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.
With tiny bits and pieces and trickles of information about Blizzard’s new franchise and MMO code named “Titan”, it’s pretty impossible to get a feel for what it is they’re working on over there. But a new development doesn’t sound promising— Blizzard has hired someone to facilitate real world advertising and product placement into the game in order to “enhance the gaming experience”. Whaaat?
If you were eagerly waiting for Blizzcon this year, don’t. Blizzard announced this afternoon that it’s not holding its annual conference this year, but will hold off til next year. The company has decided to hold the next convention in 2013 to focus on finishing Diablo III, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria and the 2012 Battle.net World Championship.
World of Warcraft “Law Enforcement Guide” supposedly reveals what Blizzard would reveal about you to the cops
Starting in 2009, Blizzard started permanently storing IP addresses to connect to activity within World of Warcraft in order to cooperate with law enforcement for whatever reason law enforcement might need it, and these days it could be pretty much anything. Anyway, AntiSec got a hold of Blizzard’s Law Enforcement Guide from a couple years ago, outlining what information they would share with the po-po.
World of Warcraft officially celebrates seven years on Wednesday the 23rd, so anyone logging in between yesterday and December 3rd will be 7th anniversary celebration items that grant an extra 7% XP.