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PAX East 2013 Speculation – Warcraft Battles or Heroes of Warcraft ?

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Kevin Carrillo (Sixen), Eldorian & DJTyrant (Blizzplanet), Eroldren and Medros (AllThingsAzeroth) have been brewing a barrel of speculations of what Blizzard Entertainment might be announcing today in barely 5 hours from the time of this posting.

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The first thought is Blizzard All-Stars. However, Blizzard Entertainment already announced this game at BlizzCon 2011, and attendees even played it. The press invite says Blizzard can’t wait for us to have this on our hands. Blizzard All-Stars has already been on our hands at BlizzCon, and second — why so much secrecy about a game that has already been announced? Unless it’s a brand-new game nobody has heard of yet.

Rob Pardo tweeted recently the announcement is Blizzard’s NEXT GAME.

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Considering Blizzard stated in the press invitation this (New Game) is not a sequel, expansion nor related to the Next-Gen MMO Titan — there isn’t a lot of room to speculate on.

The press invite also says “We’ve been working on a little something, different from our other games.” Now this one can be interpreted in two ways:

  • Different from [Diablo III, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II] — meaning a new IP, or;

  • Different from [RPG, MMO, RTS] — in which case, the options remaining are: First-Person Shooter (FPS), Handheld game (PS Vita), or Mobile Game (iPad/MS Surface/etc.)

Among some of the creative thoughts circulating among the scholars:

  • StarCraft: Ghost — The press invite says different to our other games. As stated above it could be interpreted as non-MMO, non-RPG, non-RTS. StarCraft: Ghost was an FPS game. StarCraft: Ghost was postponed (meaning: to put off to a later time). PS4 was just announced and Blizzard is supporting it with Diablo III (PS4).

  • Project Blackstone — either stand alone new game based on StarCraft, or part of StarCraft: Ghost.

  • World of Warcraft TCG Online — the Cryptozoic Entertainment World of Warcraft Trading Card Game has been very popular. What if Blizzard brings it to mobile games? Glenn Rane (Blizzard Art Director, Creative Development) recently joined a team of friends and launched a Kickstarter to develop InKarnate … a digital RPG tabletop or Roleplaying-Game Tool Set. What if … WoW TCG Online or WOW RPG Tabletop online?

  • In late 2012, Blizzard Entertainment claimed the domain name: HEROESOFWARCRAFT.COM and WARCRAFTBATTLES.COM (Mobile games?)

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Heroes of Warcraft. Warcraft Battles. This title really sounds like a mobile game. Could it be something akin to Pet Battles, but instead of pets, it’s heroes? I know, that sounds a lot like Blizzard All-Stars, but that’s DOTA-style. I mean … Street Fighter-style. Mortal Kombat-style.

Just the other day, Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson were playing Samurai Showdown2 — for example.

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The community has certainly been pulling their hairs on this one ever since the Press Invite, and it just shows how much love and passion we have for Blizzard Entertainment and their video games. Whatever this new game is, it will have a lot of expectations and criticism. Something worth discussing throughout gaming websites, fansites, forums and social media.

IamDeflector shared via Twitter a nice bracket:

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Whether any of us was right or wrong, it doesn’t matter no more. The game will be announced within a few hours. Make sure to watch the Twitch Livestream to witness the official Blizzard game announcement.

Twitch Live Stream

The new game will be announced today March 22nd at:

New York: 10:00am EST
Los Angeles: 7:00am PST
London: 2:00 PM GMT
Paris: 3:00 PM CES

Make sure to check it out. Spread the word! Share the link to this page.


PAX East 2013: Blizzplanet Arrives to Boston

After a 90 minute flight delay, @Miaari has arrived to Boston, Massachusetts. Thank God, sound and safe. We wish her to have fun at PAX East in less than 10 hours.

We will be gathering questions right after Blizzard announces the new video game for our scheduled video interview. Miaari is there to forward your questions. Stay tuned.

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Twitch Live Stream

Twitch will livestream the Blizzard panel where the new game will be announced today March 22nd at:

New York: 10:00am EST
Los Angeles: 7:00am PST
London: 2:00 PM GMT
Paris: 3:00 PM CES

Make sure to check it out tomorrow. Spread the word!

