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March 19, 2014

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is Almost Here

The Prime Evil has been trapped within the Black Soulstone, but before the artifact can be sealed forever Malthael, the Angel of Death, returns to steal the Black Soulstone and use its power for his own ends.

Are you ready to face the Angel of Death? Check out the offical gameplay trailer for Reaper of Souls.

Go anywhere, slay anything. March 25th 2014.

Remember if you pre-order before the 25th you’ll get the following bonus items:

  • The Wings of Valor in Diablo III
  • Unlock Valla the Demon Hunter in Heroes of the Storm

 

For more information and to pre-order your copy of Reaper of Souls vist the Battle.net shop now.

March 15, 2014

WoW Lore Series: Draenor

Map of Outland

Many thousands of years ago there was a solitary planet in the universe unknown to Azeroth of which the Orcs were the native inhabitants. The Orcs lived simple lives, grouped into clans they held a belief in the elemental forces of nature and followed the path of the Shaman. The Orcs needed nothing more. However, fleeing from persuit, a group of aliens known as the Eredar came to the planet and set-up a colony. This group of Eredar called themselves the Draenei and they named the planet Draenor. Led by their prophet Velen, they were a splinter group from the rest of their race who would not serve Sargeras and the Burning Legion, hey had been mercilessly chased by Kil’jaeden, a powerful eredar demon lord, and finally believed that they had found a place where they would be safe. For the most part the Dranei and the Orcs kept a distance from each other, only sometimes meeting to trade in items that they needed. The Dranei, who were talented magic-wielders, kept their main city hidden and the two races co-existed peacefully on the planet.

However, that peace was not to last. Agents of the Burning Legion found Draenor and picked up the tell-tale signs of Draenei magic there, but when Kil’jaeden found out about the Orcs he immediately saw that they had the potential for destruction and wanted to add this race to his army. He cleverly deceived the Orcs into believing that the Draenei were plotting against them by disguising himself as the deceased mate of one of the elder Shamans, Ner’zhul, and so the Orcs fell into his trap, not only would he add them to his Burning Legion, he would use them to take care of Velen and his followers once and for all. Kil’jaeden gave the orcs dark magic, they had never seen such power and eagerly threw away their shamanistic ways, Shamans became Orc Warlocks. Ner’zhul finally realised what was happening, but it was too late, Kil’jaeden stripped him of the power he had bestowed upon him and instead allowed Ner’zhul’s eager apprentice, who craved power, to take his place as leader.Now that Gul’dan was in place, the Pit Lord Mannoroth was instructed to give his blood to the cheftains of the orc clans to drink to show their loyalty to the Burning Legion. Most Orc cheftains drank the blood which caused their minds to be altered and a strange bloodlust decended upon them, with their new power and lust for death and destruction the Orcs destroyed any Dranei in their path and their main city of Shattrath. Many Dranei were killed and many of those who did not fall to the Orcs bloodlust were infected by the fel energy of the new Orc warlocks and became corrupted.

Now hungry for more, Gul’dan with the help of Medivh of Azeroth, who was possessed by Sargeras at the time, opened the Dark Portal linking Draenor and Azeroth. Gul’dan saw a whole new world for the taking and this was exactly what Sargaras wanted. The Orcs went through the Dark Portal and destroyed anything in their path including leaving Stormwind in ruins. This was the first war and the Orcs had triumphed. But their victory was short-lived, the races of Azeroth rallied, the humans, elves and dwarves formed the Alliance of Lordaeron and thus began the second war. In the second war the Alliance pushed back the Burning Legion and attempted to close the Dark Portal, through the efforts of the Alliance it looked like the Portal had been destroyed, however a small tear between the worlds remained that could not be closed.

