IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Thousands of gamers are about to come to a party and celebrate all the big things (and all the small things too) . . . and maybe even fall in love with a gnome at a rock show when legendary Southern California punk rock trio Blink-182 headlines the closing concert at Blizzard Entertainment’s sold-out BlizzCon® gaming convention, taking place November 8—9 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Acclaimed worldwide for their influential and groundbreaking pop-punk sound, Blink-182 has achieved massive critical and commercial success, with over 35 million albums sold. Their third album, Enema of the State, went quintuple platinum and catapulted the band into superstardom.
Unfortunately for fans of Blink-182′s “What’s My Age Again?” video, Anaheim city ordinances strictly forbid the band from running naked through the streets around the convention center. BlizzCon attendees are kindly asked to adhere to the same policy.
“After two days of hard work watching games and playing games and talking about games, we can’t think of a better way to kick back and relax than to have your face melted by Blink-182,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “We’re thrilled to have such an awesome band helping us bring BlizzCon to an epic conclusion.”
“Nothing beats touring and playing in front of a live crowd,” said Tom DeLonge , Blink-182 guitarist and vocalist. “Our roots are in Southern California , so playing at BlizzCon will be like having a show in our own backyard—only with a couple thousand more orcs and elves in loincloths and bikini armor.”
BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft®, Diablo®, and StarCraft® game universes. The show will have an array of activities, including discussion panels, competitive and casual tournaments, contests, hands-on playtime with current and upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, and more.
While tickets to the convention are no longer available, viewers at home can join the excitement by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which offers comprehensive live coverage of both days of the event, including Blink-182′s performance, via multi-channel HD Internet stream for $39.99 USD (pricing and availability may vary by region).
DIRECTV customers in the United States can order the BlizzCon 2013 Pay Per View event, priced at $49.99 USD , which includes access to the Virtual Ticket online stream. Visit www.directv.com/blizzcon for more details.
With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply. As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show will be announced at www.blizzcon.com.
Blizzplanet is giving away a BlizzCon ticket courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. We’d like to give this ticket to a lucky fan. This is a ticket only with no flight nor hotel accommodations.
Several fansites have similar giveaways (check them out at the bottom of the page). You should participate in as many of them as possible to increase your chances at winning one.
The winner must show a Photo ID at the Anaheim Convention Center’s entrance and the name in the Photo ID must match the winner’s full name.
That said, read the instructions to find out how to participate.
1. You must either be following us on Facebook or Twitter (click the links to reach our social pages). The winner picked must be in the list of followers.
This giveaway ends on Saturday, November 2 at noon (EST / New York). The winner will be contacted shortly after. Please, respond within 48 hours.
Visit the www.BlizzCon.com website to see the panel schedule for November 8-9th.
If you were not a winner, don’t forget to order the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket which allows you to watch the livestream on your internet browser. VODs will be playable for two weeks. Or check details with DirecTV.
2. Fill the form below with accurate information (The selected winner’s full name, email and character name will be provided to Blizzard Entertainment to create the BlizzCon badge). Only one entry per participant allowed. Duplicates will disqualify the participant.
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Those who didn’t know, Jason Hayes returned to Blizzard Entertainment some time ago (June 2012) as an in-house World of Warcraft Senior Composer. A couple days ago, Jason Hayes and Michael Gluck co-founded and launched CRITICAL HIT and partnered with a Top group of professional musicians to create a CD Album that’s currently under pre-order for $14.99 and will ship on October 31. All items pre-ordered by October 31 will be signed by Jason Hayes!
The great news is that CRITICAL HIT will be performing live at BlizzCon 2013 on Saturday, November 9th at 10am – 11am. Critical Hit will perform music from Blizzard titles during the Sound Panel. Fans can watch this live performance through the BlizzCon 2013 livestream or DirecTV.
Among these musicians are:
Nita Strauss – Guitar
Taylor Davis – Violin
Tina Guo – Cello
Salome Scheidegger – Piano
Doug Belote – Drums
Joel Taylor – Drums
Pedro Eustache – World Winds
David Frank Paich – Piano
Chet Stevens – Guitar
Sara Andon – Flute
Carlitos del Puerto – Bass
Adam Gubman – Arranger
Laurence Juber – Guitar
Shannon Canchola – Flute
Kevin Dooley – Drums
The CRITICAL HIT Music CD contains a remastering of the World of Warcraft main theme soundtrack under the title: “Legends of Azeroth”. A short clip of the soundtrack # 3: Legends of Azeroth can be listened here.
