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by Published on 2015-11-05 05:54 AM

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Warcraft Movie Interview
Entertainment Weekly and Collider both had interviews about the Warcraft movie recently.

Collider
  • The original script just told the story from the Alliance point of view. Duncan Jones came on and wrote the script to include both the Alliance and Horde points of view.
  • The latest screenings of the movie have been extremely well received.
  • The team is very satisfied with most of the movie, but they are still tinkering with it and going through the final process.


Entertainment Weekly
  • Fans will get a unique enjoyment from the movies, as they will be able to identify the Easter eggs.
  • The movie needed to be something you could watch even if you don't know anything about Warcraft while still making the players feel like it was their world. This is part of why the movie took so long.
  • The BlizzCon crowd is the hardcore crowd, as they know the stories and world and are looking for a reflection of things they've experienced being in that world themselves.
  • Comic book movies used to have a stigma associated with them too, but eventually filmmakers made movies that you actually cared about and felt something for. The same thing is going on with videogame movies now.
  • The first trailer has to do a lot introducing, as the movie shows a new world and characters that people aren't familiar with yet.



Blizzard Hiring for Classic Games
Blizzard posted a new position recently, hiring software engineers to fix up older games. This is likely related to the side project mentioned at Blizzcon 2013 that was updating older games to run on current versions of Windows.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation.

We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.

So if you like wearing many hats, know small teams are the most effective, and look forward to challenges that will create millions of new adventures for our players: we would love to hear from you.

  • Make gameplay first again on modern operating systems.
  • Create conditions for experiences that look as good as they play.
  • Own implementation and curation of features new and old.
  • Combat hacking to improve multiplayer.
  • Diagnose and fix all the things: crashes, deadlocks, overflows, heap corruptions, etc.

Blizzcon - Community Amphitheater
There are several discussions going on at the Community Amphitheater at Blizzcon that won't be on the Virtual Ticket. We hope to be able to provide coverage of them, but it may not be live.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Saturday, November 7, 12:15 p.m.
Quick updates on Engineering discussion. First, it's a Q&A discussion in the Darkmoon Faire area, not a panel on one of the panel stages. Second, it's gonna be at 12:15 on Saturday, and last for an hour. We'll be doing some of the questions we got from Twitter, and polling the audience. The engineers involved are myself, @ben_deane from http://Battle.Net , Timothy Ford from Overwatch, and Grant Mark from SC2/HOTS. We're super excited to do this, and we have a lot of good questions you've submitted. Thanks for your involvement. (kurtismcc)

Friday, November 6, 2:45 p.m.
Scott Johnson, host of The Instance Podcast, will be kicking off casual conversation with lead narrative designer Dave Kosak and lead quest designer Craig Amai about how the rich fantasy of the Warcraft universe informs their design approach to Legion, from quest flow to artifact weapons and beyond. Additional WoW designers will be on-hand and anxious to join the discussion!

  • Featured Guests: Lead Narrative Designer Dave Kosak & Lead Quest Designer Craig Amai
  • Moderator: Scott Johnson, The Instance Podcast Host
  • Special Guests: Designers Helen Cheng, Steve Danuser, Paul Kubit, Steve Burke, Jeremy Feasel, Juan Custer, Chadd Nervig, & more


Saturday, November 7, 2:30 p.m.
Following up on the Legion game systems panel Saturday afternoon, lead class designer Kris Zierhut and his fellow members of the class/systems teams will be in the area to talk further with you about their presentation. If you plan on attending the main stage Q&A panel at this time, we still recommend you come by afterward equipped with your questions for the developers!

  • Featured Guest: Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut
  • Special Guests: Designers Chadd Nervig, Jonathan LeCraft, Russell Petersen, Jay Gill, Zachariah Owens, & more


If you’re not able to make these times, don’t worry! WoW developers will be hanging around the Darkmoon Faire throughout the weekend. Check with us at the Community Amphitheater anytime during BlizzCon for information on scheduled guest appearances.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvP
Do you think after Legion the WOW PVP Scene will be a major contender in the eSports Arena?
No idea. Primarily focused on making it fun to play. (holinka)

Lore
From what I got from you, demons are soulless right? How would they be animate then=[This is kinda confusing.
That I have no idea about, some like Xavius had their souls torn apart by Sargeras right? But does every demonic being have one? (Muffinus)
Well, according to some sources fel consumes souls. Then we have sources stating fel energy also burns life.
Seems to be both, right? Some things consume soul shards, others use life to create mana, others use mana to kill life. (Muffinus)

And if IIRC, the Nether is the realm of the dead?
No idea, man. What is the Light? Where did that one dude in Icecrown go when he ascended? Do the Naaru live there? Deep stuff. (Muffinus)
I have no idea lol =] Maybe there's two realm of the dead. Heaven and Hell-opps
That's kind of the fun of Warcraft mysteries... (Muffinus)
I love mysteries=]I can't help but think that the Observers are related to Old Gods tho. Dem tentacles
Old Gods are still super mysterious to me, I love their mythos and the creepy stained glass vibe. (Muffinus)

Hey Dave, could we ever see a return of the Aspects?
The dragonflights will continue to have a big influence on Azeroth! (DaveKosak)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
was there ever discussion during your tenure to add housing to WoW?
Concern was always that players stay in their houses and don't see other players. (OccupyGStreet)

One thing that I always wanted to ask I would really like an answer to: why do blizz nerfs always with the hammer? no scappel
It can also be demoralizing to have a scalpel cut patch after patch after patch. (OccupyGStreet)

why do you think Blizzard abandoned their core Vanilla/BC/SC1/D1 and D2 player base in favour of 'accessibility'?
I think "abandoned" is a very strong word. Blizzard has always strived for accessibility. (OccupyGStreet)



Blizzard - Japanese Game Localizations
Blizzard updated the WoW, Diablo III, Overwatch, and Hearthstone websites to have a link to a Japanese version of the website. Obviously only Hearthstone has been released in Japanese so far, so it is the only one that works. Blizzard has also been hiring for Japanese localization this year, along with two newer postings for a Project Manager and Senior Marketing Manager. Keep in mind that none of this means that any other games are getting Japanese localizations.