On the other side of the Dark Portal, now cut off from Azeroth, the clans fought against each other, unable to quell the bloodlust and with no enemies to fight – something had to be done. Ner’zhul, who had been injured during the destruction of the Dark Portal, was visited by the Orc deathknight Teron Gorefiend. Gorefiend had a plan to open more portals on Draenor to other worlds, but he needed two things: Ner’zhul to lead the horde once more and some rare artifacts – from Azeroth. Ner’zhul agreed to the plan and recovered the artifacts, but he was followed back to Draenor by the Alliance who sought to retrieve them, unfortunately the party from the Alliance were too late and Ner’zhul had already started to open portals to other worlds and by doing this Ner’zhul was destroying Draenor, the planet was literally ripping itself apart under the strain. The Alliance could only do one thing, they needed to break the link between Draenor and Azeroth before it was too late and both planets were destroyed. Ner’zhul quickly abandoned the horde and escaped through one of the portals just before the planet was ripped apart sending pieces of the shattered planet to float in the Twisting Nether, the Alliance party sent through the Dark Portal were presumed dead. The bits of Draenor that remained became Outland and though many perished in the destruction, those that survived lived on.

Years later, the Dark Portal between Azeroth and Outland was re-opened, but there was little for anyone in Outland anymore and the draenei were happy to remain on Azeroth with their newfound Alliance allies.

March 12, 2014

Pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor Now and get a Level-90 Character Boost

Warlords of Draenor graphic from battle.net

You know you are going to upgrade to the next World of Warcraft expansion, so why not take advantage of the free character boost now – usually £40.00/$60.00 from the battle.net shop. Be one of the first to play through levels 91-100 and get the added bonus of upgrading all your professions to 600 if you choose to boost a character that is level 60 or higher. The standard edition is priced at £34.99/$49.99 and the digital deluxe edition at £49.99/$69.99

  • Drop into the action at level 90
  • Build and customize your own Garrison
  • All-new character models and animations
  • Unleash powerful new abilities
  • Brave the untamed orc home world of Draenor

 
Upgrade to the Digital Deluxe edition and enhance your adventures in Draenor with epic in-game items including the Dread Raven mount, StarCraft II portraits of Grommash Hellscream and Blackhand and a Diablo III Warsong Pennant.

Boosting a character couldn’t be easier and Blizzard have put together a quick video to show you how:

Warlords of Draenor is expected to release on or before 12/20/2014.

March 12, 2014

Diablo III patch 2.0.3 is now live in Europe

D3 patch graphic from battle.net

Diablo III patch 2.0.3 is now live in Europe. Check out the patch notes below for the latest changes.
Source: battle.net

GENERAL

  • The area of effect for the Fire Trenches in the Halls of Agony now better match their animations
    • There is now a short delay before Fire Trench damage is dealt
  • Followers
    • Enchantress
      • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue where Erosion was causing Electrified to proc too frequently

BOSSES

  • Act Bosses now always drop a rare quality item
  • The Skeleton King no longer drops a Legendary item after using the “Reset Quests” button for level 60 characters
    • This bonus has been moved to Diablo for level 60 characters

CLASSES

  • Wizard
    • Active Skills
      • Hydra
        • Bug Fix: Hydras should now properly dissipate when the owner dies or leaves the game
      • Familiar
        • Increased the internal cooldown attack rate to roughly match the player’s attack speed to a maximum of approximately 2 attacks per second.
      • Magic Weapon
        • Skill Rune – Deflection
          • Added an internal cooldown to the proc rate to be roughly once per attack

CRAFTING

  • Blacksmithing
    • Level 1-60 crafted Legendary and Set pieces now require 2 Fiery Brimstones to craft
    • All low level crafted Legendary and Set pieces now require at least 1 Demonic Essence to craft
    • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue where Legendary crafting recipes were rolling Rare level stats
      • In addition, a pass was made to ensure all Legendary crafted items are rolling with 6 total affixes

ITEMS

  • New Affix: +Max Spirit for Monks
    • This affix rolls on Fist Weapons, Spirit Stones, and Combat Staves

February 22, 2014

Heroes of the Storm in Beta Testing

Powerful warriors from Azeroth, Sanctuary, the Koprulu sector and beyond have been sucked into the Nexus, a trans-dimensional storm. Stranded in the Nexus, these heroes engage in an endless battle for glory and survival.

