BlizzCon 2014 – Blizzard Unveils New IP Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the brand-new Blizzard IP video game: Overwatch. It is not based on any of the StarCraft, Warcraft or Diablo franchises.

Jeff Kaplan is the game director of Overwatch, the new Blizzard Entertainment IP Game. It is a team-based multiplayer shooter genre. The gameplay video looks something akin to Team Fortress meets Crysis 2 meets … Robotech(?).

Overwatch is playable at BlizzCon at Hall C.

The new official website is PlayOverwatch.com

Follow us on Twitter at @Blizzplanetcom for follow up updates, and panel transcripts.

Cinematic Trailer

In a time of global crisis, an international task force of heroes banded together to restore peace to a war-torn world. This organization, known as Overwatch, ended the crisis and helped maintain peace for a generation, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery.

After many years, Overwatch’s influence waned and it was eventually disbanded. Now in the wake of its dismantling, conflict is rising once again. Overwatch may be gone…but the world still needs heroes.

Game Trailer

Overwatch is a highly stylized team-based shooter set on earth in the near future. Every match is an intense multiplayer showdown pitting a diverse cast of soldiers, mercenaries, scientists, adventurers, and oddities against each other in an epic, globe-spanning conflict.

 

The Red Shirt Guy’s BlizzCon 2014 Predictions

BlizzCon 2014 is nearly upon us and, as with every year, speculation about the convention’s announcements have run wild. Here are my predictions for what we shall see announced this year.

Things I’m Very Sure Of:

Hearthstone expansion, it’s been teased to fan sites over the past weeks and the Hearthstone website posted a strange article hinting at new features. From these various teasers, I’m fairly certain the Hearthstone expansion will be mechanical themed in terms of the new cards added, and will have a spectator mode and a new gameplay mode, “speed rounds,” in which each player is given only fifteen seconds for their turns.

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void reveal. Blizzard released several StarCraft II sound files over the past few days which are titled respectively “See” “…you…” “…at…” with the last one uploaded only 11 hours ago as of this writing. Yes, technically LoV can’t be “revealed” as we’ve known about it since before StarCraft II even launched, but this would be the first public look at the expansion, similar to Heart of the Swarm‘s reveal trailer several BlizzCons ago.

Warlords of Draenor patch content. Jeremy Feasel mentioned on Twitter that they will be showcasing some new pet battle information, which means, even if it’s just pet content, there will be information about 6.1 and beyond. My personal guess would be a showcase of Tanaan Jungle, perhaps discussion on how the patch cycle will work as they have been rather vague in past interviews, and if they’re ready, a preview of the updated blood elf models.

Things I’m Not as Sure Of:

Overwatch. Blizzard has filed 7 trademarks for this recently, one months ago and the others over these last two weeks. Considering all the different trademarks I’d hazard to say Overwatch is a new IP, and possibly the “big announcement” that Blizzard employees have been alluding to on Twitter. As for what it is, I’d theorize it’s the setting and lore made for the canceled Titan project put into a non-MMO game of some type, but it’s just a guess with no real evidence backing it up.

Heroes of the Storm beta announcement. Nothing for HOTS has been teased the way Hearthstone has, but with the “final phase of the technical alpha” having started a little while ago, now would be the perfect time to announce when HOTS will enter its beta test. I’d also expect some new heroes and possibly new maps to be shown off as well.

Eye of Azshara is fake. Yes, someone would have had to spend $299 and commit a crime to get that trademark up if it’s not genuine, but at this point things aren’t looking to be in EoA’s favor. It hasn’t been filed in any other country, whereas Warlords of Draenor was quickly trademarked in other regions after its discovery. I would certainly like it to be genuine, I might even make a series of posts about what I would want to see in a hypothetical Azshara expansion, but at this point I doubt it has anything to do with this year’s BlizzCon. Hopefully I’m wrong on this one.

 

BlizzCon 2014 Speculation – Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment trademarked “Overwatch” back in April.

The trademark shook us because it was filed on April 1 (April Fool’s), and PAX East was coming up on April 11, 2014. However, there was no mention of Overwatch at PAX East.

A few days ago there was a third Overwatch trademark by Blizzard Entertainment filed on October 24. Kinda amusing considering BlizzCon is on November 7th. It could have been coincidence like with PAX East, but maybe it isn’t? Hard to tell.

The new trademark focuses on the following goods and services:

BlizzCon World of Warcraft 10-Year Anniversary Public Party

Blizzard Entertainment invites everyone to an outdoor event outside the Anaheim Convention Center to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of World of Warcraft. You don’t need a ticket.

It’s been 10 epic years since World of Warcraft opened the way to Azeroth and players around the world set out on a decade’s worth of adventure. To help celebrate this momentous occasion, we wanted to invite you to join us Friday, November 7 from 8:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. for a little get-together just outside of BlizzCon in Anaheim, CA. This event is open to everyone, whether you’re attending BlizzCon or just happen to be in the neighborhood. We’ll have great food, drinks, entertainment—and even a surprise or two.