Watch live video from PAX East 2012 on www.twitch.tv

Blizzplanet @ PAX East 2013 – Countdown to Awesome: New Blizzard Game

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Blizzplanet staff member Miaari is attending the Blizzard Entertainment Press Event at PAX East 2013 in Boston this upcoming Friday, March 22nd. Blizzard Entertainment invited a handful of Gaming sites and fansites to the event, including Blizzplanet.

There, Blizzard Entertainment plans to announce a new video game.

There are two things we want our visitors to know.

1. Miaari is taking video of the entire game announcement. Make sure to check us during the weekend for any update on when the video will be available or subscribe to our Blizzplanet Weekly YouTube Channel for an automated alert.

2. We are taking questions from fans to forward them to the developers at PAX East. You can ask bonafide questions about Diablo III (PS3) or about the new game to be announced. You can submit your questions below in the comments (can login with Facebook, Google or Disqus account), or you can submit your question at the following Facebook page or via Twitter using the @Blizzplanet #BlizzardPAXEast hashtag.

Those who attend PAX East, you should visit the Blizzard booth to meet @Lylirra @vaeflare @cm_zarhym @cm_phenteo @thelyns

 

If you didn’t watch our most recent Blizzplanet Weekly with host Chris Arnone, click the image below to launch the video. He discusses our speculations on what this new Blizzard game is. Could it be related to StarCraft II Project Blackstone? Warcraft related? A mobile game?

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Blizzplanet Weekly: PAX East – World of StarCraft? Project Blackstone Speculation

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In this week’s Blizzplanet Weekly, our host Chris Arnone talks about several topics around all Blizzard Entertainment video games. Mists of Pandaria will see no additional 5-person dungeons, Major League Gaming (MLG) in Dallas is this weekend where 32 players will clash to the end to claim the victor prize, Diablo III developers are moving away from the Auction House, and finally — Chris Arnone enumerates what are all the facts surrounding the new game Blizzard is revealing at PAX East, and what it is certainly not.

Will it be something related to Project Blackstone? Maybe a revamped StarCraft: Ghost intermingled with the Heart of the Swarm story? Will it be an MMO or a Mobile game?

Everyone thought the Project Blackstone website was a promotional campaign for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. However, there are still some unlocked content and absolutely nothing is mentioned about Project Blackstone in the Heart of the Swarm single-player campaign.

The Project Blackstone creator, Cameron Dayton (Senior Story Developer), tweeted recently “I think it’s starting to dawn on people that #ProjectBlackstone was more than just a promotional piece for #HotS – this story ain’t done yet” — hmm?

A few weeks ago, I remember Cameron Dayton revealed Project Blackstone’s story took two years in the making. This put me to rethink and ponder … does a website story and the ficticious characters tweeting each other on Twitter take two years to write? Or is there more to Project Blackstone than just a Free online short story? That’s a lot of time and manpower budget.

Watch today’s Blizzplanet Weekly with our host Chris Arnone speculating about PAX East new game announcement here.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our BlizzPlanet Gaming YouTube channel and to like our video.

Note: Chris wears a different Warcraft, StarCraft or Diablo T-shirt on the shows courtesy of JINX. Get yours here.

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Who wants a PAX East Ticket to play Diablo III PS3?

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Blizzplanet is giving away a Sunday-Only ticket for PAX East to go play Diablo III on PS3. To join the drawing for a chance to a FREE ticket, simply “post” a comment at the following [YouTube Blizzplanet Weekly page] saying: “I want a PAX East ticket”. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel.

Hurry up, though. PAX East is next week. The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 17th. Be sure to check out your YouTube inbox that day or to check out our Blizzplanet news (front page) for the winner announcement.

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Confirmed: Blizzard Big Reveal @PAX East 2013 is a Public Event

Blizzard Entertainment today confirmed the big reveal event at PAX East 2013 will be a public event — not Press-only as many of us on the media side wondered, as the email invitation was sent to press only originally, not to Blizzard customers in general.

Those of you who are attending PAX East on “Friday”, read the details in our previous article. The event will be held on March 22nd at 10:00 a.m. EST.

