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by Published on 2021-06-14 12:49 PM

Diablo II: Resurrected Releases September 23rd
During the Xbox Bethesda E3 Showcase, it was announced that Diablo II: Resurrected will release on September 23th. The multiplayer open beta will start in August, and players that preorder the game will gain early access to it.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The call to arms has been issued—who will stand ready at the gates of Hell to face the Lord of Terror? Diablo II: Resurrected™ is coming soon, a definitive remastering of Diablo II alongside its Lord of Destruction® expansion! On September 23, veteran and new players alike can save Sanctuary from the Burning Hells on Windows® PC, and for the first time on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, and Nintendo Switch™.


Experience the timeless classic, now with high-resolution visuals (with support for up to 4K resolution) and remastered 7.1 Dolby Surround audio bringing the world of Sanctuary to life in a whole new way. Prepare to witness the original game’s cinematics, 27-minutes of epic storytelling, faithfully recreated to capture the dark ambiance so fondly remembered.

While Diablo II: Resurrected takes full advantage of today’s modern gaming hardware, it preserves the engaging hack-and-slash gameplay that is as engrossing today as it was twenty years ago—but with a handful of quality-of-life changes, such as a larger stash for players to store more of their loot and automatic gold pickup for ease. Above all else, Diablo II: Resurrected remains true to the original, and with a touch of a button, players can transport themselves into the nostalgic past, playing the game in the original 800x600 experience.

Players who wish to get their hands on the game will soon have a chance to do so. The Diablo II: Resurrected multiplayer open beta will kick-off in August and will feature five of the final game’s seven highly customizable character classes for players to choose from—the Amazon, Barbarian, Paladin, and Sorceress from the core game, as well as the Druid from the included Lord of Destruction expansion. The Necromancer and Assassin will be available when the game officially launches on September 23. Players who preorder the game will also gain early access to the open beta test taking place in August on supporting platforms.

Since our announcement, the community’s enthusiasm and support has been staggering. We can’t wait to begin this adventure and share more details with you on our upcoming beta test. So, rally your friends and stay tuned! Learn more from our website here, or for real-time updates, follow the Dark Lord on Twitter @diablo!
by Published on 2021-06-12 02:42 AM

Burning Crusade Classic - Free Character Transfers Service Soon Closed
Blizzard has updated the forum post "Free Character Transfers" from earlier this month, announcing that the free service will be closed on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:00 PT (14:00 ET, 20:00 CEST).
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In this region, all Free Character Transfers will be closed at 20:00 CEST on Tuesday, June 15.

If you’ve been planning to make use of the Free Character Transfer service, please do so as soon as possible.

Thank you!

We’ve opened the Free Character Transfer service to players on some realms in this region. Free Character Transfers are now available:

From - To - Faction Restriction - NA Realms
  • Faerlina - Incendius - Available to all characters
  • Faerlina - Skeram - Available to all characters
  • Mankrik - Westfall - Horde only
  • Mankrik - Windseeker - Horde only
  • Whitemane - Anathema - Horde only
  • Whitemane - Thunderfury - Horde only

From - To - Faction Restriction - EU Realms
  • Gehennas - Stonespine - Horde only
  • Gehennas - Ten Storms - Horde only
  • Pyrewood Village - Nethergarde Keep - Alliance only
  • Firemaw - Bloodfang - Horde only

Please note:
  • You cannot transfer a character who
    • is the leader of a guild.
    • has items up for auction.
    • has in-game mail messages.
  • You may have to change the character’s name after the transfer.
  • You cannot transfer a character to a PvP realm where you already have a character of the opposite faction.
  • The transfer of a character is a final decision once initiated, and cannot be undone. Blizzard Customer Service cannot adjust or reverse the character transfer process.

During times when servers are very busy, free character transfers can take up to several hours.

As always, we will monitor the number of characters moved and the populations on the realms above and close free transfers if necessary. We encourage players who wish to move to do so as soon as possible, as this service may be closed without notice.

We’ll update this thread with any planned changes or closures as soon as they are finalized.

Thank you!
by Published on 2021-06-12 01:21 AM

World of Warcraft Hotfixes - June 11, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
June 11, 2021

Burning Crusade Classic
  • Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal is no longer on the global cooldown.
  • The events told in Medivh's Journal for "The Master's Terrace" can now be replayed.
  • Fixed an issue where Nightbane can exit combat during the Karazhan raid encounter.

June 10, 2021

Classes
  • Rogue
    • Outlaw
      • Control is King (PvP Talent) no longer removes enemy stealth effects.

Items and Rewards
  • Fixed an issue which caused the lifesteal effect on Revenger to deal more damage than intended.

Burning Crusade Classic
  • Rift Keepers in The Black Morass once again grant Keepers of Time reputation up until Exalted.
by Published on 2021-06-10 05:19 PM

Blizzard Vault Release - Burning Crusade Classic
This month's Blizzard Vault release is live, bringing lots of Burning Crusade Classic themed items. The Illidan Art Prints and Illidan Statue aren't new, but go along with the collection.

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by Published on 2021-06-09 10:06 PM

Welcome to a New Global Battle.net
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We’re breaking down barriers.

We’ve always envisioned Battle.net as a place for players to connect, collaborate, and play their favorite games. Now, we’re realizing that dream on a truly global level.

“When Battle.net first came out, the purpose was to deliver a connected, multiplayer experience for a single title,” says Arron Goolsbey, VP of Platform Engineering for Battle.net. “Fast-forward 10 to 15 years, and Battle.net had evolved into a service that spanned all Blizzard games but was still constructed with the primary notion that players would mostly play with others within their region. The internet has come a long way in the last 10 years, enabling global and cross-platform experiences with high levels of quality. So now, Battle.net is evolving once again.”

Starting today, friends lists from different territories will be merged into one*, so you’ll no longer need to switch regions in Battle.net to talk to your buddies on the other side of the planet. “As Global Battle.net rolls out, players around the world will be able to come together all across the larger Blizzard ecosystem without any hurdles for the first time ever,” says Diana Hubbard, Platform Design Manager. In doing so, they will be able to effortlessly expand their friendships, groups, and communities—paving the way for forging new bonds over our present and future epic gaming experiences. This is just the first step, and it will only get better from here.” To accent this new era of global gaming and social connectivity on Battle.net, we’ve also updated our logo.

“We realized some time ago that our players would be better served by a global Battle.net that did away with the concept of regions,” says Jeff Allison, Lead Product Manager for Battle.net. “But breaking down these barriers was a significant engineering task. Now that we’ve done it, we look forward to a future where all Battle.net players can communicate and game together no matter where they are.”

Battle.net’s global updates also include cross-platform functionality. This has given our game developers the ability to let you play with others between PC and console seamlessly. Overwatch players will be the first to experience these new cross-play capabilities; for more information, check out this blog.

“You will be able to make friends anywhere as games published on Battle.net begin to utilize this evolved experience,” says Goolsbey. “We look forward to a future where billions of players worldwide can make friends and play together, regardless of where they are and what device they play on.”

These backend updates to Battle.net will also enable developers to build even more globally connected experiences for our players in the future, so stay tuned!

*Excluding China.

Cross-Play is Coming to Overwatch!
Cross-Play is coming to Overwatch soon, allowing players to group up and play together. Powered by the latest global Battle.net update, players from around the world can team up, regardless of their preferred platform*. With the release of cross-play, all players will need to make a Battle.net account and link their appropriate console accounts. With the launch of Cross-Play, everyone who logs in to Overwatch by the end of 2021 will receive a Golden Loot Box to celebrate.


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