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From November 26 through December 2, you can save up to 50% on Blizzard and Activision digital games and bundles, including the Virtual Ticket which comes with in-game rewards and is still available for purchase.
Black Friday is on the horizon, and that means discounts to help kickstart your holiday shopping! At the Blizzard Shop, we’re offering up to 50% off Blizzard and Activision digital games, bundles, upgrades, and more. The Blizzard Gear Store is also getting into the holiday spirit, with sales taking place on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and through until the end of the year.
Whether you’re getting into the season of giving for your friends and family—or simply want to treat yourself to something fun—you won’t want to miss out on these deals.
Blizzard Shop Black Friday Sale
From November 26 through December 2, treat yourself to something new from World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, StarCraft®, Hearthstone®, Diablo® III, Heroes of the Storm® or Call of Duty®.
World of Warcraft®
Get 50% off the following for adventurers of all kinds:
Battle for Azeroth® (Standard Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, or Digital Deluxe Upgrade) Battle for Azeroth Digital Deluxe Items Legion® Digital Deluxe Items Warlords of Draenor® Digital Deluxe Items New to World of Warcraft?* As an extra bonus, from now through January 6, 2020, new players can save 50% on the first month of a new World of Warcraft subscription. A subscription includes access to both World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft Classic.
To check these out, head over to the Blizzard Shop—and if you’re buying for a friend or loved one, consider pairing it with the Recruit A Friend program!
* Subscription to World of Warcraft does not include the most recent playable expansion, which is sold separately.
The world could always use more heroes, and those heroes might as well be your mates!
Overwatch Standard Edition (PC only): 25% off Overwatch Legendary Edition (PC only): 50% off If you haven’t yet begun your watch, we’ll be running a Free Trial between November 26 and December 4, available on PC, PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One®. To learn how to jump in, head to tryoverwatch.com.
Save up to 50% on a wide variety of StarCraft II campaigns and announcers—check out the Blizzard Shop to see all of the options on sale.
StarCraft: Remastered is also getting the Black Friday treatment, with 50% off the game, 40% off the StarCraft: Remastered and StarCraft: Cartooned bundle, 25% off the Cartooned upgrade, and up to 30% off announcers.
Don’t miss your chance to play as more of your favorite Hearthstone Heroes and dominate in style. Through December 9, seize your chance to add Magni, Alleria, and Medivh to your collection for just $6.99 each!
Complete with epic emotes, voice lines, special entrance and Hero Power animations, and their own card back, recruit these champions of Azeroth before they rotate out of the shop at the end of this offer.
The price of becoming a demon-slayer has been temporarily slashed at the Blizzard Shop.
Diablo III: Up to 50% off Reaper of Souls™: Up to 50% off Battle Chest: Up to 33% off Rise of the Necromancer™: Up to 33% off Eternal Collection: Up to 25% off Heroes of the Storm™
Join the legendary heroes and villains of the Nexus and get ready for Deathwing to warm you up this holiday season!
Welcome to the Nexus Bundle: Up to 30% off Heroic Reinforcements Bundle: Up to 30% off 360-day Stim Pack: 33% off (available in-game only) Call of Duty®
Answer the call with the following sales:
Modern Warfare Standard Edition: 17% off* Modern Warfare Operator Edition: 20% off Modern Warfare Operator Enhanced Edition: 20% off Black Ops 4: 60% off Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe: 50% off Black Ops 4 Battle Edition: 50% off Black Ops 4 Black Ops Pass: 60% off * Sale on Modern Warfare Standard Edition runs from November 27, 4pm PST to December 3, 10am PST.
Blizzard Gear Store
From now until the end of the year, Fanatics will be offering a range of holiday savings. Look out for up to 25% off individual items, up to 30% off your overall order, and more! Check out the Blizzard Gear Store, load up your cart, and check back throughout the holiday sale period to see how you can save! (Product exclusions apply.)
BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket
If you missed out on the panels, Q&As and entertainment from BlizzCon this year, never fear! For a limited time, the BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket will be on sale for a special promotional price, granting access to all Virtual Ticket content, the in-game digital extras, and access to the Warcraft III: Reforged beta. Head to the Virtual Ticket page to purchase!
