Blizzard Entertainment has announced the BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket is now on sale. The Virtual Ticket allows you to watch live the different panels either on DirecTV or online.
Fans do not need to purchase anything to watch the WCS and Warcraft eSports Tournament Streams. Which is real nice.
What does this virtual ticket offers?
BlizzCon-exclusive in-game goodies for World of Warcraft®, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ (details coming soon).
access to an exclusive, limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show for 5 days.
Read the press release below:
Bring BlizzCon(R) to You with the BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket
Experience Blizzard Entertainment’s epic Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® community celebration online this November 8 and 9—live and in HD Order NOW at www.blizzcon.com
IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– BlizzCon® 2013 is just two months away—and while tickets to attend the show sold out in seconds, you can still get a virtual front-row seat at Blizzard Entertainment’s epic gaming convention with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, now available to order at www.blizzcon.com.
The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket provides comprehensive live online HD coverage of Blizzard’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® community celebration, taking place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center . Available for $39.99 USD , the Virtual Ticket grants viewers access to both days of the show with two exclusive channels featuring unmatched BlizzCon content, including:
Developer Panels: Get the latest news and behind-the-scenes insight into your favorite Blizzard games—straight from the people who make them.
Exclusive Interviews: Dig deeper into the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes through exclusive interviews with Blizzard developers.
Community Contests: Witness the spectacle of the legendary BlizzCon Costume Contest and the new-for-2013 Talent Contest, both hosted by comedian and BlizzCon veteran Jay Mohr .
Closing Ceremony: Be a part of the closing festivities on Saturday night, capping off two full days of Blizzard gaming and eSports action (more details to be announced later).
On-Demand Replays: Rewatch epic moments with the Virtual Ticket’s DVR functionality, and catch content you might have missed for up to two weeks after the show’s over.
Bonus Loot! Anyone who orders a Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive in-game goodies for World of Warcraft®, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ (details coming soon). The Virtual Ticket also grants access to an exclusive, limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show.† This special pre-BlizzCon sale is scheduled to take place over a 5-day period in the weeks leading up to the show, and will be followed by a public sale offering a more limited selection of items. More details will be announced at www.blizzcon.com in the weeks ahead.
ATTN: DIRECTV® Viewers! DIRECTV customers in the United States will once again be able to join the excitement by ordering the DIRECTV BlizzCon 2013 Pay Per View event, priced at $49.99 USD , which includes the Virtual Ticket online stream and in-game goodies mentioned above as part of the purchase. More information on the DIRECTV Pay Per View event, including how to order, will be announced at a later date.
Free eSports Streams! Even if you don’t purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll still be able to catch plenty of BlizzCon action online. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s BlizzCon eSports tournaments—including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational—will be streamed for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com and the official WCS website (www.starcraft2.com/wcs).
BlizzCon 2013 would not be possible without the passion and enthusiasm of Blizzard Entertainment gamers around the world and the generosity of the event’s partners—Intel, NVIDIA, Sony Computer Entertainment , DIRECTV, SteelSeries, GIGABYTE, Rosewill, and EVGA—who provide demo-station hardware, peripherals, and more, and whose support helps make the broadcast possible.
CarBot Animations has posted StarCrafts Season 2 Episode 17 UnaVOIDable. In this new animation, we see it is futile to try to kill a Protoss Void as it decimates units and buildings left and right. Instead of the usual beam we are used to in-game, the author displays the Void’s beam as a broad laser similar to the CapCom vs Marvel’s Cyclops beam that takes half the screen.
However, for a unit so powerful it is so fragile before a simple Terran unit. Worth a few laughs this parody.
Graeme sent a heads up his friend is selling a on eBay (UK). The item has a “Buy Now” price of £450.00 sold by a third-party, not directly by the ex-employee. Seller feedback is 100% with 39 feedback comments. That buyout price is definitely a bargain considering its collectible value. This bust was given exclusively to Blizzard Entertainment employees and only 5000 units were produced by Sideshow Collectibles.
This is a mega exclusive bust which is no longer available. My research has told me only 5000 where produced and that they were only given to staff members employed at that time.
The box itself didn’t come with a seal but ive shown the seal on the internal packaging to prove this has never been opened or used.