Blizzard has a little something new, and they’re bringing it to PAX East! It’s different from their other games, so it’s not a sequel, expansion, or that rumored next-gen MMO. Be among the first to see what the legendary development studio has been working on in this presentation.

 

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Blizzard Revealing New Game at PAX East?

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Blizzard Entertainment emailed several fansites and press writers a mysterious email inviting us to be alert to a special announcement at the upcoming 2013 PAX East.

Blizzard: “We’ve been working on a little something, different from our other games… It’s not a sequel, expansion, or that rumored next-gen MMO, but it’s something we’re excited for you to get your hands on”.

 

The public already knows that the Diablo III (PS3) will be playable at PAX East. There are demo stations for PAX East attendees to play the PlayStation 3 version of Diablo III.

Thus, this cryptic email is suggesting there is something else Blizzard Entertainment is planning to reveal at the upcoming event. It is not a sequel (rule out StarCraft III, WarCraft IV, Diablo IV).

It is not an expansion. (rule out World of Warcraft: The next-expansion-title, StarCraft II: X-title, or Diablo III: x-title).

It is not either the next-gen MMO. But it is something we will be excited to get on our hands. Hmm. So this seems to be the announcement of a new game that is secretly in development.

It could be Blizzard All-Stars, but since we already know that game has been in development, and 2011 BlizzCon attendees already played a demo — I lean to think this might be something new we haven’t heard about before.

The PAX East event where Blizzard Entertainment plans to make a mysterious announcement will be held on Friday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. (Naga Theater @ PAX East).

UPDATE: Blizzard Entertainment announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft at PAX East. It was the mysterious game announcement mentioned in this article. Read more at our PAX East 2013 coverage page.

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Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Toymation Teaser

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During the New York Comic Con 2012, I reported Mega Bloks had plans to deploy an ongoing web show, and to announce an upcoming contest aimed at machinima and filmmakers with uber-loot$.

Today we had the first sign of life from Mega Bloks with a Toymation teaser. The web show will launch on November 2012. Stay tuned.

Watch the teaser. Comment your thoughts and opinions about it on Facebook, and whether you would love to watch the ongoing web show.

Those who retweet our topic version at Twitter will be elegible to a chance at winning one of the BlizzCon 2011 exclusive jade Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Chen Stormstout edition given to us at New York Comic Con 2012.

Mega Bloks World of Warcraft TV Commercial on Monday

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I want our army of Blizzard licensed product geeks to stay alert on Monday, October 15th to the Cartoon Network. During my visit today to New York Comic Con 2012, I met with Mega Bloks David James Burgess (Director of Marketing). This TV commercial will air on a few kid networks.

The talented people at Mega Bloks are planning to do a couple of A.W.E.S.O.M.E. things that we rarely see in Blizzard Entertainment products.

Expect very soon a series of webisodes (I don’t remember if it was once every two weeks) where you will see the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft sets in full animated action.

Even more awesome than that? There is no ETA, but there might be a contest down the road where YOU can submit your own Mega Bloks World of Warcraft animations for a VERY big prizes. I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled to hear the best machinima filmmakers will be flooding YouTube with very creative animations for a chance at some phat lootz.

Mega Bloks will launch a new update line of World of Warcraft sets at the end of 2012, including the Sha of Anger and the Alliance/Horde Pandaren Monk sets. We’ll have the opportunity to review them soon. They are gonna send a few our way.

Once the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft TV Commercial hits YouTube, I’ll announce some Blizzplanet giveaways. David was kind to supply us with a few posters and exlusive jade Chen Stormstout figures.

Check out the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Sets store.

2012 New York Comic Con: Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel Video

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The Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel took place at the New York Comic Con (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center).

The event was led by New York Times Best Selling Author Micky Neilson (Blizzard Publishing Lead), Dave Kosak (World of Warcraft Lead Quest Designer) and Michael Stackpole (science fiction and fantasy author).

Vol’jin, Shadows of the Horde

World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde by Michael Stackpole will be published on April 2013. Pre-order it here.

