Blizzard releases WoW Classic “not a bug” list

WoW Classic details

With many players assuming that certain features are “bugs” on WoW classic during the beta testing, Blizzard has released a “not a bug” list to help avoid confusion. WoW Classic is based on patch 1.12, where the game will resemble the vanilla game right before The Burning Crusade expansion. Because of this, many features definitely … Read more

Overwatch will continue to push out new heroes, maps, and events, says Blizzard

Overwatch's roadmap still has plenty in store.

Blizzard’s Overwatch has been nothing but successful, even though now that it’s been out for many years. Players may be wondering what’s in store next for the arena shooter. The success of the game has changed the eSports industry. Overwatch has grown over time to be one of the largest competitive titles in eSports history. … Read more

WoW Classic account limits explained

With the release of the anticipated WoW Classic coming this Summer 2019, Blizzard has provided some more news regarding the account character limits.

With the release of the anticipated WoW Classic coming this Summer 2019, Blizzard has provided some more news regarding the account character limits. Community Manager Kaivax posted a response regarding the character limits in WoW Classic’s servers. This was a response posted in thread following a user’s questions regarding the character limits on the Classic … Read more

Storm Rising event revealed in Overwatch, skins, details, lore

New Overwatch Rising Storm update releasing tomorrow. Get the details, skins, and Archive mission.

Blizzard will be rolling a new content update for Overwatch tomorrow. It has been unleashed via trailer and there will be a huge update called Storm Rising starting tomorrow Blizzard will be releasing some content where players can explore some of the background lore for the hero shooter tomorrow, 4/16. Players can expect to play … Read more

WoW Classic details announced, release date

WoW Classic details announced.

World of Warcraft Classic is the new, or rather old, RPG that everyone’s looking forward to. It’ll launch on PC sometime during Summer 2019 without a doubt. That’s confirmed. already. WoW Classic is Blizzard’s old and nostalgic WoW where new players can jump right into without having to go through all the new content updates. … Read more

Blizzard possibly working on Diablo 4 and “other Warcraft games”

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Blizzard is hiring more Diablo developers even in the midst of all the layoffs. Though this may or may not be Diablo 4, the latest speculation is that another Diablo is in the works which were annouced today at Blizzard’s earnings reports today. COO Coddy Johnson talked about Blizzard’s development in terms of Diablo teams … Read more

Diablo 3 S16 Season of Grandeur starts today for PC; Full schedule and patch notes 2.6.4

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Diablo 3’s Season 16 starts today on all platforms. Blizzard annouced the official details about the next official S16, which is also known as the Season of Grandeur. There will be a new patch and theming. All seasonal characters will have the power of the Ring of Royal Grandeur by default in this new season. … Read more

Blizzard requires account linking with Twitch for Overwatch Contenders

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Blizzard has announced a decision regarding their Twitch chat for the upcoming Overwatch Contenders broadcasts. This will take place during the Contenders Season 3 games. Blizzard will be trying a new moderation system from December 28 to January 12, which viewers are required to link their Blizzard account with their Twitch accounts to chat during the broadcast. … Read more

Overwatch’s Reaper and Tracer fight over Santa’s cookies in Cookiewatch

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Overwatch celebrates the coming holidays with a new short that features two heroes fighting over Santa’s coveted Christmas cookies. The animated short is called Cookiewatch and captures Blizzard’s sense of dark humor perfectly in the video. Overwatch fans usually have something to praise during the holidays from Blizzard: events in-game, special skins and themes, and even … Read more

Hearthstone’s Ranked Play season begins; Frostwolf card comes back

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Hearthstone unlocked a new Ranked Play season yesterday for another round of card dealing action with Blizzard’s ever-popular card game.

This season brings back the Frostwolf card once again. You can add the card back to your collection by declaring victory in five rounds of Standard or Wild Ranked Play. But the card won’t appear right away. You’ll get Frostwolf at the end of the season in the reward chest for Ranked Play. You may also earn Arcane Dust and goldens depending on what rank you get in Standard or Wild.

