BlizzCon In-Game Goodies: D.Va Announcer and Portrait!

Blizzard Entertainment will give a unique D.va clan logo portrait and 12 D.va announcer audio files to BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket viewers.

The audio files will be available for purchase at the BlizzCon Shop soon, but the clan logo portrait will be available in Patch 3.7.

D.Va Announcer

D.Va is coming to StarCraft II!

We’re excited to reveal that the cache of StarCraft II’s in-game goodies, available for BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders, will consist of a new D.Va announcer and portrait!

In the coming weeks, D.Va will join the cast of six other announcers we released with Patch 3.7—and she’s the first announcer whose origins lie outside the realm of StarCraft II lore! Although D.Va is known most recently for her activities within the Overwatch organization, her journey began in the StarCraft esports scene, where she became the #1 ranked player in the world at the age of 16. Her StarCraft experience makes her uniquely qualified to support you in-game!

As of Patch 3.7, portraits can now be shown in-game in place of a clan logo at your town hall, so there will be no shortage of ways to take advantage of these StarCraft II rewards. Everyone who attends BlizzCon 2016 or purchases a Virtual Ticket will unlock the D.Va announcer and her portrait! Check out our preview of some of her announcer lines below.

The D.Va announcer will be available for purchase at a later date, but her portrait is exclusively available to BlizzCon attendees and those watching from home via the Virtual Ticket. We’ll have more BlizzCon info coming soon, so stay tuned here and on our social channels on Facebook and Twitter!

 

BlizzCon 2014 – StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Overview Panel Transcript

This is a transcript of the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Overview panel held at BlizzCon 2014. Among the panelists were: James Waugh (Director of Story development), Allen Dilling (Lead 3D artist), Jason Huck (Lead level designer), Justin Thavirat (Lead 3D artist) and Matt Morris (Lead campaign designer).

Transcript

Waugh: Welcome everybody to the Legacy of the Void Campaign Panel. We hope to answer all your burning questions about the end development final chapter of the StarCraft II trilogy. My name is James Waugh, I’m the lead writer; I’m joined on stage by Jason Huck (lead level designer), Allen Dilling (lead artist), Justin Thavirat (lead artist) and Matthew Morris (lead campaign designer); each of whom will talk about how their discipline helped craft the game.

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BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Goodies

BlizzCon goodies incoming! Not attending? Snag these in-game bonuses with a Virtual Ticket! Don’t forget to buy your tickets here: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/virtual-ticket/#goodies

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World of Warcraft Pet: Murkalot
StarCraft II Portrait & Decal: Tearin’ Stitches & Stitches’ Hook
Diablo III Banner: Mark of Death
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Card: Mystery Minion

For people wondering who Stitches is.. He is from Blizzard All-Stars.. Looks like Blizzard’s MOBA will be releasing soon.

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BlizzCon Mobile Countdown Web App

Blizzplanet is proud to announce its very own BlizzCon countdown web application for your mobile device. This is designed to be used on your iOS or Android mobile phone. Follow these steps on your phone and get excited for BlizzCon!

1. Browse to http://www.blizzplanet.com/blizzconcountdown/ or http://is.gd/blizzcon if you want a shorter URL to type in.

2.If you are on iOS a button should popup with instructions. If it doesn’t, tap the Arrow button on the bottom bar of Safari. If you are on Android it varies from device to device but look for an Add Bookmark to Home screen option.

3. Tap Add to Home Screen

4. Choose a Name and hit Add.

You will now have a nice BlizzCon icon on your phone’s home screen.

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Rumor: BlizzCon 2010 Listed by Anaheim Convention Center

Update 5:30pm EST: I reached Blizzard Entertainment and this is the official response. Our IncGamers main website is echoing the same official response:

Blizzard Quote:
Blizzard Entertainment has not announced any details about the next BlizzCon. We recommend that players refrain from making any BlizzCon-related travel plans at this time.

Update 4:44pm EST: Within a few minutes, the page no longer exists. It has been removed. I took video of my monitor to show you the page, and what happened after I reloaded the page. Will put the video up sometime later.

