SPOILERS: If you don’t want to know what Blizzard have had to say this year, then this isn’t the article for you. Turn away now. You’ve been warned. If you don’t care and just want to know what was announced, then great, read on!
Every year, Blizzard Entertainment put on a huge show called Blizzcon. It’s a celebration of all of that Blizzard have done, as well as what they’re going to do. From the huge MMO, World of Warcraft, through to Diablo and Overwatch, Blizzcon is always something to look forward to. The cosplays are amazing, the announcements are exciting – and this year is no different. I decided that I’d look at all of the Blizzcon 2018 announcements and see what’s what, as well as providing my personal perspective on the announcements. Share your thoughts with us after you’ve checked this out!
Destiny 2 – Free To Grab Until November 18th
Alright, let’s talk about the first big announcement – When Blizzcon opened, they announced that Destiny 2 is free for everyone permanently on the Blizzard Launcher. Take note that this is the base game only, however that’s still a pretty big deal. If you’ve never heard of, or played any of the Destiny games, it’s a massive First Person Shooter title, which takes you out in space, shooting up baddies gallore. It’s a massive game, with lots of content in it, so seriously, go check this out. If nothing else, don’t say we didn’t warn you that there’s a game for you to go and get!
So uh… Go get it – Or if you’re already a Destiny 2 player, then encourage your friends to get it.
Warcraft III: Reforged
This was the announcement that I loved the most. Similar to how other titles have been remastered, Warcraft 3 is finally getting a remaster, being called Warcraft III: Reforged. The game looks visually stunning! Honestly, it looks great, so if you’re a fan of strategy games, be sure to pick this up when it drops. It’ll be worth it, especially if you’ve never played Warcraft III before. Updated looks and hopefully smoother gameplay (although the game always did play well!)
World of Warcraft Vanilla
On the one hand, this one was going to happen – And I’m glad it’s finally happening. World of Warcraft Vanilla gives subscribers to World of Warcraft the ability to play on “Vanilla” servers, allowing them to relive the days of the base game. This means the raids will be limited to the likes of Molten Core through to Naxxramas. This also will, presumably, require 40-man raids to be formed again. Very cool for fans who loved the original game.
At the moment, details are a little sketchy, as they state people who have a subscription gets access to the game. The question on my mind right now is: Why would we pay a subscription to a game that’s already completely finished? This is just my thought, I don’t know if there is going to be a subscription for it, but I’ll look out for more information on this front!
New Overwatch Hero, Ashe
Overwatch fans will be rejoiced to hear there’s another new addition to the ever expanding roster, Ashe joins the fray. She’s being portrayed as a sort of mid-range shooter, whose damage isn’t huge, but isn’t exactly small either. Her ultimate is something called BOB – But people have been saying she’s pretty tricky to use, so if you’re an expert Overwatch player, expect her trickiness to be precisely what makes her either a valuable or poor pick. Have you had a chance to check Ashe out yet?
My only gripe here is the fact that one of Blizzard’s biggest rivals in Riot Games has a character by the same name; although at least this ‘Ashe’ is their surname!
The most controversial announcement of the weekend comes in the form of Diablo Immortal, a new entry in the Diablo franchise. This is a spinoff as opposed to a main series title, which is great but the fan reaction has been terrible to this so far. Diablo Immortal is a mobile game coming to your iOS and Android devices in the not too distant future. Indeed, people were able to sign up for it right away. This isn’t a particularly thrilling example of what they could do with the Diablo franchise, one that I thoroughly enjoyed as a kid. I hope that it’s a great mobile game, but in all honesty, I’ll reserve judgement until it’s actually released.
New Heroes of the Storm character, Orphea
Heroes of the Storm is now up to its 83rd character, Orphea. She’s not from any of Blizzard’s other franchises, making her the first character exclusive to Heroes of the Storm. It’s interesting they’ve gone down this path, they state she was “Born in the Nexus”. Hopefully she plays well, but Heroes of the Storm has always been a genuinely stellar addition to the MOBA market. Not too long ago, I was talking to Jake and a few friends and we all agree – Heroes of the Storm has one of the easiest entry points to the MOBA scene… If only it kept you drawn in like other MOBAs seem to be able to do. Still, if you’re a fan of HotS, then go and check out Orphea when she’s released!
There were plenty of other smaller announcements, but I think this covers all that you need to know. What did you think of Blizzcon 2018? If you’d like to watch some of it, check out this video released by Blizzard after the event. As ever, share your thoughts in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.