The Ranked Play season ain’t the only thing that’s new this time in Hearthstone. At BlizzCon 2018, they revealed that you’ll be able to snag cards from the game’s new expansion, Rastakhan’s Rumble on December 4- this coming Tuesday. This expansion is based on King Rastakhan and his tribe of Zandalari Trolls with a new tabletop, 135 brand new cards, and the Overkill keyword.

So play well if you want to get all the cards. Your starting place for the next season will be determined by where you stand on the ladder after the season ends. You’ll reset four ranks down from the rank you ended the season with.

Rastakhan’s Rumble is currently available for $49.99 on Blizzard. This pack contains 50 card backs, Shaman King Rastakhan (of course), and the Ready to Rumble! card back exclusively available on the expansion. And for players looking for a cheaper alternative, you can pre-purchase for the Rastakhan’s Rumble Challenger’s Bundle can be sought after for just $19.99, which has 17 packs and the new card back.

Blizzard devs revealing other Diablo projects in 2019; Diablo 4 possible

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Blizzard’s unveiling of Diablo Immortal being a mobile game last month at BlizzCon 2018 displeased a lot of fans. The team at Blizzard has tried to reassure fans that the mobile-only game isn’t the only Diablo project that they’re developing.

A recent thread on the Blizzard forums has the Diablo developers posting a new statement that hints a little more at what exactly the “multiple Diablo projects” they keep spewing out. According to the post, there are indeed more than one Diablo projects that are being developed at Blizzard and they plan to reveal them over the course of 2019:

“We continue to read feedback and our internal discussions are ongoing. We have many plans for Diablo across multiple projects which we’ll be revealing over the course of the coming year. We are eager to share more about all of our projects, but some will have to wait as we prefer to show you, rather than tell you, about them. It’s going to take some time as we strive to meet your expectations, but now, more than ever, we are committed to delivering Diablo experiences the community can be proud of.”

The team has been saying the thing over and over many times now, yet fans are still concerned over what exactly these projects are. With this post directly from the horse’s mouth, fans can now be assured that there will be some “Diablo experiences the community can be proud of,” which means no more phone games (because that’s obviously not what the community wants.” 2019 will be the year of Diablo.

Diablo Immortal is coming soon for mobile devices, and Diablo Eternal is available already for consoles. Diablo 4 should be next- or at least we can speculate that it’ll be revealed in 2019.

Diablo 4 confirmed for PC; Blizzard to announce “when time is right”

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Let’s be real: Diablo Immortal was an upset for the diehard Diablo fans out there. Although Blizzard spoke about giving Diablo Immortal a try and attempting to reach a global audience, the rest of us don’t care. We just want a real, Diablo game that’s following Diablo 3 (or 2, if that’s your thing).

Blizzard announced they were working on multiple Diablo projects after the huge upset, and today, we can see that they definitely are. According to Kotaku, Blizzard was going to announce that Diablo 4 was being developed this past weekend at BlizzCon, but it was cut at the last minutes!

No footage of the game was going to be revealed, but rather the presentation would involve Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham (the same guy who told the crowd to give Diablo Immortal a try) tell the crowd about the game in a video which would be shown at the end of the keynote. This was their plan, but they decided to stop and pull it because they’re not “ready to commit to an announcement.”

But this isn’t solid evidence- it’s a just report. Whether or not you choose to fume at Blizzard more is your choice. But fans have been asking for a new entry for years now, and Blizzard said they had multiple projects in the works many times before.

Does that mean we’re just getting a phone game and a possible project with no details? That’s not enough to quell the fans.

And that’s when we were all reminded that the Internet isn’t always truthful.

Blizzard went out and told Kotaku the truth.

Blizzard has been disputing that the video was going to be shown at BlizzCon. Blizzard stated that no announcement has been pulled from BlizzCon this year and the company is listening to the fans and will announce the other projects at the right time.

Kotaku could confirm the video was recorded and Diablo 4 is in active development.

Blizzard’s statement is as follows:

“First off we want to mention that we definitely hear our community. We generally don’t comment on rumors or speculation, but we can say that we didn’t pull any announcements from BlizzCon this year or have plans for other announcements. We do continue to have different teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects, and we look forward to announcing when the time is right.”

