BlizzCon, Blizzard’s annual fan celebration, went down over the weekend, and where there are Blizzard fans, there are cosplayers.
World of Warcraft’s been around for more than a decade. Combat is one of its cornerstones, but also, perhaps, a bit of a relic. In light of recent MMO evolutions like Destiny, I asked Blizzard how far they’re willing to push WoW’s combat.
North American team Cloud9 ended up taking home the trophy for the first-ever Heroes of the Storm World Championships this weekend at Blizzcon, surprising many who expected a top Korean or Chinese team to win. More surprising was how they won. Specifically, it came down to one bonkers match in the semifinals.
Everyone thought Blizzard’s excellent new shooter, Overwatch, was gonna be free-to-play. Then it wasn’t. It’s going for $40 (or $60 for a special edition). What happened?
World of Warcraft and the official Shrek origin story (aka the Warcraft movie) are separate. Mostly. However, the movie has gotten Blizzard thinking about older Warcraft games—and how they could bring them back.
At BlizzCon, not even Hydralisks get to jump the line. Here is a truly inspired piece of BlizzCon cosplay, a Hydralisk from StarCraft. Go below for more images and some video.
Heroes of the Storm is introducing a crazy new hero, Cho’gall, who’s controlled by two players at once. This has never been done before in any big MOBA—not DOTA, LoL, or HOTS.
“IT’S JOHN CENA.” Overheard (about a life-sized Overwatch statue) at BlizzCon. Winston is, of course, a kindly yet terrifying genetically engineered gorilla—not John Cena, who is a different kindly yet terrifying genetically engineered gorilla. I wonder who would win a fight.
World of Warcraft’s next big expansion, Legion, is coming out this coming summer, Blizzard confirmed today at Blizzcon. Also Illidan Stormrage is coming back! Are you PREPARED? I’m not. Watch the fantastic new trailer above.
Turns out Overwatch won’t be free-to-play, as many (myself included!) had predicted.
Heroes of the Storm’s Dustin Browder took the stage at Blizzcon this afternoon to announce a whacky-sounding new feature for their excellent new MOBA. It’s called “The Arena,” and lets you do crazy shit like play a game with everyone as the same hero. Nice!
Showcased at Blizzcon today, here’s the trailer for the upcoming Warcraft movie, which will debut in June. There are orc babies. Also some war.
Starcraft 2: Nova Covert Ops, three upcoming missions for Starcraft 2, will drop on spring 2016, Blizzard announced today. Here’s the trailer!
Is Overwatch free-to-play? When’s World of Warcraft: Legion coming out? Where’s the Warcraft movie trailer? We’ll hopefully get some answers to those questions and more this afternoon at Blizzcon.
Heroes of the Storm’ first international tournament, “The Road To Blizzcon,” is kicking off later this month, Blizzard announced this morning. Regional tournaments starting in late May will decide which 8 Heroes teams will make it to the finals held at Blizzcon this November. Prize pool is $1.2 million.
"I never got it in-game, so I thought I'm gonna make it and I'm going to have my own Lightbringer set at the house." Makes sense, when you're a gifted costume-maker.
Blizzard's Overwatch is, in the grand scheme of shooters, kinda simple. Each character has one weapon, levels are straightforward, and movement speed feels like everybody is a giant moon ape—not just, you know, the giant moon ape. At first I wasn't impressed, but then I discovered how interesting its characters are.
Basically, some of these costumes look like folks' World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft characters walked right through the screen and caught a flight to Anaheim.
The biggest crowd draw at BlizzCon every year is the global finals of the StarCraft II World Championship Series. With $100,00 on the line and a returning champion in the final bracket, this year the crowd should be bigger than ever. Thank goodness we don't have to bother with them.
Blizzard lore/story/sunglasses guy Chris Metzen and his daughter were watching a cinematic scene from World of Warcraft. There were swords, spells, dragons—the usual. His daughter, however, couldn't help but ask of the women characters, "Why are they all in swimsuits?"