David sent me four photos of the empty room where the Blizzard Licensing Panel will take place in in a few minutes at 2:15pm PDT / 5:15pm EDT.
Update: Ran into a few technical issues with the videos. No ETA at the moment. One video needs to be uploaded again, the other two haven’t been uploaded for me to download.
Vaeflare tweeted a photo of the Sideshow Collectibles Deathwing Polystone statue (Prototype) and the Zergling/Baneling transforming Plush Toy.
Matt Burns (Creative Team) tweeted a photo of the lore licensed novels:
Lyndsi Achucarro (Blizzard Public Realtions Specialist) tweeted the photo of Blizzard Booth # 115.
Lyndsi also posted a photo of some UDON World of Warcraft: Tribute artists signing copies.
Nick Carpenter tweeted he feels like he is in Stormwind when he drives down to San Diego Comic Con. The cathedral down there actually inspired the Stormwind cathedral design.
Gallery Books tweeted a photo of a fan holding the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde
Lyndsi added a photo of the line of epic quest of epicness. Lot of fans there.
Vaeflare tweeted a photo of the Illidan and Sylvanas Pop Vinyl figures.
Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013
Senior E-Commerce Manager Kat Hunter revealed the list of prices for the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Blizzard Licensed merchandise.
VP of Art and Cinematic Development Nick Carpenter tweeted the SDCC website updated the SDCC Exclusive merchandise page. The Funko Mini-Sylvanas POP Vinyl costs $18 and the Funko Baneling and the Zergling cost $35.
Something that totally got me off-guard is that there is no such thing as a Baneling Plush Toy, and a Zergling Plush Toy. This thing is awesome. The Zergling Plush transforms into a Baneling by opening a zipper and pulling out a hidden skin that you wrap on top of the Zergling. Holy molly! Neat! That rocked someone’s socks.
I totally recommend following @FubarNick — lot of cool stuff can be found out.
Barely less than 48 hours away from the Blizzard Licensing Panel, Sideshow Collectibles has dropped a teaser for StarCraft II fans. The image shows the unpainted head of at least three different StarCraft II Sixth Scale action figures.
One is Tychus Findlay. The hair style of one of them looks like Jim Raynor. A third head reminds me of Emperor Valerian Mengsk.
Wish to find out more? Blizzplanet will have video of the Blizzard Licensing Panel on Thursday sometime around 9pm EDT / 5pm PDT. The video will be embed at the following page.
The Rumor Mill gear continues to grind and its smoking chimneys to brisk. Browsing through YouTube, I unearthed a video posted by actress Tricia Helfer the day after StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm launched (March 12). She mentioned she did some voicing for another video game, but couldn’t talk about it, and just teased. She didn’t mention if this new video game is for another studio, but considering she was talking about Blizzard’s StarCraft II — it’s open to individual interpretation. Look it up in the video at 03:15.
That reminded me, a few weeks ago I reported that actor Robert Clotworthy (Jim Raynor) had been recording at Blizzard’s voice over studio on June 12. Robert tweeted the Bourbon Cowboy was at the studio. Old-school fans know that “Bourbon Cowboy” is a nickname attached to “Chris Metzen” (Senior VP of Creative/Story Development).
A fan responded to Robert’s tweet mocking that the Legacy of the Void voice over session had been spoiled. However, Robert Clotworthy responded: “Don’t jump to conclusions.”
Legacy of the Void should be in a very early infancy considering the developers just launched Heart of the Swarm 3 months before Robert’s tweet. Too soon to start recording voice over for the single player. Tricia recorded that other game session prior to the launch of Heart of the Swarm.
With Robert asking not to jump to conclusions (It’s was not a voice over for Legacy of the Void) one has to wonder what else would Tricia and Robert be recording their voice for? If you look the Blizzard All-Stars was formerly named Blizzard DOTA. In the early logo you can clearly see the silhoutte of Kerrigan and Jim Raynor.
Either both actors recorded the cinematic teaser of Blizzard All-Stars to be shown at BlizzCon 2013 on November 8, or the Blizzard All-Stars gameplay demo required their voice overs. Of course, take all these as blatant speculation.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm has officially launched in China giving native players the ability to upgrade into the new expansion featuring the “vengeance” single-player zerg campaign, additional units and other features.
