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Very little information ever came out about Blizzard's now defunct project Titan. All we really know is that it was an MMO that was allegedly larger than World of Warcraft. Blizzard is so tight lipped about Titan even to this day, simply because they don't like talking about it.
"You had a really amazing group that was working on Titan," said Designer Jeff Kaplan. "They were really talented individuals, but we failed horrifically in every way … In every way that a project can fail. It was devastating."
The folks over at Gamespot are currently running a series on the creation of Overwatch, leading up to the game's release. This is important because Titan's failures have a tremendous impact on the design of Overwatch.
Overwatch hasn't been without its fair shair of problems either. Fortunately, those are more due to fan reaction than any skeleton lurking in the game's development closet.
Blizzard pulls the plug on vanilla World of Warcraft server Nostalrius with a cease and desist letter
World of Warcraft is probably the biggest videogame ever created with millions of fans worldwide. Even if you are like me and have never played it, you still know how big the game is. Some of World of Warcraft's millions of fans don't want to play the game with any expansions, they want to play the game like it was back in the day when they started.
When World of Warcraft started getting expansions there were fans who still wanted the 'vanilla' experience they paid for, but could no longer access. That's when vanilla servers were created to let players experience the game like it was when it first came out without all the added features that made the game more casual and less hardcore.
Nostalrius was one of the biggest vanilla serves with PvP, PvE, and The Burning Crusade servers and many enjoyed playing on them. Blizzard was not enjoying that since the numbers of active paying players slowly but steadily dropped and the vanilla servers were private servers and the players didn't pay any subscription fees to Blizzard. So now they decided to shutdown one of the biggest servers.
The Nostalrius team are not going PvP Blizzard in court about this and they wrote "Yesterday, we received a letter of formal notice from US and French lawyers, acting on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment, preparing to stand trial against our hosting company OVH and ourselves in less than a week now. This means the de facto end of Nostalrius under its current form."
The servers are going down by the end of the week "all related servers will be definitively shutdown at 23:00 server time on the 10th of April 2016, if our hosting company keeps the server online for that long."
With the server shutdown Nostalrius wrote an open letter to Blizzard to explain and show why the vanilla community exists and that all they wanted was to re-live the glory days of vanilla WoW. They are also urging the rest of their community to send this open letter to Blizzard. But if Blizzard really wanted a vanilla community then they could have created their own vanilla servers a long time ago, instead they are focusing on new updates and a Warcraft film. But who knows, maybe at BlizzCon 2016 they will address the vanilla community in some way.
So if you are a Nostalrius player you have until April 10 23:00 server time, this Sunday, to say goodbye to all of your server friends that you may never find again. After that, they will pull the plug on the servers.
The Blizzard legacy and vanilla server circus just keeps on going. The latest is that Blizzard has invited former World of Warcraft Team Lead Mark Kern and the Nostalrius team to a private meeting.
When Blizzard shutdown the private server Nostalrius the whole WoW community started rumbling, including former WoW Team Lead Mark Kern. The former Blizzard developer sent an open letter to Blizzard asking them to reconsider legacy servers aruging that they were a piece of gaming history. It seems like Mark Kern's open letter video got to Blizzard.
Mike Morhaime himself, one of Blizzard's co-founders, has invited Mark Kern and the Nostalrius team to Blizzard HQ, but what they are going to talk about is still a secret. Though talks about legacy WoW should be expected to be on the agenda.
The qustion is, will Blizzard try and convince both Kern and the Nostalrius team the their "Pristine Realms" are a better idea or will they try and get the Nostalrius guys to make legit legacy WoW?
The Nostalrius team has promised to keep us all updated on what goes down at Blizzard HQ. Until then we just have to wait and see what happens.
I'm pleased to tell you that Mike has replied, and we are meeting in the next couple weeks when our schedules align! @NostalBegins
— Mark Kern (@Grummz) 29 april 2016
@Blizzard_Ent is willing to meet us in their campus! An announcement is coming this weekend! pic.twitter.com/TnddNoSm3N
— NostalriusBegins (@NostalBegins) 29 april 2016
Lizard Squad claims responsibility Blizzard DDoS attack; employee personal information leaked, games offline
Blizzard recently experienced a DDoS attack that shutdown all of their games and servers. In addition to that, rumor has it that one of the employees got all of his personal information spread.
Blizzard went and made themselves enemies with the Vanilla community when they decided to shutdown one of the biggest private Vanilla serves, Nostalrius. It was well within Blizzards rights to do so and most of the players knew that the day would come when their servers would be no more. On the day of the server shutdown many of the Nostalrius community decided to make in-game suicide pacts or to meet their faith together as a community. It looked like an honorable end for this particular Vanilla server, as well as a traditional way to mark the end of a servers life.
There are various Reddit threads showing exactly how many players were upset with the server shutdown.
Last night, Blizzard became the victim of a DDoS attack which took out all of Blizzards games and notorious hacker group, Lizard Squad, is claiming responsibility for the attack. Whether or not it was them has not been confirmed by external sources.
As if a DDoS attack wasn't enough, Lizard Squad also managed to get their hands on personal information for a few Blizzard employees which has begun to be spread across the internet (which we will not link to). From the looks of it, a Blizzard employee's Outlook account was hacked which lead to personal information and contact lists with information about other Blizzard employees being found.
If these events are connected to the Nostalrius shutdown or if the Lizard Squad are the ones responsible for the attacks is not yet confirmed, however the DDoS attack has been.
There is no solid proof that this had anything to do with the Nostalrius shutdown, something the community on Reddit are doing their best to convey.
