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The Overwatch Archives event returns today

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:02 GMT Blizzard has kicked off the Overwatch Archives 2021 event, and you can expect new weekly challenges, missions, and skins.The new skins for the Overwatch Archives event include five legendary offerings for Tracer, Widowmaker, Soldier: 76, Genji, and Zarya. These are earned through Archives loot boxes. There are also three new epic skins for Mercy, Lucio, and Zenyatta which are earned through weekly challenges.Of course, you can also expect new player icons and sprays.Below is the full breakdown of the event.Weekly Challenges are back: New Reward System Instead of winning 9 games, you’ll…

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Diablo 2: Resurrected’s first alpha test is this weekend

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 19:37 GMT The first alpha test for Diablo 2: Resurrected will take place this weekend.Blizzard has announced that the Diablo 2: Resurrected single-player technical alpha on PC will begin this Friday, April 9, at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK. A limited selection of players who opted-in for technical alpha will be chosen randomly for access and will receive instructions on how to participate over email in the coming days. The technical alpha will end for testers on Monday, April 12, at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm UK.During the tester, participants will be able to choose from…

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Diablo 4 features enemy camps you can sack, interesting PvP, and customizable mounts

At BlizzConline 2021, the Diablo 4 team discussed enemy camps, the open-world, mounts, and PvP.In a What’s Next segment for Diablo 4, the development team showed off the Rogue class a bit more, and also discussed open-world aspects of the game as well as PvP.According to Blizzard, there will be plenty of exploration in the open-world, and with an open-world, the team can dive into how Sanctuary fits together, like the player being able to ride from Scosglen to the Fractured Peaks using mounts.One of the cools things about mounts, is there will be different horse breeds and other mounts you…

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Overwatch 2 features “hundreds” of Hero Missions, character dialogues, updated hero looks, dynamic maps, more

Blizzard has provided more information on Overwatch 2 as promised.Plenty of Overwatch 2 information was dropped yesterday after the BlizzConline 2021 opening ceremony in a separate segment.In it, the Overwatch 2 team provides a first look at some new locations players will travel to in the upcoming sequel, including Rome, which is the setting for a map in the new Push mode, and the New York City of Overwatch’s future Earth.You are also given a look at the evolving new looks for heroes from the original Overwatch, including McCree, Pharah, Reaper, and Widowmaker. Expect some to look a bit techier,…

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Hearthstone expansion Forged in the Barrens is the first expansion for Year of the Gryphon

A new Hearthstone expansion is on the way, and it’s called Forged in the Barrens, and it will be the first released for what’s being called the Year of the Gryphon.During the BlizzConline 2021 opening ceremony, Blizzard announced the latest expansion for Hearthstone.Coinciding with the start of the Year of the Gryphon is the launch of the new Hearthstone Core Set, which replaces the existing Basic and Classic sets with a curated selection of 235 cards, including new and previously released. This will reinvigorate the game for both existing players and newcomers. Launching alongside the Core set is the new…

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Diablo 2: Resurrected announced for PC and consoles, will feature cross-progression

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 19 February 2021 23:01 GMT Diablo 2: Resurrected has been announced, and you can sign up for the PC alpha. As everyone suspected it would, Blizzard announced Diablo 2: Resurrected, which is a full HD remaster of the original and in 3D form. This is the definitive remastering of Diablo 2 and its Lord of Destruction expansion. You can expect dynamic lighting, revamped animations and spell effects in up to 4K resolution, and all 27 minutes of the game’s classic cinematics have been remade shot-for-shot. The soundtrack has also been reinvigorated to support Dolby 7.1 surround…

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Diablo 4’s latest class reveal is the Rogue

A reimaging of one of the first classes to grace the series, the Rogue, has been revealed for Diablo 4.Announced during BlizzConline 2021’s opening ceremony, the Diablo team showed off the latest class for Diablo 4: the Rogue, which is the fourth class to be revealed for the game alongside the Barbarian, Druid, and Sorceress. That leaves just one more to be announced.The Rogue is a flexible class, and the game will let you create the kind you want to play. You can customize the look, playstyle, and background of the character. This is the first footage of the game…

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Blizzard Arcade Collection out now for PC and consoles

