Mercy's Recall Challenge Hits Overwatch, Read The New Short Story

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Mercy's Recall Challenge Hits Overwatch, Read The New Short Story

Overwatch's latest limited-time event comes with a short story about Mercy that players can read online. The story is called Valkyrie, and it's penned by Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu. The event pushes players to win nine matches to earn the new legendary Dr. Ziegler skin for the beloved healer. At three wins players earn a new icon, six wins gives them two new sprays, and the final three wins gets them the gold.

The event runs from today through December 2. If you watch matches on Twitch for two, four, or six hours, you'll earn additional sprays.

Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Named Head Of Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios

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Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Named Head Of Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios

Following the departure of chairman Shawn Layden, Sony has named Hermen Hulst, Guerrilla Games' director and co-founder, as the new head of Worldwide Studios and will be tasked to oversee software development across Sony's 14 internal game studios. Guerrilla promoted three people as co-studio directors: Michiel van der Leeuw, who was the technical director, Angie Smets, executive producer, and Jan-Bart van Beek, studio art director.

Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who has long been an influential voice for Sony on social media, is leaving the position to shepherd smaller independent studios.

In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, PlayStation CEO and president Jim Ryan calls Hulst one of the most well-respected leaders in video games. "He is a passionate advocate for the teams he leads and understands how to empower creative talent to build great experiences," he said. "I have no doubt Hermen can lead our teams to deliver compelling and diverse experiences at a steady cadence."

Terry Bogard Is Now Available In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Terry Bogard Is Now Available In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Terry Bogard, the baseball cap-loving combatant from SNK's Fatal Frame and King of Fighters series, is now available as a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo also released update 6.0.0., which brings hero balance tweaks, item adjustments, and new spirits in the Vault.

Battle Arena also received a number of new features, including an Elite Online arena type, and the ability to send set messages while inside the arena. Here's the complete rundown of changes, and click here to see the hero balance tweaks:

The Blizzard Issue Is Now Available Digitally

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The Blizzard Issue Is Now Available Digitally

Digital subscribers to Game Informer can now learn all about Blizzard's new slate of games announced at this year's BlizzCon! Following last week's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsersiPad/iPhone and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Google PlayKindle, and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your existing print subscription here or start a new subscription here.

Blizzard Announces Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons And New Battlegrounds Game Mode

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Blizzard Announces Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons And New Battlegrounds Game Mode

During the opening ceremonies of BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard announced both a new game mode and expansion for Hearthstone, its premiere strategy card game.

Focusing on the fierce winged beasts, Descent of Dragons will feature dragons from Azeroth's storied history. The newest expansion features 135 new cards for players to experiment with, along with a new Hero Card featuring Galakrond. Utilizing the new Invoke cards, players can level up the dragon multiple times for Galakrond to reach his final form.

Descent of Dragons will be available for players starting December 10.

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.