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As the release date for the DVD and Blu-ray of Warcraft approaches, let's take a look at the rewards you can get in Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft by purchasing either version.
Physical copies of Warcraft on DVD and Blu-ray will have some lucrative goodies for fans of the Warcraft universe. The copies will come with digital codes for a Medivh Mage hero in Hearthstone, Gul'dan in Heroes of the Storm and another copy of World of Warcraft with 30 days of game time.
Warcraft will be available on September 27 in the U.S. and Canada. It is not known when it is going to be released in Europe and the rest of the world, although French sites report that this should happen around the 11th of October. Lastly, it is not sure if there will be a similar offer in the rest of the world, although we find it unlikely that it won't happen.
From Legendary and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, WARCRAFT is preparing to invade homes worldwide, and it’s bringing a trio of movie-inspired digital extras from Blizzard Entertainment into battle! Inside select physical editions of WARCRAFT on Blu-ray™ and DVD, movie fans will find digital keys that unlock the following extras for a trio of Blizzard games:
Medivh Hero in Hearthstone – Unleash your favorite Mage deck as the Guardian of Tirisfal. Gul’dan Hero in Heroes of the Storm – Rain fel fire down upon the Nexus as this twisted orc Assassin. Digital copy of World of Warcraft – Start your own adventure in Azeroth—or ask a friend to join you on your journey. Includes 30 days of game time for new players. These goodies are available inside select physical WARCRAFT Blu-ray™ and DVD editions only while supplies last. Be sure to pick up your copy wherever Blu-ray™ and DVDs are sold.
WARCRAFT is available September 27 in the U.S. and Canada, and throughout September and October worldwide. Check product and promotion availability with your local retailers, as extras may differ outside the U.S. and Canada.
You can now stream all your favourite Blizzard games via Facebook!
Last June, Blizzard Entertainment announced that the popular social media platform would be officially integrated in the Battle.net client, allowing for a variety of new functionalities. After today's Battle.net update, you can stream Blizzard games on Facebook. Moreover, you can log into the client by using your Facebook info.
This feature is available in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and only on Windows PCs. Other regions and Mac will follow soon.
Here is a video showcasing the new streaming feature:
And here are the patch notes, as you can see them in the client:
Go Live on Facebook and share your epic moments!
• We've added a Streaming button to the top right of the app window. The first time you press the button, you'll be prompted to log in to Facebook and authorize Blizzard Entertainment to post on your behalf. We will never:
• Post or share anything on your network without your permission.
• Share your real name with anyone outside your Facebook network
• After that, you'll access the Streaming Control Panel. where you can customize your stream if you'd like.
• In Settings, you can access more options for your hotkey, web., and audio preferences.
• Once you launch the game of your choice. start your stream by clicking the Start Stream button, or by tapping your hotkey (default is Ctrl + F1). You'll see the Live overlay on the top left of your screen.
• You can end your stream by pressing the hotkey, again, or by clicking the Stop Stream button on the Streaming Control Panel.
Note: Streaming Is not supported on Windows XP, Additionally, users with low-end systems may hove problems streaming.
• In the Streaming Settings. you can adjust the quality of your stream. The default option is set to Medium (720p. 30 FPS. 3.0 Mbps).
Note: Higher quality settings are more demanding on your computer and refereed connection.
• You can adjust the position of the in-game overlay (or simply disable it) in the Streaming Settings.
• You can adjust the position of the in-game overlay (or simply disable it) in the Streaming Settings.
• You can manage the audience and visibility of each Stream using the Audience selector in the Streaming Control Panel.
• You can post your streams to your timeline. If you manage a Facebook Page, you can post streams there, too.
• You can adjust the maximum Audience level in your Ape Settings on Facebook. To modify the Audience for your stream:
• Visit https://facebook.com/settings/
• Select Apps.
• Select the Blizzard Entertainment app.
• Adjust the App visibility and post audience.
• Return to the battle.net desktop app.
