So As most of you know, last week was the annual convention for one of the biggest names in PC gaming, Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzcon has become their new outlet for all the big new announcement from the developer. Naturally, some big things were announced, so let’s take a look at some of the most important news.
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion announced
Right off the bat, the biggest for many gamers (about 11 million of ’em) is the announcement of a new expansion for the World of Warcraft MMORPG (like I really have to spell all that out..). The new expansion brings a new race — the Pandarian — which will be available to both Alliance and Horde players; a new continent filled with tons of new areas, quests, and instances to explore; a bunch of new content to guide players in their way to the newly raise level cap, which now goes to 90; a new Monk character class available most races, which features class-specific animations; a new system for talent trees; and new PvP environments, among tons and tons of other stuff that kinda goes over my head.
Personally, I think it’s kind of cool to see a fan-favorite from Warcraft 3, the Pandarian, make an appearance, but I can’t help but feel they look a little silly. The new Monk class sounds cool too (I’m a sucker for hand-to-hand classes), but as I never really got into WoW much when I first gave it a shot (haven’t played since well before Rise of the Lich King came out), these changes don’t really do much to get me re-interested in the game. As cool as all the new content is — not to mention everything I missed in the previous expansions — the idea of jumping back into the World of Warcraft doesn’t really excite me. I love MMO’s, and I know there are several Power Cords contributors who are(or were) avid WoW players, I just can’t help but look at other games like The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2, games that already look much better and have features that WoW never has, or will. Plus, it’s not the Diablo III release date I was hoping for.
Blizzard giving Diablo 3 away for “free”
If you purchase an annual subscription pass to WoW. Again, I’m sure there are plenty of others who are interested in this and see it as something viable for them, but as someone who has little desire to pay that much money for a game — no matter how good WoW is or how DAMN EXCITED I AM FOR DIABLO III — it just doesn’t appeal to me. It’s a cool idea that I’m sure many will benefit from, and will help Blizzard keep those precious subscribers, but it still isn’t the damn Diablo III release date…
Blizzard’s officially in the DOTA business
So if you’re a PC Gaming aficionado, chances are you are well aware of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) craze going on. Originating as a custom map type for Warcraft III, DOTA — or Defense of the Ancients — paved the way for the popular games in the genre, namely League of Legends and Heroes of Norrath. With rival PC developer Valve about to unleashed their official sequal to DOTA, DOTA 2 (which actually doesn’t mean defense of the ancients, but just “DOTA”), Blizzard is making a play for their own slice of the MOBA Pie. Blizzard’s DOTA will feature popular characters from their Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo franchises, duking it out and slaying creeps on a multitude of unique maps. Personally, this sounds a little more exciting, and to make the deal even better, the game (really a game mode) will be given to Starcraft II Players for free, and come with the up coming Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion. If anything though, it makes me yearn for a return to the Warcraft RTS games..
On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this announcement a not Diablo III/10.
So the last of the big announcements came in the form of some pretty cool trailers. The first is the new trailer for the Heart of the Swarm expansion, take a look:
The trailer comes with a bunch of story and multiplayer announcements. Given that I actually kind of care about Starcraft II, I was actually pretty excited about this. Still, it’s no Dia- Oh wait!
It’s not a release date-announcement trailer, but it’s something. I could go on and on about the story implications this trailer brings up, but I’ll spare you. At the very least, the art style/atmosphere perfectly captures that of the past titles in the the series. I was a doubter at first, but everything I’ve seen thus far — be it trailers, screenshots, or concept art — has led me to believe that Diablo III’s art style works perfectly, and is exactly what I was hoping it would turn out to be. Not a release date, but still a pretty cool trailer, and one that sells me further on a game I’ve been sold on for years no. I can’t wait to play this game, when it’s finally released in 2014….
What did you guys think of Blizzcon? Where any of the announcements your favorite? Least favorite? Were there any reveals or events I didn’t include that you thought were awesome? Let us know in the comments section, and be sure to like this post!