Here’s a card we’ve been dying to play: The closed beta test for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has begun in the Americas region! During the closed beta test, we’ll be inviting a range of duelers from our opt-in pool (along with folks from press and fansites) to try their hand at Hearthstone and let us know what they think. There’s no NDA during the beta, and we’d love to hear all about your epic victories, watch your live streamed matches, and see screenshots and videos sharing your experiences with the game. Please note that Hearthstone is still in development, and what you see and play in the beta test isn’t necessarily representative of what to expect in the final game.
Want to participate in beta testing Hearthstone? Visit www.playhearthstone.com for more information.
Together with our partner NetEase, Inc., we announced earlier today that Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be making its way to mainland China. Our upcoming free-to-play online strategy card game was announced a few months ago at PAX East in Boston, and we’ve been steadily toiling away preparing for the beta test since then. To learn more about the game, head over to www.playhearthstone.com, and check out the press release to read today’s news.
On September 3, evil will be reborn on consoles around the world with the release of Diablo® III on the PlayStation™ 3 and Xbox 360. The latest entry in Blizzard’s action role-playing series has been fine-tuned to offer console gamers all of the fast-paced action and visceral gameplay of the PC version, with a customized interface and controls that make slaying demons from the comfort of a couch feel like second nature. It’ll be here before summer’s end, so check out the press release for all the details, and lock in your preorder with your local retailer soon.
Things continue to heat up as we bring forth two new heroes to battle it out for your enjoyment and edification. This time, we've got two heavy hitters: the mighty paladin Uther the Lightbringer against the tyrannical warrior Garrosh Hellscream. Sparks are bound to fly in this fireside duel. Shoutcasted by designer Ben Brode, you’ll get to witness these powerhouses employ unique class-specific cards and Hero Powers in a bid to see who comes out on top of the discard pile.
*Warning: Murlocs may bite. Do not feed after midnight. Keep out of direct sunlight. Do not get wet. Not responsible for lost fingers, toes, or socks.
Mark your calendars—a Blizzard is coming to Southern California! Tickets for BlizzCon® 2013 will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. PDT and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT through the official BlizzCon website. In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PDT.
BlizzCon 2013 takes place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, and tickets to the two-day show will be available at $175 USD each. Tickets to the Benefit Dinner (which includes admission to BlizzCon) will be priced at $500 USD each, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Tickets to previous BlizzCon events have sold out within minutes, so be sure to synchronize your hourglasses.
Paladins, demon hunters, and Ghosts who can’t make it to the show in person will once again have the option to enjoy BlizzCon from home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multi-channel Internet stream. Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.
See the full press release or check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure visit the official BlizzCon website at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show. We hope to see you in Anaheim!
As an important next step in its ongoing efforts to provide world-class entertainment, Blizzard has purchased IGN Pro League technology and assets from IGN. Along with this purchase, Blizzard is bringing onboard members of the IPL staff as the foundation for a new team based in San Francisco whose primary focus will be on creating high-quality web and mobile content in support of Blizzard games, while some IPL staff have joined Blizzard's existing eSports team.
“This new team will help us to further develop the rich media experiences that extend the fun and engagement of our games online,” said Itzik Ben-Bassat, Blizzard’s executive vice president of publishing. “This is a team of passionate gamers with a proven track record, and we’re looking forward to now leveraging their expertise and technology to support a variety of online efforts.”
Regarding the transaction, Peer Schneider, executive vice president of IGN, stated, “With the continuing evolution of the eSports space and the renewed focus on our core media brand, we made the decision to sell the IGN Pro League technology and assets and become agnostic in our competitive gaming coverage. Following Blizzard’s acquisition of IPL assets, IGN will partner with multiple organizations and cover their events.”
In collaboration with the world's premier eSports organizations, we're rolling out a brand-new World Championship Series this year that establishes a unified global ranking system for StarCraft II eSports. What does this mean for players and eSports fans? Check out the press release and visit www.starcraft2.com/wcs to learn more.
We took the wrapper off a little something new today at PAX East. It's called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a free-to-play strategy card game for PC and iPad that will be extremely easy to pick up and play . . . and maybe a little hard to put down ;) Check out the press release for today's announcement, and then head over to www.playhearthstone.com to learn more.