Blizzplanet: My E3 2017 Experience

Another E3 has come and gone, and while this convention has become fairly routine for me in terms of format and content, I still thoroughly enjoy attending. This year was a little different though as it was the first time the conference was open to the general public, and also the first time I got invited to a major press conference: Microsoft.

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Who is the Final Boss of Legion?

The following article contains spoilers for the Kil’jaeden defeat cinematic in the Tomb of Sargeras raid.

From the moment of Legion‘s announcement, we’ve been wondering who the final boss of the expansion would be. The Avatar of Sargeras and Kil’jaeden were some of the most popular suggestions (I personally leaned towards the Avatar), however both of them have been dealt with in the Tomb of Sargeras raid. Another theory was that we’d be facing Sargeras himself, though that raises the question of how we’d be able to fight a raid boss the size of a planet, both from suspension of disbelief and technical limitation viewpoints. I’ve come up with a different theory, one that’s outlandish enough I can’t say I expect Blizzard to actually go through with it, but one I’d really like to see and think the evidence supports.

Read on if you are not bothered by spoilers.

Blizzard’s Unannounced Warcraft Mobile Game

Blizzard Entertainment posted a job opening for an FX Artist a few weeks ago (May 26) describing the position was for a unannounced mobile game creating imagery synonymous with the Warcraft IP.

Now that is a peculiar way to describe one of the requirements for the job. Is the imagery synonymous with the Warcraft IP because it is a Warcraft-themed mobile game: heroes, creatures, locations? If it is a Hearthstone game, why not list it as “Hearthstone” instead of “Unannounced Project?”

These two pondering questions makes you wonder if this mobile game is or not related to Hearthstone. Whether it is a totally different game. Its own IP based on Warcraft. Hearthstone is its own card-game IP based or themed around Warcraft. So there could be room for other type of IP that is not a CCG.

 

Destiny 2 Beta Dates Revealed

Bungie announced the beta schedule for Destiny 2 for PC and Consoles (PS4 & XBox One). The launch date for Destiny 2 for Consoles is set two days earlier than originally announced: now September 6. However, the Windows 10 PC version of Destiny (via Battle.net Launcher) is set for October 24. You can pre-order it here to get your beta early access code within 2-3 days via email. You can then redeem the code by login into Bungie.net with the Xbox or PS4 login credentials.

If you don’t have an Xbox, but you have a hotmail or outlook email account, that is your login credential. Go to the Redeem Code page and enter the code there. Then you are set. Blizzard Entertainment will flag your Blizzard Launcher once the Destiny 2 Beta starts for PC this late August.

DESTINY 2 BETA

  • July 18: PlayStation 4 Pre-Order BETA
  • July 19: Xbox One Pre-Order BETA
  • July 21: Open BETA for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • July 23: Console BETA End-date
  • Late August: PC BETA
  • E3 2017 Microsoft Conference: XBox One X (Project Scorpio)

    The E3 2017 Microsoft Conference Livestream starts on Sun June 11 at 2pm PST (5pm EST). From what I have read, details on the next console, XBox Project Scorpio, will be revealed there. It is dubbed the most powerful console ever. The video at the bottom showcases the console specs. It is a no-brainer that if Blizzard is developing new games for consoles, it is coming to Scorpio.

    UPDATE: Project Scorpio is officially known as XBox One X, and ships on November 7, 2017. Costs $499. Get an email alert to learn when pre-orders open!

    Some XBox One games will get a Free 4K DLC update for XBox One X.

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    Iron Star – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Easter Eggs

    The Iron Star is one of the weapons of destruction used by the Iron Horde in Warlords of Draenor. The Iron Star was first seen used against Mannaroth during the cinematic intro.

    I just watched the Battleship (film) and jaw-dropped when I saw the alien shredder weapon whirl up and get launched at the NAVY battleships. Exact copies of the Iron Star. The film was released on May 18, 2012 (USA). Warlords of Draenor shipped on November 13, 2014.

     

     

    Pre-Order Destiny 2 for Early Beta Access

    When you pre-order Destiny 2 for PC, you will receive an email three days later with a Beta Redeem Code to gain early Beta access.

    Currently, the beta launch date has not be announced. Keep the Redeem Code in a safe place. You won’t be able to use it for PC yet, until the Battle.net Launcher enables the Destiny 2 game icon + Beta starts officially. So buckle up and wait until then.

    Those who pre-order get beta access before anyone else. You can pre-order Destiny 2 here.

    Destiny 2 (Pre-order + Early Beta Access)

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    PREORDER AND GET BETA ACCESS*
    Be one of the first to experience Destiny 2.

    Beta Redemption Instructions:

    • Pre-order any edition of Destiny 2 and get a Beta Access code.
    • Visit www.bungie.net/redeem and select your game and platform
    • Enter your Destiny 2 Beta Access Code
    • Enter and validate your email address
    • Before the beta, a Destiny 2 Beta Early-Access Code and more instructions will be e-mailed to you

    Limit one per customer. Items must be shipped from and sold by Amazon. Registration codes will be sent within 3 days of pre-order date.

     

    WHEN IS THE DESTINY 2 BETA?

    The full Beta schedule, including early access period and open Beta dates will be announced at a later date.

     

    I pre-ordered at a participating retailer and received a Destiny 2 Beta Redemption code. Where do I redeem my code?

    Go to Bungie.net/redeem and follow the instructions on the page. You will be required to log in with a valid Bungie.net account, verify your accessible email address, and enter your Destiny 2 Beta redemption code.

    At a later date, you will be contacted via your verified email address when you can return to the Bungie.net site and retrieve your Destiny 2 Beta download code. Codes may only be redeemed once, and redemption cannot be transferred or recovered to another account.

     

    I don’t have a PlayStation Network or Xbox Live account. How do I redeem my PC Beta Code?

    Your Beta platform will be selected closer to the Beta launch, so PC players can redeem now using a Bungie.net account linked to a PlayStation or Xbox account. If you don’t have either of those accounts, hold on to your code and we’ll add additional account options for PC players when we get closer to the Beta.

     

    Correction

    A fan corrected me after posting an article concerning a tweet by Christie Golden discussing [the return of 2 characters]. The Warcraft-lore fan in me got the best of me, and I [thought] this was about #Warcraft.

    It turns out that Christie was talking about the Supernatural (TV series) Season 12 finale (as a follow up to one of her earlier tweets about that topic), not Warcraft.

    My sincere apologies to Christie and the fans who read my article and tweet.

    Theorycrafting: The Return of Lost World of Warcraft Heroes

    NOTE: Originally, this article was written based on a tweet by Christie Golden. I mistakenly thought she was referring to Warcraft. Instead, she was talking about Supernatural Season 12 finale. However, there are some points of interest in the article. Read with caution. Everything henceforth is theorycrafting. You will also find Warcraft book references and quotes.

     

    There are several NPC heroes that are no longer among the living, or are suspected deceased that could potentially come back from beyond in a different fashion than Illidan did in World of Warcraft: Legion. Let’s flesh out some context into how some of the dead Warcraft heroes might be able to return.

     

    Christie Golden Joins Blizzard Entertainment

    In a surprising spin of long-term events, Christie Golden is now working full-time at Blizzard Entertainment as a Story developer. For those of you in the Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, and Assassin’s Creed fanbase wondering if she will now be Blizzard-exclusive, she responded: “We will see.”

    The last Blizzard novels she wrote were WARCRAFT: DUROTAN and WARCRAFT: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELIZATION.