Hearthstone Game Director Ben Brode Leaving to Start New Company

Hearthstone Game Director Ben Brode announced on the Blizzard forums that he is leaving Blizzard and Hearthstone. Brode has spent 15 years at Blizzard, starting as a night crew game tester. Brode will be leaving to start a new game development company. Starting as a small experimental project, Brode is one of the original Team 5 members brought together 10 years ago to develop Hearthstone. Since t...

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth to Launch on August 14

With waves of alpha invites hitting the inboxes of World of Warcraft players, the hype for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is growing. As is tradition, Blizzard has held off on providing a solid release date for Battle for Azeroth, opting for the usual “it will be out when it’s ready” approach. Today, the American developers announced that the new expansion will go live on ...

World of Warcraft: The Battle for Azeroth Out This Summer(US)/Winter (AU), Pre-orders Live

Get your wallets and your WoW Tokens ready! Pre-orders for World of Warcraft: The Battle for Azeroth is live. As usual, Blizzard has not pinned down a specific release date for the new expansion beyond before September 21, 2018 and sometime this summer in the northern hemisphere or winter in the southern hemisphere. Both the Standard Edition and Digital Deluxe Editions are available for pre-order....

New Overwatch Update Featuring Blizzard World Map Released

The much talked about update for Overwatch is finally out on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Players will now be able to check out the ultimate tribute to Blizzard’s other franchises in the new Blizzard World map. Designed like a theme park, there are sections for Diablo, Starcraft, Warcraft, and Heroes of the Storm. Fans will also be able to catch Easter Eggs for some of Blizzard’s o...

One Trick Players Possibly Being Banned from Overwatch

The Overwatch community is in full drama mode after two Torbjorn mains reported being banned, alleging they were banned for being one tricks (players who only play one hero). With a little bit of detective work, it was discovered that XUL was actually banned for AFKing in competitive when another player took Torbjorn. Fuey500’s ban is a little murkier. Known to be a generally polite steamer,...

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and Official Vanilla Servers Announced

The long running World of Warcraft easily took home the prize for the biggest announcement at BlizzCon 2017 (Sorry for anyone hoping for Diablo II HD). Since World of Warcraft: Legion is winding down with the release of the new Argus zone and the Antorus raid, it was only a matter of time until the next expansion pack was announced. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will mark a new phase in th...

StarCraft II Going Free to Play

Blizzard announced a new pricing structure for StarCraft II at Blizzcon 2017 this weekend. A whole swath of content is going free on November 17th. All gamers will get access to the ranked ladder and the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty single player campaign. Those who already own any of the StarCraft II games will also be able to access all the co-op Commanders. As an added bonus, anyone who owns ...

The Salt Factory Machinima Re-imagines Overwatch as a Turn Based RPG

Video game comedy channel The Salt Factory released an awesome bit of machinima that re-imagines Blizzard’s hit FPS Overwatch as a Final Fantasy style turn based RPG. The video is well put together and deserves a watch! The film kicks off with the “player” booting up the game to check out Overwatch’s latest event, conveniently runnig only on April Fool’s day. Seems li...

Overwatch’s New Map ‘Oasis’ Now Available on All Platforms

Today Blizzard has added a new map to the playlists of Overwatch. The Control-type map Oasis has been in testing for a bit and now the company has made it available for all PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One users. Blizzard has provided a bit of background for the map saying that researchers and academics from around the region came together to found a city dedicated to scientific progress without re...

Overwatch Holiday Event Begins December 13

Blizzard announced through Twitter that they are planning on kicking off a new holiday event for Overwatch starting on December 13th. In Christmas card fashion the announcement came as a card saying “It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we hope you’ll join us for some holiday cheer!” You're invited! pic.twitter.com/MQZPZOW4Y1 — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 6, 2016 Blizzar...

Necromancers and More: BlizzCon 2016 Round Up

Let’s get the embarrassing bit out of the way first: I was wrong. My original prediction of Diablo 4 did not come true at BlizzCon 2016’s Opening Ceremonies. So if you aren’t at BlizzCon 2016 or didn’t have a digital ticket, this is what you missed. Diablo III Blizzard has come up with a very Blizzard-like way to further extend the life of Diablo III without releasing a ful...

Sombra Officially Revealed and Detailed for Overwatch

After teasing fans for months, Blizzard has officially revealed Overwatch‘s newest character Sombra at Blizzcon 2016. This reveal came in the form of a six minute long animated short called “Infiltration” that shows Reaper and Widowmaker teaming up with Sombra as they go after a high profile target, though Sombra’s own intentions don’t quite line up with what the othe...

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