World Of Warcraft: Legion Release Date Revealed

Five months ago now Blizzard started taking pre-orders for the sixth World Of Warcraft expansion, Legion. The expansion pack now has a confirmed release date, with it set to release on August 30th.

The sixth expansion will follow on from the fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, with Blizzard stating that “all hellfire is about to break loose”. With the new continent, the Broken Isles, and a new class, the Demon Hunter class, players will be spoilt for choice as they wield new artifacts and encounter demon hunters, the disciples of Illidan Stormrage, a popular character in the Warcraft series.

If you can’t wait to join the action, anyone who pre-orders the expansion gets a single level 100 boost, so any new characters (or old ones) can join in on the Broken Isles action the second the game releases, while pre-orders will also get access to the Demon Hunter class before the expansion even releases!

With subscriptions for the online MMORPG falling at a staggering rate, could the new expansion be what the game needs to bring new life to the franchise or could the new movie bring in fans both old and new to the series in order to save the world?

Are you a fan of the game? Are you someone who used to play the game? Could this expansion interest you into giving the game a new go or are you more interested in the patch that Warcraft 3 will soon receive?

How to Reach Level 100 In WOW With Just Two Dance Mats

Remember when you start that new game and with every level you unlock new abilities and gifts with every level up? With some games reaching the level cap is both exciting and also upsetting, knowing that your character will never quite be able to advance anymore? Imagine if you wanted to reach level 100 on WOW, though? Well, Rudeism has proven you can reach level 100 in wow with just two dance mats.

Taking just 5 days, 11 hours, 48 minutes and 38 seconds, Rudeism has finally completed the achievement of dancing his way to level 100. The finishing move came after a 7-hour stream, the video of which you can find below (check out from 7:70:00 to find the moment of triumph).

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Dubbed “Dancecraft”, Rudeism has been working on this achievement for around a month now. With his moves being showed off both on the dance mats and in-game, reaching the staggering level in a rather impressive form.

With people doing everything from dancing their way through the World of Warcraft landscape to beating Dark souls with nothing but a pair of Donkey Konga’s Bongo’s, the world is a weird and wonderful place.

With the new movie coming out later this year this was the perfect time for Rudeism to show off his moves and we hope that he doesn’t stop there when it comes to dancing to victory.

Legion Tower Defence 2 Now On Kickstarter

There is always that one game that you will remember, the first one to truly introduce you to online multiplayer, the one that introduced you to mods and their ability to turn a game from you enjoyed to what you loved. For me, that game was Warcraft 3, and with DOTA already a huge success, a new Kickstarter looks to bring another mod as a standalone game.

Legion Tower Defence was a fun game for many reasons, putting two teams of four against each other teamwork was essential. Coming at you wave after wave, you were in charge of defending your teams king, failure to do so lost you the game. With each wave becoming harder and harder, teamwork and planning were essential if you didn’t want your defences and your king to fall.

Unlike a tower defence, the game used fighters who would come to your defence, moving and attacking with everything they can muster to save your team from the inevitable defeat.Why not spend some of your secondary resources, then and hire a “mercenary” to attack the opposing team? Doing so not only put extra pressure on the energy team but also increased your income at the end of each round.

Currently, the new Kickstarter has four legions. The mechanical armies of Mech, the natural assault of Grove, the battle of the Forsaken and the fury of the Elements. While the game will be free to play (and not pay to win), backing the Kickstarter can get you everything from early access and special skins to unlocking all future legions.

I look forward to seeing how this progresses, with the games that used to be mods normally surprisingly success from both a business and enjoyment point of view.

Warcraft Movie Trailer Released

Starting as a strategy game, then moving into massively multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORPGs) and now joining Blizzards other creations in the multiplayer online battle arena game, Heroes of the Storm, the World of warcraft lore has expanded and continues to grow with each release. After revealing a new expansion for World of Warcraft and also revealing that its subscribers for the online role-playing game have continued to drop to all time lows, new life is soon to come to the Warcraft universe in the form of a full cinematic movie.