Don’t miss out on something that is so exclusive!
Please contact for exact postage costs. The quote given was to post it to Greece from the UK after a time waster winner.
Nate Kenyon wrote on twitter he is having a hard time to decide which novel to write next. Apparently he got his hands full with project offers. It is unknown if one of these are coming from Blizzard Entertainment, but in case that was so — “c-o-m-e–c-l-o-s-e-r …” — “How about we give him a little encouragement to go our way?”
Let the armies of Blizzard lore scholars, fans, merchandise collectors, and novel-munching-zombies decide for him. Send him a tweet to encourage him to pick any Blizzard projects available.
A few days ago, the voice actor of the StarCraft II character Jim Raynor — Robert Clotworthy — revealed in Facebook he would be making a StarCraft-related announcement at the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) America Finals on Sunday, August 11th.
Joshua Gray (Clutch) interviewed Robert Clotworthy (Jim Raynor) and James Harper (Emperor Mengsk). Robert finally revealed what the special announcement was — and it was authorized by Blizzard Entertainment.
Clutch: Jim, any hints — of what you can say — of what’s going to happen?
Clotworthy: Well, let’s just put it this way. I spoke to Blizzard and they allowed me to say this: We have begun the voice recording for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.
So about a week and a half ago, we were in the studio with a couple of the other actors, and we started to work on it. So hopefully we’ll have it out not in a distant future.
Around 5:21:45 in the VOD, the following was revealed:
Clutch: You announced that Legacy of the Void — you started work on it.
Clotworthy: That was a special surprise. I don’t think anybody knows we were actually at the studio. There’s been a lot of speculation as to where the game was, and I wanted to let fans know that the story has already been written, a lot of the cinematics have been done, and the voice actors are in the studio and working on it now. Blizzard will put it out when the game is ready.
I have seen the story, and I’m telling you — there are some surprises, some twists, some turns, it’s going to be really exciting.
Clutch: “The Protoss will be unleashed” — that’s Chris Metzen’s words for Legacy of the Void.
I have one special announcement. Speaking of fans, we have fans all around the world. But some of our best fans are in Canada. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m happy to announce that the Season 3 Finals for the WCS will be taking place in Toronto, Canada in October.
This is very significant. It’s highly possible that Blizzard Entertaiment might be showcasing StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void at BlizzCon 2013 this upcoming November 8-9.
From past experiences, it is possible Blizzard might show a cinematic teaser, some single player gameplay and/or have hands-on demo stations at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is all speculation at this point.
The interview began at 5:08:30 in the following video:
Aunque he escrito en inglés estos pasados diez años, hablo español en mi casa todos los días. Por muchos años he deseado poder lanzar un sitio en español sobre los juegos de StarCraft, Diablo, y Warcraft. Se acerca una nueva etapa de Blizzplanet pronto, y espero poder recibir fanáticos que han visitado Blizzplanet por varios años como escritores para que puedan informar a fans como ustedes, y que puedan formar parte de una gran comunidad hispana de video juegos de Blizzard.
Esta es una posición voluntaria para aquellos que deseen la experiencia de escribir para un fansite líder de diez años, y tener acceso a juegos beta y otras oportunidades relacionadas a los juegos de Blizzard.
Si estas interesado en unirte a nuestra comunidad come escritor en el idioma español, envíame un mensaje electrónico a medievaldragon@blizzplanet(punto)com
Latinos viviendo en Europa, America Latina, Canada, Asia, Oceania o Estados Unidos son bienvenidos.
Déjame saber que juegos de Blizzard juegas y por el cual te gustaría dedicarte a escribir noticias.
UPDATE: Sunday, August 11 is the last day to submit your entry.
SteelSeries, J!NX and The League of S.T.E.A.M. have partnered to brew together a cool promotion that will send a lucky winner and a friend to BlizzCon 2013 (November 8-9th) free along with flight and hotel expenses covered. This contest only applies to North American residents: which includes United States, Canada and Quebec. The follow up winners will get SteelSeries and J!NX prizes.
Make sure to read my personal speculation about this strange and unholy partnership — there is something odd about this partnership that [might] or [not] be a hint of a new Blizzard game announcement. Don’t you love Blizzplanet’s speculations?