Heroes Game Screenshot

Heroes of the Storm will be a free-to-play online team brawler for PC and Mac, starring your favourite Blizzard characters. The game is currently in beta testing as of 2014 and although Blizzard do not yet have a release date, they say that they should be in a better position to announce this after beta testing has started.

The game allows you to build and customise heroes from across every Blizzard universe to suit your play style. Team up with your friends and engage in fast-paced action across varied battlegrounds that impact strategy and change the way you play the game. In each match you can select from an array of Blizzard heroes and join a team to battle against enemy players, with the ultimate goal of destroying the enemy base.

Summon all your favourite characters: Thrall, Kerrigan, Diablo, Arthas, Zeratul, Tyrael and others from more than 20 years of Blizzard games. In Heroes of the Storm, players are distinguished through the accomplishments and overall success of their team. Every role is valuable and viable over the course of each match, and every player benefits from each hero takedown and each epic victory they contribute to. The battlegrounds in Heroes of the Storm mix up the experience with a variety of maps and advantages that you can unlock including powerful allies, friendly towns, and valuable vantage points offering multiple paths to victory and that reward teamwork, strategy, and creativity.

Heroes of the Storm Roles

This ‘team brawler’ is now available for beta sign-up via battle.net and for updates about the game and it’s expected release date keep an eye on the official website: http:/www.heroesofthestorm.com. You can also follow the game on Twitter @BlizzHeroes, and on the official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BlizzHeroes.

February 22, 2014

Upgrade to the desktop App for Battle.net

Blizzard Beta Launcher

In the months ahead, the game launchers for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III will be automatically updated to Blizzard’s new desktop app for Battle.net. This update is designed to improve the launcher experience and streamline Blizzard gameplay. But you don’t have to wait until then to check out the new launcher, the open beta test is underway and you can download and install the app now – I would highly recommend doing this, I love the app is absolutely brilliant: http://www.battle.net/en/app/

So, what does this app give you?

Single Sign-On
Log in once to access all your games and stay logged in for up to 30 days, easy.

Install and Auto-Update Games
Install games directly through the app and, you can leave the app running on your desktop and keep them up-to-date automatically even while you’re away from your computer.

Get the Latest News
No need to check elsewhere for the latest news and update information, the app is a central hub for this information. You can filter news based on the games you play.

For more information about the launcher visit: https://eu.battle.net/support/en/article/launcher-update-testing

August 23, 2013

Hot News from Gamescom 2013

TK MMORPG Update PictureIf you’ve never been to Gamescom you are missing out, with the latest in the hardware and software sector it’s one of the years most prominent events. At Gamescom you can immerse yourself in the multi-faceted world of gaming and technology, have fun and experience all the latest game premiers. If you can’t be there, here are a few of the highlights that you might want to check out, as we get more information be sure that we’ll bring it to you here at The Gamers Blog. Here are a few of the announcements so far that I’m particularly excited about.

Tom Clancy’s The Division is coming to the PC
Ubisoft has finally confirmed that The Division is indeed coming to PC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F-Xu1S9wv0#t=12

Firaxis prepare to upgrade XCOM with their Enemy Within expansion
Enemy Within will be available on PC and Mac, while Xbox 360 and PS3 will get the “Commander Edition” that includes a copy of Enemy Unknown and the Slingshot and Elite Soldier content packs. Set in the confines of Enemy Unknown, it’s the same game just with more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4KdSli869U

