Blizzcon Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Blizzcon RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Diablo 2: Resurrected Officially Announced, Rogue Confirmed for Diablo 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/0gr7h/diablo-2-resurrected-officially-announced-rogue-confirmed-for-diablo-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/0gr7h/diablo-2-resurrected-officially-announced-rogue-confirmed-for-diablo-4 Sat, 20 Feb 2021 13:50:03 -0500 Ashley Shankle

After years of fans holding out hope for Blizzard to return to Diablo 2 in one form or another, the developer has finally decided to give the beloved ARPG the attention it deserves.

Announced yesterday during BlizzCon, the legendary title will be returning as Diablo 2: Resurrected, a remake including the base game and its Lord of Destruction expansion.

Diablo 2: Resurrected will bring more than just shiny new graphics to this classic title. The game will also feature cross-platform progression so players can hop on their characters between PC and console, and, of course, controller support comes in tow with that good news.

Blizzard have also confirmed there will be a shared stash function, and rumor is the remake will even have automatic gold pickup as a base feature to the game. These are huge quality of life improvements over the original that certainly no one could complain about if true.

This all sounds like great news and the new visuals do suit the style of the original version of the game, but that's not all the attention the Diablo series received yesterday.


Diablo 4
 has also been confirmed to include a Rogue class, a predictable but warmly welcomed addition to the upcoming game's roster. So far Druid, Barbarian, Sorceress, and now Rogue have been confirmed.

Blizzard weren't keen to let us know too much more during yesterday's Diablo 4, but they did show how the game's world shifts as you push through and clean out the evil plaguing the many would-be havens of Sanctuary.

After the state in which Warcraft 3: Reforged was released and in some respects continues to be in, it's understandable to be pensive about the state of Diablo 2: Resurrected; and reservations over Diablo 4 after Diablo 3 are also fairly well-deserved. Time will tell if these titles live up to the old Blizzard name.

You can sign up for the Diablo 2: Resurrected alpha on the official site, provided you're logged in, but the release date for Diablo 4 is still yet to be announced.

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BlizzConline Will be Coming in February https://www.gameskinny.com/tt5sv/blizzconline-will-be-coming-in-february https://www.gameskinny.com/tt5sv/blizzconline-will-be-coming-in-february Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:30:27 -0400 Ashley Shankle

It was no secret that BlizzCon, Blizzard's own convention to show off upcoming titles and expansions for its popular titles such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch, was getting cancelled this year and pushed to early 2021. Now we have the exact dates it will be running, and its new fancy name: BlizzConline.

BlizzConline will be taking place from February 19 to February 20, 2021, but Blizzard are still tight-lipped about what games they'll be showing over the course of the streamed convention.

What they aren't quiet about so far is the host of Community Showcase events happening over the course of the two days, which will include:

  • A cosplay exhibition
  • A cosplay contest
  • An art contest
  • A digital storytelling contest
  • A talent spotlight

The entry deadline for each of these Community Showcase events is January 4, 2021, so be sure to read up more on what they will entail through the official announcement.

BlizzConline will also feature the March of the Murlocs despite being a remote event, which also has a January 4, 2021, deadline for those interested in entering a photo or video marching and dancing while dressed up as a Murloc in World of Warcraft.

There are no further details known about BlizzConline just yet, but it sounds like it may be just as focused on the fans as ever. Keep your eyes here on GameSkinny for further news as we edge closer to 2021.

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Blizzard Says BlizzCon 2021 Will Come "Early" Next Year https://www.gameskinny.com/wspsa/blizzard-says-blizzcon-2021-will-come-early-next-year https://www.gameskinny.com/wspsa/blizzard-says-blizzcon-2021-will-come-early-next-year Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:40:29 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Following the news earlier this year that BlizzCon 2020 would be canceled in the wake of COVID-19, Blizzard have announced they will be holding next year's convention as an online-exclusive event.

Not only will BlizzCon 2021 be a virtual event, but it will be held earlier in the year. As confirmed by Blizzard President J. Allen Brack during this week's Activision Blizzard earnings call, the convention will be held in "the early part" of 2021.

Virtual BlizzCon tickets are nothing new to fans of the developer, with many of those unable to attend the convention in person instead buying virtual tickets. Aside from allowing fans to watch the con's many panels and announcements, virtual tickets also often come with goodies for World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Blizzard's other titles.

The two biggest titles fans speculated Blizzard would show at BlizzCon this year were Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2. With luck, the developer will be showing more of the two at BlizzCon 2021.

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BlizzCon 2020 is Canceled, but Could Continue Another Way https://www.gameskinny.com/mbs3c/blizzcon-2020-is-canceled-but-could-continue-another-way https://www.gameskinny.com/mbs3c/blizzcon-2020-is-canceled-but-could-continue-another-way Tue, 26 May 2020 18:21:23 -0400 Josh Broadwell

In a move that probably doesn't surprise anyone, Blizzard announced today that BlizzCon 2020 is canceled. There's a possibility of an online event taking its place, but it's not likely to happen anytime soon.

The news comes from a post by BlizzCon Executive Producer Saralyn Smith, which PCGamer first spotted earlier today.

Smith said:

...we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make.

We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.

News of BlizzCon's cancellation is just one part of what's basically been the year of cancellations and delays, from E3 2020 and GDC 2020 being canceled to Minecraft Festival 2020's delay.