CHICAGO – July 29th, 2013 – With the return of BlizzCon this year to Anaheim, California, SteelSeries and our partners JINX and The League of S.T.E.A.M want to send YOU to the festivities in style. This once in a lifetime chance to be a part of gaming history is completely FREE to enter by visiting the contest landing page – https://steelseri.es/blizzcon. Sweepstake entries will be open from July 29th through August 11th to all North American residents.
The grand prize features two BlizzCon Show Passes, airfare and accommodations for you and a friend PLUS one custom costume by award winning costume designers The League of S.T.E.A.M! An additional $2500 in sponsored prizes will also be given away including World of Warcraft Wireless MMO mice and JINX gift cards!
To keep up to date with the latest happenings of all the companies that made this giveaway possible, please visit the following websites.
I’m sorry to Blizzard Entertainment, but I will shield up with the first amendment of the United States Constitution: Freedom of Speech. Of course, I’ll eat back my words silently if I misfire … oops!
I have seen several promotions and giveaways from licensed partners for several years, but I find the League of S.T.E.A.M to be a very strange partner which is not directly a Blizzard Licensed Partner.
I do know the BlizzCon 2013 Costume Contest sign ups begin on August 5 (approximately) as published recently at the official BlizzCon website. The League of S.T.E.A.M will create a costume for the Ultimate BlizzCon 2013 Giveaway announced in this press release.
I was curious about this League of S.T.E.A.M, and searched online for their website. After reading through their About page, this is what they say:
The League of S.T.E.A.M. is not your average performance group
Our talented group of inventors and actors take the audience back to a time of scientific adventure; a common ground between the paranormal and the Pythagorean. We are monster hunters from the Victorian era. From up on the stage to mingling the crowd, our members engage the audience with proton packs capable of firing blasts of “steam,” zombie manservants on chain-leads, net guns and titillating electro-shock packs and ethereal glowing ghosts. Every piece of machinery is meticulously designed, detailed, and fully functional, from the steam cannon to the extendable “Punchy Fist”. The League travels with an archive of past adventures, preserved and documented for the ambient pleasure of the viewer, featuring exotic specimens and chilling relics from the ancient Orient. Audiences for this extravagant experience continue to grow. The League of S.T.E.A.M. is one of the fastest-growing entertainment groups of its kind, and our series of filmed exploits has ensured us a popularity that fills our events to capacity.
Wait … this is a Steampunk-effing-League?!! I’m sorry, my geeky blood-pressure is going high at the moment. Don’t blame me for speculating, but what if this giveaway is subtly throwing hints about a new Blizzard Entertainment Steampunk-themed video game to be announced at BlizzCon 2013? Is that even feasible to imagine or a loooong-stretch?
Blizzard Entertainment is currently developing two MMOs: the Next-Gen MMO codenamed Titan and a unannounced MMO.
If this speculation doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will. A Steampunk Blizzard game — would you play something that wicked sweet?
I might be totally wrong on this one, I admit. However, tell me straight to the face you won’t get excited after reading what the League of S.T.E.A.M is and after viewing their photos. I present to you … the League of S.T.E.A.M
Our hero Robert Clotworthy, who plays the voice of Jim Raynor in StarCraft II, posted on Facebook that he has an important StarCraft-related announcement to make this Sunday, August 11th during an interview with Joshua Gray (known as Clutch).
“Look for an important StarCraft announcement from me during my live interview with Josh “Clutch” Gray on Sunday. Any guesses as to what that might be?” — said Robert Clotworthy.
Now what could this announcement be? Especially when Blizzard Entertainment has no scheduled announcements to make until GamesCom and BlizzCon?
Is it about StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void? Is it about Blizzard All-Stars which features Jim Raynor? Is it a StarCraft II novel going audiobook featuring Robert’s voice? Or something else?
What do you guys think? (plays Beethoven’s 5th, below) — source
Yesterday’s broadcast last about 8 hours, so it’s impossible to determine at what time in specific the interview takes place other than watching the entire thing, or waiting for Blizzplanet to post the news. The interviews happen usually after a StarCraft II match ends. The livestream will be here: — https://wcs.battle.net/sc2/en
Blizzplanet is proud to announce its very own BlizzCon countdown web application for your mobile device. This is designed to be used on your iOS or Android mobile phone. Follow these steps on your phone and get excited for BlizzCon!
