Blizzcon is set to officially kick off in just over half hour with the Opening Ceremonies, usually a spot where the first major announcements for Blizzard titles is made. We'll be updating this post throughout the 45-minute presentation so keep refreshing the page and let us know what you think.
Want to watch on your own? The Blizzcon 2014 Opening Ceremonies are free to watch, along with several eSports broadcasts, on the Blizzcon Free Streams page.
And we're off! The first video is a chat with developers talking about the astounding success that Blizzard has experienced since its first games launched twenty plus years ago.
"We might have somethin' kinda special here..." speaking of WoW.
"It's the community that has made this the most amazing experience."
Mike Morheim takes the stage.
Morheim speaks obliquely about Gamergate and how Blizzard will not allow players to be tarnished by the bad behavior of others.
"The best is yet to come for World of Warcraft. We're excited about it. We're taking you to places and settings that brought us to where we are."
"Looking for Group" documentary about WoW to debut at 5:00 pm PST on Saturday.
In December a new charity pet with 100% of profits going to the Red Cross for Ebola relief efforts.
Heroes of the Storm: It's coming along great and will continue to evolve through the years. We have fun new stuff to show you during Blizzcon. (trailer shown) New heroes (Jaina and Thrall), new maps, new battlegrounds, ranked play, new skins, Lost Vikings.
Closed beta for Heroes of the Storm to kick off on January 13, 2015.
Hearthstone portion begins: Jason Chayes takes to the stage and talks about the incredible juggernaut that HS has been since release earlier this year.
Android Hearthstone coming in December!
Hearthstone: Going back nobility and the fellowship of the Alliance. The other, the honor and resilience of the Horde. For the first expansion, we've brought these two together. The results are explosive. (trailer begins)
GOBLINS vs GNOMES is the new Hearthstone expansion and will launch in December. 120 of the most dangerous cards you can imagine.
Starcraft 2 portion begins - Dustin Browder takes the stage.
Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void (trailer begins). All of your questions will be answered. All the stories and characters will be completed in this, the final story in our trilogy.
Archon mode: Control a single base together.
Chris Metzen takes the stage
We are celebrating 20 years of Warcraft and 20 years of World of Warcraft. It's so much more than a game in a box. It's amazing to feel part of this thing, this tradition, that is uniquely ours.
It's been 17 years since we opened a new world, new villains, heroes. If you've ever wondered what kind of world Blizzard would create, the wait ends right now!
Seems to be a super-hero type game.
It is nearer than you think.
Jeff Kaplan takes the stage as the Overwatch Game Director.
Team-based multiplayer shooter. We're going to make the game very approachable and experience what can be very fun.
(Overwatch demo trailer begins)
Heroes: Tracer, Symmetra, Pharah, Hanzo, Reaper, Winston, Torbjorn, Bastion, Mercy, Widowmaker, Zenyatta, Reinhardt
SOE has been hard at work at adding more quality of life improvements to the game, most notably in terms of graphics rendering as well as the building system of the game. Here’s what to expect if you haven’t logged back and updated the game in the past two weeks.
Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Ladmark: Quality of Life Enhancements.
Elite: Dangerous now has a release date thanks to a Twitter post from the team. Players can look forward to December 16, 2014 to get their hands on the game.
Check out this MMORPG.com forum thread and discuss!
Thanks, Darwa, for the tip!
Behaviour Interactive will be hosting its weekly Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade live stream at 1:30 p.m. EST / 10:30 a.m. PST today. During the stream, fans will get a look at new animations, updates to the lascannon, navigation and more. The team will also be on hand to answer player questions.
In addition, BI announced a new contest.
It’s time for another EC contest! This time we’re asking Crusaders to draw/paint their favourite moment from Graham McNeill’s latest short story, Death and the Maiden World for a chance to win 1 of 3 awesome Eldar prize packs.
Prizes include a leather Eternal Crusade sketchbook, Eldar flag, money in the Founder’s Store, and more! Read about the contest and enter on the official contest page. The deadline for submissions is November 25, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.
Read more at the links above and head to the Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade stream at the appointed time.
The Das Tal team has announced that it has successfully completed its Steam Greenlight campaign. The campaign lasted three months but on successful completion, Das Tal immediately entered into the Top 100. To celebrate, players can check out some of the supporter packages.