Blizzard reveals Overwatch Nerf gun replica lineup; McCree’s Peacekeeper added

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Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment has teamed up with Hasbro to create a full line of Nerf gun replicas to some of the game’s most popular weapons.

During BlizzCon 2018, several new guns to the upcoming lineup were revealed to the public. Before, Nerf replicas of Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns and D.Va’s Light Gun (Bunny Blaster) were announced. At BlizzCon, they expanded the product line to include replicas of Torbjörn’s Rivet Gun and Tracer’s Pulse Pistols. These will be part of the “Micro Shots” range of Nerf products.

Fans will also be able to get ahold of McCree’s Peacekeeper, which personally is the best gun of the bunch so far. Overwatch tweeted “Buckle up, this gunslinger’s loaded” while touting a product shot of the weapon, which just looks so freakin’ badass.

The Peacekeeper joins the Hellfire Shotguns in the Nerf Rivals product line- which are the elite blasters that use pellets rather than sticky darts and designed to shoot far with accuracy. McCree’s Peacemaker will launch projectiles up to 80 feet per second (FPS).

The reveal of McCree’s weapon comes paired with the Overwatch animated short Reunion, which features him taking on the Deadlock Gang on Route 66.

The Overwatch Nerf replicas will be available sometime in January 2019. They’re already available for pre-order through GameStop. You can view their product pages here.

Diablo Immortal is a mobile game – And fans are not pleased

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At BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard announced another branch of their Diablo projects they’re working on called Diablo Immortal. And guess what? It’s a phone game.

Fans were obviously not pleased as most mobile games are just full of microtransactions and don’t offer close to the immersive experience you can only get on a PC monitor or TV. The announcement trailer for the Diablo phone game garnered about 1.4M views, but has close to 295K dislikes at the time of this writing. That’s a lot.

The Diablo subreddit has also shown their disdain for the game as a “slap in the face” as they were hoping for something else- like a PC or console game. Fans are unhappy. And that’s a fact. Even with the bare minority that may appreciate this, the majority are rather frustrated and didn’t expect a phone game.

Allen Adham, Executive Producer, and Blizzard Co-Founder, along with Dan Eggren, the Production Director, came out in an interview with Polygon and talked about the project some more. With all this hate towards Diablo Immortal, they had to step out and clarify the situation. You know it’s important when someone high up the ladder has to come out with clarification.

Adham says during the interview:

“We have said that we have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple Diablo projects and that remains true, even after releasing [Diablo 3 for Nintendo] Switch and announcing Diablo: Immortal,” Adham said. “We still have multiple Diablo teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects. Diablo is a tentpole franchise for us. And it always will be. We love it. We hope our fans understand what we’re saying when we say that.”

So this should quell some fears fans have. Just some. But not by much.

He’s basically stating that there are multiple Diablo projects in the works and a phone game is just one of them. He wants to capture the younger generation globally who use a phone to play their games and deliver the Diablo experience:

“The world is evolving both geographically and demographically,” he said. “Younger folks now, many of them, mobile is their primary gaming device. And then around the world in many regions, it’s their primary gaming device, and so it’s always been our aspiration [to bring games to them].”

The community wanted something to follow up to 2012’s Diablo 3. That’d be ideal. Adham believed that once fans finally get the mobile experience, they may change their mind about the whole scenario:

“We definitely feel that playing is believing, and we definitely value our fans. We feel that they’re passionate about the franchise … and they put their heart into it just as we put our heart into it. And we hope that as they get opportunities to see people play, see more of the gameplay, they’ll see that passion that’s in this game… What we see is anybody who actually holds it and plays it feels great about it.”

Blizzard has been telling fans to just try the game, but fans seem reluctant to even do just that. However, we’ll see what other projects Blizzard appears to have up their sleeve regarding one of the world’s most popular action RPGs. And we’ll see how fans react to Diablo Immortal soon enough. Sit tight for updates from Blizzard.

Blizzard giving away free copies of Destiny 2

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Blizzard is now giving away free copies of Destiny 2 for the first two weeks or so of this month until the 18th.

