PAX East 2015 Blizzard Preview Panel Schedule

Blizzard Entertainment plans to make a series of announcements at PAX East 2015 according to the panel schedule posted on the PAX website. Blizzplanet was invited to come to PAX East, and considering the content of this panel, we can’t do anything else but happily oblige. Wankyu and myself will be at PAX East to bring you photos, articles, video interviews and of course, the panel video.

PAX East 2015 Blizzard Preview Panel Schedule

Bold new heroes, exciting new cards, and epic new battlegrounds … Join a trio of Blizzard Entertainment developers for a look at just some of what’s in store for 2015, including upcoming content for Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

Panelists: Dustin Browder [Game Director, Heroes of the Storm], Eric Dodds [Game Director, Hearthstone], Jeff Kaplan [Game Director, Overwatch]

Albatross Theatre
Friday 3/6 10:30AM – 11:30AM

PAX East 2015 Blizzard Preview Panel Schedule

What if Overwatch change its name?

This is the latest rumor about Overwatch. Last April, Blizzard registered the Overwatch trademark, but in September 2013 it was similarly approached by Innovis Labs. This Overwatch is a mobile application that paintball and laser-tag game players can use to track down their teammates and opponents through GPS Radar and communicate with them.

For the time being, both trademark are suspended by the USTPO so the only solution would be to Blizzard to use some of Gallywix money in order to convince Innovis Labs. to change the name of their game, or to change it just like they did for Heroes of the Storm.

Is this Overwatch will force Blizzard to rename its future FPS?

King’s Row Screenshots

Blizzard Entertainment posted new screenshots of the Overwatch battleground King’s Row in the official Overwatch Facebook page.

To learn more about King’s Row, read our BlizzCon 2014 Overwatch Unveiled panel transcript.

King’s Row is a Payload map situated in the heart of England. In this location, the attacking team’s objective is to move vital cargo to a designated delivery point, while the defenders work to halt the attackers’ progress until time runs out.

 

 

Blizzard Careers: Cinematic Animator (Temp)

Blizzard Entertainment is looking to fill a temporary position for a Cinematic Animator. The listing doesn’t specify for which team, but considering the Overwatch story will be told outside the game itself (which is confirmed to lack a single-player component) this temporary position [might] be for Overwatch or for some secret project.

Do you have the skills, and experience to apply for this position? Do you know a family or friend who might be able to apply? Then visit the application page.

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented 3D animator to assist our cinematics team in creating the next generation of animated films. The cinematic animator will be skilled at animating characters at a level that lives up to the ever-increasing Blizzard Entertainment standard of quality. The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in animation principles, the ability to reinforce the story by creating memorable performances, and have aptitude working in a variety of animation styles.

Blizzard Entertainment offers a fun, creative, and technically challenging environment.

Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 years’ character and / or creature CG animation experience in game development, television, or film industry using Maya or equivalent 3D program
  • Passion for film, animation and video games
  • Able to effectively collaborate with other artists, producers, and programmers
  • Self-motivation, good communications skills, and a great team-player attitude
  • Assist in supporting and evolving the cinematics team with constructive feedback both technically and artistically

Pluses

  • Traditional artistic skills: story boarding, gesture drawing, 2D animation, and composition
  • Technical skills: rigging, scripting, and understanding of pipeline
  • Physical skills: acting, martial arts, and choreography
  • Film making skills: cinematography, pre-visualization, editing, and story writing
  • Understanding of FX, particles, cloth, and hair as they contribute to a character’s performance

Overwatch | Hanzo

HanzoHanzo excels at killing enemies at long range with his bow. Sonic Arrow reveals the location of nearby enemies. Use Dragonstrike to clear enemies from an objective.

role-defense-icon Role: Defense

Real Name Real Name: Hanzo Shimada, Age: 38

Occupation Occupation: Mercenary, Assassin

Base of Operation Base of Operations: Hanamura, Japan (formerly)

Affiliation Affiliation: Shimada Clan

  • hanzo-abilities
  • hanzo-storm-bowHanzo nocks and fires an arrow at his target.

  • hanzo-sonic-arrowHanzo launches an arrow that contains a sonar tracking device. Any enemy within its detection radius is visibly marked, making them easier for Hanzo and his allies to hunt down.

  • hanzo-scatter-shotHanzo shoots a fragmenting arrow that ricochets off walls and objects and can strike multiple targets at once.


  • hanzo-dragonstrikeHanzo summons a Spirit Dragon which travels through the air in a line. It passes through walls in its way, devouring any enemies it encounters.


  • blizzcon-2014-overwatch-unveiled-panel-25Mastering his skills as a bowman and an assassin, Hanzo Shimada strives to prove himself as a warrior without peer.

