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No One Can Escape Death
The lords of hell rage within the Black Soulstone, their souls screaming for vengeance and release. Before the artifact can be sealed away forever, Malthael–Angel of Death–manifests in the mortal realms with a deadly new purpose: to steal the Black Soulstone and bend its infernal power to his will.
So begins the end of all things...
Highlights of the next Diablo III game appear to include:
- New Crusader Character Class, a clear inspiration from Diablo II's Paladin
- Malthael is formally introduced into the Diablo games, previously seen only in literature
- New level cap (presumably 70)
- Act V introduces Westmarch
- Of course, new items, monsters, allies
- New game modes for end game, still no true PvP aside hosh-posh Battleground arenas
Check out the cinematic and gameplay trailer over at the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls site and additional information released today.
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In an even faster sellout! Blizzard's second and final batch of tickets came and went. If you weren't in queue within the first three seconds chances are you were out of luck in getting tickets. It wasn't even a half-hour this time before the queue was cut and tickets were gone. To those of you going, congratulations. To those of you who intended to go and cannot, let us hope you acquire them by other means. (The charity tickets are coming up soon.) To the rest: Stay on the lookout for news.
The second batch of tickets for BlizzCon 2013 is now sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets in the first or second batches, tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will be going on sale this Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PDT (BlizzCon admission included). Coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket—stay tuned for more details.
Keep an eye on the BlizzCon website for updates on panels, exhibits, events, Virtual Ticket info, and more.
BlizzCon's first batch of tickets came and went in less than half-an hour. If you weren't in queue within the first twenty seconds, chances were you weren't getting tickets this time around. Not in the southern West coast? Chances were you weren't getting tickets with latency between Blizzard's Irvine server center and yourself. Truly, truly, truly outrageous some may say, but let us rest assured this was simply a test run for those who did not acquire their tickets as they prepare for the next battle on Saturday, 10 a.m. PDT. Also, Lavarinth got his gems, as per usual.
Blizzard released announced the tickets had sold out in a short alert, 34 minutes post tickets going on sale:
The first batch of BlizzCon 2013 tickets are sold out!
If you weren't able to get tickets this time, you'll have another chance on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT, when a second batch goes on sale. In addition, tickets to a special pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PDT. In-depth coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. Keep an eye on BlizzCon site for more details in the near future.
Blizzard has released a press release in regards to BlizzCon ticket sales:
Mark your calendars—a Blizzard is coming to Southern California! Tickets for BlizzCon® 2013 will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. PDT and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT through the official BlizzCon website. In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PDT.
BlizzCon 2013 takes place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, and tickets to the two-day show will be available at $175 USD each. Tickets to the Benefit Dinner (which includes admission to BlizzCon) will be priced at $500 USD each, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Tickets to previous BlizzCon events have sold out within minutes, so be sure to synchronize your hourglasses.
Paladins, demon hunters, and Ghosts who can’t make it to the show in person will once again have the option to enjoy BlizzCon from home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multi-channel Internet stream. Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.
See the full press release or check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure visit the official BlizzCon website at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show. We hope to see you in Anaheim!
March 31st, 2013 marked the fifteen year anniversary of the StarCraft series. For most of us at Campaign Creations, StarCraft was our childhood, growing up with the M rated game before it went to T for teens. We spent years playing custom campaigns, and more importantly, creating friendships. Throughout the years many have come and many have gone and this cycle will continue on with no end in sight. Much like Campaign Creations in the year 2000, we can only hope for amazing things to come both here and from Blizzard. Blizzard has a released a press release featuring an appreciation for its fans as well as a mission objective for a memorable achievement to be completed before April 17th.
*Receiving incoming transmission. Comm-link established:*
Greetings, Commanders. The opportunity to celebrate a 15-year anniversary doesn't come around very often, and we're thrilled to share this epic StarCraft franchise milestone with all of you.
Following its release on March 31, 1998, StarCraft warped millions of us through time and space to the 25th century, where we explored the unruly Koprulu Sector for the first time. We built armies and brought ruin to countless enemy bases as we helped the terrans, protoss, and zerg wage war against each other. The release of StarCraft: Brood War just nine months later saw the Queen of Blades become one of the most iconic villains of all time, and the popularization of professional StarCraft competition in South Korea.
Fast-forward through twelve long, anticipation-filled years to 2010, when StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was finally unleashed upon the world. We guided Jim Raynor's actions as he fought valiantly against Arcturus Mengsk's Dominion forces, and cheered on as professional competition, now fondly referred to as StarCraft II eSports, exploded in popularity on a truly global stage. Now, with less than one month behind us since the release of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, we're faced with not just Kerrigan and her ferocious brood, but the realization that time really does fly when you're having fun. In just a few short days, we'll be celebrating fifteen wonderful years of StarCraft.
