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Heroes of the Storm preview: storming the MOBA gates

Heroes of the Storm preview: storming the MOBA gates

For years, MMORPGs had to compete with the behemoth known as World of Warcraft and even the biggest games would fall at its feet. Now Blizzard finds itself going against giants, as its new MOBA Heroes of the Storm attempts to compete with the likes of Dota 2 and League of Legends. I got to go hands-on with Blizzard's foray into the MOBA space at Blizzcon and I'm pleased to say that it fits into the genre well, while also adding in some neat new mechanics and a number of the studio's most recognizable characters.

Read more: Team leveling and skill-specific heroes »

"Heroes of the Storm was a blast to play. I can't wait for the beta."
- MikkleThePickle    See all 13 comments


Blizzard could add dormant franchise characters to Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard could add dormant franchise characters to Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm will release with 18 characters, running the gamut from Blizzard's ongoing properties, like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft. Of course, that won't be the final number, as Blizzard is aiming to release more characters throughout the game's development. However, the studio also acknowledges that it has more than 20 years of history to pull from and hints at the possibility of characters from long-dormant franchises joining the fray, as well.

Read more: Lost Vikings? »

"Absolutely not, and I'll thank you for not correcting me in the future. Hank Mancini or bust, ..."
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How Heroes of the Storm aims to attract MOBA beginners

How Heroes of the Storm aims to attract MOBA beginners

Perhaps more than any other, the MOBA genre can be the hardest for beginners to grasp. Part of that is because of the hardcore, dedicated communities surrounding the genre's two most recognizable names: Dota 2 and League of Legends. So how does Blizzard's upcoming entry, Heroes of the Storm, hope to appeal to the novice?

Read more: Team leveling explained »

"He's wrong about one thing - there will be a competitive scene built around it, if only because ..."
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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls PS4 preview: the next crusade

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls PS4 preview: the next crusade

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls begins with Sanctuary under siege by an army of the dead, filled with unwilling mortal victims. To discover what's at the source of this attack, I went hands-on with the new Diablo 3 expansion at Blizzcon, taking a look at the PS4 version of the game, as well as the new class: the Crusader.

Reaper of Souls follows the end of the original Diablo 3 campaign, where a brand new evil has risen. A fallen archangel called Malthael has condemned humanity and is using the power of the Black Soulstone to transform unwilling humans into his undead soldiers.

Read more: Hands-on with the Crusader »

"Buying this day 1 because it was confirmed this will support remote play with the Vita!"
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Hearthstone's final version will feature cross-platform play

Hearthstone's final version will feature cross-platform play

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is also coming to iOS and Android. And once all versions are finalized and released, they'll be able to interact with one another.

Lead designer Eric Dodds confirmed that the PC version of Hearthstone will release first, with iOS and Android versions coming later. However, since Hearthstone decks are tied to a player's Battle.net account, cards can be accessed across all platforms. Not only that, but card battles can also be conducted cross-platform.

Read more: Decks tied to Battle.net accounts »

"I think it's pretty even now that they've nerfed a couple of the problem combo cards. I don't ..."
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How garrisons introduce offline progression to World of Warcraft

How garrisons introduce offline progression to World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft's upcoming Warlords of Dreanor expansion is taking the long-running MMORPG in some bold new directions. One of the most intriguing new features is the inclusion of player-built garrisons, which adds the idea of player housing to the game for the first time.

Read more: How offline progression works »

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How maps evolved into battlegrounds in Heroes of the Storm

How maps evolved into battlegrounds in Heroes of the Storm

From the moment the first oddball trailer released, fans could tell that Heroes of the Storm would be something substantially different than how it was first conceived. The former "Blizzard DOTA" has come a long way since its origins as a Starcraft 2 mod, something that Blizzard art director Sam "Samwise" Didier attributes to its approach to the battlefield.

Read more: Battlegrounds described »

"I'm getting a strong Super Smash Bros. vibe from this game. Glad to see Blizzard getting back ..."
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Diablo 3: The Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 includes Reaper of Souls expansion

Diablo 3: The Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 includes Reaper of Souls expansion

Not too long ago, Blizzard hinted at a console version of the Diablo 3 expansion, Reaper of Souls. The publisher has since made this official at Blizzcon, announcing that the PS4 version, titled "The Ultimate Evil Edition," will include both Diablo 3 and Reaper of Souls in one convenient package.