2.If you are on iOS a button should popup with instructions. If it doesn’t, tap the Arrow button on the bottom bar of Safari. If you are on Android it varies from device to device but look for an Add Bookmark to Home screen option.
3. Tap Add to Home Screen
4. Choose a Name and hit Add.
You will now have a nice BlizzCon icon on your phone’s home screen.
The ASUS ROG Summer 2013 tournament was held in Helsinki, Finland last weekend and we could see Taeja, MC and HyuN in the tournament roster. We could also find San, DieStar and Socke in the among the qualified players. If you don’t want to get spoiled you should stop here and watch the VOD’s before reading trough the whole post.
There wasn’t any big upsets in the first group stage round, and all the Korean players except MC qualified for the second group stage round. Six of the top eight players ended up being Koreans. Only Goswser and Happy managed to get out of the second group stage. Notable is that the qualifying player San managed to beat HyuN with 3-0 in the semifinals. But in the end he had to step back when TaeJa won the final with 3-1.
Round of 8
Happy < Alicia 1-3 TaeJa > Goswser 3-1
StarDust < HyuN 2-3
DongRaeGu > San 0-3
StarCraft in real life is in plans a we speak. Remember a few months ago when I mentioned applications were to open for people interested in training to be astronauts to travel to planet Mars in a one-way trip on 2023?
Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp revealed that 78,000 applications were submitted.
On September 2022, two men and two women will be sent to Mars. The trip to the red planet will last about six months. In 2025, another ship will transport four people to Mars. And more ships will be launched to send people in groups of four each trip — to slowly increase the Mars Colony. More rovers will be sent to provide further broadcast coverage of their daily reality TV show experiences.
The company plans to build partnerships to break the world record on global TV viewership as they plan to make this a reality TV show. Before and after the spacecraft launches cameras will be transmitting live the astronauts’ experience.
A satellite will be rotating around planet Mars to facilitate communication back to Earth with somewhere around a 20-45 minute signal delay depending the position between Mars and Earth year-round.
The Mars One team plans to begin manufacturing of that satellite and astronaut supplies on 2014. The supply cargo consists 2500 kilograms of spare parts, solar photovoltaic panels, and general supplies. These will be launched into space on 2016 to reach Mars — seven years in advance — before the first four humans reach the red planet.
On 2018, a rover will land on Mars to scout the optimal spot where the 2023 spacecraft will land upon. That rover will video stream 24/7/365 back to Earth — much better than NASA’s rover.
Carbot Animations posted a new episode of StarCrafts featuring the Terran Thor. The parody shows how tough, overconfident and arrogant the Thor unit enters a a Zerg hatchery able to decimate ground and air units. Once the SCVs are killed, the Thor is still overconfident because a Medi-vac can just lift it up and soar away.
However, the Thor didn’t account for the zerg viper to abduct it back into the welcoming blades of zerglings, hydralisks and roaches. Game over.
Activision Blizzard celebrated today their 2013 Second Quarter financial results conference call where Bob Kotick addressed their independence from Vivendi after purchasing their shares.
Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, said, “We are pleased with our second-quarter results, which confirm the preliminary results we released last week when we announced our transaction with Vivendi. The agreement we reached with Vivendi will make us an independent company and should deliver meaningful earnings per share accretion to our shareholders. Our solid performance across our franchises and strong digital sales, including continued significant growth this quarter in our Call of Duty® downloadable content business over the previous year, validate our belief that we will enter this new period of independence in a position to leverage the flexibility and focus that it provides.”
On July 25, 2013, Activision Blizzard announced that it reached an agreement under which the company will acquire approximately 429 million company shares and certain tax attributes from Vivendi, in exchange for approximately $5.83 billion in cash, or $13.60 per share acquired before taking into account any future benefit from these tax attributes. In a related transaction, ASAC II LP, an investment vehicle led by CEO Bobby Kotick and Activision Blizzard Co-Chairman Brian Kelly, will purchase approximately 172 million company shares from Vivendi for approximately $2.34 billion in cash, or $13.60 per share. Following the completion of the transactions, which are expected to close by the end of September 2013, Vivendi will no longer be the majority shareholder, but will retain a stake of approximately 83 million shares, or approximately 12%.
