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It’s that time of the year! Fans from around the world are glued to their seats to see what the future holds for all of their favorite Blizzard properties. Blizzard Entertainment’s annual convention Blizzcon 2019 is officially underway and we’re here to keep you up to date on all the big titles and announcements from the opening ceremonies!
After last years flop announcement of the mobile game Diablo Immortal, Blizzard really had no choice but to announce Diable IV this year. Fans were treated to an cinematic announcement as well as a game-play trailer. The first three classes to be announced were the Barbarian, the Sorceress and the Druid. It will release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Blizzard promises a return to the dark roots of what made Diablo so iconic, more occult symbols and rituals, more blood and gore. The game will also have a bigger focus on the world, giving players a better look at Sanctuary and putting characters and monsters front and center. While out in the world, it will also be possible to meet other players with which you can trade…or kill.
World of Warcraft
The next expansion for the World of Warcraft is the Shadowlands, the place all beings go when they die. In the trailer Sylvanas ascends the Frozen Throne in Northrend and challenging Bolvar Fordragon, the current Lich King, takes his helm and rends it asunder. This breaks the veil between the living and the dead in the Shadowlands.
The next expansion for Hearthstone is the Descent of Dragons, which will feature more dragons than any set before. A new legendary card features the first of all dragons in Warcraft lore, Galakrond. When drawn, Galakrond takes the place of your hero. The newest keyword for this expansion is in Invoke. When you’ve used an invoke card twice, Galakrond upgrades regardless of where he is in your deck. They also announced the first new play mode in Hearthstone since launch, Battlegrounds which pits 8 players against each other and is billed as Hearthstone’s version of Auto-Chess.
The Overwatch announcement opened with a cinematic that takes place after Winston sent out the message to recall Overwatch. The cinematic shows the heroes coming together with new looks to battle an omnic threat in Paris.
Jeff Kaplan confirmed on stage that Overwatch 2 is indeed a sequel, but also says that it’s a new take on what a sequel should be. Overwatch 2 will feature story modes and missions that expand on the lore of the Overwatch world. You’ll be able to level up and customize your heroes and abilities through highly playable co-op missions. There will also be a new competitive PvP mode called push that will be present in quick play, competitive ladders and will be played in the Overwatch League. Overwatch 2 will still feature new maps and heroes in a shared multiplayer environment. Regardless of if you are playing Overwatch or Overwatch 2 you’ll still get access to all heroes, maps and PvP modes. In addition, all cosmetics will carry over into Overwatch 2.
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