Read more: PS4-exclusive features included »

"sounds really fun! if i end up with a PS4 this might be the version of Reaper of Souls I end up ..."
- Psigun    See all 9 comments


World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor announced, allows for instant level 90 upgrade

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor announced, allows for instant level 90 upgrade

Yet another World of Warcraft expansion has been revealed. Warlords of Draenor "sends players to the savage world of Draenor, home of the mighty orcs and haven of the mystic draenei, to fight against and alongside legends from Warcraft's brutal past."

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy features of the new expansion is the ability to instantly upgrade one character to level 90, making it so that anyone can join Draenor without feeling like a n00b. The expansion also lifts the level cap up to 100, giving players new reason to harvest XP.

Watch: Revamped visuals »

"Plus that new orc model looks good.. hmmmmmm my willpower is failing haha!"
- DM7    See all 35 comments


Heroes of the Storm (formerly Blizzard DOTA) beta opens

Heroes of the Storm (formerly Blizzard DOTA) beta opens

You can now join the beta for the game formerly known as Blizzard DOTA. Heroes of the Storm will have you playing as various heroes from Blizzard's various franchises. "Thrall, Kerrigan, Diablo, Arthas, Zeratul, Tyrael—they're all here and ready to test their might in the forge of eternal combat. Who will stand with you in battle? Select your favorites from more than 20 years of Blizzard games," Blizzard teased in today's announce.

If you want a sneak peek at the game, you can sign up for the beta right here.

Watch: gameplay and cinematic trailers »

"between the already bad Wow crowd and the notoriously bad DOTA crowds, I am sure this will be a ..."
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Hearthstone open beta starts next month, iOS and Android version also planned

Hearthstone open beta starts next month, iOS and Android version also planned

If you're still looking for beta keys for Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, you won't have to look for much longer. This year's Blizzcon opened with chief creative officer Rob Pardo announcing that the game would enter open beta next month.

Read more: iOS and Android confirmed »

"iPad is shortly after desktop release, iPhone and Android is later next year"
- Serpico74    See all 9 comments


Blizzard DOTA becomes Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard DOTA becomes Heroes of the Storm

The game formerly known as Blizzard DOTA and Blizzard All-Stars has yet another new name: Heroes of the Storm.

More than just the name has changed, with Blizzard telling fans to "set aside whatever you think you knew about Blizzard All-Stars." Which, let's be honest here, isn't a lot. More will be revealed at this year's BlizzCon, starting on November 8th.

Watch: A new teaser trailer »

"It's official heroes of the Storm will have three characters at launch. A joke obviously, ..."
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BlizzCon 2013 'Virtual Ticket' goes on sale for $40

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BlizzCon 2013 'Virtual Ticket' goes on sale for $40

Tickets to BlizzCon 2013 are sold out. But, thanks to the magic of the Internet, you'll be able to partake in the festivities from the comfort of your keyboard. And isn't that what being a Blizzard fan is all about?

With the BlizzCon 'Virtual Ticket,' you'll be able to access live HD streams of the convention, taking place on November 8th and 9th. You'll be able to watch developer panels, interviews, the costume contest, and the closing ceremony.

Read more: Digital goodies and free streams »

"Awesome! I wish it should include the Diablo 3 expansion pack for rare item in games."
- commanderxp90    See all 32 comments


PSA: BlizzCon tickets go on sale today

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PSA: BlizzCon tickets go on sale today

Now's the time to make sure you have room on your credit card, because the first batch of tickets for this year's BlizzCon goes on sale this evening at $175 a pop. Of course, if you need more time to clear that balance, another group of tickets will go on sale on April 27.

Read more: The rush begins at 7PM PT »

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BlizzCon tickets go on sale April 24 in two batches

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BlizzCon tickets go on sale April 24 in two batches

BlizzCon, Blizzard's mostly annual showcase for its games, returns to Anaheim, California, on November 8, with tickets going on sale in two batches beginning April 24. They aren't cheap, though, going for $175 a pop for the two-day event.

Read more: Batch two hits on April 27 »

"I went in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and 2008 was the best on in terms of having so many people from ..."
- Crw22    See all 14 comments




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