World of Warcraft subscribers: 7.7 Million
Next-Gen MMO Titan is likely to be a non-subscription based MMO
Titan staff was moved to World of Warcraft, Diablo III and Blizzard All-Stars
The second quarter was a relatively quiet quarter when compared against last quarter, which included the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm launch; and Q2 2012 when we launched Diablo III. We’ve been making great progress on Diablo III console and Hearthstone along with other ongoing projects, which I’ll discuss shortly.
Starting off with World of Warcraft, we ended the quarter with about 7.7 million subscribers worldwide, with the declines split about evenly between East and West. The most recent content update in late May has had a positive impact on stabilizing the churn rate in both regions.
Our next major content update, “Siege of Orgrimmar” is currently in the public testing phase. This update includes a massive new raid dungeon and a new questing area, as well as some new features. Proving grounds is a way for players to learn the skills they need for in-game contents and flexible raids allows groups of varying sizes to enjoy in-game rating. This will make it easier for players to experience compelling in-game contents with their friends. In addition to sustaining engagement for existing players, we believe these features can help make the transition back to the game more compelling for returning players as well. We look forward to releasing this update in the coming weeks.
Before I get into the other game updates, I want to say a few words about our unannounced project codenamed Titan. We’re in the process of selecting a new direction for the project and re-envisioning what we want the game to be. And while we can’t talk about the details yet, it is unlikely to be a subscription-based MMORPG. I also want to reiterate that there has not been an official announced or projected release date. What I can say is that the commitment to quality has always been at the core of Blizzard values. And we’ve gone through this type of iterative development process several times in the past on the way to creating genre-defining games. As we continue our assessment, we have shifted some of the resources from the team to our other franchises, including World of Warcraft and Blizzard All-Stars, which we believe will add immense value to those projects.
On the Diablo III side, we announced a September 3rd date for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions to the game. Our showing at E3 was a great opportunity to reinsure ourselves to the console gaming audience. The development team has done a lot of work to tailor Diablo III for a living room experience and these subtle changes have been very well-received by the press. We’ll be sharing more Diablo-related news at GamesCom later this month.
Moving on to StarCraft II. We just launched Heart of the Swarm in China a couple of weeks ago and in these early stages have seen a jump in concurrency in the region. In addition, our year-long StarCraft II World Championship Series is currently in its second season with the season finals taking place later this month at GamesCom in Germany.
We’ve also been putting a lot of focus on Blizzard All-Stars, our upcoming free-to-play online game. Action RTS games have become increasingly popular over the years. As we have in the past with games like World of Warcraft and the original Diablo, we’re looking to put our own spin on this genre and challenge some of the existing design paradigms. We’ve reached a significant internal milestone with Blizzard All-Stars going into wider internal testing and we’ll have more to say about the game later this year.
Rounding out our announced game projects is Hearthstone, our new free-to-play digital collectible card game. Hearthstone will launch initially on Windows and Mac PC followed by iPad soon after. We’ve made great progress polishing the game through internal testing and will be reaching the external test phase very soon. Our promotions in the last quarter, which included several live streamed game-play demos have generated great budge for the game since we revealed it at PAX East in March. Not only will this be our first game on iPad, it will also be the first time in a very long time that we have announced a game and launched it within the same year. This reflects the philosophy behind a small team of Blizzard veterans developing Hearthstone to create Blizzard-quality games on a smaller scale.
Looking ahead, we have BlizzCon coming up on November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The show will be a good one with the latest Blizzard news, hands-on with games and development and of course, the global finals for our StarCraft II World Championship Series. We hope to see you there or following along via the online stream or on DirecTV.
As we enter the back half of 2013, what we’re showing at Blizzard is a broadening of our gaming portfolio. Just 3 years ago, we had one active game. Moving into the rest of 2013 and beyond, we will have several active and vibrant games across 3 major franchises on multiple platforms and with different business models. We’ll continue to work hard on creating epic game experiences for our players and look forward to delivering those experiences in a variety of ways.