It’s long been suggested that there would be a Warcraft movie, and the above trailer does nothing but wets our appetite for the release. Orcs, Gryphons and magic seem to rule the scene with large battles and diplomatic reasoning setting the scene for what could be the start of another truly epic fantasy series.

Revealed at Blizzcon, their own convention, Blizzard also revealed that Activision Blizzard is creating its own film studio to release not only movies but TV series based on their games.

From the fantasy world of Warcraft and the techno shooters of Call of Duty you could soon see your films and TV shows sharing the names and voices of your favourite gaming characters.

Blizzard Job Post Suggests Classic Games Will Receive HD Remasters

Blizzard’s back catalogue contains a number of astonishing titles including Diablo II, Starcraft and Warcraft III. Sadly, many of these games struggle to run on modern operating systems and lack native support for high resolutions. As a result, it seems a cogent tactic to re-release these iconic titles with upgraded graphics and a more streamlined user-interface. According to a job post which you can find here, it appears Blizzard is preparing to remaster a number of old classics. The job listing reads:

“Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation.

We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.

So if you like wearing many hats, know small teams are the most effective, and look forward to challenges that will create millions of new adventures for our players: we would love to hear from you.

Responsibilities: 
Make gameplay first again on modern operating systems.
Create conditions for experiences that look as good as they play.
Own implementation and curation of features new and old.
Combat hacking to improve multiplayer.
Diagnose and fix all the things: crashes, deadlocks, overflows, heap corruptions, etc.”

This is a very exciting prospect although I’m guessing the games will remain exclusive to Blizzard’s store. Some of my earliest memories which made the PC platform so enticing revolved around Diablo II. Over the years I’ve tried to get to grips with Starcraft but failed miserably. Overall, I think this a sensible decision by Blizzard which allows a new audience to experience what makes their previous works so special.

What is your favourite Blizzard game of all time?

Behind the Scenes of World of Warcraft Movie in Virtual Reality

The bigger a project is, the tougher it is to keep the details a secret. Some manage to do so and one of the most prominent examples is probably Lord of the Rings. But the same thing also goes for the Warcraft movie directed by Duncan Jones. We know that it is in the making and that it is scheduled for a June 10th 2016 global release in 3D, but that is about it.

Now we’ve finally got a little inside view into the new movie, although it isn’t actual movie footage. Legendary Pictures released a little teaser in the Legendary VR app that is available on both iTunes and Google Play (465MB). Warcraft: Skies of Azeroth is one of three VR experiences that throws you on the back of a virtual gryphon for a flight over the city of Stormwind.

As Duncan Jones notes, it is part of the movie’s worldbuilding and it is certainly the first opportunity for anyone to see what Stormwind looks like.

“The city is laid out the same way it is in the movie,” Jones says. “We spend a little bit of time in the movie in Stormwind and in the VR experience you’ll actually get a chance to get a good look at everything.”

The launch of this demo is timed well with Comic-Con in San Diego where Google is giving away 50 thousand Google Cardboard units to give you a better experience. The other two VR experiences Legendary released are Beware Crimson Peak, a VR trip into the creepy residence in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Crimson Peak, and Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot, which puts you inside a kaiju-fighting mech.

No Plans for Flying Mounts in Warlords of Draenor or Beyond

For everyone eagerly waiting to get to the patch that will allow flying mounts in Warlods of your hopes were just dashed! In an interview with Polygon lead designer Ion Hazzikostas made it clear that Blizzard is done with flying mounts, and they will not be in Warlords of Draenor or future expansions or patches.

Polygon was doing an interview that was to be about the upcoming 6.2 patch when Ion Hazzikostas made it clear that I won’t get to use my glider parachute.