When: Friday, November 7, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. PT
Where: Outside BlizzCon 2014—no BlizzCon ticket required

Grand Plaza (open space between Marriott and Hilton)

  • Food Trucks
  • Main Stage featuring BlizzCon 2013 Talent Contest winners Songhammer performing live!

Palm Court (space between Anaheim Convention Center and Hilton)

  • Tattoo artists
  • Photo booths

Arena Plaza (open space in front of the Anaheim Convention Center Arena)

  • A live DJ will be spinning the latest hits—get ready to show us your best Warcraft dance moves!

You’ll be celebrating the occasion right alongside Blizzard developers, staff, and fellow World of Warcraft players. You won’t want to miss a moment of this special event—we can’t wait to see you there!

 

Metallica Performing Live at BlizzCon 2014

This is maybe one of the most exciting news about Blizzcon. For this year’s closing ceremony, Metallica themselves are going to perform live on the stage ! Read more details about Blizzcon and their presence, just below.

Metallica Performing Live at BlizzCon® 2014

We’re thrilled to announce that Metallica will be performing the closing concert at BlizzCon 2014, playing before a sold-out convention crowd on the night of November 8! If you didn’t score tickets to the show, don’t worry—you can still get a front-row seat from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

BlizzCon is a gaming convention like no other. With developer panels, exclusive interviews, intense eSports tournaments, the legendary Friday night contests, and what’s sure to be an unforgettable concert from Metallica to close out the show on Saturday, this year’s event is one you won’t want to miss.

The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket lets you catch all of the action online, live and in high definition. You’ll also get access to this year’s epic collection of in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Visit the Battle.net Shop to order your Virtual Ticket, and check out the press release for more details on Metallica’s performance.

http://youtu.be/ifeiDZoyR8c

 

BlizzCon 2014 : In-Game Goodies Sneak Peek

Blizzcon is the time of the year when the hype is at the highest, new expansion or games announced is the living of most of us. But it’s also the time of goodies!

If you go to Blizzcon or watch it online with the virtual ticket, you will receive goodies for all current Blizzard games, from a Grommash inspired Murloc pet for World of Warcraft, to a Nexus Charger in Heroes of the Storm and some transmogrification weapons from the Warlords of Draenor in Diablo III (Do you feel already Blackhand masses on you?), also 2 portraits for Starcraft II users with one of them currently mysterious (Is that the sign of the expansion Legacy of the Void or a new licence?… Who know..) and finally, a cad back inspired from the statue at Blizzard HQ for Hearthstone.

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BlizzCon loot explosion! It’s time to take a sneak peek at this year’s BlizzCon in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III*, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the upcoming Heroes of the Storm**—they’re yours whether you’re attending the show in person or watching from home with the Virtual Ticket.

World of Warcraft – Grommloc Pet
Watch your foes flee in terror before this delightfully dreadful baby murloc masquerading as Grommash Hellscream, legendary leader of the Warsong clan.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard 2014 Card Back
Infuse your deck with Blizzard spirit by equipping this commemorative card back, forged to resemble the compass design emblazoned in Blizzard’s courtyard.

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StarCraft II – Portraits & Decal
Deck out your profile with a pair of portraits, including Hierarch Artanis and another to-be-revealed icon, and prep your army for battle across multiple universes with a Heroes of the Storm–themed decal.

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Diablo III – Warlords of Draenor Weapon Transmogrifications
Outfit your heroes with six weapon transmogrification appearances inspired by World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor—one for each of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls’ classes.

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Heroes of the Storm – Nexus Mount and Portrait
Rush into the storm atop the ethereal Nexus Charger, and embrace the unknown with the mysterious Nexus Brawler portrait.

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This year’s epic collection of in-game goodies will be available to use after BlizzCon begins. Head to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket page to order or learn more.

*Diablo III content for Windows/Mac version only.

**Heroes of the Storm content will be available once you get access to the game; note that ordering a Virtual Ticket does not guarantee a spot in the alpha or beta tests.

 

Virtual Ticket for Blizzcon 2014 are available!

 

 

 

It’s now official, the virtual tickets for the 2014 edition of Blizzcon that is going to be from November 7th and 8th are available starting today. Like past one, this ticket will provide you access to a large number of panel that will be show at Blizzcon with also ingame gifts. (Whispers of a murloc like previously.)

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This BlizzCon, get the best seat in the house—your own! You can watch Blizzard’s two-day community celebration online this November 7 and 8 with the BlizzCon 2014 Virtual Ticket, available for purchase now in the Battle.net Shop.