Blizzard Entertainment shared a new wallpaper designed by Luke Mancini which portrays Kerrigan and the zerg in a look-alike inked ancient chinese pictographic style (is that even a description?). This wallpaper comes in different sizes and resolutions, so make sure to visit this page to download the appropriate resolution.
Recently, Cloaken posted a link to a video that’s been viral spread around China which shows a zerg invasion in China — similar to the same promo seen in Paris. It’s real-life footage mixed with special effects and CGI.
The WCS Europe Premier League is now live with group G’s turn to battle it out in Round of 32: Forgg, Grubby, Bunny, Vortix.
Watch the live stream and check out the results of previous matches.
Blizzard Entertainment posted the VODs of previous matches held throughout the month of June. Watch those VODs here.
The StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) America Premier League Season 2 started today. Blizzard Entertainment listed the schedule of each match throughout Monday, July 15 until Thursday, July 18th which covers the RO32 Week 1.
And the RO32 Week 2 schedule which covers Monday, July 22 up to Thursday, July 25.
Among the shoutcasters are Kevin Knocke, Tim Frazier, Andrew Dunne, Dan ‘Frodan’ Chou, Andre ‘Gretorp’ Hengchua, Ben ‘MrBitter’ Nichol, and Kevin ‘RotterdaM’ van der Kooi.
Videos will be available for those who miss the livestream at 3:00pm PDT each day. VODs can be found at the starcraft2.com/wcs and YouTube.com/WCSStarCraft
Visit the StarCraft II Website for the RO32 schedule.
The Blizzard Entertainment “Sons of the Storm” artists website has been updated with delicious StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm artwork. All three races get spotlight.
Among the artworks I see a concept art of the head of different Primal zerg and the flora of planet Zerus. Some icy scenes from planet Kaldir. Artwork shown in the Project Blackstone website such as the War Pigs Warhound. Some have been shown in the StarCraft II Short Stories webpage.
However, there are some never seen before — like the Dehaka concept.
As usual, the Sons of the Storm website is also showing artwork of upcoming licensed products such as the front cover of Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde.
As I browsed through the 25 images, and reached the last one — my jaw dropped. Sharp-eye fans might remember this piece of artwork. This is the front cover of the DC Comics StarCraft Graphic Novel revealed by Hank Kanalz on July 2011 at San Diego Comic Con. Check out the 2011 SDCC coverage page to learn more.
The 120-page graphic novel is untitled still 2 years forward, but the writer was Simon Furman with art by Wei Wang. DC Comics hasn’t revealed details about the status of the StarCraft graphic novel since the SDCC 2011. Hopefully, the public view of this concept art heralds new details this upcoming SDCC 2013.
Make sure to watch Blizzplanet’s video of the Blizzard Licensed Panel (SDCC 2013) this upcoming Thursday, July 18th. Visit the Sons of the Storm website to view the recently added 25 images.
Sons of the Storm
Micky Neilson announced an upcoming panel titled Blizzard Entertainment: Project Blackstone: The Great Transmedia Experiment. This panel will be held at the Hilton Costa Mesa on September 14th.
One-Day tickets cost about $30. To buy tickets visit Micky’s website.
Update (9-3-2013): dpershonock is taking video of this panel for Blizzplanet. Stay tuned to watch the video.
Blizzard Entertainment: Project Blackstone: The Great Transmedia Experiment
September 14 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Designed By: Micky Neilson, Cameron Dayton
The ambitious goal of Project Blackstone was to weave a narrative across multiple media, draw traffic to the StarCraft website, raise awareness of StarCraft short stories, and build hype for Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm video game. The experiment was a success on many fronts, and Project Blackstone: the Great Transmedia Experiment will be an opportunity for the creators of Project Blackstone to share their insights, war stories and opinions on what transmedia really means, and where it’s headed in the future.
Saturday, September 14, 2013 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Laguna Beach Room 2 & 3
Venue: Hilton Costa Mesa (MAP)
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626