Original Story 4:22pm EST: The Anaheim Convention Center in California has been the official stage in the past years for the Blizzard Entertainment mega-convention known as Blizzcon. Last year the Anaheim Convention Center welcomed over 25,000 players who traveled from all around the world to meet the Blizzard Entertainment developers, play Starcraft II and Diablo III demos, and to hear what the new World of Warcraft expansion [Cataclysm] was all about.

A few months ago, there was a massive response to the rumor that BlizzCon 2010 would take place at Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Convention Center quickly responded it had been a misunderstanding and the page should never have gone online, as it was a placeholder that was never confirmed or secured by Blizzard Entertainment.

Eldorian (Blizzplanet) has discovered something of interest. The Anaheim Convention Center had not shown any schedules for Blizzcon on its official website up to this point. Now the website currently lists Blizzcon to happen on October 22-23, 2010.

This however, might not be a final date so don’t jump on your horses with this to book flight and hotel reservations just yet. We will have to wait for an official response from Blizzard Entertainment. There is a chance this is another placeholder or automatic renewal that shouldn’t have appeared online. There’s no guarantee that a BlizzCon might be held this year. However, there’s still one more Diablo III Class to be unveiled. There’s no better place to announce this new class than at BlizzCon or at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals. None of these events have been confirmed or announced by Blizzard Entertainment as of the time of this post.

Starcraft II might be in beta by the time BlizzCon takes place, and the showcasing of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm’s latest demo is a no brainer. Could there be an announcement of the Next-Gen MMO or the new IP this BlizzCon?


BlizzCon at Las Vegas Rumor Debunked

Blizzplanet and other fansites listed under their Blizzard Fansites Program (see USA or Europe — Blizzplanet is listed there) have direct contact with the Community Managers, Public Relations and some developers. So we get the scoop pretty fast on things whether we contacting them or they sending us flash news.

I want to alert all of our visitors to halt any flight or hotel arrangements provoked by the rumor that BlizzCon would take place at Las Vegas. It has been confirmed to be a rumor.

Blizzard Entertainment has not provided any details on the next BlizzCon, so you should leave all your planning for the moment Blizzard makes an official announcement either at the Blizzard.com or BlizzCon.com websites.

It would be very saddening to see thousands of players spending in arrangements for something that hasn’t been confirmed or announced officially. This year over 20,000 Blizzcon tickets were sold in less than 30 seconds.

“If you didn’t make it into the queue in those 30 seconds, you didn’t get a ticket.” — said Mike Morhaime a few months ago. For that matter, rumors like this could be devastating pushing thousands of people to arrange flight and hotel right away or to cancel, ever seen how much you get charged for cancelling? ouch.

It’s unclear if there was an approach; if the Las Vegas convention administrators accidentally leaked too early — you know dates can change at any time specially rushed this early; or if it was a publicity stunt. Whatever happened here, just ignore it. Blizzard might have other plans for location or date, and it would be too risky to make reservations this early under those nebulous terms. Blizzard always gives fans a four months window in advance to make arrangements after they make the official announcement.

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“We haven

Blizzcon 2009 Overview: Why Blizzard Entertainment is the best Game Studios

Blizzard Entertainment is often criticized by a handful of fans.  Usually the same group that is never satisfied with anything.  Those who say that Blizzard likes to milk or cash on things and speculate and blame Activision.  As a Fansite member who has been reporting news to the community for seven years, I can finally tell you a few things that might change your view.

If anything, things have changed for the better in the past recent years.  I have never seen Blizzard so active with fansites since the release of World of Warcraft.  I keep in contact with the CMs many times each month, and they reply my questions. Blizzard approves all the interview requests and provide exclusive screenshots more often. Have anyone wondered how do so many fansites get to go to Blizzcon and the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals to bring you content and exclusive interviews with new info about the recently announced games?

Blizzard Entertainment cares a lot for their fansites and are truly kind with them.  For example, I attended Blizzcon 2008 and the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals 2008 (Paris) last year.  This year I attended the Starcraft II Single Player press invitation and Blizzcon 2009.

Did you wonder at all how I manage to cover the expenses? All Blizzard.  Flight, Hotel, Taxi, Breakfast, and other extras.  They didn’t cover all those expenses just for me.  Over 30 Fansites were invited in those four events within the last 12 months.