But just like Summer Game Fest was born from E3's cancellation, Blizzard is looking into alternative ways to host a convention. Smith mentioned:

We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online...

We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year.

It might not be a proper replacement for this year's convention, but at least it's something. You can check out the original story on PC Gamer and Smith's full post on Blizzard's website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more video game event news as it develops.

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Blizzard Announces BlizzCon 2019 Dates, New Ticket Option https://www.gameskinny.com/w85ru/blizzard-announces-blizzcon-2019-dates-new-ticket-option https://www.gameskinny.com/w85ru/blizzard-announces-blizzcon-2019-dates-new-ticket-option Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:53:19 -0400 QuintLyn

It's that time again, Blizzard fans. Recently, the company announced the dates for Blizzcon via Twitter, as well as when tickets will go on sale. Blizzard also announced that a new kind of special ticket will be available to fans this year. 

As always, BlizzCon will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, on the weekend of November 1-2. 

As this year marks the 25th year of Warcraft, Blizzard has some special stuff planned, including a commemorative collectible or two. In fact, rather than doing a normal goodie bag, the company will be offering fans a choice between one of two premium statues. Players can choose between two Warcraft figures, the Orc Grunt or the Human Footman.

There's a catch, though: Interested attendees will need to decide which statue they prefer before buying tickets as Blizzard will only make a select number of statues based on interest. 

When Can You Buy Blizzcon Tickets?

Purchasing tickets will be broken into two rounds. The first round takes place on May 4, while the second round will be on May 8.

During this time, fans can purchase one of three different ticket types:

  1. The regular BlizzCon Pass
  2. The new BlizzCon Portal Pass
  3. The BlizzCon Benefit Dinner ticket, which supports charity

The BlizzCon Pass is the core ticket and will get fans into most things BlizzCon related.

For something a bit more special, the BlizzCon Portal Pass offers a variety of extras, including access to the special "Night at the Faire", which takes place on the eve of the convention. The pass also offers preferred parking, separate registration and security lines, the option to be first in line for the shows, and access to a dedicated lounge.

As is the case every year, the Blizzcon Benefit Dinner ticket is relatively expensive but it offers fans a chance to have dinner with Blizzard employees and the surplus goes to charity. This year, purchasers of this ticket will also get Portal Pass perks as well.

To reserve accommodations for Blizzcon 2019, go here

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Blizzard Nixes Speculation On Diablo 3 Cossplay And Reign Of Terror Announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/affog/blizzard-nixes-speculation-on-diablo-3-cossplay-and-reign-of-terror-announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/affog/blizzard-nixes-speculation-on-diablo-3-cossplay-and-reign-of-terror-announcement Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:47:01 -0400 QuintLyn

While we still don't know what Blizzard has planned for the Diablo announcements at BlizzCon, we may have a better idea of what those announcements won't be. Since players first took note of the fact that Diablo will be the first topic discussed on the main stage following the convention's opening ceremony, we've seen some serious speculation spurred by things like merchandise appearances and Blizzard representatives having a chat with the press.

In fact, GameSkinny recently covered both the rumor about Diablo 3 crossplay and the speculation on "Reign of Terror".  Unfortunately, it seems that neither of these things is what it appears to be.

Following the Business Insider article that attributed a comment indicating Diablo 3 crossplay would be happening at some point -- it was just a question of "when" -- Blizzard has informed press that cross-platform play is not in the works. 

The statement provided to DualShockers and Nintendo Life indicates that the company likes the idea, but has no plans for it at the moment.

While we love the idea of bringing our players together across platforms, we do not have any plans to implement cross-platform gameplay for Diablo at this time.

The good news here is that cross-play hasn't been completely ruled out. But, despite what the representative who spoke to Business Insider told them, it's still a question of "if" as well as "when". 

As for "Reign of Terror" being an accidental title leak, a Blizzard rep told GameSpot that's not the case. It seems "Reign of Terror" is just a title attached to the new products and nothing more. They even go so far as to explicitly state that the name doesn't directly reference any "content at the show". 

So, once again, we're left without any information on what, if anything, Blizzard will be announcing for the game at BlizzCon. Of course, they'd probably like to keep it that way.

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The New Diablo Project is Still a Mystery, But We Now Have a Major Clue https://www.gameskinny.com/25s47/the-new-diablo-project-is-still-a-mystery-but-we-now-have-a-major-clue https://www.gameskinny.com/25s47/the-new-diablo-project-is-still-a-mystery-but-we-now-have-a-major-clue Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:36:55 -0400 QuintLyn

For a long time, Diablo fans have been waiting for Blizzard to announce something new for the franchise. After all, it's been a few years since Diablo III's last full expansion was released. As time has worn on, fans have begun to wonder if their favorite RPG was just being neglected (despite job listings on the Blizzard site indicating something was in the works.)

Recently, all that changed when Blizzard dropped the schedule for this year's BlizzCon. Sitting in the "we really have some big news here" slot following the convention's opening ceremony, is the "What's Next" Diablo panel.

Since the schedule reveal, the gaming community has been speculating about what the announcement might actually be. We even posted some of the theories that have been going around here on GameSkinny, ranging from the possibility of Diablo 4 to the Netflix show that is reported to be in the works.