Hazzikostas said,”At this point, we feel that outdoor gameplay in World of Warcraft is ultimately better without flying. We’re not going to be reintroducing the ability to fly in Draenor, and that’s kind of where we’re at going forward.” He went on further, “Having looked at how flying has played out in the old world in the last couple of expansions, we realized that while we were doing it out of this ingrained habit after we introduced flying in The Burning Crusade, it actually detracted from gameplay in a whole lot of ways. While there was certainly convenience in being able to completely explore the world in three dimensions, that also came at the expense of gameplay like targeted exploration, like trying to figure out what’s in that cave on top of a hill and how do I get up there.”

So now I no longer need to look at the flying mounts from the Blizzard store.

Thank you pcgamesn.com for providing us with this information

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Blizzard Kills Over 100,000 WoW Accounts With Six Month Bans

World Of Warcraft can claim to be the start of the MMO craze. Allowing thousands of players to take part in events that shaped Azeroth. With legendary weapons and characters alike to help and hinder players as Mages and Warriors fighting anything from Dragons to Undead Kings. So you can understand when they find that over a hundred thousand are botting, they want to remove them.

Botting is the process of automating an action, anything from killing low-level creatures to gather the resources they drop to taking place in large player based battles to be used as cannon fodder. Normally Blizzard has a particular way to combat these, study their behaviour then block accounts which are using the same behaviour pattern. This process can take months to complete though, all the while players are finding the in-game markets flooded by both items and players with a lot of money and experience earned the easy way.

With six-month bans stopping accounts who are found to be botting players are happy that their game is now cheater-free, but they are also worried. A lot of players use Macro’s, pre-programmed sets of keys used at the press of a single button. In response Bashiok, a community manager, posted a reply to a worried gamer stating that unless your actions are automated you should be ok.

When I started playing online games years ago I quickly found that I had plenty of competition when it came to taking down creatures or harvesting rare materials, all because of plain characters with random names doing the same task over and over again. Have you ever had a game you liked ruined by bots? What do you think about players who use bots to get resources and experience?

Thanks to PCGamesn for providing us with information.

Thanks to pichostp for the image.

Video Games Should Be Made an Olympic Sport, Says Warcraft Creator

e-Sports, or competitive video gaming, should be made an Olympic event, according to the creator of Warcraft. Rob Pardo, who left his position as Chief Creative Officer at game developer Blizzard Entertainment earlier this year, spoke passionately to the BBC about his desire for Olympic recognition of video games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“There’s a very good argument for e-sports being in the Olympics,” said Pardo. “I think the way that you look at e-sports is that it’s a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and their having to make very quick decisions on the fly. When you look at their ‘actions per minute’, they’re clearing over 300.”

Gaining recognition as an Olympic sport by the IOC is an arduous process, particularly since the organisation capped the number of sports allowed at the Games. Adding further complication, being added to the Olympic roster doesn’t mean an automatic place at the Games, only that a case for its inclusion can be made to the IOC.

It is debatable whether e-sports even qualifies, or whether it would be regarded as a “mind sport”, like chess. The IOC have long refused chess a place at the Games for this reason.

Source: BBC

Blizzard’s Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Officer, Leaves the Company After 17 Years


Blizzard Entertainment will have a new executive position to fill, with Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Officer, announcing he is leaving the company after 17 years.

Pardo’s resume includes design credits with the following game titles over the years: World of Warcraft,  StarCraft, StarCraft: Brood War, Warcraft 3 and Diablo 3.

Here is what Pardo said in his good-bye post on the Battle.net forums:

“I’m looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard.  It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person.  I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come.  Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck.”

Pardo didn’t publicly disclose what is happening next, except he plans to spend the summer with his family and finally catch his breath.  He also thanked the gamers for motivating himself and the Blizzard team to continue developing video games.

It will be curious to see where he ends up next, as game studios would greatly benefit from having a seasoned veteran available to oversee future game projects.