All so that fans learn new info about the games from other fans such as me, Maticus, Flux and Leord, and as a reward of sorts for all the work each loyal and dedicated fansite does to keep fans informed.

However, this cover of expenses is only done for only one member per fansite.  We arrive two days before Blizzcon to attend on Thursday the Fansites Summit held at the Blizzard Entertaiment campus by the Theater Room.

In there we get to see the latest build of Starcraft II and Diablo III gameplay in a wall-sized screen before fans get to play that at Blizzcon giving us a heads up to write about that night.  We coordinate and synchronize what all fansites will have access to from Blizzard.

Blizzard will spear-head social integration and quick mass information not only with Twitter, but through Battle.net 2.0.  As you can see in our 15 screenshots of Battle.net 2.0 features, the Social/Friends List feature is awesome, and will help guilds and clans communicate more efficiently.

Blizzard will provide all their registered fansites a new circular icon designed by them to distinguish our fansites’s front page:

  • Official Starcraft II Fan Site
  • Official Diablo III Fan Site
  • Official World of Warcraft Fan Site
  • Official Warcraft Fan Site

The one that intrigued all fansite members present at the Blizzard Entertainment’s Theater Room was the … Official Battle.net Fan Site.  Bashiok nor Karune gave an explanation of what this new icon means.  What could justify the creation of a Official Battle.net Fan Site rather than a game-specific Fan Site?  To be honest everyone is befuddled.

Does Blizzard still have more juice to share with fans about Battle.net? More features and secrets to be unearthed? I can only say we are very-VERY excited.  Now I am understanding why Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty won’t ship on 2009.

Starcraft II is ready to ship in time.  It is Battle.net 2.0 what is delaying the release of Starcraft II, because the game is meant to ship with Battle.net 2.0.  With what little I have said here, and the hint of an Official Battle.net Fan Site Program—I am convinced the wait will be worth it.  And if Fansites are excited, you guys should be too.

Nethaera (WoW CM), Bashiok (Diablo III CM) and Karune (Starcraft II CM) directed the Fansites Summit and encouraged all fansite representatives attending the event to contact them to ask questions, and to submit Q&As from our own communities for developers on a one-on-one basis.

We were told that not only will developers of each game interact with fans in live Q&As over Twitter, but that fansites will also have the opportunity to interact with the developers privately through Live Press Q&As.

To those minorities (coughs, trolls) bashing Blizzard Entertainment and accusing it of milking the franchises, I am sorry to say: “You are wrong”.  We are paying for quality products.  In my interview with Chris Metzen back on July 20, 2009 during the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Single Player Press Invitation, he confirms why Starcraft II is sold as three separate episodes.

They have been working on stories for Starcraft II for nearly a decade.  It came down to a point that it was hard to cram all the lore and stories into a single product without discarding stuff. The decision to span the game into three episodes happened far before Activision and VUGames merged into Activision Blizzard.

“The trick to StarCraft II now being in these three installments is that there was a lot to play with in the first place.  We had 10 years worth of expectations and stories we wanted to chase and arcs of these characters that we wanted to explore”—said Metzen.  “So we came packing with a lot of ideas, and the idea of separating each of these chapters into their own boxed product essentially allows us to really round out each race

Blizzcon 2009: Christie Golden Book Signing Videos

Pocket Books invited me to witness their Blizzcon 2009 book signing event on Saturday at 4pm where Jaime Costas and her husband raffled 40 copies of the World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Edition.  I brought my video camera and captured most of the event.  There was a large amount of fans awaiting to win one of those, but also to get their own merchandise signed by Christie Golden.  I could see some World of Warcraft: Arthas (Normal Edition) and Starcraft: The Dark Templar trilogy brought by fans to be signed by the author. The place was crowded with fans that were excited to meet her.

If you recognize a friend in the two videos, let them know the link to this page.  It’s available to all attendees as a memento. I was glad to be there.  I realized I haven’t taken photos of myself with the authors in all the events I have been attending.  This time I had the chance to take a photo with all the publishers and book writers. I have been in contact with all of them quite often.  It feels like family already. Watch video # 1 below, and video # 2 here.