Today, we have a bit more information on the upcoming announcement. No, we still don't know exactly what it is. But thanks to the most recent items added to the BlizzCon gear store (initially discovered by Game Reactor)  we now know that whatever it is, it's titled Reign of Terror.

Now, this is just speculation on my part, but based on the title structures of previous Diablo games, I don't think this is going to be Diablo 4Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 did not have a secondary title at launch. Those came with the expansions.

So whatever it is, it's new.

Of course, we'll just have to wait a bit longer and see. 

What do you think Diablo Reign of Terror is? A new game? A Netflix show? Or something else entirely? Let us know in the comments below. 

 

 

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BlizzCon's Schedule Suggests Big Things For Diablo... But What? https://www.gameskinny.com/pxj3p/blizzcons-schedule-suggests-big-things-for-diablo-but-what https://www.gameskinny.com/pxj3p/blizzcons-schedule-suggests-big-things-for-diablo-but-what Thu, 04 Oct 2018 14:09:50 -0400 QuintLyn

Earlier this week, Blizzard released the full schedule for its (kinda) annual convention, BlizzCon. The idea, of course, is to give everyone a chance to plan their weekend ahead of the festivities, but we all know what happens when people start to look and speculate.

This time, fans noticed that the company's long-running fantasy-themed ARPG series, Diablo, holds the place of honor, following the BlizzCon opening ceremony on the main stage in Hall D.

Diablo will be the first in a line-up of "What's Next" panels covering all of Blizzard's IPs throughout the day. But as we all know, if you want con-goers to pay attention to announcements, you make them while you have their attention -- before they wander off to buy stuff or watch esports tournaments.

So, what kind of Diablo announcement should we expect from Blizzcon this year?

Great question! The answer, unfortunately, is that we don't know for certain. But we do have some ideas thanks to the rumor mill that is the internet -- and maybe a bit of common sense.

"Unannounced Project"

First up is the most obvious guess. Diablo 4. It's been more than six years since Diablo 3 first launched on PC -- and over four years since the last expansion, Reaper of Souls, was released. By this point, Diablo fans everywhere are pretty convinced that some form of new game content must be in the works. Right?

Well, they are right. In fact, back in August, GameSpot wrote an article stating that "an unannounced Diablo project of some sort" was in the works. They even backed this assertion by pointing out a job listing for an artist that was needed to work on an "unannounced project".

When looking at the full job description they found it stated Blizzard was working on a "new, unannounced Diablo project."

Unfortunately, the listing is no longer available, and every other listing with "unannounced project" in its description avoided anything that would indicate what game the position might be for.

It should also be noted that the listing never actually said it was for Diablo 4. So, for all we know, it could have been a Diablo mobile game... or perhaps a Battle Royale?

Witcher-Like?

So, what else do we have to possibly confirm that this will actually be the next edition in the Diablo story?

Well, It depends on if you believe 4chan posts or not.

Back in August, a thread appeared on the Battle.net forum linking to an AMA held by someone claiming to be a "medium level developer on Battle for Azeroth." According to this person, he'd been working on the new Diablo project before moving over to BfA, and he had a few things to say on the next Diablo game.

Probably one of the most interesting things noted in the Battle.net post is the assertion that the new Diablo game will play more like The Witcher or God of War. There will be no classes, just a single protagonist. 

Most importantly for our discussion, he added that the new game will be announced at BlizzCon.

Now, while mulling over this, do keep in mind that it's an anonymous 4chan post from someone claiming to be a dev. So there's about an 80/20 chance it's just someone trolling.

But hey, that still leaves the 20% chance it's right.

Goldman Sachs seems to think we're getting a Diablo sequel

This is slightly older news, but in December of last year, experts from Goldman Sachs -- the investment bank and financial services company  -- told CNBC that they believe Blizzard's stocks will go up over 2019 and 2020 due to the release of a few new games -- including "Diablo sequels", Overwatch 2, and mobile games.

They didn't explicitly state the Diablo sequels would include Diablo 4. And if you really want to speculate, there is a chance some of the new mobile content could be Diablo related. 

There is another option

Granted, all the things I've noted so far indicate we should probably expect a Diablo 4 (or some sort of game) announcement at BlizzCon this year. But there could be another reason for Blizzard to give the series the spotlight in the convention lineup. 

In case you missed it, back in August, the internet was buzzing with the rumor that Blizzard was working with Netflix on a series based on the Diablo universe. Now, I'll admit, it seems more likely to me that the main-stage post-opening ceremony slot would go to a game announcement, but we do have the Warcraft movie to look back on.

Like all of Blizzard's games, there's a lot of story to Diablo, which means it could translate well into a series of some sort. That said, is a Diablo Netflix series as big of a deal as the Warcraft movie? Is it big enough to push a game announcement out of that prime convention panel spot?

In the end, we'll just have to wait until BlizzCon to find out. But in the meantime, feel free to speculate to your heart's content!

What do you think we'll get at Blizzcon? Will it be a Diablo 4 announcement? A Diablo series announcement? Or something else entirely? Let us know in the comments below. 

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BlizzCon 2018 to Start Early With Special Virtual Ticket Content https://www.gameskinny.com/k9fel/blizzcon-2018-to-start-early-with-special-virtual-ticket-content https://www.gameskinny.com/k9fel/blizzcon-2018-to-start-early-with-special-virtual-ticket-content Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:30:24 -0400 QuintLyn

While BlizzCon weekend is still over a month away with the main event kicking off November 2, Blizzard's already decided to get things rolling in the virtual arena. That's right, the Virtual Ticket is now available to purchase via the Battle.net site. The ticket costs $50 and includes access to almost two months worth of exclusive video content in addition to the main event. Blizzard even promises new content on a regular basis, although the company did not elaborate on what that content will be. 

