New Overwatch map is a Blizzard theme park: BlizzardWorld

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New Overwatch map is a Blizzard theme park: BlizzardWorld

Overwatch is getting a new map with a cross-game Blizzard theme. Called BlizzardWorld, the new map will included theme park attractions based on Blizzard properties like Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft.

Director Jeff Kaplan introduced the hybrid map, which will have players both attack and protect the payload, during BlizzCon 2017’s opening ceremony. Accompanying the announcement was a fun cinematic short that showed the rest of the cast of Overwatch as they watched the trailer itself, gushing over the Blizzard-based amusements.

Overwatch’s new hero revealed: Moira

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Overwatch’s new hero revealed: Moira

A new hero is coming to Overwatch. Blizzard announced Moira, the game’s 26th playable character, at BlizzCon 2017’s opening ceremony today. Moira is a new support character coming to Overwatch.

Moira is capable of dealing massive damage as well as healing her teammates. She looks like a spellcaster of sorts, firing damaging orbs of dark energy, while also deploying healing beams.

Kobolds and Catacombs is Hearthstone’s next add-on

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Kobolds and Catacombs is Hearthstone’s next add-on

Hearthstone game director Ben Brode took the stage for the big reveal. He called it “a return to the roots of fantasy.”

The debut trailer for Kobolds and Catacombs emphasized exploring dungeons and finding loot. It included images of dragons, massive vaults of gold and the titular kobolds, rat creatures with candles on their heads.

Overwatch’s Hanzo is coming to Heroes of the Storm

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Overwatch’s Hanzo is coming to Heroes of the Storm

Hanzo from Overwatch will soon be playable in another one of Blizzard Entertainment’s games: Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard announced that Hanzo is joining the roster of its free-to-play online battle arena during the opening ceremony of BilzzCon 2017.

Blizzard introduced Hanzo to the world of Heroes of the Storm with an animated short, showing the archer taking down Alextrasza, who can transform into a dragon when her health is low, from World of WarCraft. She’s also coming to the MOBA as a ranged support character.

StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

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StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, one of Blizzard Entertainment’s most popular games, is becoming a free-to-play game. Company CEO Mike Morhaime announced the news during BlizzCon 2017’s opening ceremony, which streamed live from Anaheim, California today.

On Nov. 14, players will be able to play the entire Wings of Liberty campaign at no cost. If you already own that content, you will receive Heart of the Swarm at no additional cost.

Super Mario Odyssey players are using Cappy as the best shortcut ever

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Super Mario Odyssey players are using Cappy as the best shortcut ever

Super Mario Odyssey players continue to astound me every day. The latest magical trick they’ve come up with? Bypassing obvious puzzle solutions to come up with their own hilarious, brilliant workarounds.

Twitter user Maddju5t1n shared one of the best examples of this trend. In a special room hidden in the Lake Kingdom, there’s a frog hanging around for Mario to ostensibly capture. That should get him across the raging poisonous waters that fill the entire space with relative ease, right? Well, this player had zero interest in completing the puzzle the easy way: He wanted to do it the rad-as-hell way instead.

Razer’s new Overwatch-inspired D.Va headset looks perfect

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Razer’s new Overwatch-inspired D.Va headset looks perfect

Razer has a new line of PC accessories inspired by Overwatchs beloved hero, D.Va, but it’s the vibrant, multi-colored headphones that deserve a special shoutout.

The wired headset, called the Razer MEKA headset, combines black, yellow, pink and green colors, which can also be found on D.Va’s own headset in the game. In Overwatch, D.Va is a 19-year-old former professional StarCraft player. The headset is a big part of her identity and costume.

EA Sports UFC 3 announced for Xbox One, PS4

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EA Sports UFC 3 announced for Xbox One, PS4

The EA Sports UFC series will return for a third edition on Feb. 2, 2018, with EA Sports UFC 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the publisher announced today. The game will offer a career mode that enhances an out-of-the-octagon experience to allow players to promote individual bouts, create heated rivalries and push their fighters into the spotlight of mixed martial arts.

EA Sports UFC 3 will deliver the “G.O.A.T. Career Mode,” where player choices can build hype and followership for their fighters and land them lucrative fight contracts. A news release from EA Sports said players can use a “new in-game social media system” to stew rivalries with other fighters and flesh out the persona of their created star.

Fan-made Rick and Morty game, Piccled Ricc, removed from Steam

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Fan-made Rick and Morty game, Piccled Ricc, removed from Steam

A fan-made Rick and Morty PC game, Piccled Ricc, was pulled from the Steam store today following a copyright strike from Adult Swim the developer is currently fighting against.

The game came into prominence earlier this week after major YouTubers in the gaming scene, including PewDiePie and Jim Sterling, uploaded playthroughs of the game. In the game, players take control of Pickle Rick (a character who came into prominence during the most recent Rick and Morty season), fight giant rats and explore various environments.

Watch the BlizzCon 2017 opening ceremony livestream here

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Watch the BlizzCon 2017 opening ceremony livestream here

Blizzard Entertainment’s annual fan convention, BlizzCon, kicks off today in Anaheim, California, where the company is expected to announce new details for games like Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone.

You can watch BlizzCon 2017's opening ceremonies streamed live, right here, starting at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET via YouTube and Twitch. The opening ceremony is expected to last about an hour.