Posts tagged with ‘blizzard

Blizzard will in fact be adding a Robin Williams-like NPC into World of Warcraft

In addition to being one of the most brilliant comedians and actors ever in the history of film, Robin Williams was also an avid gamer— his oldest daughter Zelda was named for the princess in the Legend of Zelda games. In addition to exploring Hyrule, Williams was also a huge fan of Warcraft and World of Warcraft, having several characters on the Mannoroth server, where by his own admission, was “kind of a troll” at times. And so, after a player petition to honor Robin Williams in WoW with his own NPC, Blizzard quickly responded that it’s in the works, tweeting yesterday that they’ll “see you in-game”. Where this NPC will be or what he will look like or what kind of quips he might emote are unknown right now, but even the Horde will miss him dearly.

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Blizzard re-releases Lost Vikings and Rock n Roll Racing for free. Your prayers have been answered, kinda

Long before Blizzard was the Blizzard we know today, before Warcraft and Starcraft and Diablo and whatnots, there was a great, innovative platformer called Lost Vikings. There were three vikings, each had their own abilities, and you had to use the strengths of all three to advance through levels. It was fun as hell, and fans have been wanting a new Vikings game for years… this isn’t a new game, but with a free re-release of Lost Vikings and Rock n Roll Racing, a SNES game with a killer all-star heavy metal soundtrack, maybe it gives one hope that Blizzard can find time to make new versions at some point? Probably not.

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Blizzard Outcasts: Vengeance of the Vanquished is a fighting game starring your favorite supporting characters

Blizzard’s main April Fool’s Day thing this year is a Mortal Kombat style fighting game called Blizzard Outcasts: Vengeance of the Vanquished, where you can (or could if it were real), play as one of the many supporting characters from Blizzard games, beating up other supporting characters. Ever wanted to play in a fighting game as Mankrik’s wife? This is for you.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available for free in open beta

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.

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Blizzard reveals plot details about the Warcraft movie at this year’s Blizzcon

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. 

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Announcement trailer for the next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor

If you thought the Pandaren expansion was silly and childish what with its fat, cute pandas and shit, the next expansion is all business, going back in time to look at the home world of the Orcs as they rose to power, nearly drove the Draenei to extinction before taking the fight to Azeroth. There are no new classes or races, but there’s an entire new planet (not just a new continent) to discover, a level cap of 100, a tremendous amount of backstory and a brand new garrison system, where you get to build your own fortified town full of NPCs to do your bidding.

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Blizzard’s Project Titan will no longer be a subscription MMO

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.


Blizzard announces HearthStone, a freemium online card game

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.

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Warcraft movie finally finds its director in Duncan Jones


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’.

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Blizzard is selling WoW in-game kitten pets to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy

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.

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Blizzard cuts off World of Warcraft access to Iran

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.

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Mists of Pandaria release date is set for September 25

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?

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Blizzard DOTA is now ‘Blizzard All-Stars’

After a legal battle with Valve over the name ‘DOTA’ (Defense of the Ancients), Blizzard DOTA is now going to be named ‘Blizzard All-Stars’, which a totally-not-bitter Blizzard says “better represents the game”. 

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Blizzard to rake in fifteen percent of Diablo III real money auction house sales

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? 

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Diablo III PvP will be shelved right now to push an earlier launch

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.

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