To get things started, purchasers of the Virtual Ticket can already watch several premiere episodes of the original Blizzcon video series. Some episodes are available for free, but to have access to all of them, you'll need that Virtual Ticket (which is also included in a regular BlizzCon ticket purchase). In addition, ticket holders can have a voice in how some shows are put together by voting in BlizzCon Build-a-Panel polls. 

This year, Blizzard has added a third way for fans to partake of all the content as well. In addition to logging into BlizzCon.com or watching via the BlizzCon mobile app, fans can also watch directly via the Battle.net desktop app.

And, as always, there are the goodies -- digital and otherwise. Starting today, Virtual Ticket owners will receive the first of their special in-game items: a legendary skin for Sombra in Overwatch that gives her a Diablo III Demon Hunter feel. Virtual Ticket holders also get a special $10 discount when purchasing the 2018 Goody Bag -- seen here. 

If you're unable to make BlizzCon in California and want to get in on the action, this really is a great way to go. It's honestly how I do BlizzCon most of the time.

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BlizzCon 2017: Heroes Of The Storm Devs Highlight Upcoming Content And Game Changes https://www.gameskinny.com/osplb/blizzcon-2017-heroes-of-the-storm-devs-highlight-upcoming-content-and-game-changes https://www.gameskinny.com/osplb/blizzcon-2017-heroes-of-the-storm-devs-highlight-upcoming-content-and-game-changes Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:49:05 -0500 QuintLyn

It's been a pretty busy year for the Heroes of the Storm development team, as I'm sure any of them will be happy to tell you. Over the past year they've released a slew of new content and changes, including two maps and enough Heroes to bring the current total to double what the game launched with. Overall, it's been pretty impressive. But they're not stopping there.

Adjusting content releases

In the Heroes of the Storm "What's Next" panel at Blizzcon, the team revealed plans for upcoming content, as well as changes to how that content will be rolled out. Taking a look at how content releases worked over the past year, wherein they dropped a slew of new content and features at once, the dev team noticed several issues that they wanted to address.

The first issue the Heroes team took note of was that when releasing content in a batch like this, individual pieces failed to stand out. The second -- and perhaps more important -- issue is that dropping a ton of content at once can cause some instability, disrupting how the game plays.

To combat this, the development team is planning on spreading out the content, dropping individual pieces at different times. This not only allows each piece of content to make an impression, but it also allows them to offer more support to each release with things like additional artwork, effects, and sounds.

Small quality-of-life additions

Keeping this plan in mind, the team went on to highlight some of the things they have planned for the game in the near future, such as the introduction of a target info panel. This will provide players with a variety of statistics on "battlefield entities:" minions, mercenaries, structures, and other Heroes and obtain more information about them. This information includes things like health and mana, attack damage, movement speed, and more.

Another useful change is the addition of indicators that reveal when Heroes are hiding in things like vehicles or other objects. It's a small quality of life change, but one that should make a difference in combat.

Integrated voice chat

As for bigger changes, the team announced integrated voice chat. This system will pull Blizzard Voice directly into the game client, negating the need for players to set up their own chat systems and streamlining the whole system. The voice chat system will add two channels to the game. The first will be a party chat. This one automatically adds players when they join the party.  The second channel is for teams. This one is opt-in and players will be given the option to join the channel when they join a game.

The system seems fairly robust for an in-game addition. It offers indicators as to who is speaking and also give players the ability to adjust volumes for their chat-mates, as well as make other tweaks for a better experience.

Performance based matchmaking rating

Another big adjustment the developer team is working on is improving the accuracy of the matchmaking system. The goal of the changes being made to this system is to improve the accuracy when placing individual players by getting the system to take a player's performance in a match into account when doing adjustments.

The current system attempts to match players of similar skill (but not as accurately as the development team or players would like) by giving every player a matchmaking rating based off of games won or lost. The problem is that while winning and losing can be an indicator of how well someone plays, it doesn't take into account their personal contribution on the field. 

Granted, if a player is really good, the current system will eventually rank them appropriately based just on the amount of games they have won. But it will also take them a long time to get there.

To fix all this, the Heroes team has decided to make use of systems they have added to the game over time. The MVP system, personalized statistics, and the On Fire system will be used to get a more detailed view of how players perform as individuals when calculating MMR adjustments. Other information used in the new system include what Heroes are being played in a match, what battleground it's played on, and even the region being played in.

The new system is fully dynamic, so stats will be updated at the end of every match. In addition, because of how quickly players will now rise through the ranks if they're appropriately skilled, the new system will help prevent both griefing and smurfing. For players hoping to get this system in as quickly as possible, hey can expect it when the next ranked season hits in December. 

2018 gameplay update

Following the reveal of the the MMR system, the panel moved on to discuss gameplay updates set to arrive in 2018. These will be core updates that will change how players go about their business in game, and again, improve the quality of life for players across the board.

Camera changes

The first is a rework of the game's camera system, making it easier for players to see what's going on on the map. To achieve this, the developers have pulled the camera out some -- but not too much -- and expanded on how much of the map is visible .

