Blizzcon 2016: Announcement Roundup!
7th Nov 2016
Blizzard has had one of its most successful years in the gaming industry in 2016. From bringing World of Warcraft one of its most successful expansions till date to Overwatch, a game that has broken all financial records for Blizzard with half a billion dollars in earnings from the game so far. Blizzcon 2016 had some great announcements for gamers for their titles and we can expect all of the new content announced in the coming months.
The first Diablo game is one of the most iconic games in the world. The mysterious theme, the great soundtrack and the insane boss fights made the game turn into a great franchise. If you missed out on the experience then there’s a second chance coming in for you. Diablo III is due to get a patch soon which will add the first installment of Diablo in the Diablo III engine, allowing you to experience the masterpiece yet again! So get ready for the 16 level dungeon and the eight directional player movement. The graphics and soundtrack will be brought back from the original Diablo, allowing you to have the exact same experience.
The Necromancer class is also being added to Diablo III in early 2017 in the ‘Rise of the Necromancer’ character pack. Despite the game aging, there is a lot that’s happening for the game. While a lot of people were expecting Diablo IV to come out, it seems like we have to wait longer!
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Hearthstone is set to get its new expansion early December with 132 new cards, multi class cards including legendaries that work with specific classes. The set announcement so far has been moving away from swingy RNG, has included lots of powerful cards for Priest, an underperforming class and plenty of well designed cards have been announced so far. Pre-orders are up on Battle.net and on the official website.
Heroes of the Storm
HOT S is set to get Varian Wrynn and Ragnaros the Firelord in an upcoming patch. These are two iconic characters from the Warcraft universe and they will be making an impact in the coming months. You can also grab the Oni Genji skin for Overwatch by playing 15 games of HOTS with a friend. The game is also getting a new brawl ‘Blackheart’s Revenge’ soon.
With months and months of waiting, we finally got to see Sombra in action! A character that has been hyped to death finally made and appearance and the initial impressions by the pros and content creators who were at Blizzcon are impressed so far. Sombra has the ability to disrupt enemy abilities, health packs, invisibility and teleportation through a translocator device. Her EMP ultimate discharges electromagnetic energy in a wide radius, destroying enemy barriers and shields and hacking all opponents caught in the blast.
The Overwatch League was also announced, allowing pro players to represent major cities and Blizzard seeks to create the ‘world’s premier esports league’ through the game. Players need to be at the top end of competitive play and league players are guaranteed contracts with baseline minimum salaries and benefits packages. Overwatch is also getting a new Arcade mode allowing players to get loot boxes to ramp up their cosmetics collection.
Google DeepMind and Starcraft II announced collaboration for research on AI. “We’ve worked closely with the StarCraft II team to develop an API that supports something similar to previous bots written with a “scripted” interface, allowing programmatic control of individual units and access to the full game state,” states DeepMind’s blog post. AI researchers seek to implement reinforcement learning techniques to make the AI learn from mistakes by repeatedly playing out scenarios and learn what it should not be doing in specific situations.
World of Warcraft
WoW is getting a new patch allowing players to access the raid ‘Tomb of Sargeras’ and also the ability to fly around the Broken Isles. Before the raid patch, we can expect patch 7.15 which brings back Brawler’s Guild, featuring new bosses and a new currency. The patch is also adding “micro-holidays” and several class updates that add talent diversity, fine tune secondary stats, and add class-specific utilities.
What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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