Blizzcon - Con Before the Storm Party
If you are looking for something to do before the Curse Party on Friday, be sure to check out the Con Before the Storm party on Thursday! There will be fan art, a photo booth, games, panels, meet and greets, and more!



Blizzcon - Curse Party at the Hilton Anaheim
Come join Curse for an awesome party at Blizzcon 2015 on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM! We can't wait to celebrate another amazing year of Blizzard games with other fans and users. There will be awesome music, loads of free drinks, swag bags for you to take home, and more!

The pre-reserved spots are all gone, but there will be a general entry line outside the ballroom, so get there early and be ready to party!

by Published on 2015-11-03 10:07 PM


Warlords Season 2 Ending Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
After an in intense season of conflict in Arenas and Battlegrounds, the time is coming soon to see who has climbed to the top of the PvP ranks. Prepare to fight your last battles of this season, and remember—there is no substitute for victory!

Warlords Season 2 will be ending as soon as a few weeks from now. Once the season ends, we'll begin a roughly two-week process to determine end-of-season reward eligibility.

All players who believe that they may have qualified for Warlords Season 2 awards should note the following:

  • In order to ensure you receive your award(s), please refrain from transferring your character(s) to another realm or faction until after Warlords Season 3 has begun.
  • Warlords Season 2 titles and mounts will be awarded a couple of weeks after Season 3 begins.


Conquest Points will be converted to Honor Points at the end of the season, and any Honor above 4,000 will be converted to in-game currency at a rate of 35 silver per point. A few other things to keep in mind once the season has ended:

  • The Honor cap will remain at 4,000.
  • Warlords Season 2 items with rating requirements will no longer be available for purchase.
  • The Season 2 vendors will move over from where they are now and convert to selling last season’s gear for honor. The Season 3 vendors will appear in the newly vacated vendor location.
  • Rated Battleground and Arena matches will not be available during the break between seasons.
  • We will confirm the start date of the forthcoming Warlords Season 3 in a post here in the weeks to come.


In war, you win or lose, live or die—and the difference is but an eyelash. To the battlefield!

Patch 6.2.3 PTR Notes - November 3
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Item Upgrades and Valor are back!
  • Item upgrades are back! Players will be able to earn and spend Valor to upgrade items from Hellfire Citadel, crafted profession items, items created from Baleful tokens in Tanaan Jungle, and all Draenor dungeon drops. All the items you’ve already earned are eligible for upgrades retroactively.
  • To upgrade, visit your friendly neighborhood ethereal in Orgrimmar and Stormwind, or Stormshield and Warspear to upgrade your gear by 5 item levels at a time for 250 Valor, up to twice per item, for a total potential boost of 10 item levels.


Class Tuning Changes
Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)


Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)


Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)


Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)


Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • General
    • Enrage now increases all damage dealt by 15% (up from 10%).
  • Arms


Raids and Dungeons
Timewalking
  • Pepe should now remain with players that enter into a Timewalking dungeon.

Patch 6.2.3 PTR - Build 20691
Build 20691 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Death Knight (Forums, Talent Calculator)


Talents


Blood


Frost


Unholy


Major Glyphs


Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Moonfire damage has been increased by 6%.
  • Moonfire damage has been increased by 6%.
  • Starfall damage has been increased by 6%.
  • Sunfall damage has been increased by 6%.
  • Sunfire damage has been increased by 6%.
  • Wrath damage has been increased by 6%.


Balance


Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)


Retribution


Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)


Elemental


Elemental & Restoration


Enhancement


Warrior (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Arms


Fury & Protection
  • Enrage now increases all damage dealt by 15% (up from 10%).

by Published on 2015-11-03 04:04 AM

Update (11:30 AM EST): Blizzard will no longer report subscriber numbers. Updated post with notes from earnings call.

WoW Down to 5.5 Million Subscribers
Blizzard has their Q3 2015 earnings call tomorrow, announcing that WoW is down to 5.5 million subscribers at the end of Q3 2015. This is down 100k from the Q2 2015 call that listed WoW at 5.6 million subscribers.

  • Activision Blizzard agreed to buy King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion. They are best known for Candy Crush Saga.
  • Blizzard overall MAUs are up 50% year over year.
  • Patch 6.2.2 helped to maintain a stable subscriber base.
  • Hearthstone key engagement metrics grew 77% year-over-year and set a new quarterly revenue record for the franchise.
  • Duncan Jones will be showing off the Warcraft trailer during the Opening Ceremony at Blizzcon.
  • Diablo III continued to bring in new players in Q3, and in China, the game passed the 2-million-unit milestone.
  • Overwatch beta has over 7 million players signed-up to participate, not including China.


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Warcraft Movie Trailer to Premiere at Blizzcon
Everyone will be able to see the Warcraft Movie Trailer on Friday, as it will be part of the Opening Ceremony, which is streamed for free!



Overwatch Sprays
Overpwn has posted the hero sprays which may be part of the unlocks system.


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