By Megan Farokhmanesh on Apr 23, 2014 04.23.14
In the latest episode of WoW Source, lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas, lead class designer Kris Zierhut and senior game designer Brian Holinka discuss the upcoming player-vs-player and class changes for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. Warlords of Draenor is the fifth expansion to the popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The new content takes players to Draenor, home of the orc and draenei races, in addition to raising the game's level cap and adding new content. Speaking about the game's PvP, Holinka explained that adjusting crowd control effects from the previous expansion was a "very high priority." "There's a couple of big problems that we had in PvP [in Mists of Pandaria] that we really want to address," Holinka said. "Things that players...
By Emily Gera on Apr 11, 2014 04.11.14
The latest trailer for Blizzard's upcoming multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of the Storm shows off what playable character Kerrigan, of the StarCraft franchise, looks like in action. The battle arena game features a collective of well-known characters from Blizzard's roster of earlier releases, which players can select to fight against other users. Characters include Diablo of Diablo fame, Stitches and Uther of World of Warcraft and Raynor and Tychus of StarCraft 2, among others. Last month, Blizzard announced that it would be inviting select Battle.net users into the early technical alpha for the game, which was revealed last fall to be the rebranding of in-development MOBA Blizzard All-Stars. Heroes of the Storm will launch for Mac and Windows PC at an undetermined date.
By Samit Sarkar on Jan 16, 2014 01.16.14
World of Warcraft players can now purchase a terrifying new mount for their characters, the Iron Skyreaver, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced today. The dragon-like creature, which you can see in the reveal trailer above, was created by Horde blacksmiths specifically as a beast for war. The Iron Skyreaver's two heads are matched by twin afterburners attached to its hindquarters, and it is clad in armor made of black steel. The Iron Skyreaver is now available for $25 in the World of Warcraft in-game shop.
By John Funk on Nov 21, 2013 11.21.13
A new video from Conan O'Brien covers a segment of the comedian's late-night talk show in which he ventures to Irvine, CA to attend BlizzCon 2013. O'Brien discusses World of Warcraft with Blizzard employees who try and teach him how to play, but quickly becomes frustrated when players don't properly respond to his threats. Later, he meets with a German eSports team who are preparing for the World of Warcraft arena finals and joins the casters at their desk as a color commentator. Blizzard used BlizzCon as a venue to announce its next expansion pack to World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Nov 09, 2013 11.09.13
First wave of Xbox One apps for TV and entertainment revealed, Your first official 12-minute tour of Xbox One games, apps and TV In the wake of Sony's similar announcement, Microsoft revealed the Xbox One entertainment apps that will be released in different territories Nov. 22 through spring 2014, along with a nifty little video showing off the system's UI and other dashboard features. BlizzCon 2013: The latest on WoW, Diablo, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm Hearthstone coming to mobile devices, Heroes of the Storm in beta sign-ups and a brand new World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor — BlizzCon 2013 kicked off the festivities with a barrage of announcements during its opening ceremony yesterday. When should you buy a next-gen console? To pull the trigger, or not to...
By John Funk on Nov 08, 2013 11.08.13
By John Funk on Nov 08, 2013 11.08.13
A pair of videos released by Blizzard show off some of the (somewhat) new scenery in Warlords of Draenor, the newest expansion pack to World of Warcraft. The first video, seen above, shows a number of zones from Terokkar Forest to Shadowmoon Valley in their current and original form when introduced in the first expansion, The Burning Crusade. The trailer then shows how the same locales used to look before the world of Draenor was shattered and turned into the hellish Outland that demons came to call home. The second video below examines the home zones for the game's two factions. Alliance will be setting up shop in Karabor, the temple-city that was claimed by Illidan Stormrage and turned into the Black Temple raid dungeon. Horde, on the other hand, will be moving in to a new fortress...
By Colin Campbell on Oct 29, 2013 10.29.13
A Warcraft fan has created a high fantasy real-time strategy game using Blizzard's Starcraft 2 editor. It's been ten years since we've seen a real-time strategy game in the Warcraft realm. But for fans waiting for news of an as-yet-unannounced 'Warcraft 4' game, WOW RTS: Alliance and Horde (aka 'WAH') may just fill a gap. The 245MB game, written by StevenLuo and detailed in a preview video, features Alliance and Horde factions fighting in three melee maps as well as 14 buildings, 16 units and 18 heroes, many taken directly from World of Warcraft. StevenLuo has been modding Blizzard games for over a decade. "I began this project on Starcraft 2's editor this March," he said. "After six month's working in my free time, I realized that I must focus on it and make it perfect, so I...
By Tracey Lien on Oct 25, 2013 10.25.13
The lead composer on World of Warcraft announced his video game tribute band Critical Hit today, along with the band's debut album, which includes covers of the main themes from Tetris, Pokémon, Halo 2 and Metal Gear Solid 2. Jason Hayes is an in-house composer for Blizzard Entertainment. He has contributed to the soundtracks of video games like Dota 2, StarCraft, Warcraft 3, Diablo 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. For Critical Hit, he brings together professional violinists, guitarists, pianists, flautists and percussionists to perform original arrangements from some of the world's most well-known video games. The band's debut album, Critical Hit: Volume One, is now available for pre-order for $14.99. Hayes will sign copies of the album that are pre-ordered between now and...
By Dave Tach on Sep 11, 2013 09.11.13
An "exclusive piece of music" from Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo 3 is headed to Video Games Live: Level 3 if funded, composer Tommy Tallarico announced on the project's Kickstarter blog. The final piece, called "Leigh," will be more than four minutes long, and you can check out a one-minute sample on the Kickstarter blog. "We recently did the world premiere of this song in Irvine, CA with the incredible Pacific Symphony conducted by Eimear Noone (Legend of Zelda Symphony show & Blizzard conductor)!" Tallarico wrote. "Both the Pacific Symphony and Eimear were the original people who were used in the Diablo 3 recordings for the game!" Tallarico also wrote that Blizzard "has been the biggest supporter of Video Games Live over the years," and he's featured songs like "Invincible" from W...