Blizzard Officially Unveils Overwatch 2, Details New PvP And PvE Modes

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Blizzard Officially Unveils Overwatch 2, Details New PvP And PvE Modes

Overwatch's game director Jeff Kaplan closed out BlizzCon's opening ceremony with a lengthy look at Overwatch 2, the sequel that has both been long been rumored and, more recently, the subject of numerous leaks. Overwatch 2 is a full sequel that offers new PvP modes AND a new PvE component that is divided into two sections: Story Experience and Hero Missions.

Our first look at Overwatch 2 came from a new short film called "Zero Hour (see above)," in which we see Winston, Mei, Tracer, and Echo (who isn't a known playable hero yet) reassemble the Overwatch team to take down a new threat by Null Sector. The war begins in Paris, and then, after the film ends, transitions to Rio de Janeiro, the location for the first mission of Overwatch 2's new Story Experience. Yes, Overwatch 2 now has a dedicated PvE story mode. Hero Missions are another PvE avenue of play that gives players the chance to power up heroes with new abilities. The heroes themselves have been slightly redesigned and look a bit sleeker than before. Kaplan confirmed Sojourn is a new playable hero. She first appeared in an Archives mission in Overwatch 1, but little else is known about her.

December Cover Revealed – The Blizzard Issue

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December Cover Revealed – The Blizzard Issue

For this issue, Game Informer is going big with four different covers. This year marks possibly the biggest BlizzCon in Blizzard’s history, showing off a multitude of high-profile projects. As a result, we’ve got an issue packed with exclusive deep dives and information on not one, but four different games. We visited the developer’s Irvine, CA studio to check out these projects, interview their creative teams, and explore content that won’t be on the show floor.

Join us for a look at Diablo IV. Through over an hour of hands-on time, we explore what it means to be an open-world Diablo experience as the druid, sorceress, and barbarian. Crashing through dungeons and collecting loot with new mechanics are just some of the highlights of our journey.

Next, explore the afterlife with us in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. We explore the angelic trappings of the new Bastion zone – then get far more grim on an exclusive tour of Revendreth, a gigantic gothic-castle zone where sinners find their redemption via torture, a place inhabited by the mysterious and vampiric Venthyr. We also explore the lethal endgame zone The Maw and an ever-changing roguelike dungeon crawl in the Jailer's Tower.

Warcraft III: Reforged Beta Goes Live In Early November

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Warcraft III: Reforged Beta Goes Live In Early November

Warcraft III: Reforged's beta goes live this Tuesday. It’ll be available to all attendees of BlizzCon and those with a virtual ticket. Over the next couple weeks, the beta will become more widely available: Fans who pre-ordered the Spoils of War edition will receive invitations first, followed by those who pre-ordered the standard edition.

The beta of the remastered strategy classic contains “access to the orc and human races within 1v1 and 2v2 matchmaking. The undead and night elf races, and more game modes will be added in the weeks ahead.”

Blizzard also announced that an official release date is not far off, saying that it will be revealed “soon.” Be sure to keep your eyes on Game Informer as we turn out more BlizzCon coverage.  

Blizzard Reveals Diablo IV In Gruesome Cinematic, Lengthy Gameplay Clip

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Blizzard Reveals Diablo IV In Gruesome Cinematic, Lengthy Gameplay Clip

Blizzard kicked off BlizzCon 2019 with a bang, or possibly more accurately the stone-on-stone grinding of an ancient door opening. The company started its presentation, revealing something we've long since suspected was coming: Diablo IV. In addition to the teaser cinematic, game director Luis Barriga showed off a gameplay trailer that squashes rumors that the game would be scrapping the traditional isometric action.

The cinematic shows several adventurers who have been lured to their doom by a mysterious priest. The goal? Bringing back one of Diablo lore's most influential figures: Lilith. The creator of Sanctuary, the world that Diablo takes place in, has long been exiled, and her return is bound to have major consequences.

This is all in service to the actual game. Barriga introduced three of the classes, which are all returning from various entries. So far, we know about the barbarian, sorceress, and druid – the latter of which inspired a big cheer from the attendees. After seeing the shapeshifting hero in action in the clip below, we can understand the enthusiasm. There's a lot to parse in the clip, including the introduction of mounts, but overall it looks like the series is getting back to its darker roots. That's something fans have been clamoring for.

Blizzard President J. Allen Brack Opens BlizzCon With Statement About Blitzchung Controversy

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Blizzard President J. Allen Brack Opens BlizzCon With Statement About Blitzchung Controversy

To kick off today's BlizzCon 2019 opening ceremony, Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack addressed the recent controversy surrounding the company's actions toward Hearthstone player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung earlier this month.

