Warcraft 3: Reforged is more than just a remaster of Blizzard’s classic RTS

about X hours ago from
Warcraft 3: Reforged is more than just a remaster of Blizzard’s classic RTS

Blizzard describes Warcraft 3: Reforged as a “complete reimagining” of its real-time strategy classic, which is probably the best way of explaining what it’s doing with the 16-year-old game. Part remaster, part rebalancing, part retcon, Reforged will be a major upgrade for the game that won’t leave players of the original behind.

During an interview at BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard’s Brian Souza and Pete Stillwell explained that players who own the original Warcraft 3 will be able to play against those who own Warcraft 3: Reforged, and vice versa. Maps and other community created content made in the original Warcraft 3 are also compatible with Reforged.

World of Warcraft: Tides of Vengeance to launch on Dec. 11

about X hours ago from
World of Warcraft: Tides of Vengeance to launch on Dec. 11

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s first major patch — Tides of Vengeance — is set to release later this year, on Dec. 11 in North America. Patch 8.1 brings a few key changes to Battle for Azeroth’s systems, as well as some extra content for players to engage with. At the World of Warcraft: What’s Next panel at BlizzCon 2018, the game’s developers ran down all the content coming early next month.

Tides of Vengeance is the story of the Alliance striking back against the Horde, with the Night Elves taking center stage after their home was burned down in the pre-patch. The upcoming patch also features a Horde versus Alliance raid — a first in World of Warcraft history — where each faction will have a completely different raid order, despite eventually all fighting all the same bosses.

Here are the 5 biggest announcements from the BlizzCon 2018 opening ceremony

about X hours ago from
Here are the 5 biggest announcements from the BlizzCon 2018 opening ceremony

Blizzard’s biggest fan event of the year, BlizzCon, is here once again and during the opening ceremony Blizzard had plenty to share.

Just like usual, Blizzard packed in a variety of announcements about all its games, and even some of its partners games, at the beginning of the show, to give fans a preview about what exactly they would see over the next few days. The opening’s highlights included a couple of brand new games, as well as a brand new character being added to Heroes of the Storm that’s entirely unique to that game and universe.

MLB The Show 19 taps Bryce Harper, jersey TBD, for cover

about X hours ago from
MLB The Show 19 taps Bryce Harper, jersey TBD, for cover

MLB The Show 19’s cover star is Bryce Harper, despite the fact Sony Santa Monica has no idea what jersey the slugger will be wearing next year.

Harper, the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player, is a free agent (as of Oct. 29). Free agency, as in signing a new contract, officially begins tomorrow. For years, Harper has been widely expected to move on from the Washington Nationals after his first contract was up. Harper spent the first seven years of his career with the Nats, making the NL all-star team six times and winning the Rookie of the Year in 2012.

Diablo: Immortal coming to mobile as a ‘full-fledged’ action RPG

about X hours ago from
Diablo: Immortal coming to mobile as a ‘full-fledged’ action RPG

During the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled a mobile game in the Diablo franchise. Diablo: Immortal is an RPG for mobile devices, coming to both Android and iOS.

Immortal, built by Blizzard and Netease Games, takes place between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3, and tells the story of what happened after Tyrael shattered the world stone. All of the Diablo 3 classes are playable, including the Necromancer.

Warcraft 3: Reforged is the HD remaster of the classic

about X hours ago from
Warcraft 3: Reforged is the HD remaster of the classic

Blizzard is releasing a remaster of Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, the company announced during the opening ceremony for this year’s BlizzCon. The game is called Warcraft 3: Reforged, as revealed with both cinematic and gameplay trailers shown during the event.

Reforged will launch in 2019, according to Blizzard, and feature totally remodeled characters and environments. It will also bring back the beloved modding World Editor tool, which has led to other popular games, including League of Legends.

Overwatch cinematic short, ‘Reunion,’ introduces new heroes

about X hours ago from
Overwatch cinematic short, ‘Reunion,’ introduces new heroes

Blizzard Entertainment debuted the latest cinematic short in the Overwatch universe during its BlizzCon keynote this afternoon, continuing the trend of premiering a new one at the annual event. Called “Reunion,” it stars everyone’s favorite gunslinger, Jesse McCree — as well as a pair of new heroes.

The short is set on Route 66, a Western map in the game. (It served as a recent potential tease for a new hero as well.) The map includes a bombed train, the backstory of which is shown in the animated short. Also seen: some nice-looking apple pie.

Heroes of the Storm’s newest hero is an original character, Orphea

about X hours ago from
Heroes of the Storm’s newest hero is an original character, Orphea

An all-new hero, “born entirely in the Nexus,” according to Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, is the next to join Heroes of the Storm. Orphea, introduced at BlizzCon 2018, is the 83rd character to join the lineup since the game launched in 2015.

Orphea is the daughter of the Raven Lord, hence her moniker, Heir of Raven Court. “Rejecting the dark power her father had begun to consort with, Orphea tried to run away from the Raven Lord’s influence,” says her official bio. “But after witnessing King’s Crest fall to his machinations, she was convinced she needed to stand and fight. She now vows to protect the innocent — as a Hero of the Nexus.”

World of Warcraft: Classic launches summer 2019, WoW subscribers get it free

about X hours ago from
World of Warcraft: Classic launches summer 2019, WoW subscribers get it free

World of Warcraft: Classic launches in the summer of 2019. The release window was announced today live on stage at BlizzCon. Everyone with a subscription to World of Warcraft will have access to Classic.

In August, Blizzard announced details on the demo for World of Warcraft: Classic. That demo goes live today, both for attendees of the annual BlizzCon fan convention and those attending remotely via virtual ticket.

Destiny 2 is free on Battle.net until Nov. 18

about X hours ago from
Destiny 2 is free on Battle.net until Nov. 18

During the BlizzCon opening ceremony pre-show, Destiny 2: Forsaken developer Steve Cotton announced that vanilla Destiny 2 is free for all players with a Battle.net account starting today. From now until Nov. 18, players will be able to log into Battle.net and claim their free copy of Destiny 2 in the gift section of the online client. Once the gift is claimed, it will remain part of player’s accounts forever — even after Nov. 18.

This Destiny 2 license will not include the recent Forsaken expansion, but players no longer need to purchase Curse of Osiris or Warmind in order to be caught up — both were recently added to Forsaken.