Before Blizzard’s keynote at Blizzcon 2018, Bungie announced that the game would be free for anyone to download and own through Battle.net:

Bungie and Activision have announced that the full Destiny 2 base game for PC is now a free gift for all new players on Blizzard Battle.net. For the first two weeks of November, anyone who does not already own the PC game will have the opportunity to claim it as a gift through their Battle.net account.

Destiny 2 will be free to claim and download from November 2–18, 2018. New Battle.net accounts created after 11:00 a.m. PDT on November 2, 2018, will need to enable Blizzard SMS Protect before claiming their free copy. Destiny 2 PC is redeemable from the Battle.net gift page.

The free version is just the base game and doesn’t include the recent expansion, Forsaken, which is pretty much required in order to beat the game. The vanilla game can be thought of as an expanded “demo” of the actual game- given that it’s been sold for next-to-nothing and even offered as a free game for PS+ Members.

Players who buy Forsaken or the season pass will get the previous expansions, Curse of Osiris and Warmind for free. Destiny 2 is Bungie’s shooter which has slowly recovered after a rocky launch due to limited chat. The game’s expansion was the most downloaded game in September, even beating out Marvel’s Spider-Man for digital downloads.

Now that the base game is out for free for a limited time, new players will be pumped through the game’s ecosystem and economy, which should only help the game’s overall playerbase. Although many deem this move as a money grab by Blizzard to lure players and get them to buy the expansions, free is free. And it’s definitely worth wasting a weekend on just playing the single-player campaign and online modes.

You can download the game to your Blizzard account by claiming it as a gift until the 18th of this month. The game is only available for free on PC. All accounts created today and alter will require a Blizzard SMS Protect (basically confirm your phone number with them) in order to claim the game. This prevents multiple account creations for resellers. You can grab your free copy of Destiny 2 here.

Overwatch launches “World Cup Viewer” tool for World Cup Series

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Overwatch, the world’s most popular arena shooter, has officially launched its world cup series kicking off next week with a Top 8 bracket. Blizzard Entertainment, the world-renowned developer and publisher of games like Starcraft, Warcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft, announced a new tool that allows fans to watch the Overwatch World Cup in a number of different ways.

The tool is simply called the Overwatch World Cup Viewer. A new developer update video that was released a few days ago has game Director Jeff Kaplan talking about what the Cup Viewer does and how it can help enhance overall entertainment for eSports Overwatch fans.

Viewers can take control of the in-game camera and watch the gameplay from a variety of different angels like first-person and third-person. Players essential become their own broadcaster instead of having someone else do it for them. This will allow a free cam that can be used to watch the game- pretty much a spectator mode for viewing the game.

Players can even slow down the shots with slow-mo and even access an overall map which displays HP, location, and Ultimate status.

The Overwatch World Cup Viewer will have a beta release during the Overwatch World Cup semi-finals and grand finals at BlizzCon 2018. Kaplan says that the tool will be available for PC players only, but eventually may be used on consoles depending on the usage and future of Overwatch- with the game becoming a competitive force in the eSports world and used in home copies of the game as a basic setting.

Overwatch will begin the official world cup next week with a Top 8 bracket. The game is available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. You can get more details about the Overwatch World Cup Viewer here and try it out for yourself soon enough.

And you can learn more about the tool here in this dev update video from Overwatch and get some commentary about the tool and how it was created and developed:

Diablo III: Eternal Collection won’t have cross-platform play

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A Blizzard representative confirmed that cross-play between PS4, Xbox One, and the Switch won’t be happening for Diablo III: Eternal Collection.

The release was released to DualShockers and states the following:

“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 news follows speculation from a report that rumored the next entry could have cross-platform play.

Yesterday, a report from Business Insider interviewing a Blizzard rep surfaced the web. The gist of the report is whether or not Diablo III will have cross-play. Since Diablo III will have multiple platforms that are near identical and the Diablo series being a multiplayer game, it makes sense for it to have cross-play capabilities.

The Blizzard rep told Business Insider that “It’s a question of when, not if” which hinted at the possibility of all platforms being able to play with one another in the ARPG that is Diablo.