• Close and reopen your Streaming Control Panel.
• Your Audience selector will be updated to reflect the available audiences for your Streams.
• Streaming Is not yet available for Mac
• The webcem can't be used for streaming if it's in use by another application.
• Games may experience a slightly lower frame rate while streaming.
• Streaming on slower Internet connections may interfere with streams and computer performance
• Watching your own stream on Facebook with the capture system sounds option selected may create a sound feedback loop unless the live video is muted on Facebook.
• Links on the Facebook login dialog do not work. If you need to reset your Facebaok password, use a web browser to visit http://facebook.com.
Blizzard has been making efforts to represent their various franchises around the world recently. This is no different, as a glow-in-the-dark mural of Illidan has popped up in Taiwan.
You can check out the video of the process below:
It looks like Taiwan is enjoying plenty of attention from the Blizzard crews, with a statue of Arthas going up last month. You can watch the video of that below, just in case you missed it:
Blizzard announced a while back that there was going to be a Legion themed café at Gamescom for all attendees to come and enjoy! Our team at Gamescom has managed to collect some pictures of the venue, as well as of the various activities and refreshments available! Check it out!
When you enter the café itself, there's no doubt that it feels like you're stumbling into a fel-fueled atmosphere; from the lighting to the decorations, Blizzard has done a superb job preparing the venue. It's definitely a bit daunting looking up those stairs into the eyes of Illidan!
As you enter the venue, you're faced with a huge orb of energy glowing in the centre, as you can see below:
Blizzard have made sure you're not just standing around and looking at the venue. There are so many things to do in the café, including accepting a quest from a questgiver, marked precisely by the yellow exclamation mark we all know and love:
In order to complete your quest, you'll need to take a selfie in front of the meeting stone and post it on social media. Once you complete your quest, you can return to collect your reward of an inflatable Illidari blade for everyone in the photo.
Once you've grabbed your warglaive, you can venture on to one of the many booths around the café, including:
A make-up booth, where you can have fel-inspired make-up put on. A VR picture booth, which allows you to pose in a certain position and then turns you into a Demon Hunter of either Night Elf or Blood Elf descent and male or female. You can try out the game on one of the stations around the café.
Once you're done with visiting the booths, why not sit down and relax with one of the many fel-themed items on the menu, as shown below:
If you're struggling to read what's on there, here's a full list of the named items, as well as their flavour text:
THE TERROKAR SPECIAL - "Kind of a warp burger, but at least you know what's in it" NOMI'S CURRYWURST - "100% Orgrimmar-raised pork" CHEF OVERHEAT'S LEGION CHILI - "Can you take the heat?" KUN-LAI NOODLES - "We have it, you should eat it" THE TILLERS RICE BOWL - "Cooked with fresh vegetables from my farm" STUFFED DALAPEÑO PEPPER Desserts
DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE CAKE - "No tawny (alcohol from WoW) in it, sorry. Eeeps." APPLE CAKE - "Baked with shiny red apples" TIRAMISU GRANNY SMITH'S FRUIT SALAD - "No apples were crushed in the process" Drinks
DOM-Kölsch on tap Coca-Cola / Zero / Fanta / Sprite Apple Juice Orange Juice Mineral / Still water Coffee Tea Cocktails
LEGION COCKTAIL - Orange juice, blue Curacao, pineapple juice HORDE COCKTAIL - Wodka, cherry juice, lime juice ALLIANCE COCKTAIL - Wodka, blue Curacao, bitter lemon and lime juice Check out some of our highlights of the café!
Once again, German city Cologne is hosting the world's largest gaming expo, Gamescom! Blizzard will be represented there by all of its gaming titles.
Blizzard fans visiting Gamescom this year are going to be rewarded, since Blizzard will have a massive booth with all of its games. Obviously, visitors will be able to play the games, watch tournaments, meet some of their favourite professionals and community members, participate in contests and witness some surprise events or important announcements.
