BlizzCon 2018: A Trifecta of Revamped Titles
At Blizzcon 2018, held last November 2-3, Blizzard piqued our curiosity and titillated our senses. This time around, the game development behemoth that brought us classic titles such as Warcraft and Diablo did so with the promise of old games made new. They are set to launch Diablo on the mobile platform, bring WoW back to its roots with World of Warcraft Classic, and remaster Warcraft III.
Here’s a quick peek at what’s in store for hardcore Blizzard fans as unveiled during this year’s edition of Blizzard’s biggest annual fan event.
Will handheld demon-slaying catch on?
It’s about time smartphones became a more legitimate gaming platform so that it can finally get the respect and recognition it deserves. As for those who think otherwise, maybe Blizzard can change your mind with the mobile version of one of its most prestigious franchises: Diablo Immortal.
Think of Diablo Immortal as Diablo 2.5, as the events the game takes place in is between that of II and III. Adventurers will be taking on demons old and new, but Skarn, a demon lieutenant of Diablo that’s tasked to gather the corrupted Worldstone fragments in order to summon the Lord of Destruction. Other than that, certain stories that haven’t been touched on both games will be further explored. The game will also feature two new zones, the swamp-like Bilefen, which has the 4-player dungeon is the Kikuras Rapids, and the sandy Shassar Sea, which features the 4-player dungeon Tomb of Fahir. Lastly, the Forgotten Tower, a familiar fixture in Diablo II’s Act I, will be making a comeback, with The Countess returning as its final boss.
As for classes, six of the franchise’s most popular classes will be featured:
- Demon Hunter
It’s pretty much expected at this point that you probably have a lot of questions, just like the crowd that Blizzard revealed it to during BlizzCon 2018. Well, you’ll just have to have faith in one of the biggest game studios there is. After all, they’re pro-gamers, not pro-business.
Is harder actually better?
Most often, yes. Vanilla WoW is coming back to your PC. It’s the game at its basest, before all the quality-of-life updates that made playing the game easier. As a remastered version of patch 1.12, it will not update any further. However, its content will expand in 4 stages and will include everything from previous patches. The expansion will culminate into the Naxxramas Raid, the ‘most challenging raid in WoW Classic’. You’ll be able to experience the raid as it was and verify its title for yourself. Expect it to be a slow grind, but don’t let that keep you from playing it!
Aside from the obvious nostalgia factor, one of the biggest draws of WoW Classic is its more challenging nature. Without all the updates, players are taken back to the good old days of trying to figure out where to find things. Reduced drop rates mean that you’ll have to find and kill more mobs for what you need. There’s also the fight over spawns and resources to look forward to.
No matter what you want to do in WoW Classic, one thing you’ll need is dedication. It’s going to be time-consuming and grind-y, so gird up your loins and brace yourselves. It’s coming next year, around the months of June-August. There will be no need to buy it as it will come free with a subscription for WoW. No installation will be necessary either since new servers where players can experience it will go live.
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Warcraft 3: Reforged
Reforge to bring back the RTS genre?
Warcraft III is one of the most influential and impactful games in history, and it is set to give RTS the boost it sorely needs. Launched exclusively on Mac and Windows PC way back in 2002, it was a huge hit among fantasy and strategy gaming fans. While it has since sold millions of copies in the 15-plus years since its initial release, a true follow-up has yet to come. However, Blizzard offered the next best thing: A remaster of Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, dubbing it as Warcraft III: Reforged.
Reforged will be more than just a mere remastered edition of an old game though. As Blizzard calls it a reimagining of the original as they are going to recreate the cinematic cut scenes and re-balance the mechanics for both Reforged and the original, allowing owners of the original Warcraft III to play with owners of the new game under the same servers, ultimately adding new storylines to the Warcraft universe. It’s also refreshing to return to the roots of Warcraft as an RTS (real-time strategy) because, in recent times, the RTS has seemingly fallen by the wayside in favor of other genres.
Reforged will feature remastered maps and campaigns, as well as remodeled animations and characters. The game will launch with 4k support, and an upgraded user interface and world editor in comparison to the original game. The Spoils of War edition also gives you bonuses in Blizzard’s various other games like Hearthstone, Diablo 3, and Heroes of the Storm.
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The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same
Sometimes, to come up with ways to satisfy the gaming public’s hunger for new titles, you simply need to go back and revisit the classics. Whether you redesign, reimagine, or simply offer up an old game in an altogether different platform, what’s familiar can be just as fresh as a totally new game.
BlizzCon 2018 successfully banked on a dash of nostalgia and a pinch of creative twist. As a result, they managed to make waves in the gaming world by giving people something familiar and something new at the same time.
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