Blizzard has released the first of what is to be a series of Starcraft 2 battle reports. This video is a match from the alpha version of the game - narrated by lead designer Dustin Browder and e-Sports team member Robert Simpson - in which Matt Cooper and David Kim play a 1-on-1 match as Protoss and Terrran.
Blizzard continues to roll out upgrades across the board ever since the Wrath of the Lich King expansion came out. In fact, the World of Warcraft Armory page was updated today, and it now features stats and information previously unavailable prior to the 3.02 patch.
So the 3.0.2 patch for the World of Warcraft was released by Blizzard yesterday. The patch, called "Echoes of Doom," features all sorts of updates and is furthering along the servers to get ready for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, which is set for release on November 13th.
Blizzard president, Mike Morhaime may have just stoked the fire about their upcoming game, Diablo 3. While it was expected this game would only appear on PCs, we're now hearing buzz it might be released on consoles as well.
Recently at BlizzCon, Morhaime spoke about the game and how each game at Blizzard includes a discussion of appropriate platforms. He said, "As Diablo 3 takes shape, I think we'll do an evaluation. I think there is a pretty good argument to be made that that type of game might work very well on consoles. There might be some technical limitations though that we might need to get past."
Blizzard's new Achievement system has a great many of us curious as to how it will work and if we'll see it as either an improvement or just a nuisance. Thus far we know only a few details about the upcoming Achievements and how they will work.
Jeffrey Kaplan decided to give a few more details about the Achievement points. As always, Blizzard is trying to take the Achievements and improve the way they are done in comparison to existing ones like the Xbox version. One thing they are doing differently is you will be able to track your progression on a particular Achievement.
If you still have a couple friends who are holding out on playing WoW, now is the time to put a bit more peer pressure on them. Once you recruit a friend that signs up for 2 months and puts you down as a reference, you will get a shiny new Zhevra mount.
Blizzard is one of those companies that has a very firm policy on releasing new products. Namely, they release them “when it's done”, rather than setting a release date many months in advance. However, they have broken form and revealed when they are planning to release the latest WoW expansion.
Finally, the official date has been announced as to when tickets for BlizzCon will go up for sale. The lucky ones that will be making their way there can pick them up as of August 11th.
Just in case you've somehow forgotten, it will be October 10th and 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center which is located in Anaheim, CA. The tickets will be sold for $100 a piece, but there is hope for those that can't make it to the convention.