Critical Hit – About
Critical Hit is a videogame music tribute band performing original arrangements and electrifying live concerts of music from the most celebrated videogames of all time. Featuring Jason Hayes, lead composer of Blizzard’s hit MMO World of Warcraft, the band’s unique sound blends a variety of musical styles from rock to classical and beyond.
Embark on a rediscovery journey of timeless pieces from World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Call of Duty, Halo, Skyrim, Pump It Up, Angry Birds, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pokemon, and more!
Renowned videogame composer Jason Hayes performs gaming’s greatest hits with debut album now available for pre-order.
Today marks the announcement of Critical Hit, an all-star band headed by composer Jason Hayes – best known for his work on the acclaimed World of Warcraft soundtrack – and featuring award-winning performers and recording artists with a staggering list of videogame, film, and live performance credits, including The Annual Primetime Emmy’s, Cirque Du Soleil, American Idol, and more. Critical Hit is pleased to announce their debut album, Critical Hit: Volume One, and release their debut music video, featuring the main theme of Angry Birds.
Critical Hit: Volume One will ship on October 31, featuring 12 electrifying arrangements of gaming’s greatest hits. Tracks from World of Warcraft, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Halo, Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, Metal Gear Solid, and more are presented in a wide variety of musical styles from rock to classical and beyond.
Musicians Hall of Fame inductee David Frank Paich, pianist of the legendary band Toto and co-writer on hit titles Africa, Rosanna, and Hold the Line, is featured on the album.
Critical Hit: Volume One and branded merchandise are now available for purchase. Those who pre-order prior to October 31, 2013 will receive their items personally signed by Jason Hayes.
“Playing in bands was a big part of my life before I became a full-time composer,” comments Critical Hit founder Jason Hayes, “so it’s awesome to be able to return to live performance, while exploring my favorite videogame themes with such amazing and accomplished musician friends. The best part is connecting with people who are as passionate about videogame music as I am.”
Critical Hit’s debut album features 12 electrifying arrangements of gaming’s greatest hits!
01. Tetris “Main Theme”
02. Angry Birds: “Main Theme”
03. World of Warcraft: “Legends of Azeroth”
04. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: “Zelda’s Lullaby”
05. Halo 2: “Main Theme”
06. Pokemon: “Main Theme”
07. Super Mario World: “Bowser’s Castle”
08. Final Fantasy X: “To Zanarkand”
09. Kingdom Hearts: “Hikari”
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: “Battle for New York”
11. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: “Streets of Whiterun”
12. Metal Gear Solid 2: “Main Theme”
Variety film reporter Justin Kroll claims an exclusive that Travis Fimmel, known for his role as “Tarzan” (TV series, 2003) in his early years and most recently in the History Channel “Vikings” (TV Series, 2013), has been secured for a role as one of the four leads in the Warcraft film.
There is no official word out there to confirm this, but Variety tags it as an Exclusive. At this point it may be assumed to be a leak from a source close to Fimmel or the Warcraft film production. Read his IMDB Profile.
After a lengthy search, Legendary Entertainment has found its leading man for the upcoming adaptation of “Warcraft,” tapping Travis Fimmel to star.
No formal offer has been presented yet but sources say he is their guy for one of the four leads in the film — source
The SONGHAMMER metal rock band has launched their new Album which includes “Death is on the Way”, song that will be among the BlizzCon 2013 Songwriting Competition submissions.
To learn more about SONGHAMMER, read their recent Q&A. The song will be featured in the upcoming BlizzCon 2013 Songwriting Contest. Get the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket to watch the event via DirecTV or the livestream on your PC.
There are some good news for those who have followed SONGHAMMER these past years. Stay tuned.
Los Angeles (Tuesday, October 22, 2013) – Epic Level TV and fantasy metal rock band SONGHAMMER have joined forces to release the epic music video for “Death is on the Way,” launching the band’s new album, World of SONGHAMMER. The album includes the song “We are the Horde,” SONGHAMMER’s winning entry from the International Songwriting Competition at 2011′s BlizzCon, where they will also be featured next month. With its unique combination of fantasy archetypes, hard rock music and spaghetti western visuals, this first video showcases an incredibly promising range and an engaging sense of humor.
“If you like fighting, fantasy, and rock, this is the album for you,” says Cindi Rice, producer of the video. “SONGHAMMER plays epic music for epic people, so it’s a perfect fit for our channel!”