Players jump off in-game cliff as Vanilla World of Warcraft server 'Nostalrius' officially shut down
It is done. The plug has been pulled. Nostalrius, one of the biggest World of Warcraft (WoW) Vanilla servers is officially dead.
Blizzard earlier sent a Cease and Desist letter to those behind the WoW vanilla server Nostalrius giving them until 23:00 April 10, server time, to shut down their servers. Otherwise, the server users would have to PvP Blizzard in court, something the Nostalrius team wasn't up to.
Some almost heartbreaking pictures and a videos of the final moments of Nostalrius have surfaced. The pictures shows how hundreds of players didn't want to wait for the inevitable demise of their beloved characters and friends so they made in-game suicide pacts. They went to on a march from Orgimmar to Thunderbluff to jump off a cliff and die.
Thousands of other players decided to die together, united as a community, when the servers got shutdown (of course, in-game). They met up and said their final words while fire was raining down. The silence that ensued when the servers got taken down was surely deafening.
More than a few Nostalrius players have voiced their opinions about the server shutdown and it is safe to say that the Vanilla community isn't happy with Blizzard.
Nostalrius is no more. About 800,000 accounts have been lost. It is the end of an era.
Overwatch is hosting yet another beta, and this time even more players will be allowed to participate. All of the 21 characters will be available as well as three different maps.
Blizzard's upcoming FPS game, Overwatch, has hosted a few closed betas in the past, but over the weekend even more players will get to try the game. The beta is from 9:00am PT (12:00PM ET) April 15 through 9:00pm PT April 16 (12:00AM ET April 17), and only PC players will get to participate.
This will beta will be used by Blizzard to stress test the servers and its hardware, they have also asked for feedback on how the game handles an increased amount players. Blizzard has warned beta participants that they will probably experience problems during the test, after all, that is what betas are for.
Those who participated in previous betas and want to join in on this stress test beta can either reinstall their Overwatch launcher or log onto their Battle.net account and choose to opt-in for the beta. If you are selected to join the beta you will get an e-mail informing you, but an Overwatch license may appear in on your Battle.net account before the e-mail arrives. Just click the install button and Overwatch will be ready to play.
Overwatch will get a console beta later in May, before the game itself launches May 24.
With Blizzard hosting a beta for Overwatch and a Bonus XP event in Heroes of the Storm it almost looks like they are trying to draw away the attention from Battleborn's beta.
The next big Hearthstone expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, launches next week, and if you play during the launch week you have the chance to earn 13 FREE card packs from the new expansion!
According to VG24, Blizzard took to a livestream to reveal that along with Whispers of the Old Gods releasing next week players can get 10 packs from the new expansion through various quests during the release week.
Five packs can be obtained through a special launch quest. The quest has the player win two games in Standard mode, the new ranked mode where players can't use older cards. Players who complete another special launch quest by winning seven more games of Standard mode get five more Whispers of the Old Gods packs.
If winning turns out to be too hard, then Blizzard is also giving away three free packs just for logging in during the launch week.
That means players can get up to 13 free packs!
Overwatch will be Blizzard's first shooter and they have enlisted help from Treyarch to make the console version of the game as smooth as possible. Like 'Dirty' Harry Callahan said in Magnum Force, "A man's got to know his limitations."
Blizzard realized their limitations and enlisted fellow Activision studio Treyarch, developers of the Call of Duty: Black Ops series, to help with things like their aim assist and other features and mechanics.
Overwatch's assistant game director Aaron Keller told Gamesradar that "We actually worked with some of the Treyarch guys to make sure our aim assist [on controllers] felt really good".
This isn't the first time that Blizzard has collaborated with other Activision studios, in fact, there has been quite a lot of intellectual exchange, both when it comes to creative ideas and practical things like engines or gameplay mechanics.
"We collaborated with the Destiny team, when they were building Destiny they wanted to talk to some of the people at World of Warcraft to see how they made some of their content. And we've gone to Treyarch a number of times and talked to them, whether it's about some of their guts of the engine features, or whether it's about tuning changes. And they've come out and looked at some of our stuff, too."
Keller also said that the bigger Overwatch updates, not bug fixes and such, will roll out fairly close on all platforms, so there is no reason to worry that Blizzard will give PC all the cool stuff while the consoles are stuck with an older version of the game, like Valve did with Team Fortress 2. But like Blizzard has mentioned before, the game will be balanced separately on PC and consoles, making Overwatch the best game it can be on every platform it is released on.
Overwatch launches on May 24.
The hype for the Warcraft movie is real. Legendary's epic movie releases on June 10 and now they have started releasing short character trailers. First up is Durotan from the Frostwolves.
"The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home."
This is where it all began, this is before Warcraft and World of Warcraft. These are the events that forever changed Azeroth.
There will surely be more of these character trailer before the release of the Warcraft movie.
Blizzard’s decision to remove the over-the-shoulder “butt pose” from Overwatch character Tracer’s repertoire of celebratory emotes gave the hornet’s nest that is sexism in gaming a swift kick. Some called it an improvement, and some called it bowing to social pressure. Blizzard called it a chance to make better animation.
Black Desert Online developer Daum Games called it a golden opportunity for an April Fools’ joke.
“We have announced today that Black Desert Online will get special butt post victory animations in the new Crimson Battlefield PvP mode, which was added as part of the Media expansion earlier this week,” the studio said on Facebook.
“The first series of butt pose animations will be added during next weeks’ maintenance and will be made available at no additional cost. A wider range of optional butt pose animations will be made available through the cash shop at a later stage.”
Naturally, the post’s headlining image shows a Berserker—a hulking class of melee-based ogres—sporting suspiciously colored tights.