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WarCraft III Assets to Release to StarCraft II

A recent interview between Kotaku and Blizzard involving the potential of a sequel to WarCraft III left the interviewer high and dry on the possibility of it occuring anytime soon. The developer, however, did state for those wishing to experience their memories once more on a newer engine, the assets to WarCraft III and The Frozen Throne will be implemented in a future patch to StarCraft II. Before the release of Legacy of the Void, a major patch will supply the StarCraft II Editor with additional data featuring WarCraft III models, spells systems, and more if all goes as planned. At the least, modders and mappers alike will receive access to the models alongside their animations, allowing them to be used in maps at no additional increase to the filesize of maps.

"'Warcraft IV comes up, especially as the community gets excited about the Warcraft universe," he explained. "We're focused on getting Legacy of the Void done right now, so I don't think we've had the mindshare to say, 'Absolutely, we're gonna be doing X, Y, or Z next.' Going back to the Warcraft universe would be awesome. I'd love to see that happen.'

"He added that the development team is about to add a bunch of official Warcraft assets to StarCraft II's mod tools so players can create their own Warcraft scenarios in-engine. They're based on Warcraft III—not a hypothetical Warcraft IV, sadly—and they're coming out early next year."


Source: Kotaku

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Announced

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My Life for Aiur
Reclaim Your Homeworld


StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void continues the story of Blizzard’s award-winning StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty where the first expansion, Heart of the Swarm®, left off, with a new campaign that brings the sci-fi saga to an epic conclusion. Protoss legends Artanis and Zeratul attempt to unite their race in an intergalactic fight for survival against an ancient evil from the Void that threatens the universe. The fates of Terran hero Jim Raynor and Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades, also hang in the balance.

StarCraft II: Legacy of Void will feature many new gameplay modes including Archon Mode, Allied Commanders mode, new multiplayer units, automated online tournaments, and more. New editor features including new terrain and upcoming features will be announced in the future.

Check out more info on StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void at the official website.

Overwatch Revealed

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OVERWATCH REVEALED


In front of a live crowd of more than 25,000 BlizzCon attendees and an expected online audience numbering in the millions, Blizzard Entertainment today announced Overwatch, a pick-up-and-play first-person shooter featuring an amazing cast of heroes and set in an all-new Blizzard game universe.

The action of Overwatch takes place in a technologically advanced, highly stylized future earth. In a time of global crisis, an international task force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities known as Overwatch had come together to restore peace to a war-torn world. After many years, the group’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. Overwatch might be gone now . . . but the world still needs heroes.

With an emphasis on accessibility and pure fun, Overwatch brings Blizzard’s signature easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay to the FPS genre. Harnessing the power of their hero of choice, players will join forces in teams of six and battle each other across a range of futuristic global locations, from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid. Every battlefield is iconic and built to highlight each character’s unique abilities, and fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.


Check out the cinematic and gameplay trailer over at the Overwatch site and additional information such as classes, features, and more!

Hearthstone: Goblins and Gnomes Announced

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Blizzard Entertainment today revealed plans for an explosive new addition to Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes! Announced at the company’s eighth BlizzCon gaming convention, Goblins vs Gnomes is the first expansion for the game and will introduce over 120 new goblin- and gnome-infused cards for players to add to their collections.

Goblins vs Gnomes immerses Hearthstone players in an epic rivalry between goblin engineers and their gnomish counterparts. Though wildly brilliant, these pint-size tinkerers don’t always have the upper hand on the mechanical contraptions they create, and the results can be wonderfully unpredictable. The new cards coming in the expansion are filled with wild and wacky inventions as well as some faces that will be familiar to World of Warcraft® and Hearthstone players.


Check out the official Hearthstone site fpr additional information.

New Campaign: The Dark Ocean Released

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Wanderers of Sorceria X1: The Dark Ocean ~ The Tale of Hokuto

Taking place following the conclusion of Book 6, The Dark Ocean is a short 4-mission* campaign featuring the esper Hokuto, who woke up in 1575 Feudal Japan at the cusp of a battle that changed the course of the country's history. Allied with Vance of the Shrike Mercenaries, Hokuto is haunted by the dreams of a vast black ocean threatening to swallow her very existence.

  • Fight alongside Hokuto and Vance with more useful abilities
  • Battle against foes who love knockback abilities as much as you love using them
  • Enjoy a throwback to an era when Blizzard wasn't owned by Activision
  • Bask in the tongue-in-cheek nonsense in a flavor only Razorclaw X could give you
  • Pad a list to make it even bigger

* Actual mission count may vary.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Announced

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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.

Podcast: During the Downtime

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With no end in sight for the website's random blackout, IskatuMesk and Lavarinth sit down to have a quiet chat while they wait for what feels like an eternity for Campaign Creations return. With the ORG Network and all its sites facing an unexpected server crash, IskatuMesk delves into his creations and current projects while Lavarinth shares his own opinion on motivation to compare with IskatuMesk.





Head on over to our Podcast section to check out our previous podcasts as well, or click here to get listening!

Back Online

After a rather lengthy downtime, we're back online. Apologies for the downtime, the entirety of the ORG Network went dark for nearly two weeks.

Batch 2 of BlizzCon 2013 Tickets Sold Out

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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.

Batch 1 of BlizzCon 2013 Tickets Sold Out

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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.

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