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BlizzCon 2018 News And Announcements: Diablo, Overwatch, WoW, And Warcraft Reveals

All the big news from Blizzard's opening ceremony.

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Blizzard's annual fan convention, BlizzCon 2018, took place this past weekend. Friday brought with it the opening ceremony, which effectively serves as a press conference for the company where it tends to make many of its big announcements for the year. The ceremony started out with a heartwarming moment as former Blizzard president Mike Morhaime, a fixture of these events, spoke to the crowd before handing things off to his successor, J Allen Brack.

Below, we've also rounded up all of the major news Blizzard has shared. This included a new Diablo game for mobile, WoW Classic news, the next Hearthstone expansion, and much more.

New Heroes Of The Storm Character

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Heroes of the Storm is expanding with a wide variety of content, much of which is coming in 2019. But most notable among the game's BlizzCon reveals was that of a new character, Orphea. Significantly, she is an original character for HotS--the very first one to be designed for the game, rather than being imported from another of Blizzard's franchises.

Destiny 2 Goes Free On PC (For Now)

Just prior to the opening ceremony, Activision announced that Destiny 2 on PC--which is available through Blizzard's Battle.net client--is now free to download. This isn't a permanent change, but if you claim it before it returns to its regular price, you can keep it permanently. You'll need to buy the Forsaken DLC to make the most of it, but it's still a nice freebie.

Lúcio-Ohs

During the pre-opening ceremony segment, Blizzard confirmed it is indeed set to release a breakfast cereal based on Overwatch in partnership with Kellogg's. It plays on a joke from the game itself and is called Lucio-Ohs. You can get a look at it in the video below.

WoW Classic Release

World of Warcraft Classic is playable for BlizzCon attendees, and a demo is on the way for Virtual Ticket holders. For everyone else, WoW Classic will release in Summer 2019. It'll be available with a standard WoW subscription.

New WoW Cinematic

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The Horde-Alliance feud has seen some real twists and turns of late, and that will only continue going forward. Blizzard revealed a brand-new WoW cinematic that sees a new partnership being forged; check it out above.

New Overwatch Animated Short And Character -- Hero 29, Ashe

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Following an entertaining talk with Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan, the game's newest animated short premiered. "Reunion" centered around McCree and a new rival of his named Ashe (who's accompanied by a large robot named Bob who wears a tiny hat). It culminates in McCree rescuing a female robotic character named Echo to whom he says, "Welcome back, partner." It seems as if her, Ashe, and Bob could all be new characters, which Kaplan acknowledged afterward. Sure enough, Ashe was confirmed as Hero 29, with Bob functioning as her Ultimate.

Ashe's Abilities, Play Style, And History Detailed

Following the BlizzCon 2018 opening ceremony, Blizzard held the Overwatch: What's Next panel and went into detail about the character, specifically her story, the design ethos behind her creation, and how she plays. From what we've seen so far, the leader of the Deadlock gang will mix up the existing rhythms of gameplay in a big way. Here's all the details you need on Ashe.

Warcraft 3: Reforged

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Blizzard has revealed its next remaster project, and it's the last Warcraft RTS. Warcraft 3: Reforged is a remaster of Reign of Chaos, featuring improved graphics, a revamped UI, 4K support, and more.

Hearthstone Expansion Rastakhan's Rumble Announced

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The next Hearthstone expansion has been revealed as Rastakhan's Rumble. It includes a new keyword, Overkill, and introduces a wide variety of new cards.

Diablo Immortal

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Rather than new content for Diablo III or another port of the game, Blizzard's news for the franchise involved a totally new game for mobile called Diablo Immortal. It features the same style of gameplay the series is known for, but adapted for mobile.

StarCraft 2 Gets New Co-Op Commander

StarCraft II is adding yet another co-op commander: Zeratul. We don't know much about him yet, but Blizzard says that "by collecting powerful artifacts, Zeratul unlocks powerful new capabilities and the ability to customize his global top bar abilities."

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What we wanted:

Diablo 2 LoD remastered

Warcraft 4 set after the events of Frozen Throne

Possibly move StarCraft over to MMO realm, kind of like a Planetside-esque setting

What we got:

mobile Diablo and some cereal

lul

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@Hagan: Agreed but what about Diablo 1 remastered?