Stealth Heroes

The next update is to stealth Heroes. Stealth Heroes are a tricky thing. They're supposed to be kind of hard to see, but how hard is too hard? As the developers note, the current stealth hero system functions more or less like an eye test. If your eyes are really good, you might actually be able to see faint movements on the field, meaning that you'd have the advantage over someone with less adept vision. 

This issue also results in stealth Heroes really only being popular in quick match play, while they make fewer appearances in competitive play and are rarely seen in esports.

With the new system, the stealth Heroes will be easier to see as ghostly silhouettes on the play field. However, to still make combating stealth challenging they have been made to disappear whenever they stop moving. These Heroes will also still be invisible on the minimap and an enemy hero will still be required to at least land a skill shot in order to pull them out of stealth. 

Lane updates

Since the lanes are where games generally start out, the Heroes team decided to give them another look in an effort to make them more interesting. As noted, the lane phase of a match ends pretty quickly -- it only lasts a few minutes into the match. In addition, the lane phase doesn't really mean much in regards to the outcome of the game. It carries very little weight compared to other aspects. 

One of the first things the developers looked at was the tower ammunition system, giving them an infinite number of ammunition that can no longer be drained by simply throwing minion after minion at them. Of course, this did result in balance changes in regards to minion health and other aspects.

Continuing with towers, the Heroes team went on to look at fortifications. One of the things they noted was that the towers found at the back of fortifications -- known as "standalone towers" -- have little to no meaning in the game. In fact, it's often the case that by the time these towers start firing, the rest of the keep has been destroyed. As a result, the developers decided to do away with them.

Of course, balance changes had to be made, so stats from these towers have been moved to other structures. In addition, the development team revisited characters that have been known to make use of standalone towers decided to add truesight -- a feature that reveals stealth Heroes -- to keep areas.

Map mechanics

Finally, the Heroes of the Storm team took a look at map mechanics. At present, the game features 14 different battlegrounds, each with their own set of mechanics. This means that players effectively have to learn 14 different sets of rules based on timing and other features withing each. The team has decided to fix this and simplify things so there are less rules for players to deal with.

Effectively there will be two rules for players to deal with.

1. In early battlegrounds the first map mechanic will spawn in at 1 minute 30 seconds.

2. Later battlegrounds will spawn in at 3 minutes.

The developers have also decided to provide information earlier, offering players 30 second warnings on these spawns and offering earlier alerts about where new map mechanics will spawn. 

Don't worry, these changes are not designed to increase game length. The developers are going out of their way to keep games around 20 minutes long.

Mercenary Camps

Various changes are being made to camps as well, to make them more viable. These changes include:

  • Night Camp: The night wizard will emit a spell armor aura that benefits all nearby allies, minions, and mercenaries
  • Hellbat: Deceases enemy armor with every basic attack. This is stackable
  • Seige Giants: Attacks will be telegraphed so they can be dodged better

As you can see, there are quite a few changes in the pipeline for Heroes of the Storm. Hopefully, these will improve the game for fans -- and possibly make it more appealing to new players. While the panel was going on, the audience seemed fairly enthusiastic about the changes that are being made. That said, we shall see once the changes hit the server.

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Will Blizzard Release Hearthstone for Nintendo Switch? https://www.gameskinny.com/mowr6/will-blizzard-release-hearthstone-for-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/mowr6/will-blizzard-release-hearthstone-for-nintendo-switch Sun, 02 Apr 2017 05:53:33 -0400 tofuslayer

Gamers everywhere are anticipating some exciting news to be revealed at Blizzcon 2017 in November.

While many are wondering if Blizzard will announce Diablo 4 or StarCraft 3, some fans think there’s a chance that we will hear news that some of Blizzard's games will be released for Nintendo Switch. The rumors are founded in the idea that Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the free online card game, is a great candidate for the Nintendo Switch console. Since the Switch has a touch screen, some believe it would be a better fit for the console than to would be for PS4 or Xbox One.


Hearthstone Senior Game Designer Mike Donais was quoted by Express Online as saying:

I personally haven’t talked about it, but I’m more focused on card design. Hearthstone is available on iPads and phones, so it’s a good discussion worth having.

Though Donais’ statements don’t seem very promising, Hearthstone fans who want a Nintendo Switch version of the game are clinging to the possibility that Blizzard may surprise everyone at Blizzcon come November. Many believe that the convention’s return to Anaheim, California, is a sign that big news is coming for Blizzard fans everywhere.

Still, some doubt that the Switch will provide a big enough audience to justify Blizzard creating a Hearthstone port for the console. To support that, Blizzard does have a tendency to publish games on consoles that are more well-established and easy to use. 

If the Switch gains a large enough following and proves not to be a fad, Hearthstone for the Switch may not be out of the question.

According to a post on Reddit, Game Director Jeff Kaplan said he really enjoys the Switch. On top of that Kaplan said that though it may pose challenges, Blizzard is open minded about releasing their games on new platforms.

"We're always open minded about exploring possible platforms,” Kaplan said.

Blizzcon is quite a ways away, so there’s no doubt that we’ll hear more on the matter in the next few months. Only time will tell if the Blizzard card game makes it to Nintendo's newest console. 

Would you play Hearthstone on the Switch? Let us know in the comments below.

