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BlizzCon adds up to a “substantial loss” for us, says Blizzard

All the exclusive, convention-only Murloc plushies in the world can’t recoup the cost of cramming 20,000 frothing fans into the Anaheim Convention Center, it seems. During the 2009 Austin GDC, Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce explained that – while certainly an excellent marketing opportunity – BlizzCon does quite a number on Blizzard’s wallet. “BlizzCon is operated […]

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  • BlizzCon 09: Diablo III "not ruled out for consoles"

    Paul Sams of Blizzard has told Geoff Keighley that the firm has not ruled out Diablo III for consoles. Currently, Blizzard is in talks with first-parties now. This according to Keighly’s latest tweet. Diablo III on 360 and PS3? Color us excited at the possibility. Nathan is at BlizzCon now. We’ll see if he can […]

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  • Morhaime: Blizzard can move to consoles anytime thanks to Activision

    Speaking to GI at BlizzCon, Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime said that merging with Activision will allow the firm to move to consoles when it likes, and said being first in the console space with an MMO isn’t a requirement to taking a significant share of the market. “I think that, it comes down to games, […]

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  • Paid character customisation heading to WoW

    World of Warcraft production boss J Allen Brack apparently confirmed at BlizzCon session this weekend that paid character customisation is on the way to World of Warcraft. From this Warcry report: When asked to expand upon a button found by sifting through the Lich King beta’s data files named “Paid Character Customization,” Brack initially hesitated […]

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  • Terran: Wings of Liberty shots posted out of BlizzCon

    On Gamespot. These are taken from Terran: Wings of Liberty, the first of the three StarCraft II parts, of which you can find an explanation here. Still no release date.

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  • Blizzard "worried" at too many players swamping Diablo III co-op

    Speaking to IGN at BlizzCon, Blizzard boss Rob Pardo’s said the final number of players to be allowed in a Diablo III co-op party has yet to be decided, and that the team is “worried” that too many cooks may spoil the broth. “We’re a little bit worried that if you go up to too […]

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  • Blizzard's Wilson: Some Battle.net features to be 'monetized'

    According to this Joystiq report, Diablo III boss Jay Wilson said at BlizzCon this weekend that you’re going to be paying for some elements of the new version of Battle.Net, releasing alongside StarCraft II. “We are looking to monetize Battle.Net so that we get to keep making these games and updating features,” he said during […]

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  • New StarCraft II gameplay movies head out of BlizzCon

    Here and here. They’re direct-feed montages of gameplay showing off various units from all factions. Looks lovely. Thanks, VGB.

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  • StarCraft II trilogy release explained

    Kotaku’s posted a chat with StarCraft II producer Chris Sigaty, outlining the thinking behind releasing the game in three parts and adding some detail as to what to expect in each. From the piece: Each new single player campaign will come with upgrades and changes to the multiplayer. The main difference here is that instead […]

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  • New StarCraft II cinematic released

    On Eurogamer.pt. It’s Protoss versus Zerg and it looks amazing. The game was confirmed for a trilogy release in California yesterday. Go watch it: it’s very cool.

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  • Rumour: Blizzard mentions WarCraft IV in StarCraft II BlizzCon panel

    According to this Hellforge story, Blizzard yesterday mentioned that WarCraft IV will use the same trilogy release system as StarCraft II in a panel at BlizzCon yesterday. Blizzard announced at the expo last night that StarCraft II would be release in three parts, each product focusing on a separate single-player campaign. We’re chalking this up […]

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  • Brack: We thought 1 million WoW subs was the pinnacle of success

    Speaking to IGN at BlizzCon 08, World of Warcraft production director J Allen Brack’s said the WoW team has been humbled by the success of the game, and that the initial benchmark for success was 1 million subscribers. “Our big thoughts about what the game would eventually be internally was, ‘Well, one day we might […]

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  • BlizzCon 08: 22 Diablo III shots posted

    On Gamespot. Some of these were posted last night with the announcement of the Wizard class, but you can never have too much Diablo III. Check them out.

