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 | Overwatch 2 will replace the original game on release

Overwatch 2 will replace the first Overwatch on release, Blizzard has clarified.

That’s what Blizzard announced in a Reddit AMA. In fact, Overwatch players will download a patch on October 4 that turns the game into Overwatch 2.

As part of that, all credits, OWL tokens and competitive points will also be transferred to the second part. However, the second part must contain a new currency to which the in-game money is transferred. Unopened loot boxes will also be opened automatically before Overwatch 2 comes out, as the second part does not contain any loot boxes.

When Overwatch 2 releases on October 4 as a free-to-play game on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, it will include 5v5 matches and the addition of new maps and heroes. The PvE campaign mode should be out sometime in 2023. The beta will start on June 28.


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 | Diablo Immortal will not appear in the Netherlands and Belgium

Diablo Immortal will not be released in the Netherlands and Belgium. This is because of 'the current operating conditions for games in those countries'.

A communication manager from Activision-Blizzard Benelux has informed Tweakers about this. The game will not be available on smartphone app stores or on Battle.net for PC.

“This is related to the current operating conditions for games in those countries,” Blizzard’s communications manager told Tweakers. This seems to mean the legislation regarding loot boxes, an important part of Diablo Immortal.

In the Netherlands, the legislation regarding loot boxes seems to be relaxed. Earlier this year, the Dutch Gaming Authority lost a lawsuit against Electronic Arts about loot boxes in Fifa. In Belgium, the rules are still strict.

In the rest of the world, Diablo Immortal will be released on June 2 on iOS, Android and PC. The PC version is an open beta. The game was made in collaboration with the Chinese internet company NetEase and is intended to bring the well-known Diablo gameplay with new storylines and characters to phones and tablets.


News | Mobile Warcraft Game Arclight Rumble Revealed

Blizzard has announced Warcraft Arclight Rumble, a tower offensive game for mobile.

It was already known that the company would unveil a Warcraft mobile game. In the game, players have to position troops on a battlefield. Players choose multiple leaders from five factions – Alliance, Horde, Beast, Blackrock and Undead.

Depending on which map is played on, there are different missions, from large scale battles to boss battles. There should be more than 70 maps available on release.

Players can collect so-called minis, more than sixty will be available on release,  to use during battles. The game features PvE and PvP battles, co-op, raids, dungeons, and guilds.

Warcraft Arclight Rumble will be free-to-play and coming to iOS and Android. A release date has not yet been announced, but a closed beta should be held sometime soon.


News | First Overwatch 2 beta invites going out tonight

The first invites to the Overwatch 2 beta will go out tonight at 8:00 PM.

Blizzard made this known in a FAQ published yesterday. People who have registered have a chance to receive an e-mail with access. It is also possible that more people will be invited at a later time, so people who do not receive an email tonight can still receive it later.

You can always register via the official website. Players must have installed the first Overwatch anyway to be in with a chance. However, the first Overwatch can be downloaded as a free trial by those who have received an invite during the beta period – so there is no need to purchase the original specifically for the beta of part 2.

Tomorrow, specific streamers will broadcast gameplay from the beta on Twitch. People who watch a stream for at least four hours can also access the beta via Twitch Drops. The list of streamers can be found here.

The beta will be on PC only and must include 5v5 gameplay. Players can try out the new Push mode as well as four new maps: Circuit Royal (escort), Midtown (hybrid), New Queen Screen (push), and Colosseo (push). The new hero Sojourn is also playable, as well as four new versions of well-known heroes: Orisa, Doomfist, Bastion and Sombra. The beta period will run until May 17.


News | Call of Duty: Warzone Season Three Includes Godzilla and King Kong

The upcoming third season of Call of Duty: Warzone features the monsters King Kong and Godzilla. Season 3 starts April 27

There have been rumors for some time that the monsters would come to the shooter, but it has now been confirmed with a teaser trailer. It's the Operation Monarch event, which starts on May 11. There are not many details about this yet.

The third season for Warzone - and Call of Duty: Vangaurd - will air on April 27. Players can expect to see a new Gulag and Dig Site in WArzone, as well as new weapons and Classified Arms in the battle pass, including the M1916 Marksman Rifle and the Nikita AVT: Assault Rifle. The Sledgehammer and H4 Blixen SMG will be added in the middle of the season. The new Operators are Florence Carter, Mateo Hernandez and Kim Tae Young.

In Vangaurd, from the start of the new season, one can expect the map Launch, which is based on a film set from the 50s. During the season, the map Sphere should be released. More details can be read on the official website.