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Doomfist Will Be Finding His Way Into Overwatch Next Week

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

After faking us out for the first time, Blizzard recently confirmed that the next hero that would be added to Overwatch would come in the form of Doomfist. Now for those who were pretty psyched at what they saw in the trailer for the hero, you’ll be pleased to learn that after being on the PTR for a while, Doomfist will be officially available to all players starting next week.

For those unfamiliar, the PTR is the Public Test Realm in which Blizzard usually tests out patches and new content first before it finds its way into the main game. This allows them to work out any kinks and also balances the game to ensure that when it is launched, it won’t be too overpowered or underpowered.

Doomfist will be available to players starting on the 27th of July across all the platforms that Overwatch is available on, which includes the PC, PS4, and the Xbox One. Doomfist will also be the latest hero that the company will be adding to the game, and we expect that he won’t be the last either. We’re not sure how many more characters Blizzard plans on adding to Overwatch, but in the meantime if you’re interested in learning more about the upcoming hero, check out the preview in the video above.

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StarCraft 2’s War Chest Will Be Going Live This Week

Tyler Lee July 17, 2017

One of the ways that Valve manages to get the prize pool of its The International DotA 2 tournament so high is through player contributions. Fans and players of the game can donate towards the overall prize pool, and at the same time they will be rewarded with certain items in game, thus making it feel a bit more worth it.

This is something that Blizzard is attempting to do with the StarCraft 2 eSports scene and back at BlizzCon 2016, the company announced the War Chest initiative. That being said, it seems that the War Chest feature is expected to go live later this week, where players can contribute money that will go towards supporting StarCraft 2 eSports.

According to Blizzard, “Each War Chest begins with a single unit skin and an exclusive portrait. Additional skins are divided into three phases, and can be unlocked by playing Multiplayer or Co-op matches during or after the corresponding phase, until by the end of the challenge you have a full set. Your initial purchase also grants awesome rewards in other Blizzard titles.”

Gamers who are interested can purchase individual race passes for $9.99 each, or if they’re so inclined they can purchase the entire collection for $24.99. Details about what the War Chest has to offer can be found on the StarCraft 2 website.

StarCraft 2’s War Chest Will Be Going Live This Week , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Bungie.net And Blizzard Accounts Can Now Be Linked Together

Tyler Lee July 13, 2017

When Destiny 2 was announced, one of the surprises was how the game was announced for the PC. This is because the first Destiny game was console-only, and many had assumed the same would happen with the sequel, but apparently not. For those who do plan on playing the game on the PC, here’s something you might want to do.

It seems that if you have a Blizzard or Bungie.net account, you will now be able to link them together. Basically this helps players keep track of their stats, such as hours played, and also manage their inventory. This also helps to consolidate things further if you’re the type that would rather not have multiple accounts.

It is an interesting move, especially when you consider the fact that Blizzard accounts are only for Blizzard games, although an exception has been made for Destiny 2. This shouldn’t be too surprising given that Activision is the publisher behind Destiny 2, and the Activision Blizzard company that’s behind Blizzard as well.

Destiny 2 for the PC is currently set for a release this coming October and its open beta is scheduled to take place in August. Gamers who might need help trying to link their accounts can head on over to Bungie’s website for the details.

Bungie.net And Blizzard Accounts Can Now Be Linked Together , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Hearthstone’s ‘Knights Of The Frozen Throne’ Expansion Announced

Tyler Lee July 9, 2017

Last month it was confirmed that Blizzard would be announcing a new Hearthstone expansion this month, and sure enough they have. The developer has recently announced the latest expansion to the game in the form of “Knights of the Frozen Throne”, which appears to be a nod towards the Lich King.

According to a post by Blizzard, it seems that they wanted to shake things up a bit in terms of story and lore with the expansion. “In Hearthstone’s next expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, we ask the question: what happens when the heroes fall from the light? When the Lich King raises them from the dead as Death Knights, what will they do with the immense and terrible powers he gives them?”

