By Michael McWhertor on Jul 26, 2014 07.26.14
Warcraft movie director Duncan Jones and Legendary Pictures brought a brief teaser of the forthcoming fantasy film to San Diego Comic-Con today, but that footage will likely remain exclusive to attendees of the con for the foreseeable future. Comic-Con attendees were treated to a look at the two sides of the Warcraft conflict, the Alliance and Horde, and the respective heroes for each faction, the human Lothar and the orc Durotan. The Warcraft movie will focus on the orcs versus humans conflict, and serve as an origin story for Blizzard's Warcraft universe. Publicly, Legendary released an animated look at the movie's logo — but that's it. So don't be too disappointed when you press play on the 10 second-long YouTube teaser that the studio released today. At last year's Comic-Con,...
By Emily Gera on Jun 30, 2014 06.30.14
Carbine Studio's latest DevSpeak video dives into the first major content patch for its massively multiplayer online game Wildstar, with a look at the gelatinous blobs and new dungeons that make up The Strain update. Polygon spoke with Carbine's executive producer Jeremy Gaffney earlier last week about the update, which focuses on new and mostly end-game focused material, including two new zones, new gear, player housing options and an open-world dungeon. The Strain is what Carbine is calling an "ultra drop," the biggest of their several varieties of content patches. While future patches may be designated as the lesser "epic drops" or even mere "regular drops." However, Gaffney promises that no matter the name, each and every one of the monthly content patches will contain a huge...
By Colin Campbell on May 19, 2014 05.19.14
World of WarCraft players who have reached level 90 and are looking for a diversion are being offered some tips on class management, courtesy of publisher Blizzard. The company has posted video guides for playing each of WoW's 11 classes at level 90, including Death Knight, Druid, Hunter and Mage. This year's upcoming expansion, Warlords of Draenor, allows players to immediately level up to 90 and offers paid level boosts. "Want to leap into action with a new class at level 90 but not sure how to begin?" asks the company's Battle.net website. " In our new videos, one for each of WoW's 11 classes, we'll give you a crash course on how to play your new level 90 character. To help you get started, these videos focus on one damage-dealing (DPS) specialization for each class." For example,...
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...