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Watchable Video Game Entertainment | Review of ‘Warcraft’

A high fantasy film based on a video game franchise of the same name entertains but leaves the audience wanting more.

Blizzard sues over HearthStone ripoff as open beta goes live

By: Eddie Makuch [UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Blizzard announced that the open beta period for HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft had officially commenced. The game was previously only playable to those who were granted access to the closed beta. You can try the new free-to-play card game through its website today. The original story is below. As this is an open beta test, we are still very much in the testing phase as we prepare for the official launch. We []

Blizzard makes a smart choice, delays Warcraft movie to 2016

By: Justin Haywald Back at Blizzcon, Blizzard announced that the movie based on their Warcraft IP would be coming out on December 18, 2015. As an Internet savvy reader of pop culture news, you may have recognized this as an incredibly terrible idea, because that’s the same date slated for Star Wars: Episode VII. Fortunately, Blizzard has come to its senses and realized that going up against one of the biggest properties in nerd culture on the eve of its rebirth would []

Hearthstone beta survey mentions new features including raids, replays, and paid tournaments

By: Martin Gaston A survey being sent to beta testers of online collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has hinted at possible future additions Blizzard is considering for the title. Hearthstone is still in closed beta, with an open beta expected before the end of the year. During BlizzCon 2013, the company said it would be bringing card expansions and a PvE adventure mode to the game, and the company will shortly release a new patch. New features in the game []

Blizzard COO on how Diablo 3 for consoles isn’t “milking” the franchise

By: Eddie Makuch Blizzard has never made a game better suited for consoles than Diablo III, Blizzard COO Paul Sams told GameSpot during BlizzCon last weekend. As such, he said bringing the dungeon crawler to consoles is not “milking” the franchise, but is rather a logical extension of the series. “What brought us back to console is the game that we chose,” Sams said. “It really lends itself to being on console and being in the living room. You think about our []

Diablo 3 on PS4 doesn’t support Remote Play

By: Eddie Makuch Diablo III on PlayStation 4–the Ultimate Evil Edition–does not support Remote Play, at least not right now, senior level designer Matthew Berger told GameSpot at BlizzCon last night. “Not really. Not for the moment,” Berger said. Part of the reason why comes down to the PlayStation Vita’s screen being too small to effectively allow players to view the action and manage their inventories, Berger said. “The Vita is an amazing piece of kit, but the screen is still smaller,” []

Star Wars effects studio working on Warcraft film, an Orcs vs. Humans origin story

By: Eddie Makuch Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the prolific Academy Award winning visual effects studio behind franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, is working on the upcoming Warcraft film, Blizzard Entertainment confirmed today at BlizzCon during a special panel for the movie. More specifically, ILM is creating the Orcs for the Warcraft film, which will be performed by real actors. Colin Farrell has reportedly been offered the lead role for the movie, though casting was not discussed today during the []

“Significant and exciting” new content coming to World of Warcraft

By Eddie Making Blizzard Entertainment is currently working on “significant and exciting new content” for World of Warcraft, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said last night during an earnings call. No specific timetable for the release of the new content was provided, though Kotick made his comments when discussing the company’s outlook for 2014. Also during the call, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said the company has never had more resources dedicated to creating new World of Warcraft content than it does right []

Free-to-play World of Warcraft “makes sense” eventually, Blizzard says

By: Eddie Makuc A free-to-play version of Blizzard Entertainment’s chart-topping massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft  “makes sense” eventually, lead designer Tom Chilton has said. Speaking with Polygon , Chilton said Blizzard Entertainment is not against the idea of morphing the subscription-based game to a free-to-play model, but continues to have issues with such a business mode switch. “For Blizzard, it makes sense [to go free-to-play] at some point,” Chilton said. “But a lot of the risk is in making that transition. You []

World of Warcraft film begins shooting in 2014

By: Eddie Makuch The upcoming World of Warcraft feature film will begin shooting early next year, producer Charles Roven has told SlashFilm. “First quarter 2014 we’re going to shoot that movie,” Roven said. “We’re moving forward; obviously Legendary is making that film and I’m having a great time with [director Duncan Jones ].” The film’s plot–written by Blood Diamond and K-PAX scribe Charles Leavitt– is being kept “under wraps.” A past report pegged the film’s budget as “north of $100 million .” []