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World of Warcraft: Legion has an official release date

Blizzard has revealed the release date for World of Warcraft's next big expansion, Legion.

It's been a while since some good news about World of Warcraft got out, it's a nice change.

Legion was shown at BlizzCon 2015 and a beta was available for a while, but now the release date for the expansion is out, and Legion rolls out August 30, 2016, just in time for the long summer break to end for everyone in school.

Legion picks up where Warlords of Draenor left off; The Burning Legion is invading Azeroth and it's an all around not a good time for anyone. The new expansion ups the level cap to 110, adds a new class, a whole new story, and much more.

The Standard Edition will cost $50 while the Digital Deluxe edition will cost $70, the Standard will be available in both digital and physical stores and an option to upgrade to Digital Deluxe later on. A Collectors Edition will also be released with items like a hardcover art book, behind the scenes Blu-ray/ DVD, a soundtrack CD, and a Legion mouse pad.

Those who pre-purchases Legion get the following:

  • Early access to the new Demon Hunter class before the expansions release
  • A level 100 boost
  • The "Illidari Felstalker" mount
  • The "Nibbles" pet
  • A Heroes of the Storm "Felstalker" Mount
  • Starcraft II portraits
  • Diablo III wings and helm

Blizzard give hope for vanilla World of Warcraft servers after Nostalrius shutdown

After Blizzard decided to shutdown the private vanilla World of Warcraft server Nostalrius there has been some rumbling in the WoW community. Blizzard has broken their silence on the server shutdown.

Many viewed private WoW servers as a harmless thing that could coexist with the full WoW game, so when Blizzard shut it down it started a whole lot of commotion.

During the shutdown the community had in-game suicide pacts and met their fate in a rain of fire. After that the Lizard Squad DDoSed all of Blizzard's games, hacked some employees and leaked their personal information in attempt to make a point. Following that, former WoW Team Lead Mark Kern said thet he would personally hand over a petition to Blizzard on creating legitimate Legacy Servers.

Finally, Blizzard has opened up to speak on this somewhat infected matter.

After the Nostalrius shutdown they have been monitoring the situation closely and have been listening to what the community really wants. They have not been ignoring the fans in this matter.

J. Allen Brack, Executive Producer and Senior Vice President at Blizzard Entertainment, took the Blizzard forums and said "Our silence on this subject definitely doesn’t reflect our level of engagement and passion around this topic. We hear you."

Brack went on to explain that they have had many and long internal discussions on the matter of vanilla servers and on how to implement them in a way that the community would enjoy. Vanilla servers would take a long time and a lot of work for Blizzard, unfortunately, the developers cannot punch a button to get a vanilla server started.

When it comes to the Nostalrius shutdown, Brack said that they did it to protect their rights. Whenever a company fails to do what it can to protect its rights the harder it will be to protect them in the future. As a company and business they had to do it.

"Failure to protect against intellectual property infringement would damage Blizzard’s rights […] while we’ve looked into the possibility – there is not a clear legal path to protect Blizzard’s IP and grant an operating license to a pirate server. "

The internal talks about vanilla servers have lead to something they call "Pristine Realms" which would be similar to what Nostalrius had. Blizzard even has a concept for these "Pristine Realms":

"In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder. We aren’t sure whether this version of a clean slate is something that would appeal to the community and it’s still an open topic of discussion."

As a further sign that Blizzard is listening to their fans is that they have been talking with "the folks who operated Nostalrius" and they are looking "forward to more conversations with them in the coming weeks". What they are talking about has not been revealed, but there still is a sliver of hope for official vanilla servers.

Brack ended by saying " We thank you for your constructive thoughts and suggestions. We are listening."

Every Heroes of the Storm hero available for a limited time

Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm has almost 50 heroes and over the weekend Blizzard is holding an event that lets gamers try them all for free.

Blizzard announced that starting this Friday at 19:00 CEST all heroes will be available to play and they will be 100% free during that time. From Friday and on Blizzard is also starting a bonus XP event, so from Friday and on everyone will get 50% bonus XP making leveling up your heroes to a respectable level much easier.

Gamers don't need to do anything special to partake in these two events, they just need to log onto Heroes of the Storm and all heroes will be free and they will earn XP 50% faster.

The Unlocked Heroes Weekend will be available in all regions from from April 8, 19:00 CEST (13:00 EDT) to April 11, 19:00 (13:00 EDT). So gamer who hadn't planned anything special for the weekend now have something to look forward to.

Unfortunately this means that Tracer won't be one of the heroes that gamers will get to play for free since she will be added April 19. But all the other heroes like Cho'gall, Lunara, Greymane, King Leoric, Kerrigan, and Falstad will be available.

The Bonus XP Event will be available in all regions from April 8, 19:00 CEST (13:00 EDT) to April 18, 19:00 CEST (13:00 EDT). That means gamers has 10 full days to level up their heroes at a faster rate.

Blizzard is also making the Recruit a Friend program more valuable during the Bonus XP Event giving players who successfully recruits a friend a 50% XP bonus on top of the already added 50% bonus XP for every game you and your newly recruited friend plays together.