The folks working with Diablo were also said to be working with partners at Sony and Microsoft to enable cross-play with the Switch. Microsoft and Nintendo seem to have no problem playing with other competitors, but Sony was always the odd-man out.

Back in September, Sony did backtrack their decision about cross-play and started considering joining the bandwagon, which surprised many PlayStation owners. Given that the company’s CEO Kenichiro Yoshida saying that the PS4 is the “best place to play,” the turnaround was quick. Fans were surprised with the decision and overall pleased to be able to join others gamers on other systems globally.

With Blizzard’s confirmation on this ordeal, fans now won’t be too disappointed when the game doesn’t deliver what was speculated. Although, just that report made fans happy for that single day. But then again, “it’s a question of when, not if.”

Diablo III: Eternal Collection comes out November 2nd for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Get ready for another epic RPG.

Source: Business Insider.

Diablo III Eternal Collection on the Switch: New video and release date

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Diablo III Eternal Collection will be released on the Nintendo Switch on November 2nd, 2018. Blizzard released a press release and a recent announcement video confirming the game’s release.

Diablo III came out a few years ago, and with the recent talks about a new Diablo project in the works (or, rather multiple projects), fans got excited.

The Diablo III Eternal Collection takes all of the original game’s content, with the Reaper of Souls expansion and the Rise of the Necromancer content pack into one giant game. The Switch version will be getting its piece of the action in just about two months from now.

The game will be able to be played single or co-op with up to three of your buddies onto one Switch using Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers. The game will be able to be played docked or portable, or even both if you have friends at your place.

The game will include the full five-act campaigns and special random dungeons or Seasons mode to keep the game going. It was revealed in August of this year, but it was only a rumor.

Now, it’s confirmed.

This is the first Blizzard game on a console in 15 years. The Switch version will include some exclusives: a Cucco companion pet, a Triforce portrait frame, unique cosmetics, and even a Ganondorf transmogrification set. Diablo III Eternal Collection is currently available for pre-order on Nintendo’s eShop.

Blizzard removes loot crates in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm for Belgium players

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Blizzard has just announced that paying for loot crates in two of their major titles has been removed for Belgium players due to a report from the Belgian Gaming Commission. It states that option falls under the “gambling” category according to local law, and thus, can’t be a feature in videogames. Blizzard has fought against this decision and expressed disagreement, but they’ve gone ahead and removed loot crates in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm in order to comply.

To obtain the crates, players will have to play well by performing well in a game or leveling up, or even buying them with in-game currency. Content hasn’t been affected by this removal:

In April 2018, the Belgian Gaming Commission published a report that was endorsed by the Belgian Ministry of Justice in which they concluded that paid loot boxes in Overwatch are considered gambling under local law. While we at Blizzard were surprised by this conclusion and do not share the same opinion, we have decided to comply with their interpretation of Belgian law. As a result, we have no choice but to implement measures that will prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game loot boxes and loot chests with real money and gems.

This decision originated from the Battlefront II loot creates which allowed players to use cash on the game with the chance of getting gameplay boosts that gave unfair advantages to those not willing to spend on the game. Some players who don’t want to shell out their cash are forced to play on an uneven playing field.

EA has removed the paid option hours before its launch due to this blowback, but European courts began on investigating the issue across all games. blizzard has removed the option from Chinese players due to their gambling laws also.

Other countries haven’t really made a decision yet and are still deciding. The UK ruled that loot crates aren’t legally gambling and has kept them within their games.

Source: PlayStation Life.

Diablo III: Eternal Collection confirmed for Switch; See details and pricing

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A Forbes post published by Erik Kain was quickly removed soon afterward, but some swift Reddit users captured it and already started a few threads about it all too fast. The news is that Diablo III port for the Switch has been confirmed for release in 2018. With only a few months left, it’ll likely be ready for the holiday season.

After its rocky PC launch back in 2012 and a process of continuous updates and community feedback, the ARPG received console ports in 2014 and 2013 for Xbox and PlayStation. Now, the Switch is next in the lineup of games.