World of SONGHAMMER infuses new energy into retro-style chords, containing 12 head-banging epics. Each song offers a unique rock style from classic metal to booty-shaking pop to plucky Asian strings, reflective of the band’s fantasy presentation reminiscent of classic and current fantasy comics and video gaming.
“Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. SONGHAMMER will take care of the dragons, orcs, murlocs, and any other villains that may arise!!!” chanted ShredHammer & CroonHammer, leaders of the band.
Shot in the foothills of the Los Angeles mountains, “Death is on the Way” features horse and riders from Jeffrie’s Heartland Stables and spotlights Michele Boyd (The Guild and Team Unicorn) as the Mage. The video was produced by Epic Level Entertainment, directed by John Leonetti (Kill the Irishman, The Punisher), and shot by Luc Nicknair (Russell Peters Versus the World, Dark Planet, and music videos for Snoop Dogg &Tupac Shakur, among others). Like the music, the video’s style harkens back to classic 1970s westerns or late 1960s epic sci-fi films such as Westworld.
ABOUT EPIC LEVEL TV
Epic Level TV is a growing all-things-nerd-and-geek website and YouTube channel, catering to niche audiences in the fantasy, comic, gaming, and sci-fi worlds. Home to beloved shows like “Dungeon Bastard” and “XOMBIE: Dead on Arrival,” ELTV releases new content weekly and will be launching a slate of new series this winter. For more information, go to www.epicleveltv.com or www.youtube.com/epicleveltv. For current news, go to www.facebook.com/epicleveltv.
SONGHAMMER is the creative brainchild of Ben Stewart (ShredHammer) and Dustin Miller (CroonHammer). These titans of rock have combined forces to create a style of music that is a perfect soundtrack for the PVP and PVE gaming community, the ComicCon community, live-action roleplayers, and cosplayers around the globe. For more information, check out their website www.songhammer.com or get current updates at www.facebook.com/Songhammer.
Digital download of album available to press upon request.
“World of Songhammer” is available for purchase on the following sites:
“Warner Bros. may be making strides in the right direction with its long gestating WARCRAFT film, as there is interest for Johnny Depp to star.”
This rumor has never been confirmed by director Duncan Jones, Legendary Pictures nor Blizzard Entertainment. There was another rumor on July 30, 2013 spinning from BleedingCool that the Warcraft film script is based on the First War with Khadgar as the leading role.
However, back on August 30, 2013, I reported a quote from the “Production Weekly” auditions magazine which revealed the term “Conflagration” as a sort of codename for the Warcraft Film, and a brief description of the plot which contradicts the first rumor and makes us go bananas on what is truth or not.
His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice – his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft. But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner’zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand. When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas’s path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.
Just an hour ago, the Associated Press posted Johnny Depp attended the London Film Festival with blonde hair — just 12 weeks away from the filming of Warcraft in Vancouver.
Running a search in google for Johnny Depp photos show he has never used this particular tone of blonde before. It is a very particular … distinctive … and iconic blonde hue. Hmm?
The Warcraft Film is slated to begin rolling cameras on January 13th, 2014. Release date was announced to be on December 18, 2015.
Duncan Jones will be at Blizzard Entertainment’s BlizzCon co-leading the Warcraft film panel along with Chris Metzen and Rob Pardo on Saturday November 8 at 1:00pm. If you weren’t lucky to get a BlizzCon ticket you can still watch live this panel with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket which allows you to watch a livestream either on your TV (DirecTV) or online on your PC. Get your Virtual Ticket here.
Montoya here, sharing some speculation I’ve been making concerning the new WoW expansion, which we will learn about soon.
After reflecting on Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria, I realized there was quite a foundation being laid for Demon Hunters as a future playable class :
1. There is an achievement for finding a Demon Hunter in Darkshore “Ghosts in the Dark”.
2. There is a long quest chain with a Blood Mage that has us bring a Demon Hunter back from the dead, who nobly makes a big sacrifice right afterwards.
3. In Felwood, a Demon Hunter named Feronas Sindweller is a kill target for a quest. We soon find that he has been killing demons rather than druids, as he had been accused. He then proceeds to show us what most NPCs, and all of BC, seem to ignore: Illidan sought power, not to conquer or lord over others, but rather, to help his people and prove himself to Night Elves, particularly Tyrande. He did these things, however, with a reckless attitude (poor Lord Blackforest).
