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Less a Blizzard, more an Avalanche! – BlizzCon Deets
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Less a Blizzard, more an Avalanche! – BlizzCon Deets

by Andrew BryantAugust 22, 2009

Blizz Con 2009Blizzard don’t do things by half, even though their penny-pushing paymasters at that hideous Activision Vivendi conglomerate would rather the obscene amounts of money just keep coming in rather than being spent on frivolous events.

Still, BlizzCon is running and it’s giving us loads of Blizzard-related information.

This post will be updated as more crucial information comes to bear.

World of WarCraft : Cataclysm

The official word from the official FAQ is:

“While the attention of the Horde and Alliance remained fixed upon Northrend, an ancient evil has been lying dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane.

Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth, nursing his hatred for the inferior creatures that infest the surface realm…and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.

Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents.

As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.

The face of Azeroth is altered forever as the destruction left in Deathwing’s wake reshapes the land and reveals secrets long sealed away.

Players will be able to re-experience familiar zones across Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, rewrought by the cataclysm and filled with new opportunities for adventure.”

The following is know to be coming…

  • Two new playable races – Goblins and Worgen (think Werewolves)
  • New dungeons and raids (ofc)
  • The level cap will be raised to 85
  • A good deal of the Azeroth land will be revisited/redesigned as part of the new storyline and, as a result, flying mounts will be introduced to the core regions.

Here’s the debut trailer and some location videos (thanks GT)…

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More information can be found here.

Diablo III

The fourth (and final?) class has been introduced, and it’s the farking love child of Akuma and Kung-Fu Panda!

Seriously though, the Monk is coming and he (literally) kicks ass.

Below are the class intro trailer and some special move snippets, again courtesy of Game Trailers…

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More info at the Monk’s class page on Diablo 3.com

Battle.Net

A developer panel from the Battle.Net team provided some Q&A for the upcoming revamp to the system that will provide the code multiplayer functionality of the upcoming StarCraft 2.

The post seems to have disappeared for the moment, but Blues News captured some of the key points…

What will be available to players in the StarCraft II Marketplace?
After the launch of StarCraft II, we aim to add the StarCraft II Marketplace to Battle.net, which will create a vibrant ecosystem of user-generated content, including multiplayer maps, single-player scenarios, challenges, themes, and more.

How will Battle.net affect my multiplayer StarCraft II experience?
We’ll be implementing a new auto-matchmaking system, with advanced skill tracking to allow players to be matched with other players of similar skill level. This will help players consistently face evenly matched competition. We’ll also be implementing various leagues and ladder systems to allow a more competitive StarCraft II landscape.

What is the Real ID feature?
Real ID is at the forefront of online gaming as it will allow you to easily connect, communicate, and play with real-life friends. Connect with old friends and current guildies, and make new friends with the integrated Battle.net social networking tools. Beyond simply seeing your friend’s character names (e.g. “Gorlac” in World of Warcraft or “Snip3r” in StarCraft II), and having to remember which character name goes with which friend, you will be able to see your Real ID friend and chat with him or her across Blizzard games. What’s more, Real ID is totally optional — the options are there for you to build your Blizzard Entertainment social network however you see fit.

What are some of the communication tools available in the new Battle.net?
Our vision is for the new Battle.net to become the ultimate Blizzard Entertainment social network, in addition to its matchmaking foundation. Simply logging in to Battle.net will make it easy to find and chat with your friends across World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and future Blizzard Entertainment titles, including Diablo III. Keep track of all your buddies in your friends list, view their online status and presence information, voice chat, send out party invites, and broadcast messages to your friends. Detailed character profiles let players keep up to date on friends’ progress and achievements.

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Andrew Bryant
The resident PC elitist fanatic enthusiast, Andrew’s grim outlook on the industry provides CNS with a hefty dollop of its news content. Oh, and he has managed to convince Barry to let him review stuff too! Hilarity ensues!
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