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The 10 Best Overwatch Cosplays from BlizzCon 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/5ek9a/the-10-best-overwatch-cosplays-from-blizzcon-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/5ek9a/the-10-best-overwatch-cosplays-from-blizzcon-2016 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:47:28 -0500 Lydia M

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Doge Reaper and McCree

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Photo: dtjaaaam
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Who said cosplay is limited to humans?! This cute Reaper and McCree doge cosplay could be seen outside of BlizzCon throughout the event for maximum "awwww" effect.

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What were some of your favorite Overwatch cosplays from BlizzCon 2016? Share photos in the comments below!

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Imp Mercy

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Cosplay: Stella Chu
Photo: Dapper Geek News
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We see another amazing skin variation cosplay in this Imp Mercy. The costume and props are amazingly detailed -- and those wings are rather impressive. 

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While we couldn't fit ALL of the amazing cosplays we saw, these were some of the absolute best we found throughout BlizzCon this year. Which was your favorite? Were there any you saw that you think should be added? Let us know!

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Double Zaryas

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Cosplay: Oni Cosplay and Jechts Cosplay
Photo: Oni Cosplay
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Two Zaryas are better than one right? This gender bender Zayra and regular Zarya here both did an outstanding job as the Russian solider -- not only with their costumes, but the props as well! 

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Thunderbird Pharah

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Cosplay: All Chued Up
Photo: DTJAAAAM
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As one of the most detailed skins in the game, this Thunderbird Pharah hit it out of the park! Can't imagine how many hours went into making that armor...

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Overwatch Bunnies

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Cosplay: sheenaoumElizabeth RageRian SynnthMilynn SarleyMaid of MightAlicia MarieReagan May.
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The best part of cosplaying is you are free to make it your own! These ladies turned seven of the female Overwatch heroes into PlayBoy bunnies. 

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Tracer and Junkrat

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Cosplay: Stacey Roy (Tracer), Shellshocked Cosplay (Junkrat)
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Tracer is always a favorite when it comes to Overwatch cosplay. And Stacey Roy is flat out the master with this her character, given that it's her second BlizzCon cosplaying as the Brit. She rocks this look alongside a scarily accurate Junkrat, complete with grenades and bombs.

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Sombra

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Cosplay: Soni Aralynn
Photo: SaffelsPhotos
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The best part about this Sombra cosplay is that there was a team working on it before the latest hero was even announced. The creators based this off of mere rumors and 'leaks' to get it done in time.

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Hanzo

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Cosplay: Rian Synnth
Photo: Dapper Geek News
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Gender bending cosplays are sometimes the funniest, and the most creative renditions around. This female Hanzo is no different. And just look at that bow!

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Genji

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Cosplayer: Unknown
Photo: Tony Sirianni
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It's one thing to encapulate your favorite charater in their generic look, but it's a completely different story to build a costume based around a unique skin variation. Notice how this Nihon Genji cosplay was created with such accuracy that the armor and lights look shiny and 'real'.

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Mei

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Cosplay: Syless Necole
Photo: Tony Sirianni
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Lots of talented cosplayers used their skills to bring our favorite Overwatch characters to life this year -- like the Mei cosplayer above who put outstanding detail into this costume. Not only did she encapsulate the Mei "look", but everything from the boots to the makeup is also spot-on.

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BlizzCon is by far the premiere event for anything and everything Blizzard. And what's the best part of BlizzCon, besides the panels, the competitions, and the announcements? The cosplay!

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Being pretty big fans of Overwatch, we've sifted through lots of pictures from BlizzCon 2016 and picked out our favorite hero cosplays from the convention this year.

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Classic Diablo Experience Is Coming to Diablo 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/cg50m/classic-diablo-experience-is-coming-to-diablo-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/cg50m/classic-diablo-experience-is-coming-to-diablo-3 Sat, 05 Nov 2016 01:20:41 -0400 StrongerStrange

Now, if you missed the BlizzCon Live Blog because you were at work or otherwise engaged, then like me you missed the best part. Blizzard have announced some huge changes coming to Diablo 3 in the form of a new class and a sort of expansion, they didn't really call it an expansion per say, more of a content update.

The update is called The Darkening of Tristram and puts the Diablo 1 content in the middle of Diablo 3 for all to enjoy.

The good news keeps on coming, the Diablo 1 content is free for all of those that own Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, though if you wish to play as the Necromancer then you'll have to part from your money for that. Though having the power over death itself and command mighty armies of risen warriors sounds pretty cool, oh and apparently you can make corpses explode as well.

So will you be diving back into Diablo 3 to Celebrate 20 years of Diablo? And will you be buying the Necromancer pack when it drops in 2017? Let me know in the comments below.

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Sombra Artwork Leaked on Blizzard Store https://www.gameskinny.com/vf1z4/sombra-artwork-leaked-on-blizzard-store https://www.gameskinny.com/vf1z4/sombra-artwork-leaked-on-blizzard-store Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:15:13 -0400 Lydia M

A mysterious addition to the Blizzard Store Monday night included the showcase of a possible new Overwatch character, Sombra. 

Sombra has been the highlight of a clever ARG that has been ongoing since July. However, Blizzard has yet to officially confirm the new hero.

The merchandise page containing the artwork has since been removed, but a mirror of the image was posted to reddit after the discovery on Monday. 

Note that the signature at the bottom right reads "John Polidora", who just happens to be an artist who works on Overwatch.

