BlizzCon 2017 Blizzard Social: What’s Next Panel Transcript

Announcer: Welcome to the Blizzard Social What’s Next Panel.

Andy: Hey, BlizzCon! How is it going? It’s great to be here. My name is Andy Simons. I work on the Battle.net team. Thanks for spending an hour with us. We are excited to spend an hour with you. We’ve just released a whole bucket load of software just before BlizzCon.

 

Pre-order World of Warcraft: Before the Storm by Christie Golden

Update (11/23/2017): The World of Warcraft: Before the Storm novel is now available as an Audiobook via Audible.

(Oct/22/2017): Pre-orders for the next World of Warcraft novel by Christie Golden are open both as a hardcover and Digital eBook. The book ships on May 15, 2018.

The novel, World of Warcraft: Before the Storm, follows up the story after Patch 7.3 Shadows of Argus.

Check out our full BlizzCon 2017 panel transcripts.

World of Warcraft: Before the Storm

An all-new, official tie-in novel to Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed World of Warcraft, from New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden.

Taking place after the climactic events of Shadows of Argus, World of Warcraft: Before the Storm tells the story of what awaits the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance in the wake of their struggle against the demonic Burning Legion.

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (May 15, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399594094
ISBN-13: 978-0399594090

 

 

Overwatch Hoodies

The new Overwatch Hoodies have arrived themed after Reinhardt, Lucio, Genji, Roadhog, D.va, Widowmaker, and Zarya. Click the images to see the graphics printed in the back of the hoodies, and to order.


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Reinhardt Zip-Up Hoodie

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Lucio Zip-Up Hoodie

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Genji Zip-Up Hoodie

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Roadhog Zip-Up Hoodie

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D.Va Zip-Up Hoodie

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Widowmaker Zip-Up Hoodie

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Zarya Zip-Up Hoodie

 

Battle For Azeroth: Why a Naga Allied Race is Possible

For a long time I have argued with other fans that a Naga race might be a playable race. With the announcement of Allied Races that is even closer to reality than ever. These are several points that prove a Naga Allied Race is possible.

 

1. Allied Race Scalability: More coming!

During our interview with Jeremy Feasel he pointed out the Allied Race system was made with scalability in mind to add more in the future.

Jeremy: Yes. We will be increasing the Character Slots. We are not quitely ready to let you know what that number is yet, but we recognize that you don’t want to delete your characters in order to make all these new Allied Races. That’s for sure.

The system, now that we have it in place, is very expandable. We do plan to have an additional Allied Races in the future. We would absolutely love to hear from players what they would most like to play as. We have been hearing a lot of this from players for years. We are super happy to get this feature into their hands. I know everybody has got a different opinion about what they want to play as. Please, tell us what you like. We want to hear about what you are super jazzed about.

 

 

Future Allied Race Speculation

After that pessimistic last article of mine, I feel it would be a good idea to discuss something more positive. So let’s take a look at one of Battle for Azeroth‘s most interesting features, the Allied Race system. Essentially a way to add playable races that would otherwise be too similar to existing ones opens the door to many potential races I would never have thought to be made playable. Then there is the fact that Blizzard said the six allied races coming are just the beginning. It’s unclear, at least to me, whether they meant additional allied races will be added during Battle for Azeroth‘s patch cycle, or if allied races will be something we can expect as a core feature of any future expansion like new regular races or classes. Either way, there are a tons of potential candidates worth speculating on.

So read on past the jump to see my predictions for what allied races we could see in the future.

BlizzCon 2017 CodeCraft: Under the Hood Panel Transcript

Welcome to CodeCraft: Under the Hood with the Blizzard Engineering (part 2).

 

Derek: Good morning, BlizzCon. Welcome to Day 2, hope you had a good time yesterday. It has been a great show so far. So, today we actually managed to find five of our engineers who are still awake. Maybe they just woke up. Don’t know. Anyway, so we’re going to go through some introductions, then have a few questions for them and then we will get to your questions.

So, to kick things off, I am Derek Dupras, the engineering manager on Hearthstone, and…

 

World of Warcraft’s Backpack slots will be increased

In case you have missed it, in the BlizzCon 2017 World of Warcraft Q&A panel transcript, you may read that the Backpack will finally get additional slots.

However, there is a catch. You will need to attach a Battle.net Authenticator to secure your account. You can get one of those from the Blizzard Gear Store (USA/EU or CA,ANZ, LATAM) right away so that once the Backpack size increase goes live, you are ready.

The Q&A clearly states this feature will be available soon, rather than after the Battle for Azeroth launch — which means probably in the first half of 2018. No ETA was provided.

Participant 26: My question is about the default backpack. When will hoarders have more space?

Allen: Members of the Alliance and the Horde: we hear you. We are very close to allowing you to slightly increase your backpack size. One of the things that we want to do is we want to incentivize you to use the authenticator, and so at some future patch, if you have an authenticator attached to your account, your backpack size will increase.