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  • The Diablo III Wizard's talent tree posted

    Shacknews has posted up what looks to be the entire talent tree for Diablo III’s Wizard, the game’s third confirmed class. Two words: magic missile. As it stands so far, we’ll be playing a Wizard when the game finally releases. No question. Unless Blizzard pulls something a little “darker” out of the hat in the […]

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Blizzcon 2008 Latest

  • BlizzCon adds up to a “substantial loss” for us, says Blizzard

    All the exclusive, convention-only Murloc plushies in the world can’t recoup the cost of cramming 20,000 frothing fans into the Anaheim Convention Center, it seems. During the 2009 Austin GDC, Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce explained that – while certainly an excellent marketing opportunity – BlizzCon does quite a number on Blizzard’s wallet. “BlizzCon is operated […]

  • BlizzCon 09: Diablo III “not ruled out for consoles”

    Paul Sams of Blizzard has told Geoff Keighley that the firm has not ruled out Diablo III for consoles. Currently, Blizzard is in talks with first-parties now. This according to Keighly’s latest tweet. Diablo III on 360 and PS3? Color us excited at the possibility. Nathan is at BlizzCon now. We’ll see if he can […]

  • Morhaime: Blizzard can move to consoles anytime thanks to Activision

    Speaking to GI at BlizzCon, Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime said that merging with Activision will allow the firm to move to consoles when it likes, and said being first in the console space with an MMO isn’t a requirement to taking a significant share of the market. “I think that, it comes down to games, […]

  • Paid character customisation heading to WoW

    World of Warcraft production boss J Allen Brack apparently confirmed at BlizzCon session this weekend that paid character customisation is on the way to World of Warcraft. From this Warcry report: When asked to expand upon a button found by sifting through the Lich King beta’s data files named “Paid Character Customization,” Brack initially hesitated […]

  • Terran: Wings of Liberty shots posted out of BlizzCon

    On Gamespot. These are taken from Terran: Wings of Liberty, the first of the three StarCraft II parts, of which you can find an explanation here. Still no release date.

  • Blizzard “worried” at too many players swamping Diablo III co-op

    Speaking to IGN at BlizzCon, Blizzard boss Rob Pardo’s said the final number of players to be allowed in a Diablo III co-op party has yet to be decided, and that the team is “worried” that too many cooks may spoil the broth. “We’re a little bit worried that if you go up to too […]

  • Blizzard’s Wilson: Some Battle.net features to be ‘monetized’

    According to this Joystiq report, Diablo III boss Jay Wilson said at BlizzCon this weekend that you’re going to be paying for some elements of the new version of Battle.Net, releasing alongside StarCraft II. “We are looking to monetize Battle.Net so that we get to keep making these games and updating features,” he said during […]

  • New StarCraft II gameplay movies head out of BlizzCon

    Here and here. They’re direct-feed montages of gameplay showing off various units from all factions. Looks lovely. Thanks, VGB.

  • StarCraft II trilogy release explained

    Kotaku’s posted a chat with StarCraft II producer Chris Sigaty, outlining the thinking behind releasing the game in three parts and adding some detail as to what to expect in each. From the piece: Each new single player campaign will come with upgrades and changes to the multiplayer. The main difference here is that instead […]

  • New StarCraft II cinematic released

    On Eurogamer.pt. It’s Protoss versus Zerg and it looks amazing. The game was confirmed for a trilogy release in California yesterday. Go watch it: it’s very cool.

  • Rumour: Blizzard mentions WarCraft IV in StarCraft II BlizzCon panel

    According to this Hellforge story, Blizzard yesterday mentioned that WarCraft IV will use the same trilogy release system as StarCraft II in a panel at BlizzCon yesterday. Blizzard announced at the expo last night that StarCraft II would be release in three parts, each product focusing on a separate single-player campaign. We’re chalking this up […]

  • Brack: We thought 1 million WoW subs was the pinnacle of success

    Speaking to IGN at BlizzCon 08, World of Warcraft production director J Allen Brack’s said the WoW team has been humbled by the success of the game, and that the initial benchmark for success was 1 million subscribers. “Our big thoughts about what the game would eventually be internally was, ‘Well, one day we might […]

  • BlizzCon 08: 22 Diablo III shots posted

    On Gamespot. Some of these were posted last night with the announcement of the Wizard class, but you can never have too much Diablo III. Check them out.