Diablo 3 unleashes new terrors, in the new expansion, Reaper of Souls
Named after its new lord of darkness, Maltheal, the fallen angel of wisdom who has now become the angel of death. The expansion will add new zones to fight through, a new class called the Crusader and raise the level cap to 70 for all of Diablo 3′s current classes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb7QJwQ58T0

New screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The third game in the excellent Witcher trilogy will conclude Geralt’s story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0i88t0Kacs

Dedicated Servers for Call of Duty: Ghosts
Call of Duty: Ghosts on PC will will once again feature dedicated servers enabling more seamless updates: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxnx3W-HA18

Crytek’s new CryEngine
Now just called ‘CryEngine’ features revolutionary PuddleTech. Crytek’s Carl Jones explains “We have revolutionised many parts of the engine: we have overhauled our entire lighting system, built movie quality character rendering and animation solutions, vastly improved the speed and effectiveness of our Sandbox editor, and even our rendering has changed with tessellation, pixel accurate displacement mapping and now physical based rendering; all of this while maintaining our first principal: that making games should be real-time, all the time.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF1zjDSqPoo

April 10, 2013

Real Time Strategy with Death Inc

Death Inc media image

From some of the minds that brought you LittleBigPlanet, Fable and Burnout comes a pungent re-imagining of the Black Death.http://www.ambientstudios.co.uk/deathinc

Now this sounds like my kind of game! And I’m really happy to champion this fun British made game developed by Ambient Studios describe as ‘a freehand strategy game, a unique mix of real-time strategy, god game and business simulation’. Although the game is still in early development there is a demo version you can download from the Kickstarter website here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/229423802/death-inc and will be coming soon to PC and Mac.

The back story…

The disaffected grim reaper ‘Grim T Livingstone’ decides to strike out on his own and found his own reaping business in bustling 17th Century England, Death Inc. His job is to harvest the souls of the townsfolk, he does this by infecting them with Bubonic plague. Once infected a person rises to be part of the reapers army of the undead – but it’s never that easy, the townsfolk are no pushover and they will fight you tooth and nail. You compete in the game against another company – the Ministry of Mortality, and also against other reapers such as Livingstone with their own reaping businesses.

I can’t help but compare this game to the OS strategy game Pandemic, I remember blogging about it last year as that was a game I really enjoyed. Strangely, it also reminds me a little of World of Warcraft, where the Lich King and frostmorne claimed the souls of the dead raising them to create his own undead army, so I like to think of this game as a kind of pandemic-WoW mashup. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this game develops, follow all the latest news on the Ambient Studios website: http://www.ambientstudios.co.uk/deathinc/.

March 22, 2013

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

hearthstone wallpaper

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft wallpaper available at: http://eu.battle.net/hearthstone/en/media/#wallpaper

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the the upcoming release of a new free-to-play strategy card game for PC, Mac and iPad which will be called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. There will be a hands-on demo at PAX East this weekend, but beta testing is coming soon. To make sure you are ready for the beta just make sure that you sign up for this in your beta profile settings on battle.net.

In the game, players build card decks baed around one of nine WoW character classes (we don’t know what the nine will be as yet out of the available classes here: warrior, paladin, hunter, rogue, priest, death knight, shaman, mage, warlock, monk or druid) and play each other for the chance to win new cards… oh, and for the win, we can’t forget about that! The game is designed so that all players, even if they have never played WoW before, will be able to pick it up and start playing straight away. You will be able to play against the computer in practice matches, pitting your wits against some of the great strategists of Azeroth, and take on your friends via your battle.net friends list. You will also be able to play in two competitive game modes:

Play Mode
A typical head-to-head with a chance to increase your ranking and earn new cards.

The Forge
Players start with a new deck of cards and use that to play other Forge challengers. Players will not only be able to win new cards but add to their collections by buying new card packs or disenchanting existing cards to craft ones that they might be missing.

There will be hundreds of different cards to choose from featuring all your favourite characters from WoW, their spells and weapons, but it will be up to you to build your deck and create winning strategies.

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