The latest in the Sombra ARG takes you to the website of a Mexican network company with the idea of "clean energy and Internet access for the entire country at an affordable price"

In a recent post in the Overwatch universe website, LumeriCo claims to have been under scandal as documents released by a hacker, named Sombra, alleging the LumeriCo CEO Guillermo Portero used company funds to bribe public officials and creating a system of kickbacks. 

The extensive ARG has been the center of frustration for some fans, seeming like a never-ending labyrinth. 

Considering this leak has come mere days before BlizzCon there's a solid chance an official Sombra announcement will be out this weekend.

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Blizzard Opens Last Call Contest for Entries https://www.gameskinny.com/z24x2/blizzard-opens-last-call-contest-for-entries https://www.gameskinny.com/z24x2/blizzard-opens-last-call-contest-for-entries Wed, 31 Aug 2016 02:57:24 -0400 Glitchieetv

Earlier in August, Blizzard announced they would be holding a Last Call Costume Contest. The winner of the Last Call Costume Contest would be able to attend Blizzcon and compete in the Costume Contest there. This is the last chance for a cosplayer to be able to enter the Blizzcon Costume Contest. Win there, and the potential to be crowned Global Grand Champion is that much closer. Entries are now open and will remain open until 11:59 pm PDT on September 12, 2016.

To enter the Last Call Costume Contest, the cosplayer must submit a video with a maximum length of 90 seconds. The completed costume must be worn in the video. This is the chance to show off how the costume will look on stage, meaning practicing a small routine could be in order. Safety is still a priority, so do not have anything in the video that would not make it inside the event. To check to see what is allowed, look at the Official Rules for the contest.

Will you be entering into the Last Call Costume Contest? If so, with what character? Let us know in the comments!

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Cosplayers Rejoice, Blizzard Opens Last Call for BlizzCon https://www.gameskinny.com/vxn28/cosplayers-rejoice-blizzard-opens-last-call-for-blizzcon https://www.gameskinny.com/vxn28/cosplayers-rejoice-blizzard-opens-last-call-for-blizzcon Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:09:18 -0400 Glitchieetv

Whether you missed the general registration or just now decided to attend BlizzCon, you are in luck. Blizzard has announced they are opening a last call for their costume contest. For those aspiring to walk the stage at BlizzCon in November, this is your chance to claim a spot. Winning the BlizzCon costume contest grants entry to the Global Grand Championship to compete against other winners from Gamescom, ChinaJoy, and Taiwan Blizzard Costume Contests.

Looking to enter? While all the details have not been released yet, what we do know is that cosplayers will need to film a video of themselves in the costume they want to strut their stuff in, while keeping things to 90 seconds or less. The costume still needs to meet the crafting and safety requirements posted in the official rules presented by Blizzard, so make sure your costume upholds those rules. The rules exclude costumes used to enter the contest previously, costumes larger than four feet wide, and costumes that hinder the wearer's vision to the point they cannot navigate the stage.

Stay tuned for more details, including when submissions are to be sent in. Let us know if you plan to participate in Blizzard's Last Call and with what costume in the comments below!

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Nostalrius' Meeting with Blizzard: Could Legacy Servers Be Announced at BlizzCon? https://www.gameskinny.com/b5zf7/nostalrius-meeting-with-blizzard-could-legacy-servers-be-announced-at-blizzcon https://www.gameskinny.com/b5zf7/nostalrius-meeting-with-blizzard-could-legacy-servers-be-announced-at-blizzcon Thu, 09 Jun 2016 04:25:04 -0400 Phil Fry

Today, June 8th, the staff behind vanilla World of Warcraft server, "Nostalrius Begins" released a detailed report on their meeting with Blizzard officials last Wednesday. 

In the forum post on Nostalrius' website, the team provided information about the meeting preparation, how it went, who took part in it from both Nostalrius and Blizzard, (Blizzard's CEO Mike Morhaime included) and general conclusions about what this meeting means. Overall, Nostalrius emphasizes that the meeting went well, and was a productive one.

In the meeting that was supposedly only meant to last two hours, but instead lasted five, the Nostalrius team cited that they had worried the meeting would only serve as a PR move by Blizzard, but actually turned out to be an engaging conversation that focused on Nostalrius' history, community of players, and both Blizzard and Nostalrius' team's personal history with World of Warcraft, and the future of legacy servers. 

The forum post quotes: 

In a sense, they [Blizzard] are also Vanilla World of Warcraft fans and one of the game developers said at a point that WoW belongs to gaming history and agreed that it should be playable again, at least for the sake of game preservation, and he would definitely enjoy playing again.

After this meeting, we can affirm that these guys WANT to have legacy WoW servers, that is for sure. We did everything we could to make this presentation & discussion as professional as possible, which was something that clearly was a pleasant unexpected surprise for the whole Blizzard team, Mike Morhaime included.

[via forum.nostalrius.org

The release of a legacy server would require a lot of technical work, outside of just generating files that allowed Nostalrius to run, lost information and data from the game's history will have to be re-created. However, Blizzard does have the original source code for Vanilla WoW. 

Drawing from the details of this meeting, one can speculate that Blizzard may officially announce development of legacy servers at their BlizzCon convention later this year, November 4-5, 2016.  