BlizzCon 2014 Virtual Ticket

The Virtual Ticket lets you be a part of the biggest Blizzard universe mash-up this side of Heroes of the Storm—right from the comfort and convenience of your own home. The Virtual Ticket provides access to two days of live HD BlizzCon coverage across two streaming online channels, along with on-demand replays and DVR functionality so you can catch any of the action you might have missed. Here’s what you get:

Developer Panels & Exclusive Interviews

Get the latest news and developments on World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm, straight from the people who make ’em. The Virtual Ticket gets you access to all of the panels on the Main and Panel stages, along with in-depth interviews you won’t see anywhere else.

Live Contests—Hosted by Chris Hardwick

Bear witness to the full creative force of the Blizzard community in the Costume and Talent contests, held live onstage Friday night. Guiding us through this year’s evening of inspired insanity will be comedian Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), host of shows like Comedy Central’s@midnight and AMC’s Talking Dead, and overmind of Nerdist Industries—home base for a horde of geek-minded podcasts and other multimedia pursuits.

Closing Ceremony

The Virtual Ticket also gets you a front-row seat to the epic closing ceremony on Saturday night. Acts like The Offspring, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, and Blink-182 have closed out BlizzCons past—we’ll unveil our plans for this year’s finale closer to the show.

Bonus: Epic In-Game Goodies

Every BlizzCon, attendees and Virtual Ticket holders receive a treasure trove of commemorative in-game loot to mark the occasion. This year, the development teams are crafting goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm—but that’s all we’re going to say about that for now. . . .

You’ll also get early access to a limited-time online BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show.* This special sale for BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders is scheduled to take place from October 17 through November 11, and will be followed by a public sale offering a more limited selection of items. We’ll have more details on the sale in the coming weeks.

Free StarCraft II WCS, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone eSports Tournament Streams

Even if you don’t purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll still be able to catch plenty of BlizzCon action free online. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s BlizzCon eSports tournaments—including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, Hearthstone World Championship, and Heroes of the Storm exhibition matches—will be streamed free in HD at www.blizzcon.com. The StarCraft II finals will also be available to watch at the official WCS website.

For more information on the Virtual Ticket, check out the Virtual Ticket page or click the Frequently Asked Questions tab above to read the FAQ.

*While supplies last. All orders placed in the online BlizzCon merchandise sale will be shipped from the United States; international shipping rates may apply.

 

BlizzCon 2014 on November 7-8 — Ticket Sales on May 7-10

Get ready for Blizzard Entertainment’s eighth BlizzCon® gaming convention and community celebration, taking place November 7-8

Tickets on sale May 7 and May 10

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IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Alert your guilds, clans, houses, and fellowships—Blizzard Entertainment today announced plans for its eighth BlizzCon® gaming convention, taking place Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California . Terrans, nephalem, Alliance, and Horde from across the multiverse are invited to join Blizzard for a two-day celebration at the nexus of all things Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®.

Tickets to BlizzCon will go on sale in two batches, one on May 7 and the other on May 10 . In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County will go on sale May 14 .

“BlizzCon is always the biggest highlight of the year for us,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “With Hearthstone™ and Reaper of Souls™ recently launched and Heroes of the Storm™ and Warlords of Draenor™ gearing up for beta, 2014 is already shaping up to be an epic year for Blizzard gamers. We can’t wait to celebrate and share what we’ve been working on with everyone this November.”

In addition to serving as the gravitational gathering point for Blizzard Entertainment’s gaming communities, BlizzCon will offer attendees a chance to enjoy:

  • Hands-on play time with the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games
  • Global finals for Blizzard eSports, including the StarCraft® II World Championship Series Global Finals
  • In-depth discussion panels with Blizzard game developers and artists
  • Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
  • Community contests with great prizes
  • Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes
  • More activities and attractions to be announced

Tickets to attend the convention will be priced at $199 USD (plus applicable taxes and fees) each and will be available for purchase from the online event ticketing service Eventbrite via their website (www.blizzcon2014.eventbrite.com) in two separate batches. The first batch goes on sale at 7 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, May 7 , and the second batch goes on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday, May 10 .

Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, which include admission to BlizzCon, will be priced at $750 USD (plus applicable taxes and fees) each, with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (http://www.choc.org) to support their Feeding Therapy Program. Taking place the evening of November 6 , this exclusive event offers guests an opportunity to /eat, /drink, and geek out with developers, artists, and other folks from Blizzard before the show—all for a great cause. Approximately 200 tickets to the benefit dinner will be available for purchase beginning 7 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, May 14 through www.blizzcon2014.eventbrite.com.

Gamers from the far reaches of Azeroth, the Koprulu sector, and Sanctuary looking to enjoy BlizzCon from the comfort of their own home will once again have the option to order a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multichannel Internet stream. Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.

For further details about BlizzCon 2014, including ticket availability and pricing, visit the official BlizzCon website (www.blizzcon.com). Those interested in attending the show in person can make advance hotel reservations now and receive special BlizzCon rates by booking through the BlizzCon hotel website.

Blizzard Entertainment is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on available career opportunities can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs.

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