Blizzard announces Hearthstone Battlegrounds, a new autobattler set in the Warcraft Universe

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Blizzard announces Hearthstone Battlegrounds, a new autobattler set in the Warcraft Universe

A new autobattler is coming to the Hearthstone Battlegrounds, Blizzard announced during the BlizzCon opening ceremony on Friday afternoon. The game will be set in the Warcraft universe and feature units and characters from the world, just like Hearthstone.

Like most autobattlers, Blizzard’s game will task you and seven other players with buying from a random selection of units in order to build a suitable army. You can upgrade your units by matching three of the same type together. You can also get extra bonuses based on similarities within your army for things like have three orcs, or two hunters.

Descent of Dragons, the new Hearthstone expansion, is unveiled at BlizzCon 2019

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Descent of Dragons, the new Hearthstone expansion, is unveiled at BlizzCon 2019

Blizzard posted a teaser for its new Hearthstone expansion on social media before following it up with a full reveal at BlizzCon 2019. The next Hearthstone expansion, Descent of Dragons, will conclude the story started with Rise of Shadows and Saviors of Uldum. This tale is wrapped up in a very Flash Gordon candy shell, with an accompanying music video.

This expansion takes us to Dragonblight, a zone from World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Dragonblight is up in snowy Northrend, and it’s where the Dragon Aspects gather near their shrines. There are also lots of dead dragons, so we can expect some potentially spooky cards ... like Galakrond, the massive skeleton that dominates the landscape of Dragonblight.

The next World of Warcraft expansion is Shadowlands

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The next World of Warcraft expansion is Shadowlands

BlizzCon 2019 brought a host of announcements for Blizzard games, including the long-running fantasy MMO World of Warcraft. Blizzard showed off a CGI cinematic for the next expansion, Shadowlands, and we got to see Bolvar Fordragon take center stage ... along with Sylvanas Windrunner.

The World of Warcraft lore has been hinting that we would be heading to the Shadowlands for quite some time now. A recent leak from the Blizzard Gear store lent further credibility to the speculation, but there was lots of in-game evidence as well. The former Horde Warchief, Vol’jin, is in a state between life and death, and there was a long questline investigating who whispered in his ear as he died. Sylvanas Windrunner, his successor, was also very interested in death. Bolvar’s been very active — and up to no good — since Legion, so it’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out.

Diablo 4 gameplay: Three minutes from BlizzCon 2019

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Diablo 4 gameplay: Three minutes from BlizzCon 2019

Diablo 4 was introduced at BlizzCon 2019 with a long cinematic establishing the story of this chapter. That was immediately followed by the good stuff: Three minutes packed with gameplay.

Though it is set to an establishing voice-over, pretty much everything here is taken from the player’s perspective, which gives an idea of the rich detail Blizzard is trying to bring to the desiccated land of Sanctuary.

Diablo 4 announced at BlizzCon 2019

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Diablo 4 announced at BlizzCon 2019

Blizzard Entertainment revealed the next installment in the storied dungeon crawling franchise Friday during BlizzCon 2019.

The existence of a new Diablo game isn’t exactly a surprise — not only has it been teased and leaked, a Kotaku report notes that the sequel has been in development for long enough to have its direction rebooted at least once. From the onset, the plan for Diablo 4 has been to take the series back to its roots, particularly when it comes to the art direction. The hope is to make Diablo 4 darker, gorier, and sinister, like Diablo 2 before it. Inspiration was taken from old medieval paintings, and the trailer showcased during BlizzCon featured plenty of blood. Visible classes seem to include mage, druid, and barbarian.

Blizzard apologizes for its response to Hong Kong protests at BlizzCon 2019

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Blizzard apologizes for its response to Hong Kong protests at BlizzCon 2019

Blizzard has spoken twice about its decision to suspend Hong Kong Hearthstone player Ng “blitzchung” Wai Chung — first, when it suspended the player, and later, when it shortened his punishment.

Now, the developer has addressed ongoing criticism its faced since then during the BlizzCon 2019 opening ceremony in Anaheim, California. Blizzard president J. Allen Brack appeared at the event to talk about the ongoing controversy — though on a delay for at-home viewers.

Wasting absolutely no time, Freeform unveils holiday lineup

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Wasting absolutely no time, Freeform unveils holiday lineup

It’s Nov. 1, which means that Halloween is done, fall is over, and stores and radio stations are starting to blast Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Who needs the grace period of November, amirite? We’re full-blasting into this holiday season, ho ho ho!

Freeform is wasting no time in unfurling its annual 25 Days of Christmas schedule. Behold, all the Christmas movies and television shows, both old and new, licensed and Freeform-original. All times below are EDT.

Oh no, Fortnite is memorializing players’ biggest mistakes

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Oh no, Fortnite is memorializing players’ biggest mistakes

There was a time, before the rise of social media and share buttons, when you could screw up in a game without having to worry that someone might post your blunder online — or worse, that it might go viral. You could mess up, feel embarrassed, and then move on with your life. Nobody would have to know.

Now, though? Even the video games you play might haunt you with your embarrassments.

Fallout 76 buyers entitled to refunds, Australia rules

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Fallout 76 buyers entitled to refunds, Australia rules

Fallout 76 buyers in Australia are entitled to a refund, under a ruling from that country’s Competition and Consumer Commission published earlier today. In a statement, the ACCC said that ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Fallout maker Bethesda Softworks, “accepted that their actions were likely to have contravened the Australian Consumer Law.”

Consumers who bought Fallout 76 from its Nov. 24, 2018 launch until June 1, 2019 can request the refund. If they accept a refund, they will no longer be able to access and play the game. Fallout 76 is an always-online multiplayer game that requires a check-in to Bethesda Softworks’ servers on startup.

Finally we get to meet baby Pikachu, before he met Ash

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Finally we get to meet baby Pikachu, before he met Ash

Soon, Pokémon fans will know the history behind Ash’s Pikachu, thanks to the Pokémon anime.

The first episode of the new season of Pokémon will be called “Pikachu is Born!” and will show what Ash’s Pikachu was like before his life at Professor Oak’s office. Of course, Pikachu was a baby at some point, meaning we’re going to get to see a bunch of cute Pichu antics.

Ash’s relationship with Pikachu started off rocky at first. Pikachu refused to get in its ball, electrocuted Ash constantly, and even laughed at him when he failed to catch a Pidgey. Pikachu’s heart softened as he realized how much Ash cared about him. Hopefully this new episode gives some insight into how Pikachu ended up so sassy.