Like every year, Blizzard is delighting its fans with a large-scale press conference. Usually paid, the 2021 edition is 100% free and online, the Coronavirus epidemic requires. Despite a glaring lack of big information, this event heralded a lot of good content for the various games of Blizzard’s franchises.
Diablo in the spotlight
With the current epidemic, we suspect that developers had less time and resources available in 2021 and 2020. It is perhaps for this reason that the content featured this year seems a bit meager to some. However, there is one franchise that does well, and that is the one of Diablo, with not one major information, but two.
The next opus Diablo IV will be released in 2021. During Blizzcon, Blizzard gave us a long video presentation of her fourth character, the thief, who takes the place of the demon hunter in the field of agility. She joined the barbarian, the witch and the druid. There is only one playable class left to discover now.
Also, Blizzard announced the return of the much-loved Diablo 2, in its subtly renamed remastered version Diablo II “Resurected” . You can now pre-register to participate in the game’s Technical Alpha.
World Of Warcraft à la suite
The second “winner” of these Blizzard announcements is World of Warcraft. In 2021, between the last extension and the many confinements and curfews around the world, the number of players has continued to increase, when he had been in free fall for quite a while. Blizzard’s flagship game received two announcements, and not least, which will delight old and new players.
Indeed, at first it is the exit of World of Warcraft : Burning Crusade Classic that was announced. As for its vanilla version, it will be possible to play the first cult MMO expansion “like at the time” on dedicated servers. Who feels hot to go kick the Illidan train?
Finally, patch 9.1 of Shadowlands will be available soon under the name “Chains of Domination“As with every big game update, new raids, new dungeons but also the possibility of flying (finally) in Shadowlands.
Hearthstone lagging behind
Blizzard’s card game is sticking its head out of the water. With the release of the game mode Battleground which brought back many players, Hearthstone resumed a little bit of the animal. He will also be entitled to his “classic” version” with the return of old maps of the Pantheon like Ysera, Deathwing, Malygos, Ragnaros.
Too, the next expansion of the card game has been announced. She is called “Forged in the Tarrides” and will invite players to go hunting in the Barrens with the new keyword “Frenzy”
Finally, a new game mode has been announced on HS. Hearthstone Mercenaries will be a Strategic RPG which will arrive later in the year
Overwatch 2 et Heroes of the Storm into oblivion
The two big absentees from this first night of Blizzcon are Overwatch 2 and Heroes of the Storm. For the first, we expected the minimum on a release date, but none of that. With the release of the next one Diablo IV in 2021, Blizzard certainly prefers to release its next big game the following year. Content level, we had the right to an overview of two new maps of the game, Rome and New York with developer feedback, as well as a redesign of some game models.
When to HotS, Blizzard had already announced a scheduled death of its MOBA. So there isn’t really any significant or important content.
A gift for the 30 years
Finally, this Blizzcon celebrated the 30 years of the Blizzard company. For this occasion, the video game giant offered several gifts on many games that you will be able to discover. But the most important is the return of the first games from the American studio in a remastered version.
This pack named “Blizzard Arcade Collection“includes the first three games from the refurbished studio. You can discover or rediscover in this way The Lost Vikings, Rock N’ Roll Racing et BlackThorne. Small bonus, they are now available on all platforms. PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and XBox One, but also on the next gen PS5 and Serie X / S consoles thanks to backward compatibility.
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