It’s called the Eternal Collection, which includes both the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansions and some other additional content. It’ll retail at full price- $59.99. It’ll also have special Nintendo exclusive in-game content like a Ganondorf-esque cosmetic armor set, a Tri-Fore portrait frame, a Chicken pet, and even some Echoes of the Mask cosmetic wings. This content is pretty neat since it combines two different universes into one- especially for returning players who are already familiar with Diablo games.

The game allows returning players to explore the new content or new players who’ve never played a Diablo game to play it for the first time. It includes both docked and portable modes and up to 4 players on a single Switch console or separate Switch consoles linked wirelessly and without an Internet connection. The Nintendo Switch Online service will also allow online play with cloud-saving support.

So far, no release date has been announced. This will be the first time Blizzard’s released a game on Nintendo in 15 years, which is definitely something to be excited over. There have been a efforts to bring more exclusive Nintendo content to the Switch in terms of games released in the West, with Ubisoft announcing Starlink: Battle for Atlas at E3 which has exclusive Nintendo goodies.

As we near the holiday season, we should see more news about the Diablo III: Eternal Collection. Stay tuned for updates.

Source: TechRaptor.

Blizzard confirms Diablo projects are in the works – keyword “projects”

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Blizzard made headlines a few weeks back with a job listing for a Diablo dungeon designer. A Diablo game was confirmed to be in the works, but there was no other news. It wasn’t confirmed whether it’d be a new game or just a remake, but speculators say it had to be a new game because of the job posting’s details.

It’s been a whole 6 years size Diablo III came out and the community is stoked to see another title in the works. Now, Blizzard has finally released some more details about the long-running series. Brandy Camel, Diablo Community Manager tells the world in a recent video that multiple projects are in the works which will be revealed later this year. Camel also talks about the recent introduction of themed seasons in the latest game with the first season being Greed.

The ARPG genre has always been the game’s core mechanic. Blizzard ridding this would be very surprising, though they’ve done this type of move before with Warcraft.

For players who haven’t revisited the game, it’s a good time to get excited again and new content is still being pumped out while we wait for the next game. Blizzcon is coming on November 2nd and there will likely be an announcement then. How many projects? Is it a direct sequel? is it a new game? Will it be traditional or new? Fans are excited. Sit tight for more announcements.

Wrecking Ball joins the Overwatch Crew

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Wrecking Ball will join the cast of Overwatch on July 24, 2018, based on a Tweet from the official Twitter account. Every year, Overwatch gets three new heroes to join the craze on almost a scheduled basis. Wrecking Ball, aka Hammond, is the newest of the bunch.

He’s just been placed on the Public Test Realm for players to mess around with. Originally, he was announced back in late June. His origin story video shows off that he’s pretty much a vermin in a mech similar to how Rumble is in League of Legends.

Wrecking Ball is a hamster if you want to be specific. He’s one of many genetical experiments that have taken place on Horizon Lunar Colony. He tied his escape pod to Winston’s shuttle as it launched for the earth and landed on the Australian outback. He then fought in mech battles in Junkertown and now he’s one of the bets.

He’s considered to be a tank and has abilities suitable for his role.

His primary weapon is his Quad Cannons which provide offensive firepower and he can also tuck into a ball for faster speeds. Players can also use a grappling claw in ball mode to slam into enemies or quickly get better positioning.

He also gets an adaptive shield which grants him a shield HP gain depending on nearby enemies. Piledriver allows him to slam his mech into the ground like a semi-ground pound from Mario. Minefield is his ultimate and deploys proximity mines all around him which is perfect for zoning enemies in the nearby area.

You can check out more info about Hammond here. He’ll be live for official play on July 24. Welcome to the gang, Hammond!

New Diablo game confirmed by Blizzard

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A new Diablo game has been confirmed by Blizzard!

A new job posting for a dungeon artist on their careers page confirms the game is in development.

Since they just went out and about with it, we can safely assume that this isn’t speculation nor a rumor. It’s pretty much fact. The only thing is that we have no idea what kind of game it’ll be- a truly new Diablo entry? A remake? A clicker? Who knows.

