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Hearthstone progress to be completely wiped, making way for major update

Hearthstone progress to be completely wiped, making way for major update

The beta for Blizzard's Hearthstone is on the verge of receiving a major update. Much of the game's UI and rewards system will get a major overhaul and, because of that, all player progress is set to get completely wiped. So make peace with your all-powerful deck now, because you won't get to keep it for much longer.

Read more: New patch details »

"If you let one get going with a buzzard and/or a hyena, you can quickly lose control, but ..."
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World of Warcraft 5.4 patch introduces Flex Raid

World of Warcraft 5.4 patch introduces Flex Raid

Horde warchief Garrosh Hellscream is in the midst of a rampage, unimaginable by both hero and Horde alike. World of Warcraft's new 5.4 patch, the Siege of Orgrimmar, follows Hellscream's dangerous quest for power, while also introducing a challenging new area and new Flexible Raiding, to help increase accessibility.

Read more: No one left behind »

"We did the first two bosses in flex. Pretty slick, though composition suggestions or requirement ..."
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Why Blizzard avoided card-trading for Hearthstone

Why Blizzard avoided card-trading for Hearthstone

Blizzard's digital CCG Hearthstone kicked off its beta recently, and already has some passionate fans. Like most other card games, there are a number of features coming down the pipeline, like support for tournaments, eSports, and expansions. However, one feature that Blizzard doesn't plan on adding is card trading.

Read more: 'That's just not what Hearthstone is' »

"Running a marketplace could be even more lucrative, just look at what Valve is doing with DOTA 2 ..."
- Serpico74    See all 27 comments


World of Warcraft subscription numbers drop another 8%

World of Warcraft subscription numbers drop another 8%

In revealing the repurchase of its shares from Vivendi last night, publisher Activision announced that subscription numbers for World of Warcraft continued to decline, dropping from 8.3 million in Q1 to 7.7 million in Q2.

Read more: Almost two million drop since Q4 last year »

"Our guild lasted for several years. With every expansion we lost some and won some new members, ..."
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Former Blizzard dev: World of Warcraft killed the MMO genre

Former Blizzard dev: World of Warcraft killed the MMO genre

Old-school MMO players from before the days of World of Warcraft remember how the genre used to be. Games like the original EverQuest or Ultima Online took forever to go up a single level. Players would wander looking for quest givers without exclamation marks over the heads, and could struggle just as mightily when looking for the place to turn them in. But in the end, a level felt like an accomplishment, a completed quest was a job well done.

Then came the dreaded word: Accessibility. Where did the MMO go wrong?

Read more: 'Game play should be its own reward' »

"I think he's "mostly" right. I would also add that the complete saturation of voice ..."
- Miller_TYM    See all 175 comments


Unauthorized World of Warcraft log-in attempts rise; Blizzard warns users

Unauthorized World of Warcraft log-in attempts rise; Blizzard warns users

A rash of unauthorized login attempts to numerous World of Warcraft user accounts through the website and mobile Armory app has forced Blizzard to disable access to the auction house through the app and warn players to change their logins.

Read more: Accounts to be restored if requested »

"And have you ever noticed how black olives are sold in cans, meanwhile green olives are sold in jars"
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World of Warcraft subscribers down 13%; Activision concerned

World of Warcraft subscribers down 13%; Activision concerned

A slight bump in subscription numbers for World of Warcraft after the launch of the Mists of Pandaria expansion has disappeared. Subscription numbers for the MMO now stand at 8.3 million, down from 9.6 million at the end of Q4 last last year, Activision announced in its latest earning report for Q1 2013.

Read more: 'New content more frequently' »

"They made too many changes. They should have expected that might bother a few (million) people."
- darthfusion    See all 69 comments


'Life of Pi' FX director to supervise visuals in Warcraft movie

'Life of Pi' FX director to supervise visuals in Warcraft movie

Developments on the Warcraft movie front keep getting more interesting. First, we find out that Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones would be taking over for Sam Raimi. Now we hear that the man behind the Academy Award winning visual effects team for Life of Pi will be directing the effects in the world of Azeroth.