After a PEGI listing revealed the Blizzard Arcade Collection earlier today, Blizzard has officially announced it.Blizzard Arcade Collection contains the first Lost Vikings, Rock n’ Roll Racing, and Blackthorne. All three titles were released during the 90s.It is out now on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One with quality of life updates. It will also be playable on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S via backwards compatibility.The collection retails for $19.99 and is available now.The Blizzard Arcade Collection games come in both Original Editions and upgraded Definitive Editions. Each version features enhancements such as custom key mapping and the ability to…

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Blizzard Arcade Collection coming to PC and consoles

After a PEGI listing revealed the Blizzard Arcade Collection earlier today, Blizzard has officially announced it.Blizzard Arcade Collection contains the first Lost Vikings, Rock n’ Roll Racing, and Blackthorne. All three titles were released during the 90s.It is coming to PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One with quality of life updates. It will also be playable on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S via backwards compatibility.The collection retails for $19.99 and is available now.The Blizzard Arcade Collection games come in both Original Editions and upgraded Definitive Editions. Each version features enhancements such as custom key mapping and the ability to rewind…

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands update Chains of Domination takes you to the Jailer’s domain

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 19 February 2021 22:31 GMT Chains of Domination is the upcoming first major content update for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, and today, Blizzard provided more details on it, even though the leak yesterday outed most of it.In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Chains of Domination,  players will delve into new depths of the Jailer’s domain. Here, they will seek to understand the true nature of his plans.Backed by the four Covenants, the Horde and the Alliance will take the fight to the seat of the Jailer’s power. But he has a “cruel instrument of despair” conscripted…

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World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic takes you to the Outlands to stop the Burning Legion

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 19 February 2021 22:26 GMT World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic has been announced by Blizzard after yesterday’s leak.World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic content will be rolled out in phases this year.Originally released in January 2007, The Burning Crusade takes players to the Outland to stop the Burning Legion. This year, Blizzard’s recreation of the first World of Warcraft expansion will take you back to the Outland where reavers roam Hellfire Peninsula.You will also traverse the swamps of Zangarmarsh and clash with the Burning Legion in the Black Temple.This expansion brought with it the Blood…

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Watch the BlizzConline 2021 opening ceremony here

BlizzCon takes place entirely online this year, and you can watch the opening ceremony right here along with us.During the BlizzConline 2021 opening ceremony, we fully expect to hear more about Diablo 4, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch 2, and Diablo: Immortal.It all kicks off at 10pm GMT/2pm PT/5pm ET today.Blizzard has teased the reveal of a new class for Diablo 4, so we’re looking forward to hearing all about it. As far as Diablo Immortal is concerned, rumor has it the studio will reveal a release date for the mobile title which recently received a limited alpha. We might…

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BlizzCon leak outs World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic, details on Shadowlands update Chains of Dominion

Blizzard press materials have leaked ahead of BlizzCon 2021 tomorrow, and reveal what’s next for World of Warcraft players.According to the leaks posted on WoW Head, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic is coming, and details on the upcoming Shadlowlands patch, Chains of Domination, have been revealed.Burning Crusade content will be rolled out in phases. Originally released in January 2007, Burning Crusade takes players to the Outland to stop the Burning Legion. This expansion brought with it the Blood Elf for the Horde, and Draenei for the Alliance, so you will soon be able to roll these races again in Classic….

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Blizzard reveals full BlizzCon 2021 schedule

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 20:29 GMT What to expect from the digital event has been posted.Blizzard has posted the schedule for BlizzCon, which will take place entirely online this year. You can tune in to watch the show entirely free on February 19 and 20.As you know, the opening ceremony kicks off at 10pm GMT/2pm PT/5pm ET on Friday, February 19, with a look at some of the upcoming content that Blizzard has in development.After that, you will be able to turn into different channels to find out everything else the studio has planned.For WoW fans, on…

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 developer Vicarious Visions merged into Blizzard

Vicarious Visions, the studio responsible for the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, has been merged into Blizzard by Activision – and could be working on a Diablo 2 remake.Activision Blizzard confirmed the merge to GI.biz stating that the Vicarious Visions team of around 200 employees will now work for Blizzard and will be “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives.”This means the studio will no longer be a lead developer when it comes to game creation.“After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for [Vicarious…