Brian J. Pitz: With respect to the wild sub declines, I think last quarter was more Asia based, now it seems to be ramping up more on the West. Can you just give us a little more color there on the split?
Morhaime: Concerning subscription decline, in aggregate in Q2, we did see a smaller decline than we saw in Q1, and I think it’s very important to note the impact that our content updates have had since the most recent update, mid-May. We have seen a very positive impact on the churn rate, and that’s across both regions.
Brian J. Pitz: Got it. And just one more follow-up on WoW. There’s kind of been rumors in and out of the press on a potential movie set with the WoW theme. Any updates there?
Morhaime: I don’t have any updates other than to say that we are continuing to work with Legendary Pictures. Duncan Jones has been selected as the director, who has been actively working on a movie, and we continue to be very excited about it.
Colin A. Sebastian : In the scenario that WoW were to continue declining, I’m wondering whether your priority, ultimately, would be to protect profitability of the franchise or to continue spending on potential growth initiatives?
Morhaime: Our priority is to continue delivering great contents to our players. We feel the WoW continues to be the top most compelling, possibly multiplayer online role-playing game available, and we think it still has a very long life ahead of itself. We think that over time, we have seen players come and go and return to World of Warcraft, and we recognize that there’s a lot that we can do to make the experience of coming back to World of Warcraft and the transition back into the game and meeting up with your friends much easier than it currently. And so I think that’s a big opportunity for us.
Brian J. Pitz (Jefferies LLC, Research Division) Colin A. Sebastian (Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division)
The size and dimensions of this figure is 15.5″ H (393.7mm) x 9.5″ W (241.3mm) x 6.75″ L (171.45mm). Sideshow Collectibles is pre-ordering this item for $499.99, and offers monthly payment plans as little as $56.25 a month. The figure is slated to ship on August 2014. Don’t worry, the pre-order will only charge you $50 today to reserve your copy as a non-refundable deposit.
The StarCraft II Raynor 1:6 Scale figure was announced recently at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. Blizzplanet recorded video of the entire Blizzard Licensing Panel where this product was announced. Watch it now.
From the hit Blizzard Entertainment title, Starcraft II, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce Jim Raynor -Terran Space Marine. Confederate marshal turned outlaw rebel, Jim Raynor does not back down from a fight. Equipped with technologically advanced armor and weaponry, the Raynor – Terran Space Marine was assembled from over 525 individually engineered components, making it one of Sideshow’s most ambitious Sixth Scale projects to date. The detailed armor features light up elements in the chest and engine vents, an impressive cache of weapons includes a C-14 Impaler Gauss rifle, a massive sniper rifle, and Jim’s signature revolver.
The Raynor Sixth Scale Figure features:
Fully Articulated Figure Body with highly detailed, fully articulated armor
Removable Helmet with retractable visor
Alternate Head(s) to display with helmet on or off
C-14 Impaler Gauss Rifle
Pistol with fabric holster
Light up effects in chest, engine vents, and rifle (Images of finalized light-up effects, coming soon)
Anthony Mestas (Paint)
Michael Fictenmayer (Paint)
Big Shot Toyworks (Sculpt and Development)
Trevor Grove (Sculpt)
Kevin Ellis (Costume Fabrication)
The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team
Car Bot Animations posted a new video in YouTube titled “Mutalated”. In this episode, they address the balance issues with Mutalisks versus Terran and versus Protoss.
When Mutalisks attack a Protoss base, they can swing in and out of there if there aren’t enough photon cannons laid around to protect probes. By the time an Archon or an Immortal gets there, the zerg player can spirit the Mutalisks away, and simply harass the protoss player. Or so Car Bot Animations pictures it — don’t kill the messenger. =)
When a bunch of Mutalisks approach a Terran base, however, out of the blue a Widow Mine can shoot a missile and AOE all the Mutalisks whereas the Protoss has to suffer harassment without much of a damage dealt to the Mutas.
In the animation all Mutalisks are decimated by the Widow Mine’s Sentinel Missile — which is kinda funny, but in reality they don’t kill all the mutalisks in a normal melee game.
Sentinel Missiles: Attacks by launching missiles at enemy ground and air units that get too close. Missiles deal 125 damage to primary target and 40 splash damage to units nearby.