Read more: He also plays World of Warcraft »

"I am sure they will treat the Kung fu pandas with the respect and care they deserve. "
- rodneystubbs    See all 24 comments


World of Warcraft's Bad Robot pet a tribute to JJ Abrams

World of Warcraft's Bad Robot pet a tribute to JJ Abrams

Blizzard has been having fun with the pets it has created for World of Warcraft, creating everything from floating skulls to balloons to marmots. But for the first time, the dev team is creating a pet to pay tribute to a person and company outside the game.

The company announced plans for a new pet for release in an upcoming patch, out of respect for JJ Abrams' company, Bad Robot, which is releasing the Star Trek Into Darkness movie next month and the upcoming continuation of the Star Wars saga.

Read more: Engineering profession needed »

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World of Warcraft 5.3 update adjusts Pet Battles

World of Warcraft 5.3 update adjusts Pet Battles

World of Warcraft has grown so large and ambitious that patches can focus on individual meta-games without even touching the main title. The next patch, for example, will focus entirely on the Pet Battles system, working to reduce randomness in matches.

Read more: More info in battle, reduced dodge chances »

""Without a little randomness, the outcome of a match could be predicted to a high degree of ..."
- Draingored    See all 4 comments


Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft preview: Blizzard's F2P experiment

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft preview: Blizzard's F2P experiment

For a giant publisher with such stock in online gaming, Blizzard has been notably reluctant to jump into the free-to-play market. All that changed this weekend with the announcement of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a F2P online collectible card game that marks the company's first foray into the market strategy. And while it isn't as striking an opening volley as Titan, Blizzard's patience has paid off. The F2P market is still going through its growing pains, but by waiting the company has output a game that seems to dodge many of the inherent drawbacks of the sales model.

Read more: Games shouldn't 'put up a wall' to get everything »

"It hasn't been said, but I'm guessing they will also plan direct tie-ins with WoW and probably ..."
- daggot    See all 2 comments


Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Blizzard's first F2P

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Blizzard's first F2P

Today at Blizzard's PAX East panel, the company announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The collectible card strategy game is Blizzard's first stab at the free-to-play model, allowing players to compete as heroes from nine WoW classes, all set in the Warcraft universe.

Read more: 300 cards coming at launch, 5 per pack »

"It's not free to play... You have to pay packs, just like the MTGO game on PC."
- razlebol    See all 71 comments


Moving World of Warcraft to console would be a 'huge challenge'

Moving World of Warcraft to console would be a 'huge challenge'

With Blizzard finally getting back into the console space with Diablo 3, it is only logical that the company would consider shifting its other franchises outside the PC realm. But don't expect World of Warcraft on consoles any time soon.

Read more: Changing game fundamentals for console play »

"That's only about a single-layer DVD (4.7 GB) per title (core game + expansions). I don't think ..."
- ATimson    See all 34 comments


World of Warcraft 'lost our way a little' with Cataclysm

World of Warcraft 'lost our way a little' with Cataclysm

World of Warcraft is still going strong, but a decade of constant tweaks, revisions, and expansions has made Blizzard especially attuned to how small changes impact the experience. Greg Street, lead systems designer for the game, says that Cataclysm altered combat in a way that hurt the game, which the team tried to fix in the subsequent Mists of Pandaria expansion.

Read more: 'We'd lost our way a little bit' »

"They didn't 'RE-Find' their way with the new expansion either. I played WoW since Beta, and ..."
- darthfusion    See all 186 comments


World of Warcraft 'Thunder King' patch 5.2 adds new raid, bosses

World of Warcraft 'Thunder King' patch 5.2 adds new raid, bosses

The Thunder King has been unleashed in Pandaria with the newest content update for Blizzard's World of Warcraft. The 5.2 patch was released today and includes a new raid, new world bosses, and a new hub for daily quests that players usually loathe for building rep with a new faction.

Read more: Normal raid dungeon first, then heroic »

"We should tax anyone that plays WoW 100%. Boom unemployement solved. "
- D45hiz    See all 32 comments




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