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A global maintenance is scheduled for later today and all Blizzard services will be unavailable from 22:00-23:00 CEST.
As many players noticed, there’s an extra maintenance time scheduled for 22:00-23:00 CEST tonight, 6 October.
This maintenance is for a global infrastructure upgrade, so we need to carry it out at the same time for all of our services around the world. We chose this time for having the least global impact, but recognize that it is not ideal for European players, especially those in Western time zones.
We’re hopeful that the actual maintenance will be completed in a matter of 15-30 minutes, and while players will likely be unable to log-in during this maintenance, we won’t need to shut down realms. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee the stability of the game service during this timeframe.
Blizzard is rolling out a range of discounts on some of the biggest games on Battle.net from now through September 6. Shadowlands is 30% off, you can save 25% on Overwatch, and more.
Now through September 6, we are rolling out a range of discounts on some of the biggest games on Battle.net. Treat yourself to that game you’ve been meaning to check out, or gift a friend and grow your squad. These deals are now live on the Battle.net Shop; head over there and see what’s on offer. If you’d like to save a click, you can see the complete list of discounts below.
VISIT THE GAME DEALS PAGE
World of Warcraft (deals last through September 12)
Shadowlands— 30% off
Shadowlands Heroic Edition— 28% off
Shadowlands Epic Edition— 27% off
Call of Duty
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War— 50% off
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ultimate Edition— 40% off
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare— 40% off
Overwatch— 25% off
Legendary Edition— 50% off
Campaign Collection— 25% off
Campaign Collection Deluxe— 33% off
Nova Covert Ops Mission Bundle— 30% off
StarCraft: Remastered— 33% off
Cartooned Bundle— 30% off
Cartooned Upgrade— 20% off
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time—25% off
The Celebration Collection
Essentials Pack— 20% off
Heroic Pack— 20% off
Epic Pack— 20% off
VISIT THE GAME DEALS PAGE
Later today, Blizzard is making Battle.net global, meaning friends lists from different territories will be merged into one, so you won't need to switch regions in Battle.net. This excludes China.
We’re breaking down barriers.
We’ve always envisioned Battle.net as a place for players to connect, collaborate, and play their favorite games. Now, we’re realizing that dream on a truly global level.
“When Battle.net first came out, the purpose was to deliver a connected, multiplayer experience for a single title,” says Arron Goolsbey, VP of Platform Engineering for Battle.net. “Fast-forward 10 to 15 years, and Battle.net had evolved into a service that spanned all Blizzard games but was still constructed with the primary notion that players would mostly play with others within their region. The internet has come a long way in the last 10 years, enabling global and cross-platform experiences with high levels of quality. So now, Battle.net is evolving once again.”
Starting today, friends lists from different territories will be merged into one*, so you’ll no longer need to switch regions in Battle.net to talk to your buddies on the other side of the planet. “As Global Battle.net rolls out, players around the world will be able to come together all across the larger Blizzard ecosystem without any hurdles for the first time ever,” says Diana Hubbard, Platform Design Manager. In doing so, they will be able to effortlessly expand their friendships, groups, and communities—paving the way for forging new bonds over our present and future epic gaming experiences. This is just the first step, and it will only get better from here.” To accent this new era of global gaming and social connectivity on Battle.net, we’ve also updated our logo.
“We realized some time ago that our players would be better served by a global Battle.net that did away with the concept of regions,” says Jeff Allison, Lead Product Manager for Battle.net. “But breaking down these barriers was a significant engineering task. Now that we’ve done it, we look forward to a future where all Battle.net players can communicate and game together no matter where they are.”
Battle.net’s global updates also include cross-platform functionality. This has given our game developers the ability to let you play with others between PC and console seamlessly. Overwatch players will be the first to experience these new cross-play capabilities; for more information, check out this blog.
“You will be able to make friends anywhere as games published on Battle.net begin to utilize this evolved experience,” says Goolsbey. “We look forward to a future where billions of players worldwide can make friends and play together, regardless of where they are and what device they play on.”