“We’re working on a new, unannounced Diablo project. Are you a skilled Dungeon Artist? Come work with us, and together we will build something exceptional.”

The job posting mentions that they’re looking for someone who can work on dungeon design with composition, detail, mood, and “gameplay space is readable.” The posting also hints at a variety of different dungeon designs, so it’s safe to say that multiple dungeons and environments will probably be made for the game.

Assuming this isn’t a remake, it’ll be the first new game the series since 2012. It looks like this debunks the port of Diablo III to the Nintendo Switch as rumor had it.

The Diablo series was first released in 1997 by Blizzard and was positively received. Diablo II and III later were released. This game will likely be confirmed at E3. At this point, Blizzard has not posted any other news regarding the new title. Stay tuned for updates.

ArenaNet confirms it used invasive spyware in the Guild Wars 2 engine

ArenaNet used an invasive technique to see what was running on your CPU.

ArenaNet has been found to spy on players in Guild Wars 2.

During March 6th to the 27th, there was a line of code in the software that affected all players who played Guild Wars 2. Based on a post on reddit, it was found that ArenaNet used spyware in order to ban cheaters and hackers from the game. IT was later confirmed that they used it to find “programs that allows players to cheat and gain unfair gameplay advantages.”

Sure, this is okay. It’s not the first time something like this has happened. Blizzard Entertainment uses a similar process called the Warden Client which looks for specific identifiers for cheating programs and then uses that to ban the player.

However, ArenaNet would look for all CPU processes and relay that info back to their servers. This is pretty much everything that players have available on their PC running at that current time. This is a shotgun approach and is unnecessarily invasive to privacy. Warden had some problems met by players as well. Cheating and hacking protection is one thing, but another problem is how much data is taken and sent back to their servers to analyze and ban players.

In the current build, ArenaNet has removed the code and doesn’t use the same process as before. How they use their software to detect hackers now is unspecified. Updates will ensue when a confirmed answer is available.

Overwatch League rolls out with over 10 million viewers in its premiere

Overwatch League has over 10 million viewers in its first showdown.

Overwatch League has hit over 10 million views in its first week based on a press release from Blizzard. That’s huge.

In case you didn’t know, the popular first-person MOBA shooter has gone pro and is now officially hosting an e-sport tournament featuring the top 12 teams from around the globe. Europe, United States, and Asia are all included and are duking it out in one fan-fueled ladder. It’s the first season of Overwatch League and the numbers are impressive.

The tournament shows every Wednesday through Saturday with three matches each consisting of four maps each. You can only watch it on Twitch as Blizzard made an exclusive deal with them.

On the first day, Overwatch League had an average audience per minute of about 408K viewers. It corrected down to about 280K on average for the whole week. This is the combination of all viewers across Twitch, MLG, ZhanQi TV, Netease CC, and Panda TV. The duel between the Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty was huge. And the Blizzard Arena in LA county in California was also sold out of tickets.

E-sports is becoming more and more popular with new games going pro. If you missed the first matchup you can watch it on demand from their official site. You can also follow the bracket online.

The second matchup is already live. It pits the San Francisco Shock against the Philadelphia Fusion. You can also keep up to date with their official app as well.

Overwatch’s new Blizzard World map is coming soon to an amusement park near you!

Blizzard World is coming soon to Overwatch.

A new map rolls in Overwatch that’s made just for competitive play.

It’s a map where all players can jump in to. It’s called Blizzard World, which will be available on January 23. It was first announced at BlizzCon 2017 as a special map for all players. It pays homage to the other games that Blizzard is famous for- namely Hearthstone and World and Warcraft.

The map itself features several areas each paying a tribute to the other titles. It’s like wandering through a whole museum dedicated to Blizzard games. That sounds pretty awesome.

There’s a small advertisement of an amusement park ticket showing off an old-timey admittance ticket for the map.

Overwatch League just launched and was a decent success. Blizzard broadcasts it ever Wednesday on Twitch exclusively due to the deal they made.

You can also keep up with their new app for Overwatch League:

As of now, players seem to be in Blizzard paradise with the League, new map, and new skins/sprays. Good job, Blizzard.