Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film.
Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers.
I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com)
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Blizzard Entertainment officially announced Overwatch Beta will begin on Tue, October 27th. Prepare to have fun with the best team-based shooter. The countdown timer is now ticking. Make sure to sign up for the Overwatch Beta at your Battle.net account.
Biggest Overwatch Beta Hype to date … Blizzard Entertainment has announced a Beta Livestream event to happen on Thu, October 15th at 10am PST. That means, beta testing is very likely starting either within days or at least around BlizzCon. So keep your eyes tuned to any flash news, because this is serious-business-HYPE. Hop in … Choo-choo!
Overwatch is making its official debut on Twitch this Thursday, October 15 … and you’re invited!
Join a duo of aspiring heroes, Haylinic and Ellohime, as they team up with our developers to fight for the future LIVE from Blizzard HQ. During these inaugural streams, you’ll have a chance to see over 90 minutes of unedited real-time gameplay from not one, but two perspectives—plus, you’ll get a first look at what you can expect from the upcoming Overwatch beta. (Wicked!)
A few weeks ago, thousands of gamers beheld the awesome life-sized Overwatch statues sculpted by FX Déco. We posted photos of these statues (taken by our staff member @Handclaw) for those interested. Video of The Making of the Overwatch statues is now online to watch.
This is not a GamesCom 2015 preview. This 7-minute gameplay video was posted by Blizzard today Aug 11 to showcase Lucio in action, and whoever played it reached Top 3 in that match. So he’s definitely a pretty good DPS and support character, as he heals his teammates too. This video takes place in the Numbani map.
Around 00:03:40, you can see Lucio’s Sonic Amplifier ability used to knockback Hanzo off the terrace to fall to his death.
Lucio can dodge enemy damage by accelerating his speed and literally racing on the wall for a short time. That’s racing along the wall, not climbing. That’s Hanzo.
Get some popcorn and sit tight to watch this Lucio Gameplay video. Overwatch beta begins this Fall 2015. Stay tuned.
Blizzard Entertainment displayed several Overwatch statues crafted by FX Deco Studio at the GamesCom 2015 booth, delighting fans who ventured into the space. Among the statues were Winston, Tracer and Reaper.
Blizzard also had the Orgrim Doomhammer statue and the King Llane statue from the Warcraft Movie seen recently at the SDCC 2015; plus new Heroes of the Storm statues. These are photos taken by Blizzplanet reporter @Handclaw.
With the advent of GamesCom 2015 and the latest new hero and two maps revelation Blizzard Entertainment shocked fans with the Overwatch Beta icon appearing in the Battle.net Launcher today. The HYPE is REAL!!!
Cosplayer Stacey (WhaBam Girl) posted a fan film trailer titled: “Overwatch Legacy” where she roleplays as our beloved Tracer fighting Reaper. Watch the trailer, and share in her channel your thoughts, and if you wish to someday see the full film.
Published on Jul 23, 2015
Our excitement for Overwatch cannot be expressed through words: so we made this instead! FOR COSPLAYERS, BY COSPLAYERS!
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this passion project come together!
I got this press alert back in June, but it’s fit to be shared with the community as the time is nigh. Activision Blizzard is preparing for their upcoming 2015 Q2 Financial Results conference call with shareholders on August 4th, where Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime is expected to give a report on Blizzard’s current and upcoming projects.
Sometimes there is not much of a bang news in these conferences, but there have certainly been a few noteworthy ones with approximate beta launch timeframes, new services, and whatnot. I have my inner-sights aimed at this conference in particular because it takes place less than 24 hours before GamesCom opens its doors.
On our lens is Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone’s The Grand Tournament, StarCraft II and BlizzCon as candidates to be in the spotlight during this conference. We are also excited about what GamesCom might reveal: a new game? a Diablo III expansion? Anything is possible, and Blizzard will very likely keep their cards close to their chest.
Blizzplanet and many websites have been invited to a press event at GamesCom. As fans ourselves, We wish to share our hype about GamesCom expectations. Our correspondent @Handclaw will be at GamesCom all 4-days to be your eyes and ears, but also your voice. Stay tuned for our traditional question submissions. We love to share your questions with the developers. We got a microphone this time for the camera (alright, we heard your feedback last year. Thanks), so we hope it all goes smooth.
Activision Blizzard to Release Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results on August 4, 2015
SANTA MONICA, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) intends to release its second quarter 2015 results after the close of the market on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 . In conjunction with this release, Activision Blizzard will host a conference call that will be broadcast over the Internet.
The Overwatch developers Geoff Goodman (principal designer, hero design), Scott Mercer (principal designer, systems design) and Michael Chu (senior designer, lore & story) answered questions about the newest hero, Soldier 76, during the Reddit Q&A.
Check out below the transcript courtesy of Molster_Diablofans.
