News | World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic Coming September 26

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic will be available on September 26.

Blizzard has officially announced this. The expansion to World of Warcraft Classic is free for all people who have a World of Warcraft subscription. The release date leaked out recently and now it appears to be correct.

Last April, Blizzard announced Wrath of the Lich King Classic. It should be an authentic experience for players who have played the original, as well as a fantastic adventure for newcomers, according to producer Holly Longdale.

The expansion adds two new areas to the cold Northrend, in the form of Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra. The Death Knight class is also added. The experience should be almost the same as the release of the original expansion for World of Warcraft from 2008. What is different is that mission icons are not visible on the playing card from release and that the dungeon finder is replaced by the group finder.


News | Blizzard stops making new content for Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard will no longer develop new content for Heroes of the Storm. The game will continue to receive bug fixes.

The company made the announcement in a blog post. However, the game must continue to be supported with bug fixes. Also, heroes and seasons continue to alternate. The in-game store will also remain active, although no new content will be added.

To thank players who have stuck with them all these years, everyone will receive a mount in the form of the Epic Arcane Lizard next week.

The moba Heroes of the Storm came out in 2015. Former Blizzard director Mike Morhaime already said in 2019 that the company was struggling to make the game really popular, because the game would have been released too late to profit from the popularity of the moba. In 2018, the team behind the game was reduced in size and official tournaments were canceled a year later.


News | Blizzard gives more details new Overwatch 2 character

Blizzard has shared more details about Junker Queen, a new character coming to Overwatch 2.

The frontline tank Junker Queen can deal a lot of damage at close range with her axe and shotgun. Her axe which is called Jagged Blade, can also be thrown. She also has a Carnage move and Rampage as ultimate, which inflicts injuries on enemies. Those wounds do damage over time and also give Junker Queen health through her passive move Adrenaline Rush.

Junker Queen will be playable in the upcoming Overwatch 2 beta. The beta begins on June 28 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC via Battle.net. Here players can already try out all kinds of content, including the 5v5 matches.

Overwatch 2 will be released as a free-to-play game on October 4. The Early Access version will be out that day on Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.


News | Overwatch 2 beta begins June 28

The Overwatch 2 beta will begin on June 28. Blizzard announced this yesterday.

In any case, the beta will come to PC and consoles, will feature a new Australian heroine in the form of Junker Queen, and will also allow players to test out a new map. More details are not yet available, but Blizzard will broadcast a livestream tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:00 PM GMT, revealing more details about the beta, including the way for those interested to sign up.

During the Xbox and Bethesda Games Conference last Sunday, it was announced that Overwatch 2 will be released as a free-to-play game on October 4.

The Early Access version will be out that day on Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.


News | World of Warcraft players must agree to social contract starting today

With the arrival of patch 9.2.5, World of Warcraft players must agree to a social contract  starting from today.

Anyone who starts World of Warcraft for the first time from today will be welcomed in the mmorpg with a ‘Social Contract’. Among other things, players must indicate that they will do their best to make new friends, to work together as a team with others in dungeons and raids, for example, and to answer questions from new players.

Also, as part of that social contract, Blizzard lists some behaviors that “will not be accepted”: “Hate speech and negative comments directed at other players’ identities, including aspects such as race, gender and their ability. Harassment, threats and abusive/derogatory language and behavior.” And “spamming, advertising and other disruptive behavior”.

Anyone who does not follow the rules and “harms” other players can be punished, with the maximum penalty being ban from the account. “It’s a big world, with all kinds of people in it. So please try to be respectful to each other, and if you feel someone is breaking this Code of Conduct, please report it so our team can look into it. Together we can make World of Warcraft a safe home away from home for everyone.”


News | Hearthstone Expansion Fractured in Alterac Valley Coming in December

The final expansion for Hearthstone of this year will be released on December 7: Fractured in Alterac Valley.

The set concludes the story that began with Forged in the Barrens and continued in United in Stormwind. It revolves around the conflict in the Alterac Mountains, where both the Horde and the Alliance fight for supremacy.

Players must choose between two golden Legendaries: Vanndar Stormpike of the Alliance or Drek’Thar of the Horde. Both cards cost 4 mana and have 4/4 stats. Also introduced is a new keyword in the form of Honorable Kill, which can be used when a card deals just enough damage to take out the enemy.


News | Blizzard Unveils Last Major Update for World of Warcraft Shadowlands

Blizzard has announced the last major content update for World of Warcraft Shadowlands.

Update 9.2 is called Eternity’s End and should be released soon, although an exact release date is not known. The update should bring the story of the WoW expansion to a conclusion.

Blizzard hints at a new zone called Zereth Mortis in the video below. This is home to the First Ones, the “mysterious architects of the Shadowlands’ afterlife”. The update also includes a new raid, called Sepulcher of the First ones. In this, players end up fighting the Jailer. The large dungeon Tazavesh is split in two. Both will be available on heroic and Mythic+.