Basically it seems that Blizzard has decided to turn some of Warcraft’s most recognizable heroes into Death Knights, which in the world of Hearthstone means that gamers can look forward to new cards. There will also be a new adventure which was part of Blizzard’s plan to introduce new cards and an adventure mode at the same time, and this time it will be taking players to Icecrown Citadel.

Gamers who are interested in the upcoming expansion will be able to pre-purchase 50 game packs which are priced at $50. The expansion is currently set for a release in mid-August, but players can expect to receive the Frostmourne card back once the pre-purchase is complete.

Hearthstone’s ‘Knights Of The Frozen Throne’ Expansion Announced , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Doomfist For Overwatch Officially Announced

Tyler Lee July 6, 2017

Just recently Blizzard seemed to be teasing the possibility that the name character introduced in the game would be Doomfist. Given that Blizzard has been known to be rather sneaky with their announcements, we expressed a bit of skepticism, but it turns out it was completely unnecessary as Blizzard has since officially introduced the character.

Blizzard has officially announced Doomfist as its name playable character and have created an animation short to introduce him. It is drawn in the style of anime and we have to say that Blizzard has done a stellar job at conveying how powerful the character is, not to mention very imposing and almost unyielding.

For players who are interested in taking Doomfist for a spin, it seems that the character is now playable in the Overwatch Public Test Realm, so you will have to download that if you wish to try him out. This means that players who aren’t taking part in the PTR will have to wait for the character’s release which still does not have a set date yet.

In the meantime you can also check out the video below in which Overwatch’s director Jeff Kaplan dives a bit deeper into the Doomfist character and his abilities.

Doomfist For Overwatch Officially Announced , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Blizzard Teases ‘Doomfist’ Again For Overwatch

Tyler Lee July 6, 2017

Earlier this year it was rumored that the next character that Blizzard will be introducing to Overwatch is Doomfist, but it turned out that wasn’t the case. Instead players were treated to a different character called Orisa. However it seems that does not mean that Doomfist won’t be arriving because the company has teased the character once again.

In a post on the Overwatch website, Blizzard wrote that Akande Ogundimu a.k.a Doomfist, had escaped the Helix Security International’s maximum security installation. It seems that Reaper, another Overwatch character, was the one who helped Doomfist escape and managed to defeat over a dozen guards during the attempt.

The blog reads, “Video surveillance from within the compound revealed a black shadowy figure emerging from the craft and descending upon the prison grounds. The unidentified assailant easily overcame the Helix security agents, leaving over a dozen dead. Medical records of the casualties reveal injuries and cellular degeneration matching other incidents involving the mercenary known as the Reaper, all but confirming the incursion as a Talon attack.”

However given Blizzard’s sneaky methods of hiding other teases within teases, there’s no guarantee that Doomfist will be the next character, but either way we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information.

Blizzard Teases ‘Doomfist’ Again For Overwatch , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Blizzard Unveils New Overwatch D.Va Statue For $450

Tyler Lee July 1, 2017

Different people express their fandom of games in different ways, and one of those ways is through collectible figurines which there is no shortage of, and if that describes you, you might be very interested to learn that Blizzard has recently taken the wraps off their latest figurine in the form of Overwatch’s D.Va.

For those unfamiliar with D.Va, Blizzard’s description reads, “”Let’s shoot for a new high score!” South Korea is under threat by a colossal omnic monstrosity. Scrambling to find suitable candidates for its armored MEKA unit, the government turned to the nation’s professional gamers. Enter reigning world champion Hana Song, a.k.a., “D.Va,” a fierce competitor who plays to win at all costs and has a well-earned reputation for showing no mercy to her opponents. Seeing her new mission as a game, the global icon is ready to spring to her homeland’s defense at a moment’s notice.”

The statue measures 19-inches tall from floor to head, and the base is 13.5-inches in diameter. According to Blizzard, each statue is hand painted which will account for slight variances between models. Unfortunately this also means that it will cost you a pretty penny at a whopping $450, but given that the statue is made entirely by hand, we guess you are paying for the craftsmanship.