We're pleased to invite you to take part in the festivities with a brand-new Feat of Strength achievement, as well as three portrait rewards which feature the original Terran, Protoss, and Zerg StarCraft box art.
We feel these portraits pay homage to StarCraft’s remarkable history, and are a great way for everyone to take part in the 15-Year Anniversary. However, those of you who seek to unlock these unique rewards will need to first face a perilous field operation:
- Play one game of StarCraft II in any online mode before 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 17. (1 Remaining)
Beginning March 31, play one Arcade, Custom, Ranked, Training, Unranked, or Versus A.I. game to earn the StarCraft 15-Year Anniversary Feat of Strength achievement. As soon as you've received the achievement, all three portraits will be permanently unlocked in your StarCraft II character profile.
We know what you're thinking, and no, this isn't an April Fool's joke, though it is important to note that Campaign, Offline Custom Games, replays, and observing your friends' games don't count toward reward progress, so make sure to play in one of the previously listed online game modes. Furthermore, the Feat of Strength will be awarded only after your game is over, so if you leave that 4v4 ladder match early, the achievement will not be given to you until everyone else has left the game as well.
Please join us in celebrating StarCraft's 15th birthday by showing off your new portraits in Battle.net from March 31 to April 17—and we kindly encourage you to share all of your favorite StarCraft memories with us using the #SC15 hashtag on Twitter.
We have one final parting gift that we hope will embolden your forces to victory as you embark on this assignment. Please enjoy the stunning desktop wallpaper image below, which features full-body art for the Terran Marine, Zerg Hydralisk, and Protoss Zealot.
Commanders, the time to act is now. Rally your troops, log in to StarCraft II, and commence the annihilation of your opponents. We await word of your triumphs on the battlefield.
[size=85][color=#FFFFFF]StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is here, and we’ve got a new desktop wallpaper image for you. This week, we're featuring a new Zerg image in our StarCraft II Media section. You can check it out, download it in multiple resolutions, and turn your desktop into a StarCraft masterpiece. Enjoy!
Blizzard and AMPM have teamed up for the second time to bring you the next set of Blizzard-related cups. Their first line of cups was their ever-popular World of WarCraft game, featuring key characters printed on large plastic cups. This second run features the same setup with StarCraft characters. These are only available for a limited time, and at an affordable price, a good collector's item. Blizzard's press release follows below:
You’ve been going strong with Heart of the Swarm since it launched on March 12, but perhaps after a few weeks of intense combat your Actions Per Minute are beginning to slow? While marines and marauders frequently combat fatigue with a timely stimpack, your best option may be to instead take a break to stretch your legs and perhaps grab a refreshing beverage from your local ampm convenience store.
For a limited time only, you can recruit this set of attractive limited edition collector’s cups forged in four unique designs—Raynor, Zeratul, Kerrigan, and a menacing Hydralisk. Each cup comes equipped with fully upgraded armor and/or carapace plating to help them survive the rigors of the dishwasher, enabling you to ingest life-sustaining liquids from these stylish vessels time and time again.
Sure, you already live and breathe StarCraft II, but now you can drink it too.
StarCraft II was recently patched to version 2.0.7, featuring a myriad of general fixes for gameplay.
- Fixed an issue that could cause players to become stuck in a patch loop while connecting to a region other than their home region. (Please note: This may still occur while patching to 2.0.7, but will no longer happen for subsequent patches.)
- The Story Mode achievement Kerrigan Power: 70 is now awarded upon re-entering story mode or the Master Archives for players who previously reached Kerrigan level 70. (An additional component to this fix will be applied in a future patch, which will properly grant credit immediately upon fulfilling achievement requirements.)
- Fixed an issue in which preferences for a variety of gameplay settings were not properly saved to Battle.net profiles.
- Fixed a streaming crash that could occur when a game was cancelled at the loading screen.
- Fixed a performance issue that could occur when the in-game menu was accessed with a large number of files saved to the Replays folder.
- Fixed an issue that occasionally caused a blank screen to display when loading into a campaign mission.
- Fixed a UI issue caused by loading and canceling Swarm and Liberty campaign saves.
- Fixed an issue that could cause the Product.SC2Archive file to go missing or become damaged after uninstalling and reinstalling StarCraft II.
- The Mothership Core is now properly included in the group of units selected by the Select All Army Units hotkey (F2).
- An attack command is now required in order to attack Destructible Rocks, which are no longer automatically attacked by units when right-clicked.
- Corrected Rock placement for melee maps Neo Planet S LE and Whirlwind LE.
- Maps can now update Battle.net dependencies even if objects from those dependencies are currently in use.
Launching StarCraft II automatically patches your version to the latest.