A Mutalisk has 120 Life, and that sentinel missile’s 40 splash damage can at most drop the nearby Mutalisks’ health down to 80 Life. The only way this Mutalated animation scenario might happen is if all Mutalisks were at most 40 Life each or less. It’s still a fun watch.
Blizzard Entertainment Senior Composer II Glenn Stafford shared via Twitter a link to Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s music video titled: “Space Oddity”, recorded entirely on board the International Space Station.
Chris Hadfield became viral famous for uploading YouTube videos from the International Space Station. After his return back to Earth he retired on May 2013. As his parting gift, to millions of fans he posted this video
The music video is amazing unbelievable! It has been watched 17 million times in YouTube in just two months and a half.
Update: As Eredalis said in the comments below, the song was written by David Bowie. Below is the original music video of the David Bowie song “Space Oddity” from his promotional film, ‘Love You Till Tuesday’ (1969).
A bit of a easter egg: David Bowie was inspired by 1968 British-American film Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Sideshow Collectibles announced the StarCraft II Jim Raynor 1:6 Scale Figure during the 2013 San Diego Comic Con’s Blizzard Licensing panel. During the panel, Sideshow said pre-orders would start in the ext couple of weeks.
A preview of the making of the Jim Raynor Sixth scale figure is now available.
Blizzard Entertainment announced their attendance to the 2013 GamesCom in Cologne, Germany through August 21-25.
Now this is kinda awesome in a few ways. This event takes place less than three months before BlizzCon (November 8-9).
Just a few days ago, San Diego Comic Con attendees had the opportunity to play Diablo III (PS3). GamesCom attendees are likely going to play the latest build just prior to the game shipping (September 3).
However, GamesCom might have a few surprises that could breath-take fans.
For example, Blizzard revealed the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Opening Cinematic at GamesCom 2012 (August 15-19).
Something to note is that Diablo III Beta started a month later on September 20, 2011.
In the 2010 GamesCom, Blizzard invited key press journalists to discuss a secret feature of Diablo III with Jay Wilson.
It isn’t Blizzplanet unless I wrap up with a round of speculations. As you can see, based on past precedents, this 2013 GamesCom might have a few surprises under Blizzard’s sleeve. Could Duncan Jones and Thomas Tull make a surprise appearance to reveal more about the Warcraft film? Hearthstone Opening Cinematic? Hearthstone demo stations|screenshots|gameplay video|interviews? Blizzard All-Stars tease? Only time will tell.
Blizzard Entertainment will be at gamescom 2013, the world’s biggest games convention, taking place August 21-25. Join us there for the latest news on our games, great entertainment, and fantastic competitions with great prizes!
We’ll be at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany to meet players from across Europe and the world and give everyone a chance to play our latest games. All kinds of entertainment will also be on offer to visitors to the Blizzard booth (B40 in Hall 7): show matches, live music, quizzes, competitions and much more.
You can find out more about this incredible games show, including how to attend, here.
Making a welcome return to gamescom will be our celebrated costume and dance contests. Always wanted to appear on stage as a witch doctor, a pandaren monk, or a Protoss Zealot? Or are you brave enough to show off your goblin, night elf or tauren dance moves? This is your big chance! In the coming days we’ll have signups ready so you can reserve your place in the contests, but for now you can already start stitching, welding and practicing.
Stand by for more contest information, prizes, a full schedule, and details on what you can play, see and watch with Blizzard at gamescom 2013! — source
Activision Blizzard announced the upcoming Second Quarter 2013 Financial results will take place on August 1, 2013.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) intends to release its second quarter 2013 results after the close of the market on Thursday, August 1, 2013 . In conjunction with this release, Activision Blizzard will host a conference call that will be broadcast over the Internet.
Lot of stuff happening today at the San Diego Comic Con. A Blizzplanet contributor interviewed Micky Neilson — who talked more about the Insight Editions Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and DC Comics World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn graphic novel.
Blizzplanet correspondent David Frazier interviewed Micky Neilson at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 19th to forward a combination of SOL community and Blizzplanet questions about licensed products revealed at the Blizzard Licensing Panel, and about products that weren’t mentioned at the panel.
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.