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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
Tim: Hello BlizzCon! Who is excited about Nova Covert Ops, Did you guys catch that announcement? Yeah? Excellent. Well, we are here today to tell you guys about the Future of StarCraft II. My name is Tim Morton. I’m the lead producer on StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, and I’m going to introduce you guys to my fellow panelists up here.