Thank you to Battle.net for providing us with this information

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BlizzCon 2013 Begins Now

Today marks the day for the 7th Annual BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2013. Where fans celebrate and hear about everything Blizzard. WarCraft, StarCraft and Diablo! Brought to us from Anaheim, California.

Tickets sold out in just seconds earlier this year. But you can check out the live stream or on DirecTV by getting the Virtual Ticket.

We can expect an expansion announcement.

Two trademarks have been floating around for possible games or products being offered by Blizzard this year.
The Dark Below and Warlords of Draenor, we don’t know what we will hear about either one of these just yet, perhaps a new race or even two different expansions announced at one time!

Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, StarCraft II and Diablo III.

There are a ton of computers setup this year, with demos of all the different games. This is a huge weekend for Blizzard. BlizzCon is the largest event that Blizzard has for the year.

There will be tons of panels today, Question and Answer sessions. Hearing about new game releases and expansions to be expected. Don’t forget about the different contests and eSports.

Tomorrow night we will be able to watch the closing concert, which will be performed by Blink 182.

If you are a fan of Blizzard, this is the place to be! Make sure you check it out!

Friday’s Schedule

11AM PT OPENING CEREMONY

12:30PM PT WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WHAT’S NEXT

2:15PM PT HEARTHSTONE: WHATS NEXT

3:30PM PT DIABLO III: REAPER OF SOULS: PREVIEW

4:45PM PT HEROES OF THE STORM: OVERVIEW

6:30PM PT FAN CONTESTS

Thank you to BlizzCon for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Blizzcon.

Blizzard Entertainments “BlizzCon 2013” Approaches

We only have two days before the beginning of BlizzCon 2013. We have only been waiting 2 years for it to be here, and here it is. If you are a Blizzard Entertainment fan, then this is huge news for you. Bringing us new information on their franchises Diablo, StarCraft, WarCraft.

If you didn’t get a chance to pick up tickets to BlizzCon when they were on sale, you can still pick up your virtual ticket so that you can watch all of the fun and excitement from the two full days of information, contests, concert and more.

Blizzard Entertainment has three primary franchises Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft, all of which we will hear about during BlizzCon 2013. There are a few other projects that we will likely hear about as well, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Warcraft Movie and perhaps even the Titan Project.

Diablo 3 has been out for about a year and a half, and we will likely hear all about their expansion that will be released sometime in 2014. We can only hope that we get a nice demo, and hear about some of the awesomeness to come with this newest expansion. Will they give us a release date?

The StarCraft franchise will likely give us news on their next expansion, rumored to be called Legacy of the Void. Perhaps they will let us know about some cool new changes that we can see coming in later patches.

WarCraft has gotten itself bundled with World of Warcraft since I don’t really see Blizzard bringing WarCraft 4 to us any time soon, if ever. I am sure that we will hear about new changes that are evolving in Azeroth, and I am sure that the World of Warcraft team has some really interesting changes that are taking place, we may even hear about their next expansion. Will it be called Warlords of Draenor?

Hearthstone, still in closed beta we have heard very little about what is taking place in this card based video game, I hope that they will open the beta up so that I can play, because I would really like to give this game a run.

Blizzard DOTABlizzard All-Stars, Heroes of the Storm… Will Blizzard make up their mind already on what they are going to call this game? I mean we first heard about this in 2010 and it still isn’t released, though at first it was going to be a StarCraft 2 mod, now it sounds like it is going to be a freestanding game.

Warcraft the Movie, we have been hearing about this since 2006, and it looks like they might actually have some news for us, but will it ever really be released?

We can’t forget about “Project Titan”, in which Blizzard is creating an all new Massive-Multiplay Online Role Playing Game, in which they have given us little to no information on over the past few years. Though I doubt that they will tell us anything, they are going to be tight-lipped on the subject mater until it is further along in development.

What are you looking forward to at BlizzCon 2013? Question & Answers, Lore, Contests or Competitions?

I want to give a big thank you to Blizzard Entertainment for putting on this event this year.

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