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@ChrisAnetkaC: No issue with a D1 remaster, but a D2 remaster is definitely more requested.

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@ChrisAnetkaC: This one yeah

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I think D2 would benefit more from a remaster, it did make a lot of improvements over the first game.

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Releasing a breakfast cereal that is horribly unhealthy to kids who already have ADD from playing too many twitch FPS games is pretty heinous imho. INB4 people start updating their diabetes goals for 2019.

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As far as the mobile Diablo goes they can do what they want with it even though I may not touch it. Yes, Blizzard has changed since Activision acquired them so they dance to someone else beat and not their own. I do not know if it was for the better or for the worse. Who knows they may be working and then again they may not because we only can receive info they give us. I am kind of interested about Warcraft 3 Reforged and want to know more about it before making an judgement. As far as D3 goes it is just okay and not as fun as D2 was for me Imho and I hear crickets when some people and myself ask about the remaster of D2.

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Blizzcon is a shadow of its former self.

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What happened to blizzard?

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People don't get it how easy these remaster or Y reforged Y think, i's same pogrom who create heroes of storm, also warcraft 3 relay, what new about!? why not warcraft 4, so in the end nothing new, and diablo phone! another achiev from blizzard pot it on there list.

Next year ripmaster Starcraft 1

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@wtf_damn: wtf did I just read...

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@BoxOfPocky: sounds like a Blizzard employee

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@BoxOfPocky: www.Your70.com

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@wtf_damn: they already did a SC1 remaster

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@xantufrog: no not that lol one, one same as heros of strom and w3 reforgd graphics

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@wtf_damn: you mean a remake. But the sc1 remaster is actually a huge improvement if you haven't checked it out

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@xantufrog: kk, i guess you don't get what i mean about bliZzzzcon games, take this, Wow classic will released on 2019!

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@wtf_damn: I have no idea what you are talking about now. I was trying to have a conversation about your point about SC1. Never mind

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@xantufrog: I know it's hard to understand sense you take this comment and reply as fooling around, but it's ok GL next time :P

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@wtf_damn: Pretty sure he doesn't understand cause your sentences are all over the place. I apologize if English is not your native language. If it is your native language then definitely cut down on the video games and stay in school.

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@BoxOfPocky: ""sounds like a Blizzard employee""

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No mention of the mega backlash over Diablo Mobile gamespot? It's genuine big news in the gaming world, but gamespot doesn't consider it worthy news eh?

I wonder why......? Hmmm? Hmmmmmmm? :c

$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$ Shills.

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Blizzard, where is your damned Diablo 2 Remaster?

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@J_P-: With micro transactions?

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@J_P-: I would love an remaster of D2 with more features than the original. I miss the cow level which was hard and fun.

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It's really interesting to see that the major gaming news site, no one talks about how blizzard did not hear the fans. Everyone is bought...

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WC3 december 2019? You got to be kidding me...

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I'm definitely interested in WoW Classic, I wonder if it will be a success. If turns out to be a success what path they will take to unlock new content, a new one or just release old content.

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I dunno what to say about ' Diablo ' im actually just SMH.

We wanted Vanilla WOW 4 years ago & already knew it was coming & Warcraft 3 is meh.

ill return to Warcraft3 but probably only short time..

Blizzard is no longer one of my favs after HOTS & Overwatch...

they are making a killing off micro transactions from the sheople.

*why not Warcraft 4 or Diablo 4???

about a new ip?

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Going even deeper with the cartoonish graphics... as if Diablo 3, with it's bright colors, was not removed enough from the dark, grim, atmosphere of Diablo 2.

Why is it so hard to make a game look and feel like that? For example the guys behind PoE, or the ones behind Grim Dawn got it right, why can't you?

Oh, i know... LACK OF PASSION! For this game, for this franchise in general. It really shows.

You've learned nothing, Blizz, from the D3 fiasco, and i fear you never will. The teams you've got working on Diablo just don't get the basic ideas. I bet they've never even played the first 2 games, or if they did, they're not fans.

