Over the weekend, Blizzard held their annual convention, BlizzCon, which focuses on the company’s various titles and what exciting updates coming up for them. I had the pleasure of attending the event and getting to see and play some of these updates first hand!
The convention hall was packed with fans, cosplayers, and Blizzard staff and partners, but not a single person looked like they weren’t having a good time! The floor had plenty of panels, demos, merchandise, and eSports events to go around for everyone. Here are some of the most exciting updates announced at the convention:
World of Warcraft
Of course, everyone wants to know what Blizzard’s got cooked up next for their biggest franchises. World of Warcraft has a number of exciting stuff coming, including Tides of Vengance, the first content update for Battle of Azeroth. Players can look forward to the Battle of Dazar’alor raid, the Battle of Darkshore warfront, and more. WoW fans should definitely watch the cinematic, Lost Honor!
Outside of that, WoW Classic is coming in Summer of 2019 and will be included with the World of Warcraft subscription.
The thing I’m the most excited about is Ashe, the 29th hero being added to Blizzard’s ever-growing FPS, Overwatch. Ashe is an old friend of our beloved gun-slingin’ cowboy, Jesse McCree, and has a very mysterious backstory of her own. Her Ultimate Ability allows her to summon her partner, Bob, who wreaks havoc and makes sure Ashe’s damands are seen through. Check out her introductory cinematic, Reunion, which also teases out another important character… just watch it:
I did get to play the demo of Ashe! Not sure if the demo was particularly fair in my favor, considering the opposing team decided to only pick Brigitte, making my choice of testing Ashe completely useless. Regardless, she seems super fun! From a top-level perspective, think of her as a weaker McCree with a scope. Her dynamite is unique in that it explodes after a while, but it can also be detonated immediately by shooting it. Lastly, Ashe’s Coach gun is good for distancing herself from her opponents (and also good for the boops).
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm is getting a new hero, Orphea, who is a ranged assassin, and is slated to make her way to the Nexus later this month. As the daughter of the Raven Lord (hence her title, “Heir of the Raven Court”), Orphea has a very interesting backstory, and we encourage the fans who are interested in the lore of Heroes of the Storm to read the comics listed on her character page.
There have been fan outcries for a brand-new adventure in the world of Diablo for forever. To many’s surprise, they’re getting just that in Diablo Immortal, the series’ first mobile MMO RPG, which is coming to Android and iOS mobile devices.
As for other Diablo news, Diablo III Eternal Collection is now available for the Nintendo Switch! I also got to demo the game on the show floor, and I truly enjoyed it.