These backend updates to Battle.net will also enable developers to build even more globally connected experiences for our players in the future, so stay tuned!
We have some launcher weirdness arriving today, as the Shadowlands beta has returned, but what could it signify?
We're seeing plenty of reports of players getting the beta back, so it's most likely been enabled for everyone.
Well, there's two possibilities here, one for retail and one for Classic. The client is definitely mislabeled, but it could be the 9.1 PTR which we know is planned to drop "very soon" after 9.0.5 launched, which was this week. However, it could also be the Burning Crusade closed beta, which didn't get any official starting dates, but there has been a leak indicating that it's definitely coming this month, and possibly even next week. In addition to that, we know that BC Classic is being built on the Shadowlands client, and will have the upgraded graphical options, as Blizzard clarified in an interview with MrGM.
Both are equally as likely at this point, so which one do you think it is/would you prefer?
Crash Bandicoot's fourth sequel, "It's About Time," which launched on consoles last year in October, will be soon available on PC through Battle.net.
Crash 4 is a real improvement over N.Sane Trilogy in terms of character movement. In Crash 4, there's a small circle beneath your character, showing you exactly where you'll land. The various Quantum Masks also make levels more interesting.
It's important to note that Crash 4 is a completely new game and not a remaster.
The game can be pre-purchased for $39.99. Activision Blizzard also posted the minimum/recommended requirements for PC that you can find below.
New powers, new worlds, larger-than-life boss battles, and a whole wumping lot more: Crash, Coco and friends are gearing up for another great adventure with the upcoming release of Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time on PC via Battle.net.
Presented in dazzling 4K resolution, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is the first brand-new Crash Bandicoot game in over ten years, and a true successor to the original trilogy! And now it’s coming to PC. Here’s what you can look forward to when Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time releases on Battle.net on later this year:
Crash Bandicoot, New and Improved
In Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time you can play the way you want to. Choose Modern mode for a streamlined experience, or Retro for that classic gaming experience — where if lose all your lives, you restart the level.
Bend reality with the four Quantum Masks — guardians of space and time — like Lani-Loli, who phase-shifts obstacles in and out of existence, or Ika Ika, whose power flips gravity allowing Crash and Coco to walk on the ceiling!
Experience the story in new ways with alternate timeline paths, revisiting previous levels using different characters — like nefarious villain Neo Cortex and the reformed Dingodile — and more difficult platforming challenges. And test your skills in the new N. Verted mode, a wild take on mirror mode that flips levels and delivers new filters and effects across dimensions.
4K Graphics Support
Have a powerful PC that you can’t wait to get platforming on? Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time supports 4K resolution* and an uncapped framerate, so get ready for a gorgeous 4K experience.
Minimum and Recommended Specs
Ready to take on Neo Cortex and protect the fate of the entire space-time continuum? Here’s what your PC needs in order to run the game.
OS: Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300 RAM: 8GB RAM Video: Nvidia GTX 600 or AMD Radeon HD 7950 HDD: 30GB Broadband Internet Connection Required Recommended Specifications
Here are our recommended specs to run at 60FPS:
OS: Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X RAM: 16GB RAM Video: Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 390 HDD: 30GB Broadband Internet Connection Required
Pre-Purchase Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Today
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is available for pre-purchase now for a suggested retail price of $39.99. Pre-purchase on Battle.net starting today in select territories and get ready for a wumping good time later this year. Keep checking this space for more information.
Purchasing the game on Battle.net will grant you the Totally Tubular Skins upon completion of the game’s second level, giving Crash and Coco access to some truly radical digs.
* On PC Battle.net, 4K will be supported based on players’ PC specs; framerate is uncapped, and the game will run at 60FPS when playing with recommended specs Internet required on PC.
For more information on the Crash Bandicoot franchise, visit www.crashbandicoot.com and follow @Crashbandicoot on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as well as developer Toys for Bob on Twitter and Instagram