This is a huge step in the recent dialogue regarding legacy WoW servers, as in the past, Blizzard has shut down non-official servers, as they did with Nostalrius, nor did they acknowledge the desire for legacy servers, infamously stating "You think you do, but you don't."

Nostalrius had a playerbase of 150,000 active accounts at the time of the server's shut-down, with having 800,000 accounts made, and 3,252,751 characters created. The server's global time played reached 64 centuries. Shortly after Nostalrius told their players about the server going offline, they created an online open letter addressed to Blizzard, which over 260,000 of Nostalrius players and WoW fans alike have since signed. 

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The North American 2016 Road to BlizzCon https://www.gameskinny.com/s7hnn/the-north-american-2016-road-to-blizzcon https://www.gameskinny.com/s7hnn/the-north-american-2016-road-to-blizzcon Wed, 01 Jun 2016 06:41:15 -0400 Lee Filmer

The North American 2016 Road to Blizzcon is here, with the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship is starting soon. In North America, arena teams will begin in few weeks.

Blizzard announced that they are partnering with Major League Gaming to produce the North American Road to BlizzCon. There will be three qualifier cups with a $6000 prize pool each. Cup 1 will begin June 18, Cup 2 on July 2, and Cup 3 on July 16. If you would like to sign up for one, you can do so now at the MLG website.

Six teams, two from each qualifier, will be moving on the to the Americas Regionals. The Americas Regionals teams will battle against one team from Latin America, and one from Australia and New Zealand.

The event will be hosted in Columbus, Ohio on October 8th and 9th. Players will be competing for a prize of $100,000 and spot in the Arena World Championship finals at BlizzCon 2016.

The rules have been updated so that teams who qualify for a Regional will not be eligible to participate in additional qualifiers. This has been changed because of the community feedback that they have received. For an official list of the rules, see here.

Alongside MLB, GCDTV will also be helping behind the scenes on the Road to BlizzCon. You can see GCDTV on Twitch here. Starting with round 8, you will be able to watch all the action of the North American online qualifiers cups live on Warcraft Twitch channel and MLG.tv.

The North American 2016 Road to BlizzCon is starting soon with the North American Qualifiers. If you want see it, remember the first cup is June 18th.

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BlizzCon ticket sale dates announced https://www.gameskinny.com/08udv/blizzcon-ticket-sale-dates-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/08udv/blizzcon-ticket-sale-dates-announced Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:22:11 -0400 Cresta Starr

Eager fans can rejoice today because Blizzard Entertainment has finally announced the ticket sale dates for BlizzCon 2016. This is the 10th year that Blizzard is bringing fans this gaming convention, and it's coming back to the Anaheim Convention Center. BlizzCon will officially open its doors on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Blizzard fans will have two chances to get tickets for BlizzCon 2016. The first batch of tickets will go on sale Wednesday, April 20 at 7pm PST (10pm EST). The second batch will go on sale Saturday, April 23 at 10am PST (1pm EST). Each ticket is priced at $199 each (plus tax) and will be available through the ticketing service Universe. You can check out the BlizzCon Ticket webpage for more details.

In addition, Blizzard is also planning a special pre-Blizzcon dinner to benefit the Childrens Hospital of Orange County. This will take place the Thursday before BlizzCon on November 3 2016. Guests will have the chance to mingle with Blizzard artists, community team members, developers and many other members from Blizzard Entertainment. Tickets for that dinner will go on sale Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm PST(10pm EST) and will cost $750 each. If you are interested in attending the event, you can visit the Charity Ticket page for more information about this benefit dinner.

Lastly, If you can't make it to the BlizzCon but still want to see all that BlizzCon has to offer, you can opt to buy the Virtual Ticket. This way you can watch from the comfort of your home. The Virtual Ticket offers in-depth coverage of the convention via special multi-channel streams. Like last year, if you purchase a Virtual Ticket, you also have the option of purchasing a special BlizzCon goodie bag (while supplies last). More details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, good bag info and channel programs will be announced at a later date.

Don't forget to check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure to visit the Universe ticket page at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show. Just remember -- BlizzCon sells out every year, so be prepared to wait in queue for your tickets.

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Cho'Gall makes an entrance with his character spotlight https://www.gameskinny.com/fg4yg/chogall-makes-an-entrance-with-his-character-spotlight https://www.gameskinny.com/fg4yg/chogall-makes-an-entrance-with-his-character-spotlight Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:08:56 -0500 tobes325

Heroes of the Storm has had a whole host of new characters since its arrival on the gaming scene, the newest one seems to be helping players discover new ways to play. Cho'Gall is controlled by two people and requires excellent teamwork if you're to succeed in battle, Blizzard has just released his character spotlight so check that out above to see what you can expect.

Cho'Gall was announced at BlizzCon earlier this year, and they're doing a couple of interesting things in regard to how you can get the character. Initially it seems that BlizzCon ticket holders will have access to Cho'Gall but players who do not own him can co-op play with players who do. If you co-op play with the same player twice then you will get a Cho'Gall of your own! Another thing that is worth noting as well is when you kill him (if your against him) then it counts as two takedowns.

I'm generally not a fan of MOBA's, but Heroes of the Storm has had me hooked from the beginning. I am really keen to try out this new character; there's still no official date on when Cho'Gall will be available but with the release of his character spotlight we can only hope it is very soon!

Are you a Heroes of the Storm fan? What do you think about this new way to play? Let me know in the comments below!

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