Alternatively if $450 is too dear for you, there are other Overwatch figurines that have been announced, such as Funko Pop figurines and Nendoroid figurines by Good Smile Company. Pre-orders for the D.Va statue is currently being taken on Blizzard’s website.

Blizzard Unveils New Overwatch D.Va Statue For $450 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Next Hearthstone Expansion Will Be Announced Next Month

Tyler Lee July 1, 2017

Gamers who are getting a bit tired of the current content that Hearthstone has to offer will be pleased to learn that a new expansion will be announced soon. During a developer Q&A session, it was revealed that Hearthstone’s next expansion will be announced on the 6th of July and where it will later be released in August, but so specific dates have been set.

If you might recall, earlier this year Blizzard announced some changes that they’ll be making to the way Hearthstone expansions are being released. Instead of being a mix of expansions and adventures, Blizzard will be focusing more on a hybrid of sorts where they will release a huge batch of cards, as well as introduce elements from the adventures, so players will have a bit of both.

This will result in Blizzard releasing just 3 expansions in 2017 alone, but given that these expansions are expected to be quite hefty, hopefully it should be enough to appease players. At this point in time we’re not sure what the next expansion will be themed around, but so far they have been themed around the Warcraft universe and places in the World of Warcraft game. Either way check back with us next month if you’d like the official details.

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StarCraft 2’s ‘Stukov’ Announced For Heroes Of The Storm

Tyler Lee July 1, 2017

If you’re looking forward to seeing more heroes and characters introduced in Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm MOBA, you’ll be pleased to learn that the developer has recently announced a new character that will soon be finding his way into the game, and this comes in the form of Alexei Stukov, who might be familiar to those who played StarCraft 2.

The character was originally introduced in StarCraft: Brood Wars, but was featured more prominently in StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm where he was captured by the following a betrayal, and was experimented on, ultimately resurrected and infested where he ended up being some kind of human/Zerg hybrid, similar to Sarah Kerrigan.

One of the highlights of the character is his massive left arm which looks Zerg-like in nature, which also happens to come incredibly handy (pun intended) in Heroes of the Storm where one of his abilities is to use that arm to grab an enemy hero. That hero will then be pushed indefinitely until they hit a piece of terrain, so in theory if there was a clear path, you could push heroes from one end to the other.

This is useful when it comes to fighting enemies where you can push them away to help even out the fight. His other abilities include being able to inflict viruses on other players, as well as healing teammates. No word on when Stukov will be added into the main game, but he will be playable in the PTR next week.

StarCraft 2’s ‘Stukov’ Announced For Heroes Of The Storm , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Blizzard Had To Build StarCraft Remastered From Scratch

Tyler Lee June 30, 2017

From what we could tell from the announcement trailer, StarCraft Remastered looks exactly like the original game, except with upgraded graphics. If you thought that all Blizzard did was introduce higher-resolution textures and graphics, it seems that the development of the game was more complex than that.

In a report from ArsTechnica, Blizzard revealed that they were pretty much forced to develop the entire game from scratch, thanks to the fact that a lot of the original code and assets for the original Starcraft had been lost. This meant that they had to pay attention to a lot of the details from the original, including weird lighting effects.

According to Blizzard 3D Art Director Brian Sousa, the entire project was “eyeballed” as “We had no code and no art assets.” The team was forced to rebuild the game based on concept artwork, sketches, original boxes, manuals, and so on, although thankfully they did have access to backups of the original audio files.

Regarding the details such as replicating the weird lighting effects, Sousa adds, “Shadows are in the wrong places, and lighting is different across the board. But we wanted to make sure that going into StarCraft Remastered, that [players] recognize everything instantly.” StarCraft Remastered is currently set for a release on the 14th of August where it is priced at $15.

Blizzard Had To Build StarCraft Remastered From Scratch , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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