These are turbulent times for World of Warcraft and Blizzard. The company is being sued along with Activision for toxic work behavior and several employees have resigned or been fired. This month, Jen Oneal, who had been part-head of Blizzard for just three months, left. She took over from Mike Ybarra, who previously headed the publisher. In addition, the amount of monthly players of Blizzard games continues to decrease, although no precise player numbers of World of Warcraft are known.


News | Open Beta for Diablo 2 Resurrected Announced

An open beta of Diablo 2 Resurrected will be held over the weekend of August 20.

The open beta begins on August 20 at 7:00 PM on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One. It ends on August 23 at 7:00 PM. The beta can be installed on August 18.

People who pre-ordered the game or bought the Diablo Prime Evil Collection can already participate in an Early Access period this weekend.

In the open beta, five different classes are playable which are the Barbarian, Druid, Amazon, Sorceress, and Paladin. Assassin and Necromancer will also be added upon release of the game. In the beta, the first two acts from the game are playable. Multiplayer is also playable, no PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription is required. Progress made can be carried over to the full version of the game.

Diablo 2: Resurrected, out September 23, includes both the main game and the Lord of Destruction expansion. Players can expect improved animations and effects, dynamic lighting and 4K resolution. The game is being developed by Blizzard in partnership with Vicarious Visions and will be released for PC, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The latter console is not part of the beta period.


News | Activision Blizzard Employees Strike Today

Activision Blizzard employees plan to go on strike today, amid the toxic work environment within the publisher.

The strike takes place today at Blizzard’s campus in Irvine, California. The strike is both to support workers who have suffered from the toxic work culture and to criticize Activision Blizzard’s response to the allegations. The strike will start at 7:00 PM Dutch time and will run until 11:00 PM.

Employees have also released a list of requirements that they want the company to meet. For example, contracts must be overhauled, so that abusers within the company are no longer protected and victims can make a stand against them. The way in which recruitment and promotion is carried out within the publisher must also be overhauled. They also want Activision Blizzard to publish salary data and improve working conditions for all employees.

Last week, the state of California sued Activision Blizzard for discrimination and sexual harassment, based on two years of investigation. Within the company, discrimination is alleged to take place in various ways, including promotions and salary, especially among women. They would also be sexually harassed in the workplace.

It was revealed yesterday that more than 1,500 current and former Activision Blizzard employees have signed a letter condemning the company’s response to recent allegations. There are now more than 2000. The letter was drawn up after the company’s response to the allegations. An internal memo from chief compliance officer Frances Townsend also leaked. According to Townsend, the allegations paint a “distorted and inaccurate picture of the publisher and use factually incorrect, old and out of context stories”. Activision Blizzard’s public response and internal memo are said to be “abhorrent and offensive to everything we believe the company should stand for.”


News | Over 1,500 Activision Blizzard Employees Condemn Leadership

More than 1,500 current and former Activision Blizzard employees have signed a letter condemning the company's response to recent allegations.

Last week, the state of California sued Activision Blizzard for discrimination and sexual harassment, based on two years of investigation. Within the company, discrimination is alleged to take place in various ways, including promotions and salary, especially among women. They would also be sexually harassed in the workplace.

The letter, now signed by more than 1,500 employees, was drafted following the company’s response to the allegations. An internal memo from chief compliance officer Frances Townsend also leaked. According to Townsend, the allegations paint a “distorted and inaccurate picture of the publisher and use factually incorrect, old and out of context stories”.

Activision Blizzard’s public response and internal memo are said to be “abhorrent and offensive to everything we believe the company should stand for.” The letter reads: “We believe these statements damage our continued pursuit of equality within and outside our industry.” According to the letter, “it creates doubts about whether our company can hold the abusers accountable for their actions and whether it can create a safe work environment for victims who want to express themselves in the future. The statements make it clear that our leadership does not change our values. first place.”

The letter also demands that Townsend step down from her position as executive sponsor of the Activision Blizzard King Employee Women’s Network. Also, employees want company leadership to work with them to make sure employees have “a safe place to speak up.” A full version of the letter can be read on Kotaku.

The toxic work culture within Activision Blizzard and the company’s response to the allegations has been puzzling within the publisher. For example, senior developer Jeff Hamilton reports that almost all work on World of Warcraft has been stopped.

The California indictment cited several examples of toxic work behavior within Activision Blizzard. For example, executives would try to seduce female employees and women are less likely to be promoted – because they could possibly become pregnant. Criticism would also be expressed when children have to be picked up from daycare. Male executives would joke about rape. Reference is also made to an employee who committed suicide on a business trip, who allegedly suffered from sexual harassment before her death. For example, nude photos of her would have been sent around at a company party.

The purpose of the indictment is to ensure a safer work environment at Activision Blizzard, as well as to ensure that salaries are equalized.