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No StarCraft 2 Beta This Year

With BlizzCon 2008 attendees clasping their StarCraft 2 beta access codes, developer Blizzard has revealed that the beta for the anticipated sci-fi RTS won't hit this year.

"It's not going to be this year," lead producer Chris Sigaty told OMG StarCraft, as found by StarCraftWire. "We're working really hard on Battle.net itself, of course it's a Battle.net beta. As we get through that, hopefully as soon as possible after the new year,but there's no specific date at this point." Read more »

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Blizzard's New MMO Will Be 'Different'

World of Warcraft developer Blizzard is mostly keeping its mouth shut about its "next-gen MMO," but that hasn't stopped CEO Mike Morhaime from teasing fans.

"Let's just say it's going to be different and it's not going to be a sequel to World of Warcraft," Morhaime told Wired. "It will be different." Read more »

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Blizzard: Over Half of Ex-World of Warcraft Players Returning from Warhammer Online

Over half of the World of Warcraft players that left the popular PC MMO for Mythic's recently launched Warhammer Online have since returned to Azeroth, Blizzard claims.

"We've seen a significant number of people, well over half, that cited Warhammer as their reason for leaving--they've already returned." Blizzard COO Paul Sams told GamesIndustry.biz. "It surprises me because Mythic is a very good company and it doesn't surprise me at the same time because it's really hard [to make an MMO]." Read more »

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Diablo 3 Coming After StarCraft II, Blizzard Talks DRM and Steam

Diablo III "will definitely be out after StarCraft II," said Blizzard design VP Rob Pardo.

Pardo, in an extensive interview with Wired, also shed light on the company's plans for DRM and digital distribution. "Battle.net really is our most effective DRM," he said, adding, "That's really kinda been the thing that's always saved us from a lot of the PC piracy that I think hurts a lot of other single-player-only games." Read more »

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Diablo 3: What We Know So Far, Post-BlizzCon Edition

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As expected, we learned a lot of new things about Diablo III at BlizzCon. And as many of these bite-sized details got swept away in all the excitement, I figured it was time to update our massive Diablo III guide.

In addition to tons of new videos and screenshots, we've added plenty of information on the new Wizard class (including her entire current skill tree), details on the newly announced Skill Runes, and a note on a major change to the attribute system, among many other updates. Read more »

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World of Warcraft Gets 'Paid Character Customization'

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World of Warcraft (PC) will eventually go the way of microtransactions to further monetize Blizzard's 10-million-player-plus subscription MMO.

Fan site WarCry attended a Q&A session during last weekend's BlizzCon '08 and came back with this:

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Blizzard's New MMO Could Hit Consoles

It looks like Diablo 3 isn't the only potential console game that acclaimed World of Warcraft creator and PC developer Blizzard is considering for the future.

While the company has remained extremely quiet regarding its "unannounced next-gen MMO," World of Warcraft director Jeffrey Kaplan has hinted that the new project, which won't be officially unveiled for "a while," may end up on consoles. Read more »

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StarCraft 2 Trilogy Releases May Be Years Apart

With the single-player portions of StarCraft 2 now split into three distinct games, Blizzard lead producer Chris Sigaty and VP Rob Pardo have revealed that the individual titles will ideally be released at least a year apart from one another.

"With any luck, it would be like a year for each successive one, but that's going to be a target date, that's not a promise," Pardo noted in a Joystiq interview. Read more »

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BlizzCon World of Warcraft Q&A: Swimming Mounts, Deathwing, and Panda Fiction

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A panel of World of Warcraft developers took questions today during Blizzard's BlizCon convention, revealing a few upcoming details on the wildly popular MMO.

The biggest news so far is that ground mounts will now learn how to swim post-Lich King.

"In the first content patch that follows Wrath of the Lich King, all of your ground mounts will no longer dismount in water, and they swim now," said a Blizzard representative. Read more »

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Explosive New StarCraft 2 Screenshots

Along with the news that StarCraft II will now be a trilogy of games, Blizzard also released new screenshots of the current build of the game.

We also can pass along these high-detail unit and building renders. Read more »

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Video: The BlizzCon Costume Contest

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Jay Mohr is still on stage making people dance here at BlizzCon. Normally I'd be there capturing every nerdy moment of it, but I ditched the elves for a hot date with Diablo III and StarCraft II.

I can bring you a good portion of the costume contest, however. BlizzCon attendees put in a lot of work on their costumes, and there are always a few surprises--either with the quality of their robes, or with the intensity of their pandering.

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BlizzCon Day One Wrap-up

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Stuck in a day-long WoW raid on the first day of BlizzCon? We've got you covered.

There was a huge volume of news and media released today out of Blizzard's show. Here's a handy compilation of everything we covered, broken up by title:

Diablo III News: Read more »

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Blizzard on Battle.net Subscription, Diablo 3 Modding

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Diablo III director Jay Wilson said today that the company does not have a great desire to charge a subscription fee for the upcoming revision of its multiplayer client Battle.net. However, the developer did note that Blizzard will likely monetize unknown features of the game.

"We are going to monetize features so that we get to make them," said Wilson. "We kind of have to."

Wilson noted that whatever the content would be, it would have an appropriate value to users. Read more »

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StarCraft 2 Now A Trilogy, Three Campaigns to Be Split Into Separate Games

Blizzard today announced that StarCraft II will be released as a trilogy of separate games, each concentrating on one of the universe's three factions.

The first game in the trilogy will consist of the Terran campaign, and is set to be titled "Terrans: Wings of Liberty."

The second Zerg-focused title will be "Zerg: Heart of the Swarm," with the third game being "Protoss: Legacy of the Void." Read more »

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New StarCraft 2 Single-player Details: Kerrigan Returns

Blizzard designers revealed new details of StarCraft II's single-player campaign during a panel at the company's BlizzCon convention today.

Players will take on the role of Jim Raynor during the Terran campaign. The campaign begins on Mar Sara, the point of first contact with the Zerg in the original StarCraft. Read more »

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