By Tracey Lien on Dec 03, 2013 12.03.13
Blizzard Entertainment is extending its Black Friday sale to Jan. 1, the company announced today. The original Black Friday sale included discounts of up to 75 percent on World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Digital Deluxe Edition. It also offered 50 percent off StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Heart of the Swarm Digital Deluxe Edition. The European store offered (and continues to offer at the time of writing) similar discounts. All the digital offers can be gifted. The sale in the U.S. store ends Jan. 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
By Emily Gera on Nov 29, 2013 11.29.13
Blizzard's Greg Street, known best as the lead systems designer on World of Warcraft, is leaving the company or an as-of-yet unannounced project, he confirmed on both his personal Facebook and Twitter accounts. "I have been at Blizzard Entertainment for almost six years," he announced in a statement on Facebook. "It has been epic and I have made many friends around the world and I have learned so much. But, I have a great opportunity for something new and exciting, and sadly it is time to move on." Street would later clarify that his departure will not affect the shape of World of Warcraft as the team makes design decisions based on "consensus and collaboration." Prior to his role at Blizzard Entertainment, Street spent nearly 10 years as lead designer at Ensemble Studios helping...
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 27, 2013 11.27.13
Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street, the longtime lead systems designer on World of Warcraft, is leaving developer Blizzard Entertainment, he announced today on the game's forums. The news was first reported by WoW Insider. "An opportunity has come my way, and I have made the very tough decision to move on from Blizzard," said Street, who joined the studio in February 2008. Street had been one of the most prominent public-facing figures on the World of Warcraft development team, fostering a direct line from players to Blizzard developers through regular interactions on the game's forums as well as on his personal Twitter account, which currently has more than 70,000 followers. As lead systems designer, he and his team were responsible for building and changing the fundamentals of the way W...
By Tracey Lien on Nov 26, 2013 11.26.13
Blizzard Entertainment's European digital store is having a winter sale, with discounts of up to 65 percent off. Customers can save 65 percent on World of Warcraft, which is usually €14.99 and is now €5. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria has been discounted from €24.99 to €10. StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm have also been heavily discounted, dropping from €39.99 to €20. The sale applies for a limited time, and the digital purchases can be given as gifts. The deals are only available in the European Blizzard online store. UPDATE: Blizzard Entertainment's U.S. store is now offering up to 75 percent off World of Warcraft and 50 percent off StarCraft 2.
By Colin Campbell on Nov 25, 2013 11.25.13
Heroes of the Storm game director Dustin Browder has issued an apology for comments he made in a press interview, during which he appeared to dismiss concerns about hyper-sexualized designs of female game characters. "In a recent interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, I responded poorly to a statement the interviewer made about over-sexualized character designs in games," he wrote on the Heroes of the Storm blog. "I want to apologize for that. This is a serious topic and I don't want anyone to think that I, or anyone else at Blizzard, is insensitive about how we portray our characters." Heroes of the Storm is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game based on characters from developer Blizzard's roster of games, including World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft. During an interview...
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 22, 2013 11.22.13
World of Warcraft players can now contribute to charity by buying a new mount and new pet, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced today. The massively multiplayer online RPG's latest mount is the Enchanted Fey Dragon, a $25 purchase in the Battle.net Shop. Also available is the Alterac Brew Pup (image above), a "brewhound" that costs $10 in the store. For purchases of the Alterac Brew Pup between now and 2:59 a.m. ET on Jan. 1, 2014, half of the price ($5) will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Players can also pick up World of Warcraft's first charity bundle, which offers both the Brew Pup and the Fey Dragon at a $5 discount ($30) while still sending $5 to Make-A-Wish. You can see both the mount and the pet in action below.
By Michael McWhertor on Nov 11, 2013 11.11.13
Blizzard Entertainment plans to release expansions to World of Warcraft more frequently than it has in the past, co-founder and president Mike Morhaime told Polygon, and is already developing an unannounced add-on for the online game. In an interview, Morhaime said expansions like the recently unveiled Warlords of Draenor are important to keeping players engaged (and subscribed). "It's going to be on us and our development team to continually look at ways to evolve the game and keep it relevant," Morhaime said, "and look for new ways of maintaining engagement within the game. We view expansions as a huge opportunity to do that. "We recognize that we need to release them on a faster cadence than we have in the past. So we're investing in the team and our resources to enable us to do...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Nov 10, 2013 11.10.13
World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion, Warlords of Draenor, will introduce new dungeons, user interface and more, as detailed by several posts on Battle.net. The game's new PvP zone, announced alongside the expansion, will offer "constantly evolving objectives for participants to take part in." The zone will not include a cap on participating players. As players join the zone, they'll be informed of objectives for the current status of the battle. "The closer you get to your opponent's base, the more difficult your tasks will become," the post reads. "Objectives will change at a moment's notice based on events within the zone, and you may quickly find yourself switching from offense to rebuilding your fortress and gathering the materials needed to do so. There will also be...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Nov 09, 2013 11.09.13
Blizzard has no plans to make its massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft into a free-to-play title, production director J. Allen Brack told Eurogamer. Brack spoke with the publication during BlizzCon 2013, which is currently underway in Anaheim, Calif., at the Anaheim Convention Center. According to Brack, such a change would require "significant" reworking of the game's structure. "We didn't make the game to be free-to-play," Brack said. "It's not something we're currently considering." The game's first 20 levels are currently available for free with the Starter Edition — a set that allows players to experience the game while limiting some features. The fifth and latest expansion for the game, Warlords of Draenor, was announced yesterday.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Nov 09, 2013 11.09.13
Warlords of Draenor, the upcoming fifth expansion to massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, will allow players to leave a "permanent impact on the world" with a Garrison, Blizzard announced. A Garrison will act as the player's personal fortress. In addition to controlling its layout and appearance, players will also recruit and manage its staff. Followers, or recruitable characters, can be sent on missions to improve the Garrison and earn loot. Each follower has a character level and traits that will affect how he or she performs on missions. Players will pull in followers by completing missions or paying enough gold. A player's Garrison will be built out of individual pieces, or buildings, such as stables, farms or armories. Each building can be upgraded to improve the...