Micky Neilson announced he is writing a graphic novel titled OVERWATCH: THE OMNIC CRISIS. Artwork will be penciled by Ludo Lullabi (WORLD OF WARCRAFT: The ASHBRINGER). We have more details in our SDCC 2015 Overwatch coverage.
Neilson: First off, I can’t even tell you all how excited I am to be writing OVERWATCH: THE OMNIC CRISIS!
My fellow story comrades here at Blizzard started me off with an already amazing outline, and the project has only gotten better from there! For us authors, some books/stories almost seem to write themselves; others need to be dragged out from the inner recesses of our brains kicking and screaming. I’m happy to say the Overwatch GN falls into the former category. Overwatch is the most fun I’ve had writing a comic in a long time, and I can’t wait for you all to experience it!
So excited to work with Ludo Lullabi again. Ludo and I first worked together on World of Warcraft: Ashbringer and Ludo’s art has only gotten better.
Overwatch: Omnic Crisis will detail the origins of the international team called Overwatch. It will feature Jack Morrison, just featured in a short animated piece, as well as Reinhardt, Torbjorn and more!
If you don’t know what Overwatch is yet, for shame! Go here and be enlightened.
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A few weeks ago, I posted that Blizzard Entertainment will attend E3 Expo 2015 at Concourse – OFMR 8201.
We can speculate all we want but Blizzard Entertainment hasn’t announced yet they are attending E3 or why for. Blizzard was absent from E3 for many years until 2013 when they let the media and attendees play Diablo III Ultimate Edition for the PS4/XBox 360 consoles.
So considering Blizzard didn’t attend 2014, they showcased Overwatch at PAX East 2015 (which I attended to) and Overwatch beta is slated for Fall 2015 — it is logical that Blizzard is bringing Overwatch to E3 2015. Of course, there is no announcements backing that speculation up. So place your bets on the table folks.
With Heroes of the Storm launching officially on June 2, it is possible Blizzard wants the media having a shot at playing the game at E3’s showfloor.
Whatever Blizzard’s plans are for E3 2015, Blizzplanet will have you covered. We are proud to announce that our staff member Naka (@dperschonok) has been approved to attend as a member of the media press. We have gone to GamesCom, PAX East and PAX Prime, NYCC, and SDCC; but this is the first time we go to E3 and we are proud that Naka was approved to attend. Congrats buddy!
Keep an eye on Blizzplanet through June 16-18 when E3 Expo 2015 takes place.
This is a full transcript of the Overwatch Origins panel held at BlizzCon 2014. Among the panelists were: Chris Metzen (SVP Story and Franchise Development), Jeff Chamberlain (VFX Supervisor), Jeff Kaplan (game director), Bill Petras (art director) and Arnold Tsang (Lead Character Concept Artist).
Presentator: Welcome to the Overwatch Origins Panel.
Metzen: Whattup, BlizzCon?
Kaplan: What’s up everyone? We are pretty excited to be here today. Yesterday, we had a big panel here on the stage with me and Chris where we talked a lot about: What is Overwatch?; and got heavily into the gameplay and we talked a lot about what the world was, but what we thought would be really cool for day two is to bring these guys up and talk more about was the inspiration behind Overwatch and the why of Overwatch.
So I want to introduce you guys to the panel here. I feel very honored to be sitting amongst these guys here so to my direct left is Jeff Chamberlain.
Jeff is the guy who directed the Overwatch announce trailer that you guys saw yesterday so I thought it was amazing–
Metzen: … and for the purposes of continuity, you guys remember Jeff’s work: he directed Wrath of the Lich King trailer, my son…. Jeff is old school Blizzard.
Kaplan: … Burning Crusade, Heart of the Swarm, that was all Jeff. Then we have as you guys may or may not know Mr. Chris Metzen, the creative director of Overwatch and pretty much everything else at Blizzard — so you guys know about Chris.
While checking the E3 2015 Exhibitor List tonight, I noticed Blizzard Entertainment is listed to be at OFMR 8201; while Activision Blizzard will be at separate booths and rooms (none mentioning 8201).
At simple sight, unless there was a mistake, all signs point at a unique space solely assigned for either Blizzard Entertainment video games or the careers team. It is unknown.
There hasn’t been any official announcements from Blizzard Entertainment concerning their presence or purpose at E3 2015 at the time of this posting.
Do I have any guesses? Considering beta test begins this Fall season, the team-based shooter Overwatch is a perfect candidate. Heroes of the Storm goes live on June 2. Any new heroes or battleground additions might make sense to be featured at E3. However, E3 is also a perfect place for the Blizzard Careers Team to throw its fishing net to find awesome talent. This is entirely my opinion. I do not know why Blizzard is attending, or whether Blizzard is attending.
E3 Expo will take place through June 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for any flash news in case Blizzard confirms or debunks their presence at E3.