With Greenlight a massive success, the team also just announced the options they now offer for supporting Das Tal’s ongoing development financially. There are four different supporter packages available for purchase - some of which allow instant access to the pre-alpha game. The packs range from about 30 to 200 dollars and come with various different entitlements, such as access to private developer forums, credit bragging rights and full access to the latest version of the game (even on the core development server).
Find out more on the Das Tal site.
With BlizzCon ramping up for this weekend, there’s a fair amount of buzz here among the staffers regarding the Warlords of Draenor release. I myself have received the customary pre-launch emails from Blizzard encouraging me to re-activate my World of Warcraft account with seven free days of game time. Like with previous WoW expansions, I’ve given the thought of resubscribing more than a passing thought. Unlike previous releases, however, I’m not as convinced that I need to jump back in.
Read more of Some Pourfarzaneh's Does Gameplay Trump All?
Today's news will probably seem to be a purposeful theme, an assessment that isn't far off the mark. In case there are some who may not have been paying much attention to gaming news lately, today marks the beginning of Blizzard Entertainment's (mostly) annual fan convention, Blizzcon. Attendees from all over the world have made their way to Anaheim, California, usually renown for Disneyland but for this weekend, all eyes are on the convention center and the news that is likely to rock the MMO and general games space that will emerge from it.
Read more of Suzie Ford's Last Minute Blizzcon Hopes.
During the past summer's iPhone 6 reveal, Super Evil's Vainglory, a mobile MOBA, was featured to show off the power of the new iOS 8. In October, the game was released in limited markets but the team is ready to announce the release dates for both the EU and North America.
Vainglory for iPad and Vainglory for iPhone will launch on Apple’s App Store as follows:
- Europe: Thursday, Nov. 13
- North America, South America, Middle East and Africa: Tuesday, Nov. 18
- China, Japan and Korea: We are taking some extra time to get the localization for these countries right. Launch date to be announced later.
Read more on the Super Evil blog.
Lucky stiffs Garrett Fuller and Bill Murphy are boots on the ground at the 2014 Blizzcon in Anaheim, California. The event doesn't begin until tomorrow, but the guys have sent a picture of the annual goodie bag.
Two blog posts have been published on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site laying out big advanced class changes for both the Trooper-Mercenary and the Bounty Hunter-Commando. These two begin a series of articles designed to introduce players to the new 'Discipline' system and detail the specific changes players can expect when utilizing and playing in their chosen advanced class.
The Game Update 3.0 class changes for the Trooper and Bounty Hunter set of classes are, overall, the most drastic changes received by any class set in the 3.0 update. The term “class set” refers to the base class (in this example, the Trooper) along with its advanced classes (Commando and Vanguard, continuing with this example). The purpose of this blog is to inform Troopers of the major changes that are coming in the 3.0 update, but this blog is not a comprehensive list of every single Trooper change. Also, please note that the content described in this blog is still under development, so anything mentioned throughout this blog is still subject to change (especially any exact numbers or percentages that may be mentioned).
Read more about the Commando and Mercenary on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
CI Games has announced that Lords of the Fallen will receive a content expansion DLC later this winter. Called "Ancient Labyrinth", the DLC will feature puzzles, epic battles and exploration.
Ancient Labyrinth will contain:
Once installed, Ancient Labyrinth can be accessed through a new door found within the game world.
- A powerful ancient Lord, a magical foe who changes his powers continuously throughout the battle, keeping players on their toes
- A new location, The Library, filled with puzzles, environmental riddles and history of Harkyn's world
- A new puzzle-based gameplay mechanic
- An all-new quest centered around the story of immortal, powerful demons
- Side-quests and NPCs with an agenda that affects the war between human and demonic realms
- New armor and weapons
The DLC will be available this winter, though no specific date has yet been revealed. Find out more on the Lords of the Fallen site.
Developer Mind Candy is best known in the UK for making the wildly popular Moshi Monsters iOS game. But the Moshi games tend to be more widely adopted by kids and casual gamers. Today marks the official launch of Mind Candy’s first attempt at pleasing the core gamer audience with World of Warriors. A charismatic and addictive RPG fighter for iOS devices, you just might find your next time-passer with this little gem. Read on for our full review.
