Blizzcon Brings Forth Goodies For All Its Franchises!

By Michelle J. Brohier on Nov 3, 2018

Blizzcon 2018 is currently underway and Blizzard has no intention of pulling any punches with announcements for their franchises straight off the bat! So if you're a fan of at least one work from Blizzard, you can be sure that there's something to look forward to so read on!

Diablo

Diablo Immortal for Mobile


Looks like Diablo has entered the mobile realm with Diablo Immortal. The mobile game will be a MMORPG, with the story set between the events of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III. Pre-registration is now available! Find out more on their website.

Diablo III Eternal Collection on the Nintendo Switch

Excited about the release of Diablo III on the Nintendo Switch? Looks like Blizzard is as well! Diablo III Eternal Collection is now available for the Switch on the Nintendo e-shop and retail outlets. The game comes with some exclusive Switch only goodies such as a Cucco Pet and Triforce Portrait Frame cosmetic, plus the Echoes of the Mask Wings. The Eternal Collection includes Diablo III, Reaper of Souls, and Rise of the Necromancer. The collection is priced at US$59.99 (RM250).

There's also a Collection Bundle for the major fans or collectors out there! The bundle is priced at US$359.99 (RM1500).

World of Warcraft (WoW)

Tides of Vengeance update

Blizzard has released a new cinematic for WoW called Lost Honor, showcasing how the war between the Horde and the Alliance has reached a crucial turning point in Tides of Vengeance. This will the the first major content update for Battle for Azeroth, which will see new content including the Battle of Dazar’alor raid, the Battle for Darkshore warfront, and more.

The launch of WoW Classic

Big news for those who have been waiting! WoW Classic is set to launch next year in the Summer, and it will be included with a World of Warcraft subscription. Lucky BlizzCon attendees can check out the demo, and even those with virtual tickets can access the demo from their own homes until November 8.

For those unaware, WoW Classic is a modern reinterpretation of the relatively safe version of the legendary massively multiplayer online role-playing game, first released in 2004. The goal is to roll back the clock on the game’s lore and allow players to experience the beginning of the franchise all over again. However, fans will benefit from all of the back-end improvements and changes made to the game over the years.

New pet and plushie!

A new pet is now available in WoW and every purchase made is for a good cause! Whomper is a playful baby yeti, and should you choose to adopt this cutie, your purchase will go to Code.org - a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education in schools and increasing particiation by women and minorities. Find out more or get Whomper here!

Warcract III: Reforged

The origin story of Warcraft is coming in 2019! Warecraft III: Reforged is a real-time strategy game that is now available for pre-purchase. The game comes with all new art and animation, 62 single-player missions, a refreshed user interface, an overhauled World Editor, and full Battle.net integration awaits you. Find out more!

Overwatch

New Hero: Ashe

A new hero joins the fray! Meet Elizabeth Caledonia “Calamity” Ashe, mainly Ashe, a team-based shooter who's part of the criminal underworld. Her weapons/abilities include The Viper, a semi-automatic rifle that fires quick shorts, Dynamite which also lights enemies on fire, Coach Gun where she blasts enemies in front of her and she can summon her trusted omnic sidekick B.O.B.!

Find out more about her here.

McCree Animated Short

As a way to introduce Ashe as well as give McCree his own animated short, Reunion was released. We won't spoil anymore, so watch it!

Want some Lúcio-Oh?

A Kellog's x Overwatch collaboration? Who would have thought! The popular Lúcio in-game spray has become a reality and the cereal will be available for purchase starting in late December at various retailers in the United States. Some lucky attendees at BlizzCon and those visiting Kellogg’s NYC café in Union Square this weekend will be some of the first to boost their breakfast with Lúcio-Oh’s Sonic Vanilla flavor. Looks like those of us in Asia will have to make some special orders to get a taste of this.

Hearthstone

New expansion!

On December 4, Rastakhan's Rumble and Rumble Run will be launched as part of the game's new expansion! For Rastakhan's Rumble, the game will pit players against the finest troll gladiators Azeroth can muster. In the single player mode, Rumble Run, players will choose a troll champion and climb the ranks to be crowned champion. Rumble Run is free for all players, no pre-built decks are required for entry.

Those who are keen can pre-purchase Rastakhan's Rumble card packs via two bundles: a 17-pack Challenger’s Bundle that includes the Ready to Rumble! card back, and the 50-pack Rumble Bundle that includes the King Rastakhan Shaman Hero and the Ready to Rumble! card back. These one-time-only bundles are available on any platform for $19.99 (around RM80) and $49.99 (around RM200), respectively and players can purchase each bundle only once per account. Find out more here.

Heroes of the Storm (HotS)

New Hero: Orphea

HotS has also revealed a new hero with Orphea, the first ever Nexus-born Hero! She is the heir of Raven Court and daughter of the nefarious Raven Lord and is an approachable ranged Assassin with a high skill cap who rewards opportunistic plays. Those who are attending BlizzCon or are Virtual Ticket holders will get Orphea for free when she makes her way to the Nexus in Blizzard’s fast-paced MOBA later this month.

Match quality updates and community content

The 2019 Gameplay Update is coming to Heroes of the Storm! The goal is to make games feel closer and more competitive, which is why there will be exciting new changes to the experience system and matchmaking. The Heroes team is also paying homage to some of the community’s most hotly requested items by adding Skins like Janitor Leoric, the Kevin Johnson aka Cloaken announcer, and more!

StarCraft II

Introducing Zeratul

Prepare to strike from the shadows with the next Commander for StarCraft II’s popular Co-Op mode: Zeratul, the renowned psionic assassin. By collecting powerful artifacts, Zeratul unlocks powerful new capabilities and the ability to customize his global top bar abilities.

War Chest integrating with Twitch

For the first time ever, the War Chest will integrate directly with Twitch to reward players for watching StarCraft II. Players can unlock exciting in-game content like player portraits, sprays, emoticons, banners, and for the first time ever, building skins. Be sure to find out more!

There's bound to be more exciting news coming out of BlizzCon so follow us on Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram to keep yourself updated!

Michelle J. Brohier
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