Blizzard Announces Heroes Of The Storm’s Second Anniversary Event

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Heroes Of The Storm (HOTS) is almost two years old already, and Blizzard is celebrating by giving away some free stuff! Starting on May 30 and running through till June 12, long in and play to earn Daily Loot Chests as well as an exclusive Banner, Portrait and Spray!

Heroes of the Storm’s Second Anniversary

Event Details:

  • Duration: Week of  May 30 – June 12
  • Daily Quest: Play 1 game in VS. AI, Quick Match, Unranked, or Ranked
    • Reward:  One Common Loot Chest Per Day
  • Event Quest: Play 3 Games in VS. AI, Quick Match, Unranked, or Ranked during the Anniversary Event
    • Rewards:
      • Anniversary Portrait
      • Anniversary Spray
      • Anniversary Banner

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And really, who doesn’t like free stuff?!?

Via- Blizzard

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter- @DayneCody

Blizzard Announces Overwatch, A Team Based First Person Shooter.

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At Blizcon this weekend, Blizzard announced their first new IP in almost 17 years. That game is called Overwatch, a FPS that kind of looks like a fresh take on the whole Team Fortress 2 formula coming to the PC. They released this absolutely incredible cinematic trailer for the game, that honestly looks like something Pixar could have made, yes it is that good, take a look below. Nobody does cinematics like Blizzard, just amazing.

Currently they have announced 12 playable characters for the game, all with their own gameplay style and unique feel. There seems to be your classic tanks, and medics, alongside newer more exotic type characters like an archer and a samurai looking character. Battles take place in a variety of levels, and usually have some sort of team-play element besides just kill the other team. There appears to be capture and hold, some defend this area, and I am hearing there is even a Protect this thing as we move through the level type mission. They look to be trying to have a good variety in the gameplay and with the large character roster a little something for everyone. You can check out some gameplay in the trailer below.

This is pretty huge stuff, as Blizzard hasn’t made a completely new IP in a LONG time. I think Diablo was the last new IP that Blizzard had created and every game that they have made since then has either been a sequal, or a game using an existing IP; Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm etc. The fact that we are finally seeing Blizzard doing something that is not only new, but also something they have never done before; they have never made a FPS game, is very exciting. If Blizzard can give this the same kind of love and polish that we have seen from them in the past, well that is a very exciting thought. I can’t wait to get my hands on Overwatch and give it a try.

If you are as excited about this as I am, you can sign up for the closed beta coming early next year, right over here,on the Official Website.

We also have some screenshots for your viewing pleasure as well below.

No release date has been set, and no platform besides the PC has been announced as of yet.
Via- Press release and Official Website

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter- @DayneCody

Gigantic, Is The Beautiful New Game From The Guy Who Brought Us Starcraft and Guild Wars

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Gigantic is a new game being developed over at Motiga. They are selling this as “A team action game where heroes battle alongside a massive guardian in a fight for supremacy.” So while I am not entirely sure what that means, they are going to be at PAX Prime in Aug and you can be damn sure I will find out and let you all know. What I do know at this point, is that it is GORGEOUS! This has got to be one of the prettiest games I have seen recently, I absolutely love the art style. Take a look at the game in action below and enjoy the screenshots as well.

Motiga is a new studio being headed by former Starcraft and Guild Wars lead designer James Phinney. They are based out of Bellvue in Washington State, and I think that after the world gets wind of this game and the art design, they will become much better known. With a guy like that and the formidable team they have managed to wrangle together, I think Gigantic is going to be something special.

Trailer:

Screenshots:

Gigantic will be heading to PC sometime in 2015, but you can head over to their website and sign up for the Alpha now, www.gogigantic.com.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter @DayneCody