Read more of Bill Murphy's World of Warriors: Surprisingly Addictive RPG-Lite Fun.
The same team that created Lineage II is behind Echo of Soul. According to press information, Echo of Soul will launch in Spring 2015 in both North America and the European Union. To celebrate the announcement, the team released a teaser trailer. Check it out!
Last week we had our first impressions of Deck 13’s Lords of the Fallen, an obvious homage the punishingly difficult action RPG Dark Souls. In our final review we explore the ups and downs of the game now that we’ve had time to finish it, and while it never really reaches Dark Souls heights, fans of the genre will likely find a lot to love. Read on for the full review.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Lords of the Fallen: A Beautiful Homage that Needs Polish.
This week, Star Wars: the Old Republic announced the end of PVP Season Three to coincide with the launch of Game Update 3.0: Shadow of Revan. They also announced three tiers of rewards based on the Rating players will acquire during the season of play. Today, we'll take a look at the game's PVP options and see where the fun is.
Read more of Jean Prior's Star Wars: The Old Republic: To PvP or to Not PvP? That is the Question.
After a promising testing period, WildStar’s third content update will soon be going live. Along with a ton of new content, Carbine’s also been working hard on a number of ‘quality-of-life’ updates to the MMO. For this week’s column, Gareth Harmer took a tour of the upcoming patch with Content Designer Morgan Brown.
Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: Facing the Black Focus.
Just before writing this article, I finally hit level 65 in RIFT: Nightmare Tide, and I couldn’t be happier to get that whole leveling thing out of the way. From level 60 to 64, my leveling experience with Nightmare Tide had been extremely positive. Things were moving quickly, but not so quickly as to undermine the achievement of gaining a level. Quests were fun and engaging, so much so that I think a lot of them are going to stick with me for quite some time. Like milking a giant praying mantis for “nightmare juice” (or at least that’s what I called it).
Read more of TheHiveLeader's Rift: Nightmare Tide Review in Progress #2.
MMORPG.com has partnered with the Allods Team and My.com to give away 100 keys granting access to the Skyforge beta weekend event taking place between November 13-16.
Entering the sweepstakes is simple: all you need to do is go here and submit your entry. Entries will be accepted through Monday, November 10. Winners will be selected randomly from the pool and announced on Tuesday, November 11, with keys and download instructions to be distributed on the same day.
Remember, once you've submitted your entry, logging in to your MMORPG.com each day will earn you an additional chance to win.
Players looking for a new multiplayer building experience will want to check out Trion's Trove which has entered its open beta stage of development. Players are invited to download Trion's "Glyph" platform and give Trove a try.
Community created content provides the magic in this voxel universe, where Trovians unite to make use of the humble cube to explore, craft, and create anything they see fit. Gamers can play as a Knight, Gunslinger, Fae Trickster, Neon Ninja, Dracolyte, and - coming very soon - a Candy Barbarian to journey through a multitude of dungeons, gather up that loot, and create new powerful items.
Check out the Trove site.
The R2 Games team has sent out a quick preview of how blacksmithing will work in Stormthrone, its forthcoming MMO. Players will be able to create, gem, enchant, imbue and upgrade armor, then destroy it for components if needed.
Here you'll find seven tabs, each allowing you to empower your gear in a different way.
- Forge: this directly boosts the stat bonuses provided by a piece of gear. It costs only gold and easily available materials. Offers a great bang for the buck.
- Upgrade: this multiplies the basic stats and the stat bonuses of a piece of gear. You'll need Upgrade Stones.
- Gems: socket different gems to get different stat bonuses.
- Imbue: this gives new stat bonuses to a piece of gear. You can get materials easily by recycling other gears.
- Enchant: this unlocks powerful special attack effects (e.g. daze, HP drain). Once unlocked, they'll always be there, even if you switch to better gears. You'll need to get your hands on Enchantment Manuals though.
- Craft: nothing feels better than crafting your very own gear! Explore and hunt around Aeos for blueprints and materials.
- Recycle: got piles of gear that you don't need but can't auction away? How about converting them all into materials?
Master blacksmithing, and the power is yours!
Find out more on the Stormthrone site.