Stick to Warcraft or whatever game those design teams come from since D3, leave this series rest in peace.

Or better still, give the rights to the game to a better team, a 3rd party team, one made from fans of the first 2 games. It would make the exact difference, the fresh air this franchise needs to reach heavenly heights again.

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i think the cereal is probably the most exciting announcement. really sad that this is not a troll statement.

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@newbpwnr: doesn't matter either way. troll statement or not...it changes nothing

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@Itzsfo0: does any post on the gamespot forms change anything? what is your point?

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Stay a while and listen... ok. I did. Wtf Blizzard?

Im soooooo mad. As a Diablo faithful, Im just NOT happy with this cashgrab mobile bs. Tell u what Blizz, you better make 5 million off this mobile bs and PRAY you have a player base left in Diablo by next year. ALL that Warcraft content, and they cant do 10 hours of new Diablo. I heard the news of an announcement a cpl months ago. I jumped back on to get my toons ready, geared etc. Then we get a MOBILE game. Really disappointed. Mad as hell...

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Honestly, in my opinion, Blizzard is in one big mess. Their Overwatch (which I do play) is very much lacking in many ways and gets boring really quickly. They release many expansions for Hearthstone just to get more money, but none of those so-called new cards add anything new to the game, I stopped playing it quite some time ago.

Their MOBA doesn't attract a huge crowd and they are suffering from the popularity of the Battle Royale genre and they have nothing to offer themselves. That mobile Diablo is a joke, but I still see many players playing this game regardless of the massive dislikes. I also see tons of microtransactions just to make sure blizzard can get money in order to stabilize their failures with other games.

This all explains the rush to release Diablo on mobile, which not a move to satisfy fans but to make quick money to cover up losses. This is a cry for help as far as I can see it, because I believe that if it wasn't the case, Blizzard wouldn't have made that embarrassing move. The question is whether players will vote with their wallets or just make a bark and play the game anyway.

I do love the new Overwatch character Ashe and I still enjoy playing Overwatch from time to time. It's really a fun and polished game, although other than competitive where I am not progressing anywhere because I play alone, there is no other rewarding game mode alternative. Destiny had it and I could jump from one place to another. One thing I think Blizzard should do it introduce a new rewarding game mode to Overwatch. I mean, such amazing character roster, visuals, sleek gameplay mechanics, only to get stuck in that boring competitive mode (if you are an average player like myself).

Those cinematic trailers and shorts that Blizzard release are great, but I want to play games, not just see that the best part of Blizzard nowadays is making great trailers.

I am a big fan, and I am disappointed looking at the path Blizzard is heading, but at the same breath I do understand their desperate moves. Having said that, I do believe that they have a few surprises and it's just too soon to reveal them.

I hope things go well for Blizzard, I am still a fan, and I hope to see more great things coming from this dev.

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@killerious: great post m'dude...I agree and can relate to all of it...

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@killerious: desperate, yet a few billion in profits. lol you look into things far too much. they aren't desperate for anything, just wanna make more money and cash in on trends. so what, lol you realize blizzard's quarterly revenue from 2016 to present day have all been in the green right ? they've generated 4.78 billion from 2008 to 2017. They hired more employees in recent years, and expanded their offices - they arent hurting or grasping or crying for anything, they dont care - period, and want to cash out on a trend. It's to be expected, so just move on.

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Disappointing. That Diablo reveal was the nail on the coffin. Goodbye Blizzard. Good luck with that mess.

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@Itzsfo0: gtfoutta here w/ you're wisdom & logic and let people vent their displeasure.

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@Itzsfo0: Read your blah blah who cares. Saw your wall of text. (Didn't bother reading). Clearly you cared enough to respond. Thanks =) Lmfao.

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@megas_elekmatos: yup

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Looool Diablo mobile... what a utter disgrace .

Hey but it makes totaly sence, thex just developed D3 for switch, its just another port with some new story aaaaand a faaaaat cashshop, I hope I can watch advertises to double my epic drops... lool

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I think Blizzard is a very talented company that just flat out refuses to take on new and creative risks until they seemingly have no other choice. It can be downright frustrating to watch.

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