The big news from BlizzCon was the announce of Overwatch, a stylized, team-based shooter and Blizzard’s first new IP in a very long time. I think we all knew Blizzard would be announcing something, but this was a pretty interesting turn of events.
Visually, it looks a lot like TF2, and there have already been a ton of comparisons. However, there’s a large emphasis on mobility as well as heroes and hero powers. In that regard, it has a lot of MOBA aspects. Let’s be honest though; with Blizzard’s usual level of polish, it would likely be excellent even if it did play identically to Team Fortress 2.
It feels like a lot of love has gone into the heroes already because they all certainly seem interesting and unique.Winston, the gorilla, has been a ton of fun just to watch run around the map. Hanzo’s ability to run up walls before killing with his bow looks fun too!
While a lot can change before launch, those characters still aren’t my favorites.
Tracer hooked me as soon as I saw her Recall ability, similar to a mage’s Alter Time in World of Warcraft. It looks so cool and satisfying to bounce back to previous point in the middle of a battle. Blink is pretty awesome too of course.
Zenyatta’s design is amazing as well. I never knew it before, but deep down, I’ve always wanted to be a robot monk who floated and could hurt enemies while healing friends. Yes, please.
I signed up for the beta immediately, and now the comes the hard part – waiting. Until then, there’s lots of fun information on the official site, and I assume there will be more to come.
As was hinted by the cards sent to various news outlets, Blizzard announced an expansion to Hearthstone – Goblins vs Gnomes, full of mechanical mayhem. It functions a lot expansions for traditional CCGs; it’ll introduce a large amount of new cards along with some new mechanics on some of those cards. They’ll be obtainable through new card packs that are earned the same way they’re earned currently. There’s something kind of comforting about the familiarity of the process.
I haven’t even purchased all the wings of the Curse of Naxxramas yet, but I’m still excited for this too. I play Hearthstone very casually, and even though I’ve yet to unlock all Basic cards, I still find myself excited for this release. I suppose it’s partly the novelty of seeing new cards in play even if I don’t have them. The new game board (and spectator mode) are nice touches as well. Unfortunately, no mention of the next adventure!
If you don’t find Ben Brode’s laughter infectious, there’s something wrong with you.
As soon as I heard him start speaking on the panel, I was reminded what a great presenter he is. It’s not just skill at presenting either. It’s obvious how much he loves the game, which is really important both for creating a game and for talking about it. Seeing it through his eyes helps me to appreciate the game more. Not that Ben reads this, but thanks for your contributions to both Hearthstone and BlizzCon!
BlizzCon comes with a lot of news and announcements, but it also comes with opportunities to see people who I don’t see often. There weren’t many people I knew in town for BlizzCon this year, but there was one! Mooglegem and I had lunch with our friend Tarok. We ate… too many things. I was full for a long time. He was one of two people who joined us on our last night of Garrosh attempts to ensure our victory. Thanks!