungeon crawler, as you choose which directions to go and deal with whatever may be lurking that way. Each time you venture into the dungeon, eight random bosses are selected randomly to appear in that catacomb. You start with a 10-card deck, but each time you defeat a boss, you earn new cards that go directly into your arsenal, increasing your power each game. If you lose, your deck is thrown away and you have to start over with a brand new deck. This mode is free, and you don't need to own any cards to play.

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Niantic Acquires Evertoon Developers To Add Social Media Functionality To Pokemon Go, Other Apps

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Niantic Acquires Evertoon Developers To Add Social Media Functionality To Pokemon Go, Other Apps

The developers of the augmented reality Pokemon game has taken in a new team known for social media app development.

In a new announcement, Niantic CEO John Hanke reveals that the developer has acquired the startup team behind Evertoon, a recently established mobile animation app, in order to expand the social media functionality of its games. Founded in 2016 by Niniane Wang, the startup company has raised $1.7 million to date from a variety of publishers through their film sharing app for social networks like YouTube or Twitter. 

The full statement can be read below:

StarCraft II Going Free To Play, Adding New Co-op Commander Duo

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StarCraft II Going Free To Play, Adding New Co-op Commander Duo

In a couple of weeks, you'll be able to play most of StarCraft II without paying a dime.

Speaking at this year's Blizzcon opening ceremonies, Blizzard President and co-founder Mike Morahaime announced the RTS will be going free-to-play starting November 14. Once that date hits, players will have access to the full Wings of Liberty campaign (if you've bought WoL, you will receive the first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, for free), the game's full ranked multiplayer ladder, and access to each of the game's commanders in the co-op mode until that character hits level 5.

To augment that co-op mode, StarCraft II will be adding a new co-op commander, though it's technically two. Mira Han and Mat Horner will help you lead your units to victory side-by-side, acting as a single commander. Finally, a new co-op mission, "Part and Parcel" will soon be made available. No specific dates were given for when these two additions hill hit.

Hanzo And Alexstrasza Announced For Heroes Of The Storm

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Hanzo And Alexstrasza Announced For Heroes Of The Storm

During the Blizzcon 2017 opening ceremony, Blizzard revealed a cinematic that confirms Overwatch's Hanzo and World of Warcraft's Alexstrasza are being added to the game.

Hanzo, obviously serving as an archer, is described as a "nimble ranger who can deal damage from afar." Alexstrasza can heal her team and, when the chips are down, transform into a dragon to really real damage to the rest of the team. Hanzo retains his Overwatch super of the twin dragons, as well, so the field will just be full of so many dragons.

Hanzo joins other Overwatch characters like Tracer, Ana, Junkrat, and more in Heroes of the Storm. He and Alexstrasza are part of the 2018 gameplay update, which also includes quality of life improvements like performance based matchmaking that matches people based on how they play.

StarCraft II Going Free To Play, Adding New Co-op Commander Duo

about X hours ago from
StarCraft II Going Free To Play, Adding New Co-op Commander Duo

In a couple of weeks, you'll be able to play most of StarCraft II without paying a dime.

Speaking at this year's Blizzcon opening ceremonies, Blizzard President and co-founder Mike Morahaime announced the RTS will be going free-to-play starting November 14. Once that date hits, players will have access to the full Wings of Liberty campaign (if you've bought WoL, you will receive the first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, for free), the game's full ranked multiplayer ladder, and access to each of the game's commanders in the co-op mode until that character hits level 5.

To augment that co-op mode, StarCraft II will be adding a new co-op commander, though it's technically two. Mira Han and Mat Horner will help you lead your units to victory side-by-side, acting as a single commander. Finally, a new co-op mission, "Part and Parcel" will soon be made available. No specific dates were given for when these two additions hill hit.

Hanzo And Alexstrasza Announced For Heroes Of The Storm

about X hours ago from
Hanzo And Alexstrasza Announced For Heroes Of The Storm

During the Blizzcon 2017 opening ceremony, Blizzard revealed a cinematic that confirms Overwatch's Hanzo and World of Warcraft's Alexstrasza are being added to the game.

Hanzo, obviously serving as an archer, is described as a "nimble ranger who can deal damage from afar." Alexstrasza can heal her team and, when the chips are down, transform into a dragon to really real damage to the rest of the team. Hanzo retains his Overwatch super of the twin dragons, as well, so the field will just be full of so many dragons.

Hanzo joins other Overwatch characters like Tracer, Ana, Junkrat, and more in Heroes of the Storm. He and Alexstrasza are part of the 2018 gameplay update, which also includes quality of life improvements like performance based matchmaking that matches people based on how they play.

Perfect World Closes Down Gigantic Developer Motiga

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Perfect World Closes Down Gigantic Developer Motiga

Motiga, the developer behind the free-to-play MOBA-esque shooter Gigantic, closed its doors today. According to a statement given to Destructoid by Motiga CEO Chris Chung, the decision was made by the studio's publisher, Perfect World, for purely budgetary reasons. "Yes, [the closure] was the corporate decision. It was a budgetary decision at the highest level," said Chung. 

The road to Gigantic's release earlier this year was difficult for Motiga. Originally set to release exclusively on Windows 10 with Microsoft as its publisher, Gigantic struggled with release date pushes, platform shifts, and significant team layoffs last year. Perfect World joined the project mid-development, after Microsoft dropped out as a publisher, but the company's relationship with Motiga was more than that. Perfect World quietly acquired Motiga and made its involvement with Motiga more of a "partnership."