Blizzcon 2009: Amusing Blizzard-themed Restaurant Menu

Flux (Diii.net) and I shared a room at the hotel.  When I entered the room, late night on Saturday after Blizzcon 2009 ended, he showed me a large paper.  He walked by a restaurant, and an employee asked him if he was at Blizzcon. When Flux said yes, he handed him the Restaurant menu.

Flux gave me the menu to scan it for our audience. He considered it quitely funny, and indeed it is.  The McCormick & Schmick’s Restaurant went through all the trouble to rename most of their menu and print it to catch attention from Blizzcon 2009 visitors.  The menu got tons of references from Diablo, World of Warcraft and Starcraft II.

You can find this restaurant at 321 West Katella Avenue. Suite 109. Anaheim, CA. 92802

DIABLO

Featured Species: This Halibut was captured with a spear off of Gulf of Westmarch by Deckard Cain on the “Stay a while and Listen”.

  • Kurast, Sea Scallops
  • Kurast, Bay Scallops
  • Dreadlands Rainbow Trout
  • Lachdanan’s Duck Confit Tacos with Serrano Cream
  • Pepin’s White Ale Steamed Manila Clams
  • 14 oz. New York Strip Steak (also known as Wirt’s Leg)
  • Lut Gholein, Ono
  • Tilapia Cashew Twin Seas, Khanduras
  • A Recipe taken from “The Horadrim Monastery Cook Book
  • Farham the Drunk’s Creation

    From the Kitchen of Tristram Village:

  • Dreadlands Trout (Almond Crusted with Chive Beurre Blanc)
  • Mahi-Mahi (Cajun Maple Marinated, Orange Beurre Blanc)
  • Dark Wanderer Sea Scallops
  • King Leoric Wild Swordfish

Check out other games’ references in the menu after the break.

WOW

  • Noob Entries and Sandwishes
  • Orcish Pancetta Wrapped Jumbo Prawns with Thai Barbeque Sauce
  • Korean Style Beef Short Ribs with Stormwind City Marinade
  • Nazjatar Raw Bar (Lots of Seafood options)
  • Dark Portal Steak and Stuffed Shrimp Combinations
  • Ner’zhul’s Creme Brulee
  • Darkspear, Lobster
  • Eld Druids Lobster Ravioli
  • Death Knight Filet Mignon
  • Grizzly Hills Blueberry Shortcake

STARCRAFT

  • Zerus Atlantic Salmon (*Zerus is the Zerg homeworld)
  • The Overmind’s Atlantic Salmon Zerus—stuffed with crab, bay shrimp, Brie Cheese, Chive Lemon Butter. A Favorite amongst the Zerg Swarm.
  • Gerard DuGalle Barramundi (Queensland, Australia)—served every Monday aboard the DSS Aleksander
  • The Federal Confederacy Atlantic Salmon
  • Chau Sara Tilapia Parmesan
  • Raynor’s Ling Cod Fish and Chips (Hand battered Ling Cod with Tartar Sauce and French Fries)

Blizzcon 2009 – Blizzplanet at the Pocket Books Booth

I visited the Pocket Books booth on Saturday at 4pm to record on video the book signing session held by Christie Golden.  Jaime Costas and her husband organized a raffle to give away 40 copies of the World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Edition.  The place was crowded with fans that were excited to meet her.

Below are some photos as a sneak peek until I prepare the videos.  Photos explained from left to right … The first photo is Maticus (Worldofwar.net) and J. Allen Brack (WoW Producer Director); second photo is Medievaldragon and J. Allen Brack. The third photo from left to right: Jaime Costas (Pocket Books), Christie Golden, Medievaldragon, Richard A. Knaak and TOKYOPOP Editor-in-Chief Rob Tokar.

   

On this batch, Medievaldragon and Nethaera (WoW Community Manager).  On the second one, with Karune (Starcraft II Community Manager). Third one: Greg Street (Ghostcrawler), Medievaldragon, and on the far right: Patrick Magruder (WoW Lead Gameplay Programmer). Need to double check the developer on light-gray shirt.