All of these were added in Cataclysm, which makes me wonder about the possibility of a Demon Hunter class in the next expansion. However, I find that there are a few things in the way:
1. Demonology Warlocks have become more and more like Warcraft III Metamorphosis Demon Hunters over time. A book in Stormwind explains that a human warlock, Kanrethad Ebonlocke, has learned and taught the secrets to Illidan’s transformation.
2. The Warlock challenge set in Mists of Pandaria is clearly Illidan themed, which, combined with the Demonology Warlock changes, makes me wonder if Blizzard is folding Illidan and Demon Hunters into the Warlock class. This would be an alternative to Demon Hunters having their own theme and class (with the obvious exception of not using warglaives).
3. In patch 5.2, the Warlock Green Fire quest was introduced, in which the Warlock visits Black Temple in present day and witnesses a conversation between two members of the Black Harvest, Ebonlocke and Jubeka. They discuss witnessing Illidan’s end; however, before Ebonlocke divulges information about it, the conversation conveniently shifts to something else in the middle of his thought.
4. Cheng, a Pandaren monk, makes a comment that can be taken multiple ways. He says “Yes, I am a monk, though I always dreamed of being a demon hunter.” What was the intent behind this flavor text?
While Demon Hunters could be folded into Warlocks, their combat and flavor could also be made distinct from one another. Unlike Warlocks, Demon Hunters exist to destroy the Legion. They use the Legion’s power against itself. Warlocks do not seem to have this focus at all; rather, they just utilize whatever powers are available to augment themselves. Demon Hunters blind themselves, receive tattoos in order to see Demonic magics and utilize the tattoo patterns Sargeras introduced to empower Illidan. As far as making 3 specs, tanking or healing could easily be achieved with some creative Fel magic and weapon mechanics.
So what does this evidence point to? Illidan is likely coming back. Chris Metzen recently tweeted, ”No. I think there’s a spark of him out there somewhere… Muahaha…” in response to someone asking if Illidan’s return referred to his appearance in the 4.3 dungeons. With, or prior to Illidan’s return, will Demon Hunters be a new class? Or will their theme be absorbed into Warlocks? What was the purpose of laying all this foundation in Cataclysm and dropping hints in Mists of Pandaria? While this is all speculation based on hints dropped in-game the last couple of years, we may find out in a few weeks with the upcoming expansion reveal at Blizzcon. Perhaps “The Dark Below” will be revealed, giving us further details.
Blizzard Entertainment just posted the entire BlizzCon 2013 Schedule which reveals Duncan Jones will be a panelist along with Chris Metzen and Rob Pardo to discuss details of the upcoming Warcraft Film by Legendary Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and NBCUniversal.
Warcraft Movie Presentation
Saturday November 8 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Please join the Warcraft movie director, Duncan Jones, along with key Blizzard developers as they discuss the thrilling collaborative process of translating Azeroth’s game world to the big screen.
Panel includes: Duncan Jones (Director), Chris Metzen (Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development) and Rob pardo (Chief Creative Officer)
The BlizzCon 2013 Floor Map shows all the playable video games: Hearthstone, Diablo III (PS4), World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The big absent stage is StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.
On Friday, November 8 — Blizzard will likely announce the new World of Warcraft expansion through the panel titled “World of Warcraft: The Adventure Continues” scheduled at 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PST.
Danny Perschonok (Naka) informed me Blizzard Entertainment has launched the new Heroes of the Storm website with a video by CarBot Animations. Blizzard Entertainment has renamed Blizzard All-Stars to “Heroes of the Storm”.
Yep, we’ve changed it again.
Set aside whatever you think you knew about Blizzard All-Stars, and get ready for what’s brewing at this year’s BlizzCon (Nov. 8-9, 2013).
Many thanks to Jon Burton of Carbot Animations for his work. You can find much more of Jon’s talented craft over at his YouTube channel here
A few days ago, when the trademark “Heroes of the Storm” appeared in the United States Patents & Trademarks website, I posted an article listing all the possible uses for this trademark. One of them was a possible rename of Blizzard All-Stars as pointed out by a fan.
Activision Blizzard announced they will broadcast the Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results after the close of the market on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Coincidence? BlizzCon 2013 takes place on November 8-9. Will Mike Morhaime have a few spoilers to share?
Personally, that would be a great move considering some people might want to watch the BlizzCon DirecTV or Livestream. Not all these conferences yield juicy announcements, but some have proven to provide approximate launch dates for beta testing.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1:30 p.m. Pacific Time ( 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time )