The upcoming World of Warcraft patch 5.1 will focus a lot on the book’s plot. Players will meet Vol’jin throughout Pandaria in patch 5.1. He wants to dispense indiscriminate justice against Garrosh. He’ll make sure to be behind his downfall. In the novel, Vol’jin will have few contemplative moments at a Pandaria monastery, learning wisdom from the Pandaren.

The novel’s main characters are Vol’jin and Chen Stormstout.

We were told Vol’jin will be featured on patch 5.2 too. The developers are hard at work on a new Vol’jin NPC model and new Zandalari troll models in patch 5.1.

Release Date: Q2 2013

This upcoming World of Warcraft novel focuses on Vol’jin, the courageous shadow hunter and leader of the Darkspear tribe whose guile and cunning have made him a staunch ally of the Warchief Thrall. Shadows of the Horde follows Vol’jin to the lost continent of Pandaria, where the troll chieftain’s loyalties are put to the ultimate test when a member of his own faction moves to assassinate him. . . .

Aided by the renowned brewmaster Chen Stormstout, Vol’jin takes refuge in a remote mountain monastery to recover from his wounds. His time there, however, is far from peaceful, as intense visions of the past assault the Darkspear chieftain, and the ancient Zandalari tribe mounts a series of attacks on Pandaria. In his struggle to make sense of what’s happening, Vol’jin must ultimately decide where his allegiances lay—a choice that could save or doom his people . . . and forever alter the fate of the Horde.

 

StarCraft II: Flashpoint

StarCraft II: Flashpoint by New York Times best selling author Christie Golden is coming out November 6th.

The novel gets into the relationship between Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan through flashbacks, and the novel starts right away seconds after the cinematic ending of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty when Raynor is carrying Sarah on his arms, and bridges out the gap between Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm . We’ll find out what was Tychus’ outcome.

Micky was very mysterious on when Heart of the Swarm is coming out, but his voice tone hinted it’s not too far away. Take in mind Activision Blizzard Third Quarter Financial Results Conference Call is taking place on November 7th.

It’s possible the official announcement of Heart of the Swarm’s release date takes place prior to the conference call, or at the event itself. We will know sooner or later. Pre-order StarCraft II: Flashpoint (Nov 6).

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects

A new eBook by Richard A. Knaak titled World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects. This eBook will be available in four parts. The first part will be available on January 15th, 2013.

The Dragon Aspects are mortal now, and going through a lot of changes. We’ll see these characters before they became Aspects, we’ll see Galakron and the Proto drakes. Readers will explore a lot of past history with this four-part eBook.

Format: Serialized eBook
Release Date: Starting January 15, 2013

Dawn of the Aspects is a four-part serial novel that highlights a lesser-known period of the Dragon Aspects’ history. Written by Richard A. Knaak (World of Warcraft: Stormrage, Warcraft: War of the Ancients trilogy), the mini-series follows the Aspects at a moment in time before they’d been granted their powers, when they were called upon to band together against the proto-dragon Galakrond.

 

Diablo III: Heroes Rise, Darkness Falls

Diablo III: Heroes Rise, Darkness Falls is an Anthology of five short stories from the Diablo III site, and two additional stories that aren’t focused on any specific class, aimed at expanding the Diablo III universe. This is a digital eBook to be available in Kindle.

Release Date: November 27, 2012

This eBook anthology collects five dark tales based on Diablo III’s character classes—the barbarian, demon hunter, monk, witch doctor, and wizard — which were originally published on the Diablo III website prior to the game’s release. This collection also includes two never-before-available short stories set in the Diablo universe that shed more light on the shadow-shrouded world of Sanctuary.

 

Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel Video – Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Additional Sources

  • For more details about the panel and for details about other booths providing sneak peeks of upcoming Blizard licensed products go here for the schedules.

  • Blizzplanet’s New York Comic Con 2012 coverage section.

Many thanks to Blizzard Entertainment: Lyndsi Achucarro, Kat Hunter, Micky Neilson, Dave Kosak, Zarhym, Crithto, and Bashiok.

Special thanks to Roger Bilheimer (New York Comic Con panel organizer) for the press badge and support.

Thank you to the following gaming news sites for sharing link to the videos:

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