What is there to look forward to for each game? Let's start with Heroes of the Storm: with Auriel just released, the next hero to join the Nexus is still unknown. It is quite probable that a new hero - or perhaps the StarCraft battleground event - will be announced in Gamescom. The Europe Fall Regional will also take place, with the winner securing a spot at BlizzCon. As far as Overwatch is concerned, we are expecting a new Bastion animated short! And who knows? Perhaps, we will get another clue about the mysterious Sombra.
We are not expecting anything major for Hearthstone and World of Warcraft. Big content updates, that will keep us busy for the next couple of months, are currently being rolled out in both of these games. The same can be said for Diablo, although it would be nice to get some news on the future of the game.
The world’s largest interactive entertainment trade fair is coming back to Cologne, Germany from August 17-21 this year, and Blizzard Entertainment will be there with our biggest presence to date! Mark your calendar for 18:30 CEST on Tuesday, August 16, when we release a special preview video of what we’ll be showcasing at gamescom 2016, including some new game content. You'll be able to watch it all live on the Blizzard gamescom hub. Visitors to the Blizzard gamescom booth in Hall 7 of the Koelnmesse will have the chance to play Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Diablo, and StarCraft on more than 500 gaming stations. We’ll also have some epic entertainment on the Blizzard stage, and a few surprises in store. Warcraft From August 18-21, the Legion Café will bring a recreation of The Fel Hammer to central Cologne to celebrate the upcoming launch of World of Warcraft’s latest expansion Visitors to the Blizzard booth will be able to try out the new Demon Hunter class in advance of the August 30 release of World of Warcraft: Legion Two of the top World of Warcraft guilds, Set Sail for Fail and From Scratch, will race against each other in Legion's top tier difficulty dungeons (Mythic+) live on the Blizzard stage WoW streamer Slootbag will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth
Professional StarCraft II players will face off in exciting live showmatches on the Blizzard stage The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth wintergaming LowkoTV RotterdaM
In celebration of Diablo’s 20th anniversary, visitors to the Blizzard booth will be able to play all three Diablo games A 3D artist from the Diablo development team will create a piece of artwork live on the Blizzard stage The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth MrLlama Quin69
Professional card-slingers and community personalities will battle it out in exciting Hearthstone showmatches on the Blizzard stage The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth LotharHS ThijsHS Hafu
Heroes of the Storm
Brawlmania will deliver an epic Heroes of the Storm showdown on the Blizzard stage throughout gamescom, as six teams of influencers and pro players face off in themed showmatches The Heroes of the Storm Europe Fall Regional tournament will take place from August 17-19 on the ESL Arena stage, with the winning team moving on to compete for a piece of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool at the Fall Championship at BlizzCon The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth Grubby Sohinki Chu8
The world premiere of the new Overwatch animated short will be revealed on stage and via live stream on the Blizzard gamescom hub at 18:00 CEST on Thursday, August 18 The Overwatch Atlantic Showdown tournament will take place from August 20-21, pitting the top four teams from both North America and Europe against each other, with a $100,000 USD prize pool on the line The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth Muselk UnitLost AnneMunition In addition to the above activities, we’ll feature our famous dance and costume contests, signing sessions, quizzes, contests, and more—including two performances from Video Games Live on our stage on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 at 18:00! Attendees at gamescom will also be able to pick up some licensed apparel and collectibles, including some brand-new items, at the Blizzard store in Hall 5. Daily Live Streams and Recaps
Those who can’t make it to gamescom 2016 in person will still be able to catch all the excitement via daily live streams of our stage activities each day on the Blizzard gamescom hub as well as on Facebook and YouTube livestreams. Well-known streamers will also be bringing you live action from the Blizzard booth, which you’ll be able to check out directly from the website, along with a daily recap video each evening at 21:00 CEST. Our gamescom site will also be your source for a full schedule of stage activities, a social wall, and more. Additional details about Blizzard at gamescom will be available soon, so stay tuned! (source)