We have some fun Diablo stuff today, with two videos showcasing the amazing work the community has been doing, in part hyped up by the Diablo 4 announcement. We have the third old-school cinematic improved through machine learning AI, with the Diablo 2 intro getting the treatment by youtube channel Upscale!
And then we have some more creative work, with RandomPolishGuy putting in a lot of effort and making his own lore video in the style of the Diablo 3 animated cutscenes, featuring Inarius, Lilith and the creation of Sanctuary:
Inven Global talked to a former Blizzard employee about HGC's cancellation and the game in general.
Before the Storm
Whereas other franchises have big patches once every three months, the Heroes dev team was constantly working overtime to put up with Hero releases, events, balance updates, and pretty much everything.
Former Blizzard employees said there was a disconnect between departments; the esports departments knew something was going on with HGC, but they didn't tell anyone about it.
Members of the public relations department weren't able to communicate effectively with players and organizations, because they themselves weren't told anything.
Another source said they thought we'd see at least one more year of HGC.
The Death Sentence for Competitive HotS
Unbeknownst to many Blizzard employees and the community, J. Allen Brack and Ray Gresko came with a statement on HGC's cancellation and the future of the game in December 2018.
Apparently, Blizzard employees learned about the cuts to the game and esports scene via email at the same time as the rest of the world, shortly before the blog post went live.
Prior to the the announcement, the Heroes dev team was one of the largest on campus. With community wanting more content to prevent the game from becoming stale, the developers were often pushed to their limits, which is why some were slightly relieved when they learned about the future of the game.
Diablo: Immortal and Diablo IV Development
Following the not so successful announcement of Diablo: Immortal at last year's BlizzCon, the developers at the company felt the urge to make things right and they simply had to reveal Diablo IV at this year's BlizzCon, so they ramped up the production of the game, grabbing the resources from the Heroes of the Storm team.
Check out the full post on Inven Global article for more information!
While we all expected the Diablo 2 remaster to be announced at this year's BlizzCon and some rumors even pointed to it, it seems we may not ever get the updated version of the game. According to Erich and Max Schaefer, two of the original creators of both Diablo 1 and 2, the remaster is very unlikely, as a little while before launch of D2, the entire backup of the source code and assets was lost.
Talking at ExileCon 2019, the series creators were reminiscing about the beginnings of the franchise (and genre), and this particular story stood out:
This isn't the first time Blizzard has had troubles with the source code of their games, as Classic WoW is also not based on the full Vanilla code, as parts of it were lost over the years and the update process with new expansions.
This all comes from a Gamespot article covering the talks at ExileCon and also features a great story about the original Diablo's creation, before Blizzard bought Condor, the original developers, and how they were completely broke and wouldn't have been able to ship the game (and might have even gone to jail for tax evasion) if Blizzard hadn't shown up with their offer. Also, they were only expecting around 20,000 copies to be sold for the game to be a success and fund a sequel, which really gives you some perspective as to how things have changed, with Diablo 3 having sold over 30 million copies, and D2 clocking in at around 17 million.
In any case, you should definitely head on over to Gamespot and read the full article with many more quotes from the fathers of the Diablo franchise.
We have modernized blast from the past, courtesy of the Upscale youtube channel, as they've taken the first Diablo 2 trailer and the intro cinematic from Lord of Destruction and, as their name suggests, recently upscaled them!
First off it's a slightly less familiar E3 teaser for Diablo 2 from 1998, enhanced to 4K!
And then it's on to one that we've all seen, from the Lord of Destruction expansion, and it seems Bhaal got a better deal, as he got remastered to 8k!
While the cinematics still look dated, they look a hell of a lot better than the originals, as you can see in the side-by-side comparisons. You should check out the channel, as they also did some work on the Diablo 4 intro cinematic, as well as a whole lot of other games.
And here's the original D2 intro cinematic, upscaled with machine learning earlier this year as a bonus in case you missed it.