Blitzchung received a yearlong ban from competition and had his winnings withheld after a post-match interview where he delivered a "Liberate Hong Kong" message. Following community backlash, Blizzard dialed back the suspension to six months and restored Blitzchung's earnings. In an October 12 statement from Brack, he said the punitive actions had nothing to do with the publisher's business ventures in China, but rather it was more about keeping the focus on the games and competitions instead of politics. However, Brack's statements did little to douse the flames of controversy, as players, fans, and even some members of the United States Congress have continued to express concerns about the company's actions.

In his opening remarks for BlizzCon 2019, Brack was more apologetic in his approach. You can see J. Allen Brack's message to BlizzCon 2019 attendees below:

World of Warcraft Enters The Afterlife With Shadowlands Expansion

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World of Warcraft Enters The Afterlife With Shadowlands Expansion

While celebrating the 15-year anniversary of World of Warcraft today at BlizzCon 2019, the company also unveiled World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, an expansion coming in 2020 (the game can be pre-purchased now).

Dead souls are no longer going to their appropriate resting place in the Shadowlands, but are instead being fed into The Maw thanks to Sylvanas Windrunner, who has breached the veil separating Azeroth and the realm.

The Shadowlands features five zones: Bastion, Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, Revendreth, and the Maw. The first four are overseen by Covenants corresponding to specific kinds of souls. The Kyrian (Bastian) watch over souls from the mortal realm. The Night Fae (Ardenweald) defend nature spirits. The Venthyr are gothic masters. The Necrolords forge undead warriors for the Shadowlands. Players will create a bond with one of the Covenants, completing their campaign and getting class-specific abilities and more.

Netflix Announces The Witcher Release Date Alongside New Trailer

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Netflix Announces The Witcher Release Date Alongside New Trailer

On December 20, the long-awaited Netflix adaptation, starring Man of Steel’s Henry Cavil, finally arrives. Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s influential novels, The Witcher will cover material prior to the beloved CD Projekt Red games – meaning both fans of the games and newcomers will have something fresh to look forward to. Check out the enticing trailer below.     

If you cannot get enough Witcher, be sure to check out our reviews of the classic series: Witcher 2, Witcher 3

[Source: Netflix]

Ubisoft Reveals Five Games Are In Development For PlayStation 5 And Xbox Scarlett

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Ubisoft Reveals Five Games Are In Development For PlayStation 5 And Xbox Scarlett

Following Ubisoft's earnings call yesterday, co-founder and chief executive officer Yves Guillemot answered a few questions for investors and reporters, and revealed that the recently delayed Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six: Quarantine would be cross generational, meaning they'll appear on both the current machines (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) as well as their successors (Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5). He also said two other unannounced games would follow the same release plan.

"The five titles, yes, they will be on this generation and the next generation, and they will take full advantage all the new features that are coming with the machines, which are actually going to be extremely interesting for players," Guillemot said. "You will be able to download new content a lot faster, players will experience better framerates there are lots of very good elements that will come with these new machines."

Sony and Microsoft have both targeted holiday 2020 for the launch of their respective machines. Ubisoft hasn't stated when Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six: Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters are delayed to exactly, but don't be surprised if one or all of them fall in line with the releases of Sony and Microsoft's new hardware.

November’s Free Games: PS Plus And Games With Gold

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November’s Free Games: PS Plus And Games With Gold

Sony and Microsoft, via their respective blogs, announced November’s free games for their premium users.

Nioh, a combo-filled action RPG from the makers of Ninja Gaiden, casts you as a samurai in mystical 17th century Japan. In our review we said, “Endless optimization and customization, engaging encounters, and unparalleled combat by yourself or with a friend make Nioh an excellent choice for your next dark action/RPG.” This arrives just in time for the Nioh 2 beta which runs from November 1 to 10. If the original piques your interest be sure to check out our Tokyo Game Show coverage on the upcoming sequel

“An intense ride that makes you question your sanity,” this release is a scary treat for those craving more Halloween fun. Play as an investigative journalist uncovering nefarious cults in the Arizona desert.

EA Partners With Valve To Bring EA Games And EA Access To Steam

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EA Partners With Valve To Bring EA Games And EA Access To Steam

EA and Valve are partnering up to put both games and EA Access (EA's subscription service) on Steam. 

The first big drop for this initiative is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on Steam, launching on November 15. A glance at the title's Steam page seems to indicate that users opting in on Steam will still need to have Origin installed, similar to how games like Division 2 direct you through Uplay to play.

UPDATE 10/29/2019: A Reddit post by someone identified as a Respawn Dev on the Apex Legends subreddit has stated that "your games will launch directly with Steam without running Origin."