Brian T. Kindregan joined Epic Games Studios

Brian T. Kindregan left Blizzard Entertainment some time ago early June. Today he announced he joined Epic Games Studio as a Narrative Director, last week. Brian worked at Blizzard Entertainment for 7 years. He was co-lead writer for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and lead writer for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.

The only contribution he did for Diablo III (vanilla) was the writing of the followers: Enchantress, Scoundrel, and Templar.

We wish Brian the best, and thank him for his great contributions to our favorite video games.

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Starcraft II Coop: The Vermillion Problem

The UNN news anchor Donny Vermillion returns, and with him comes a new map for Starcraft Coop.

Based on the Wings of Liberty mission “The Devil’s Playground”, this mission sends you on the planet Viridium Prime to harvest so called “xenon crystals” before the planet explodes.

Lava Rising on Viridium Prime

Just like on Redstone III, lava will rise on a regular basis, forcing you to bring your ground forces to safety before the lava incinerates your units, and in turn disrubting your harvest of xenon crystals.

Lava Monser terrorizes terran citizens

Like with other coop missions, there is a bonus objective: In “The Vermillion Problem” you have to defeat a lava monster, which only appears when the lava level is high.

The Vermillion Problem | Viridium Prime


Visit the original article here to read in detail what Adam Levy, gamedesigner at Blizzard, can tell about the creation of this new coop map.

Legacy of the Void Patch 3.3: New Co-op Content and Features

Blizzard revealed today the coming features of the next Patch for Starcraft Legacy of the Void.

3.3 will introduce two things: Mutators and Mastery Levels.

Spice up your games with the weekly mutator challenges, including but not limited to sleeping workers, invisible armies, tornados, fast enemies and infested zombies assaulting your base.

To make these challanges worth playing, playing commanders beyond level 15 will contribute to the mastery levels, which will give you points to spend to strengthen your units and abilities across commanders.

Finally, there is one small unmentioned reveal: the next commander to join the battle is Abathur, the evolution master mind behind the swarm.

StarCraft Patch 3.2.2 – Nova Covert Ops Bug Fixes

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void patch 3.2.2 addresses several bugs, including a couple bugs in Nova Covert Ops.

  • Clicking on your league icon in Multiplayer > Ranked will now correctly take you to your profile ladder division screen.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when watching ”The Story So Far” videos in the Campaign screen while in a party.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when attempting to invite someone on your Friends List that is no longer online.
  • MP3 files are now working properly again in the StarCraft II Editor.
  • Fixed an issue on Invader LE where certain areas of the map were inhibiting air control for flying units.
  • Fixed an issue on Frozen Temple where certain areas of the map were inhibiting air control for flying units.
  • Fixed a localization issue on the Multiplayer screen for the German and Italian versions of StarCraft II.

  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from getting credit for unlocking bonus equipment in the second mission of the Nova Covert Ops campaign when using the ‘Play Again’ option.
  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect audio would play in the German version of StarCraft II.,/li>

source: Battle.net

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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void – Nova Covert Ops Released

Blizzard Entertainment launched the Nova Covert Ops campaign today along with many bug fixes and other new features. Nova Covert Ops requires the free StarCraft II Starter Edition, StarCraft II, or StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

Read a partial patch notes for Patch 3.2.0.

Patch live in SEA today, 3/28. To be released in other regions starting 3/29.

The first mission pack for Nova: Covert Ops is now available!

  • The first mission pack consists of three missions and can be accessed by selecting Campaign > Nova: Covert Ops.
  • Assuming the role of Nova Terra, re-immerse yourself in the Koprulu sector, strategize against the Defenders of Man, and help Emperor Valerian Mengsk restore peace and unity to the Dominion.
  • Customize your equipment, select special army upgrades, and utilize powerful psionic ghost abilities to work your way through each mission to victory.
  • A new ghost unit skin is now available for those who had pre-purchased the Nova: Covert Ops mission bundle.
  • Players who purchase the Nova mission pack or mission bundle but do not own any of the expansions in the StarCraft II trilogy have elevated access to the following components of StarCraft II: Starter Edition:
    • Ability to chat in Public Chat Channels
    • Ability to join and chat in Groups and Clans
    • Map publishing to the StarCraft II Arcade utilizing the full range of assets from all three StarCraft II expansions
    • Offline Play
  • For more information, see our blog post.

  • Chain of Ascension
    • A new Co-op Missions map, Chain of Ascension, has been added!
    • Fight off waves of enemies as you and your ally engage in a tug-of-war battle to achieve victory.
    • For more information, see our blog post.
  • Vorazun
    • Level 15: Strike from the Shadows
      • Cloaked Damage bonus has been reduced from 25% to 15%.
      • Cloaked Damage bonus now applies only to unit attacks and not abilities.
      • The effect still applies to all allied units.
    • Dark Templar & Shadow Guard
      • Shadow Fury damage changed from 35 to 25 (+15 to light).

Bug fixes, and other features in the full patch notes.

 

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Nominated in 19th D.I.C.E. Awards 2016

The 19th D.I.C.E. Awards has nominated StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void in the Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition.

The D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at Mandalay Bay Hotel Convention Hall.

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is proud to honor the year’s finest achievements in video games with the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards), hosted by comedian, podcaster, voice actor and cartoonist Pete Holmes. Academy members begin voting for the video game industry’s premier peer-based awards show Thursday, January 14th at 3 PM PST; the winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 18, at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas at the conclusion of the 2016 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2016).

This year, the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will honor Satoru Iwata as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Also being honored this year as the Hall of Fame recipient is Hideo Kojima, world-renowned game creator and auteur recognized for the best-selling Metal Gear series.

“Looking at the nominees for the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, I am especially impressed by the broad range of titles catering to gamers’ increasingly sophisticated and diverse tastes,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “It is always gratifying to watch our industry and its many artists and craftsmen grow and continue to challenge and thrill audiences. February 18th will be another memorable celebration of the best in interactive entertainment bolstered by the playful humor of host Pete Holmes.”

 

Pre-Purchase Nova Covert Ops Mission Pack Bundle Today

Blizzard Entertainment announced the Nova Covert Ops mission pack is now available for pre-purchase with a 33% discount offer where you get all 9-mission maps as a bundle. To put that in context, once this limited-time offer is over players will have to buy individual mini-packs for $7.49 each (containing 3-mission maps each). The Nova Covert Ops will be released in increments of 3 maps approximately every 3-4 months.

It is important to pre-purchase because of the bonuses such as the Nova skin and Nova portrait which won’t be available in the individual $7.49 mini-packs. Read the Pre-Purchase FAQ below.

Pre-Purchase Nova Covert Ops Mission Pack Today