Author: Renee Lopez

HEARTHSTONE Game Director Ben Brode is Leaving Blizzard

You might have heard the news already, but Ben Brode, Game Director for Hearthstone, has announced that he is leaving Blizzard. “After 15 years at Blizzard and almost 10 years working on Hearthstone, I have made the incredibly difficult decision to embark on a new journey,” Brode said in a message board post. In addition to announcing his departure from Blizzard, he thanked the fans and shared some of their stories, but most importantly he thanked the Hearthstone team. “I get too much credit by virtue of being a public face, but the 80+ people on the development team...

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Composer Bear McCreary Talks Scoring GOD OF WAR

God of War drops on April 20th and the reviews have been nothing short of stellar. The newest installment of the God of War series has garnered praises from major outlets and gaming sites and for many of us that’s not a surprise. Santa Monica Studio has put their time, effort, and extraordinary talent into the development of this game. Leading up to the game’s release, PlayStation had been releasing featurettes of behind-the-scenes action including Troll design, voice acting localization, the story of Kratos’ internal journey, and composing the soundtrack. “When Santa Monica Studio asked me to compose the...

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Let’s Talk About BLIZZCON 2018

As it was announced a few days ago, BlizzCon 2018 is a go. Now we can spend the next seven months discussing what we hope to see. This might be an interesting year for Blizzard. Usually they use BlizzCon to announce their biggest news of the year like Overwatch, and World of Warcraft and Hearthstone expansions, but this year there isn’t a really a lot that could be announced. Last year the biggest announcement at BlizzCon was the addition of Moira and Blizzard World to Overwatch. They also announced World of Warcraft Classic, Kobolds and Catacombs for Hearthstone, the addition of Hanzo...

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Stay Awhile, Deckard Cain is Coming to HEROES OF THE STORM

In case you missed the news, Blizzard recently announced that fan-favorite Diablo franchise character Deckard Cain will be the new Hero entering Heroes of the Storm. This is good news for those who have been hoping and pushing for Deckard Cain’s appearance in the popular MOBA. “As an avid scholar, Deckard Cain has dedicated his life to the pursuit of knowledge. He has been an advisor, storyteller, and friend to Sanctuary’s greatest heroes, guiding them through peril time and again. When Deckard speaks, it’s wise to stay awhile and listen.” As a support healer, Deckard’s abilities can heal allies and...

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BLIZZCON 2018 Dates and Event Details Announced

After some speculation on whether or not BlizzCon would happen again this year, Blizzard just announced that it is happening and it will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2nd and 3rd. This will be the 12th BlizzCon and it looks to be another extraordinary event of all things Blizzard games. The festivities start with the BlizzCon Opening Week on October 25-29 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. During this opening week, fans will be able to watch the initial rounds of the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals, the Heroes of the Storm Global...

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Next WORLD OF WARCRAFT Expansion BATTLE FOR AZEROTH is Arriving in August

If you were excited about the new World of Warcraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth, when it was announced at BlizzCon 2017, then you’ll love this news. Blizzard recently announced that its seventh WoW expansion will be released on August 14th. “In Battle for Azeroth, the stakes for the Alliance and the Horde are incredibly high, and a player’s faction will have a more meaningful impact on their experience than in any World of Warcraft expansion to date,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, in a press release. “Whether they’re journeying to unexplored lands to recruit allies...

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CITY OF BRASS Is Heading to Consoles and PC in May

If you’ve been looking for a hack-and-slash game set in an Arabian Nights-style world, well you’re in luck. Uppercut Games, an indie studio comprised of former BioShock developers, has announced that City of Brass will be making its way to consoles and PC in early May. We haven’t heard too much about the game since it was announced in June 2017, but every screenshot and demo video has given us a very good sense of what players can expect from this game. To give a brief synopsis, you are a scimitar-wielding, whip-lashing thief whose goal is to get the...

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DRAGON QUEST XI Is Coming to PlayStation and Steam in September

The news that Dragon Quest fans have been waiting for is finally here. Square Enix has just announced that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be released on September 4th for PlayStation 4 and Steam. In Dragon Quest XI, you will play a hero who serves someone called The Luminary. Throughout your travels, you’ll meet exciting new characters, find formidable allies, and go head-to-head with your adversaries like King Carnelian and Hendrick. The story will be along the same lines as other Dragon Quest games, where the hero and his companions confront a powerful evil and...

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Atari Unveils ATARI VCS Prototype at GDC 2018

Last June Atari announced the Ataribox, a retro gaming console reminiscent of the Atari 2600. Unlike the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, this console would be open, allowing anyone to run their games on the system.  With this announcement, Atari has made its way back into the hardware game after filing for bankruptcy in 2013. At the 2018 Game Developers Conference (GDC), Atari revealed the prototype for the Ataribox, which is now rebranded as the Atari VCS. As you can see from the product pictures below, there is a lot to be excited about with this new...

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Sign Up for Early Alpha for Frostkeep Studios’ Fantasy-Survival Game REND

If you’re in the market for a new indie title to try, and you’re into fantasy-based survival games then Rend might be the game for you. First announced in 2017, Rend is the first game coming out of Frostkeep Studios, an indie studio that was created in 2016 by three former World of Warcraft developers. With the upcoming release of the game, Frostkeep Studios hopes to reinvent the survival game genre. By incorporating PVP and PVE style gameplay, player factions, win/loss conditions, and RPG and sandbox elements, players will be fully immersed in this vast, open world. “We are...

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