Blizzard’s newest game, Hearthstone, is now free to play in open beta for PC and Mac, with versions for iOS and Android coming soon. It’s a digital collectible card game, along the lines of Magic: The Gathering, but simpler, faster and with heroes, classes, stories and abilities from Warcraft. The open beta has actually been open for a couple days now, but I’ve been… busy. Can’t talk, got warlocks to kill.
While Blizzard is usually pretty secretive about what they’re working on, at this year’s Blizzcon, they did reveal that the Warcraft movie will in fact be much more Warcraft and not really WoW. Directed by Duncan Jones, the film will start appropriately at the beginning, taking on the events and players of the Orc vs. Human war that was the basis of the original Warcraft game. So probably no Pandaren, that’s good.
Blizzard has been teasing fans for yeeeeears about a mysterious new MMO/game franchise code named “Project Titan” that the company said would revolutionize everything. And then last month, it was announced the entire game, whatever it is, was being completely overhauled and team members were taken to work on other projects. Now it looks like the one thing anyone knew about the game— that it would be a subscription based MMO is now also wrong. Hello Blizzard’s amazing nickel-and-dime-you-to-death microtransaction money machine.
At PAX East, Blizzard announced a brand new game, but don’t get too excited yet. It’s not the Titan project, but a Warcraft-themed freemium online card game called HearthStone.
After a long, long damn time of trying to land the right director for Blizzard’s ‘Warcraft’ movie, it looks like they’ve snagged Duncan Jones, director of ‘Source Code’ and ‘Moon’.
As time goes on, there’s never any shortage of new in-game pets in World of Warcraft. But the latest pets, a cute little cinder kitten, will be sold by Blizzard to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. So not only do you get an awesome pet for your Orc or Panda, all the money goes towards a good cause.
The cinder kitten pet is currently not for sale, but will be in the coming weeks.
In order to comply with US trade sanctions against Iran, Blizzard cut off all access to World of Warcraft and WoW servers to all of Iran some time last week. Iranian players began flooding WoW forums, asking why they couldn’t connect, and Blizzard quickly stepped in and explained the situation. Because of the sanctions, Iranian players aren’t eligible for refunds for subscriptions they’ve previously purchased.
Today, Blizzard announced that September 25 is the day that everyone will be able to get their paws on the new World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria. Also known as the day that fucking every character on every server is a god damn panda for a month.
Are you going to be getting Mists? If so, what are you looking forward to most? Pandas? Pandaria? Monks? Panda mounts? Pandas?
Since its announcement, the real money auction house in Diablo III hasn’t gone over well with a number of gamers, and Blizzard’s not making it any better by mentioning that they’ll be taking a 15% cut of all real money auction house sales. Fifteen percent? Really?
Blizzard hasn’t set an exact release date yet, but the aim is to have it out sometime Q2 of this year. And in order to make it within that timeframe, Blizzard will be stripping out the game’s PvP for a later date until they’re sure they’ve got it right.
If you like your Blizzard video games in the form of long-standing popular board games, you’ll be happy to know that this summer, you’ll be able to spend the hot days indoors playing World of Warcraft Monopoly and Starcraft Risk. IRL, not on a computer. I know, how weird is that?
Blizzard sent out a huge load of brand new Diablo III invites a few days ago to players in North America. If you signed up for Diablo III beta invites, you might want to check your email, because there are 100,000 of these suckers out there.
This means there should be some sort of Diablo III release date announced in the next few months hopefully. And if you are playing Diablo III this weekend, I’d love to hear your thoughts.