Biggest BlizzConline Announcements and Reveals, From World of Warcraft to Diablo
BlizzConline (also known as BlizzCon 2021) has officially begun. This two-day event not only marks the 30th Anniversary of Blizzard but will also play host to all the latest news about its games. To keep you in the know, we’ll be rounding up all the announcements and reveals from the opening ceremony and panels right here.
Blizzard Arcade Collection Announced
Blizzard is bringing back some of its classic games with the Blizzard Arcade Collection. Launching today on PC and consoles, the collection features The Lost Vikings, Blackthorne, and Rock N Roll Racing both their classic and newly enhanced formats.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Patch 9.1 Chains of Domination Announced
Patch 9.1 dubbed Chains of Domination will be coming to World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and bringing players to a new location called Korthia. With the new location comes new quests, a new 10-boss raid, an eight-boss mega-dungeon, and more.
World of Warcraft – The Burning Crusade: Classic Expansion Announced
Blizzard continued its trip down memory lane during the opening ceremony with The Burning Crusade: Classic, an expansion coming later this year. Initially leaked by a press kit ahead of BlizzConline, The Burning Crusade introduces a number of new changes (apparently even more than World of Warcraft Classic) and features including a level cap of 70, two new races, flying mounts, and more.
What’s more, the developers told IGN they’re not against making Wrath of the Lich King Classic if that’s what the WoW community wants.
Hearthstone Forged in Barrens Expansion and Mercenaries Mode Revealed
At BlizzCon 2021 it was revealed Hearthstone is getting its very own Warcraft-themed expansion called Forged in the Barrens, and a new mode called Mercenaries. The upcoming expansion brings 135 new cards and will kick off the Year of the Gryphon. As for the new Mercenaries mode, Blizzard says it will feature roguelike missions and strategic RPG gameplay.
Diablo 4 Rogue Class Trailer Revealed
Just in time for Blizzard’s usual quarterly developer update, we were given our first look at Diablo 4’s Rogue class with an eerily dark cinematic trailer. IGN interviewed game director Luis Barriga who went into more detail about the newly revealed class and Diablo 4’s PvP. We also spoke with art director John Mueller about mounts and riding around the world in style.
Diablo 2 Resurrected Announced
BlizzCon 2021 has even more nostalgia for us, this time announcing Diablo 2 Resurrected and confirming it will launch on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch. IGN spoke with Diablo franchise executive producer Rod Fergusson and Vicarious Visions design director Robert Gallerani about the process behind remastering the classic action-RPG.
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