Samwise Didier AMA at /r/wow Sept 21 at noon

Insight Editions reached out to inform me that Senior Art Director Samwise Didier will answer questions from the community during a Reddit AMA on September 21 at 12pm PST. Whether about World of Warcraft or Heroes of the Storm, you are welcome to ask anything.

The AMA is intended as well to promote his upcoming Insight Editions book titled The Last Winter, which you can pre-order now as a hardcover or digital download.

You can find the AMA at reddit.com/r/wow. Please, make sure to spread the word and tell your friends. Be prepared to get your socks rocked by the Panda King.

The Last Winter

From legendary Blizzard Entertainment artist Samwise Didier, The Last Winter is a lavishly illustrated epic fantasy novel.

Upon the death of Sprign, goddess and creator of the Pandyr and all other beasts in Mistgard, the island has come under attack by ruthless frost and fire giants from afar. Long fragmented, every creature in the eight clans must now come together to defend their land. Hammerheart must join with Darkcloud, Mistcloak with Thundermaw, and, most important, the children of Sprign must unite with their forgotten comrades of the ninth clan: the Bearzyrk. Led by the eldest of the Pandyr, the clans make their way to the Aesirmyr Peaks for a final standoff. As frost covers Mistgard, old prejudices must be overcome if the Pandyr hope to match the giants Lord Wintyr and King Sumyr in battle.

Features all-new original illustrations throughout from Blizzard Entertainment art director Samwise Didier.

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions (October 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608879240
ISBN-13: 978-1608879243

 

 

Destiny 2 (PC) Beta Impressions

After 4 days playing the Destiny 2 (PC) Beta, I feel moderately interested in playing the full game when Bungie and Blizzard Entertainment launch it on the PC on October 24.

I say moderately, because I am used to play Blizzard games thoroughly before buying their games. When you play a Blizzard game’s Beta you usually get access to most of the content that ships. In the case of Destiny 2, the Beta is limited to the initial encounter after the cinematic, a Strike encounter (what we call a dungeon), and two PvP modes. That’s it.

I am very picky with shooter games. Over 5000 hours played in Half-Life 2: Deathmatch multiplayer, and solo I have played some FarCry, Crysis, Crysis 2. Plus, Overwatch since Technical Alpha. Currently, I have 4 golden weapons which amounts to 12,000 Competitive Points. Almost half way to get my 5th.

So opening up my heart and time to a unknown shooter, it’s tough.

The first thing that impacted me of Destiny 2 was the cinematic: near-real life quality, and motion-capture facial expresions.

The graphic quality of the interior and outdoor scenes is impressive. The special effects such as explosions look awesome. There is motion blur (with an option to disable it), and when moving from a dark area into a colorful outdoor, there is color aberration.

 

The Kul Tiras Expansion Rumor Continues

As we’ve covered previously, files on the 7.3 PTR¬†and the BlizzCon key art have pointed towards Kul Tiras as the setting for the next World of Warcraft expansion. On August 25th, yet another 7.3 PTR build has come up with datamined information that only deepens the mystery. According to MMO-Champion the new build removed the icons for all of the Kul Tiras armor “from the list of files that are extracted when you extract all of the interface files from the game.” What’s equally interesting was that even more icons relating to Zandalar were removed along with them. What does this mean? Well, based on a previous expansion leak via datamining, I think I know. Read past the jump to find out:

Destiny 2 (PC) Installer Available Now

Blizzard Entertainment and Bungie are preparing to start the Destiny 2 (PC) Beta testing on August 28 — for those who pre-ordered the game. Starting today, the Destiny 2 (PC) installer became enabled in the Blizzard Battle.net Launcher. The game takes 16GB of hard disk space.

I will livestream my Destiny 2 gameplay when the beta goes live. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and YouTube for updates.

 

The latest installer is currently Destiny 2 (PC) Version 3811885a-Beta.

 

GamesCom 2017 World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.3 Interview

During the GamesCom 2017 press day (Tue, Aug 22), Blizzplanet members Danny Perschonok (Naka) and Arthur Lorenz (Handclaw) had the opportunity to interview game director Ion Hazzikostas about some of the features in Patch 7.3.

NOTE: The video now has English Subtitles (CC). Lower the volume to 25% to avoid the loud background noise and music. The video was edited to boost the three voices nearest to the microphone so they can be heard at 25% volume. GamesCom is the noisiest convention in the world.

 

Transcript

I am Danny with Blizzplanet. We also have Arthur here, and Ion Hazzikostas, and we are going to talk about Patch 7.3.

GamesCom 2017 Blizzard Booth Photos – Press Day

Blizzplanet members Naka and Handclaw share photos of the GamesCom 2017 Blizzard Booth during the Press Day (Tuesday). As usual, Blizzard Entertainment brought amazing banners, displays, statues, and props for all their video games.

The Blizzard Shop is stock with all kinds of goodies including plush toys, Cute But Deadly figures, Funko POP figures, statues, and more.

Update: After you check out all the photos, visit these links to the maker of the Overwatch statues: FXDeco, who show a closer look at different angles and features of these statues. Junkrat; Widowmaker; Tracer and Winston.

 

GamesCom 2017 Blizzard Coverage

In this GamesCom 2017 Blizzard coverage page, you can browse through everything Blizzard Entertainment revealed at the convention including new content across some of their video games: World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, and Hearthstone.

GAMESCOM 2017 BLIZZARD COVERAGE
PRESS DAY
GamesCom 2017 Blizzard Preview Livestream (VOD)
Heroes of the Storm - Kel'Thuzad
StarCraft II Co-Op Commander: Dehaka
Overwatch new map: Junkertown
GamesCom 2017 Press Day: Blizzard Booth Photos
GamesCom 2017 World of Warcraft: Legion 7.3 Interview
GamesCom 2017 World of Warcraft Fansites Interviews Roundup
FXDeco Overwatch Statues
DAY 2
Overwatch Interview (soon)
GamesCom 2017 Heroes of the Storm Interview | Kel'Thuzad

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