  • The Diablo III Wizard’s talent tree posted

    Shacknews has posted up what looks to be the entire talent tree for Diablo III’s Wizard, the game’s third confirmed class. Two words: magic missile. As it stands so far, we’ll be playing a Wizard when the game finally releases. No question. Unless Blizzard pulls something a little “darker” out of the hat in the […]

  • StarCraft II is a trilogy, Blizzard announces

    Update: There’s an explanation of how this is going to actually work here. Blizzard’s announced that StarCraft II is, in fact, a trilogy, and will be split into three stand-alone products. The news comes out of BlizzCon 08, which opened last night just as we were descending into our post-TGS coma. The first game in […]

  • Morhaime: “Good argument” that Diablo III may work well on console

    Speaking in “an interview” at BlizzCon, Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime has said Diablo III will be evaluated as to whether or not it can work on console as development goes ahead. “Every game we have the discussion about which platforms make the most sense,” he said, as relayed by Shacknews. “As Diablo III takes shape, […]

  • Blizzard details Diablo III Wizard – words, 7 images, 6 movies

    Here. The just-announced Diablo II Wizard class is nicely strung out on its official Blizzard page, with a bio, screens and concept art and six direct-feed movies. This is who you’re dealing with: Owing to my lack of tolerance for those who would use magic towards their own nefarious ends, many have assumed that I […]

  • Blizzard shows first Diablo III Wizard class movies at BlizzCon

    Shacknews has posted two videos of the newly announced Diablo III Wizard class in action. Check them out right now. The Wizard, just revealed at BlizzCon 08, joins the previously announced Witch Doctor and Barbarian classes. Apparently, Mike Morhaime’s speech has already ended, but we’re waiting for more news. Keep it locked. By Mike Bowden

  • BlizzCon 08 attendees get StarCraft II beta access

    According to this Shacknews story, all attendees of BlizzCon 08, kicking off right now in California, are going to be granted access to the StarCraft II beta. Company boss Mike Morhaime made the announcement in the event’s opening ceremony. The exec stopped short of saying when the beta was going to start, unfortunately, or when […]

  • BlizzCon 08: Diablo III wizard class revealed, hands-ons posted

    Update 2: Blizzard just posted seven images and six Wizard movies! Update: First direct-feed video of the Wizard clas just got posted. BlizzCon 08 is kicking off in California as we type, and the first bit of news out of the gate is the Wizard class for Diablo III. Not only that, the first hands-on […]

  • Diablo III playable at BlizzCon

    According to this Joystiq story, event literature has shown that Diablo III is to be playable at BlizzCon 08, starting today in California. Which is a very nice surprise if you managed to get yourself a ticket to the event. Let us know what it’s like, please.

  • BlizzCon starts Friday, in case you’d forgotten

    Blizzard’s sent out a gentle reminder that BlizzCon starts this Friday, so expect plenty of Blizzard-related news this weekend. “With more hall space, more attendees, and more attractions, this BlizzCon will be our biggest yet,” said Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime. “We’re working hard with our partners to make this an unforgettable experience, and we’re looking […]

  • Blizzard puts 3,000 more BlizzCon tickets on sale

    Following a fairly shambolic sales period of BlizzCon 2008 tickets, company boss Mike Morhaime’s made a public apology for the fact the official site exploded and all the tickets sold out faster than a small cheese pile at a rat convention, and made grace by putting another 3,000 tickets on sale. Anyone thinking about picking […]

  • BlizzCon panels revealed

    Blizzard’s posted a list of all the BlizzCon panels for this year, and those lucky enough to get a ticket can look forward to seminars in Diablo III class design, StarCraft Lore and plenty more. Lots of good stuff there. The event takes place on October 10-11 at the Aneheim Convention Center in California.

  • BlizzCon actually sold out

    In case you’ve missed the 4,500 stories on WoW sites in the last 24 hours related to BlizzCon ticket sales, lose sleep no longer: all seats are completely gone. So many people tried to get them simultaneously the official site was up and down more times than a nun’s knickers at a priests’ piss-up. It […]

  • BlizzCon tickets go on sale

    As you can see from the official site, tickets for BlizzCon 08 are now on sale. The event takes place on October 10-11 in Anaheim, California, and tickets cost $100 each. Go on, buy a flight. It’s only money.

  • BlizzCon 2008 site launched

    Blizzard’s launched the official site for BlizzCon 2008, as you can see here. The event itself takes place in Anaheim, California on October 10-11, and tickets go on sale on Monday. Take a look.

  • BlizzCon 08 to be televised in America

    Missed this n the rush yesterday. Blizzard’s announced that BlizzCon 08 is to be televised in the States, thanks to a partnership with pay per view channel DIRECTV. Tickets have already gone on sale for the event taking place at the Anaheim Convention Centre in Anaheim, California on October 10 and 11. “BlizzCon is one […]

  • BlizzCon tickets going on sale in August

    Blizzard sent word today that BlizzCon tickets are to go on sale on August 11. BlizzCon 2008 will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, CA, October 10-11. Tickets will cost $100. “We have an entertaining show planned, and we look forward to delivering another memorable experience for our attendees,” said Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime. […]