With the arrival of BlizzCon comes the announcement of a new class! As part of the opening ceremonies of this year’s BlizzCon, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime surprised us all with the announcement of the Wizard! Nice to see our spellcaster roll filled, although I’m not certain how much different this class will be from our previous sorcerer/sorceress casters. So far we have our summoner (Witch Doctor), our melee specialist (Barbarian), and our spellcaster (Wizard). Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to see what they announce next.
Saturday 2 August 2008 @ 9:07 am | By Chris 'Taco' Martinkovic
Blizzard has come out and stated that they are rejecting the 50,000+ signature e-petition calling for Diablo III to be less colorful and more grim and dark. (An online petition being rejected? What is the world coming to?) The lead designer of the game, Jay Wilson, stated that “We really like this art style, and we’re not changing it.” He went on to explain the game-related reasons for the art direction:
When you have 30 creatures on screen — and four or five different types — target prioritization is a factor. You need to be able to tell those things apart fast, and you can’t do that when your world is gray and your creatures are gray.
There you have it. Diablo III will retain its color.Whether or not it will stop the petition from growing will only be seen with time, though it’s been made clear that the number of signatures doesn’t even matter at this point. It put a smile on my face to see Blizzard come out and directly address such a trivial complaint, though.
We already knew that World of Warcraft would sport achievements with the launch of Wrath of the Lich King, but now Blizzard has revealed that they are expanding the idea to other future titles.
Users will have a unified Blizzard Account (probably much like a Steam account) that tracks achievements across all associated games the player owns. There’s even going to be a “Blizzard Level,” (read: gamerscore/Steam Rating). I didn’t see this coming, but I’m not surprised either.
Blizz fans rejoice: the good news doesn’t stop at Diablo 3. At Blizzard’s Worldwide Invitational event in Paris, VP Rob Pardo confirmed that "there is still one unknown project". He has also confirmed that the several job listings referencing an "unannounced next-gen MMO" did not refer to Diablo 3. So, what exactly is it?
Current speculation points to an oft-rumored Starcraft MMO, though it’s equally possible that Blizzard is, for the first time since the original Starcraft hit shelves in 1998, creating a brand-new franchise. Paul Sams, Blizz’s Chief Operating Officer, said in an interview with Gamasutra that "The idea of a new franchise is very intriguing to employees of the company. Are we ever going to release a new one? I would absolutely say we will at some point. I just don’t know when that day will be quite yet." Wether or not he is hinting at a new franchise from Blizzard isn’t known just yet, but that might just be what he’s doing.
As for a release date for Wrath of the Lich King, Starcraft 2, or Diablo 3… Well, come on. This is Blizzard we’re talking about.
You are brought to a "The battle.net Forums Are Currently Down" error message. This differs from entering a nonsense forum name, which redirects the user to the Battle.net main page. Could this be related to the mysterious splash page on Blizzard.com?
You heard it, that can only mean one thing. Zerg rush.Now, this may not be the first time we’ve seen them in action in Starcraft 2, but its the first time we can see them doing what they do best. Swarming the shit out of some Terrans. Enjoy these fine videos courtesy of gametrailers! I know I sure did.
Earlier today it was reported that Blizzard Entertainment and Activision have announced a merger worth over 18 billion dollars.
Jean-Bernard Levy, Vivendi chief executive, said: “This alliance is a major strategic step for Vivendi and is another illustration of our drive to extend our presence in the entertainment sector.” “By combining Vivendi’s games business with Activision, we are creating a worldwide leader in a high-growth industry.”
The merged entity will be known as Activision Blizzard, and taking the reins will be former CEO of Activision. Bobby Kotick. It is also reported that Vivendi will be the largest shareholder in this company.
What does this all mean for us gamers? Honestly, it is hard to say at this point. Blizzard has a nearly flawless record of producing quality game after quality game, but Activision is a little bit more hit or miss. Lets just hope they can both keep producing the top notch games that they have done in the past, such as Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and more.
Hi-ya Sports-fans, its late, and I know you haven’t heard from me in awhile, but as soon as I heard this, I knew DDN had to have this up. The sequel to one of the greatest games of all time has just been announced, and you can tell from the crowd in the video, a WHOLE LOT of people are going to be pumped. Screw the fiasco with the Halo 3 beta, this has just overshadowed all of that.
Saturday 31 March 2007 @ 11:00 pm | By Luminous Path
At last, our dreams come true! Blizzard is slated to release a brand new RTS based on WoW, preceding the world as we now know it. The game is to take place during the third great war that tore the world asunder, and involves hero units in the same sense as you can build up your character in WoW! If you’ve ever wanted to create your very own town in Azeroth, now is your chance, along with the ability to create buildings based off of the same towns as in WoW, you’ll also apparently be able to make hundreds of units like dwarfs, night elves, and orcs and take them into epic battles the scale of which I, personally, have only seen in the biggest of Raids.
And my favorite part, as an aside to the fans, blizzard has even decided to put special extras in as well, such as this Awesome Concert from one of the more Ghastly Denizens of Azeroth.
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