These two events held by Blizzard just so happens to coincide with the Battleborn Open Beta, one might think that Blizzard would want to draw away attention from Battleborn in favor for their own game in the same genre, Overwatch…

The next World of Warcraft spinoff is a children’s book series

Developer Blizzard and publishing house Scholastic recently announced World of Warcraft: Traveler, a series of children’s novels set in the WoW universe’s Azeroth.

Penned by comic book author and animation writer Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels), Traveler stars twelve-year-old protagonist Aramar Thorne, the artistic and adventurous son of one of Azeroth’s greatest adventurers. Unfortunate circumstances lead Aram to the ends of Azeroth, from which he must return using only his sketchbook and spirit, and the friends he makes along the way.

“World of Warcraft is a captivating fantasy universe that lends itself to many imaginative and innovative storytelling possibilities,” said Scholastic Vice President Debra Dorfman. “When Blizzard initially approached us about creating an original series for kids, we were not only intrigued but immediately mesmerized. This has truly been a fantastic collaboration and we look forward to sharing this thrilling adventure with boys and girls everywhere.”

The first Traveler book will release in November 2016, with a follow-up due in November 2017. Featuring full-page sketches and cover art by Blizzard artists Samwise Didier and Stephane Belin, the series retains the canon and continuity of WoW and introduces its world to a younger generation.

“What if we crafted a story that was younger, a story from a kid’s point of view?” Blizzard’s James Waugh asked in a promotional video (above). “How would they see the world of Azeroth? That led us to coming up with the Traveler.”

“Traveler teaches me things about Warcraft that I did not see before,” said Blizzard’s Chris Metzen. “It opens me up to Warcraft in a way a single video game doesn’t by itself. So, I’m very thankful for Traveler.”

Source: Scholastic

Via: SiliconAngle 

Former World of Warcraft Team Lead to take Vanilla server petition to Blizzard

Fans of vanilla World of Warcraft have started a petition to get Blizzard to add vanilla servers to World of Warcraft. If the petition gets 200,000 signatures the former WoW Team Lead, Mark Kern, will personally deliver the petition to Blizzard's CEO Mike Morhaime.

To recap: The whole vanilla WoW circus started when one of the biggest private servers, Nostalrius, got shut down via a Cease and Desist letter from Blizzard. When the servers died many players made in-game suicide pacts and met their fate together. After that, someone decided to DDoS all of Blizzards games and servers, making them unusable while also leaking some employees personal information. Lizard Squad claimed to have initiated the DDoS attack and hack, but no external sources has confirmed it.

The latest news in the vanilla server world is that the main team behind Nostalrius have started a petition to show how many people love vanilla WoW and want to play the game prior to all the game changing expansions.

The goal of this petition is to get Blizzard to create "real" vanilla servers that are legal and supported by Blizzard. Mark Kern, former Team Lead for WoW, will personally hand the petition over to Blizzard if it reaches 200,000 signatures. At the time of writing, it has already reached 159,419 signatures.

In an alleged message from Mark Kern on the petition page he said "Mike, I helped build this game for you, I hope you'll hear me out. Support these fans and dedicated gamers."

Maybe someday a real, legit, and Blizzard supported vanilla WoW server will exist. Starting a petition is a way better method to get Blizzard's attention than hacking and DDoSing them.

Leaked Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare cover image reveals Modern Warfare remastered

Well, another day means another Call of Duty leak. This next one from Reddit shows the game cover for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which still hasn't been officially revealed despite being shown on the PlayStation store.

What is even more interesting is that it shows the 'Legacy Edition', which comes bundles with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. It will be a digital download of course, but that is all we know so far. The image comes from a Target reservation card and shows an apparent soldier holding what is clearly an astronaut or dive helmet. Now, this solidifies the idea that the game will take place in space, which we've known since Infinity Ward teased it in a tweet on New Year's day. The helmet is also connected to his suit with a hose, which also leads to believe he's in a low Oxygen environment like space or underwater.

Let's take a closer look at this though, shall we? Even though it comes with Modern Warfare remastered, it is most likely only the campaign. I can't see Activision and Infinity Ward splitting their player base with two MP games, especially when majority of the people will jump into MW remastered for the nostalgia. The Legacy Edition also has no other details, leading me to believe that this will be the only way to get Modern Warfare remastered. 

The image has a release date of November 4th, which is a Friday and not the standard release date of Tuesday. Considering the card is from the United States, it doesn't jive with the normal days of release and adds to the fact that the image could be fake. Whatever though, right? Who cares about the image if we get Modern Warfare Remastered? 

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The Lead Designer for Diablo 3 leaves to join Obsidian

The Lead Designer of Diablo III, Leonard Boyarsky, is leaving Blizzard to join Obsidian Entertainment, creators of Fallout: New Vegas.

The news that Boyarsky was leaving Blizzard came via a few tweets and Facebook posts. At Obsidian Boyarsky will be reunited with Timothy Cain, the duo worked together on Fallout, Fallout 2, and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Boyarsky was also the art director on the original Fallout game.