    The Shimada family was established centuries ago, a clan of assassins whose power grew over the years, enabling them to build a vast criminal empire that profited from lucrative trade in arms and illegal substances. As the eldest son of the family's head, Hanzo was bound by duty to succeed his father and rule the Shimada empire. From a young age, he was trained for that responsibility, displaying a natural aptitude for leadership and possessing an innate understanding of strategy and tactics. He also excelled in more practical areas: he was a prodigy in martial arts, swordplay, and bowmanship.

    Upon the death of his father, the clan elders instructed Hanzo to straighten out his wayward younger brother so that he, too, might help rule the Shimada empire. When his brother refused, Hanzo was forced to kill him. This act broke Hanzo's heart and drove him to reject his father's legacy, ultimately leading him to abandon the clan and all that he had worked so hard to attain.

    Now, Hanzo travels the world, perfecting his skills as a warrior, attempting to restore his honor and put the ghosts of his past to rest.
  • These animations can be purchased with in-game currency -- earned through Loot Boxes when you level up, or randomly looted from the Loot Box as a reward.

 

Overwatch | Pharah

pharah-characterPharah is a flexible hero equipped with a rocket launcher. She dominates the skies with her Jump Jet and Hover abilities. Rain rockets on a group of enemies with Barrage.

 

Offense icon Role: Offense
Real Name Real Name: Fareeha Amari, Age: 32
Occupation Occupation: Security Chief
Base of Operation Base of Operations: Giza, Egypt
Affiliation Affiliation: Helix Security International

Overwatch | Widowmaker

widowmaker-characterWidowmaker has an extremely long range with her sniper rifle. Use her grappling hook to reach vantage points or to escape from danger. Infra-Sight allows her entire team to see enemies through walls.

role-defense-icon Role: Defense

Real Name Real Name: Amélie Lacroix, Age: 33

Occupation Occupation: Assassin

Base of Operation Base of Operations: Annecy, France

Affiliation Affiliation: Talon

Overwatch | Tracer

Tracer: “Cheers, love! The cavalry’s here!”

tracer-characterTracer is highly mobile using Blink and Recall. Her short range pistols and low health encourage a hit and run play style. Her Pulse Bomb devastates static defenses and tightly grouped enemies.

Offense icon Role : Offense

Real Name   Real Name : Lena Oxton, Age : 26

Occupation Occupation : Adventurer

Base of Operation Base of operations : London, England

Affiliation Affiliation : Overwatch (Formerly)

Overwatch | Torbjörn

torbjorn-character-pageTorbjörn can build a deadly turret to help him dominate an area. Use scrap to create armor packs for allies. Molten Core clads him in armor and powers him and his turret up. Use it wisely.

role-defense-icon Role: Defense

Real Name Real Name: Torbjörn Lindholm, Age: 57

Occupation Occupation: Weapons Designer

Base of Operation Base of Operations: Gothenburg, Sweden

Affiliation Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)

Overwatch | Reaper

Reaper: “Death walks among you.”

Reaper is a powerful, short range ambusher with a pair of shotguns. Use Wraith Form’s invulnerability to move in for a kill or to escape afterward. Ambush the enemy team with Death Blossom to turn the tide of battle.

Offense icon Role: Offense

Affiliation Real Name : Unknown, Age : Unknown

Base of Operation Occupation : Mercenary

Occupation Base of operations : Unknown

Real Name  Affiliation: Unknown

BlizzCon 2014 Speculation – Was an Overwatch TV Animated Series or Pixar Movie Hinted?

Chris Metzen (Senior vice-president of Story Development) said something during the BlizzCon 2014 Overwatch Unveiled panel that totally floored me, and most likely a lot of people who caught Metzen’s drift.

As you can read in our Overwatch panel transcript (page 4), Metzen dropped a massive hint bomb that will leave you scratching your forehead in deep thought.

  • In summary, there won’t be an Overwatch single-player campaign.
  • The Overwatch story will be released in the same format as the BlizzCon video trailer.

BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript

This is a transcript of the Overwatch Unveiled panel held at BlizzCon 2014. Panelists were Jeff Kaplan (Lead Game Designer) and Chris Metzen (SVP of Creative Design & Story Development).

Overwatch is a team-based shooter centered in a futuristic Earth where robots took over the world, and a special world strike force was pooled to counter that global threat. Thirty-years later, Overwatch fell apart, and a new threat is looming. Heroes must band together to deal with it. Below is the transcript of the panel, which explains the characters, map locations and gameplay roles in the game.

Overwatch | Reinhardt

ReinhardtReinhardt is a durable tank, using his Barrier Field to provide cover for teammates. The Rocket Hammer swings through all enemies in front of Reinhardt. Use Fire Strike to damage enemies at range.

role-tank Role: Tank

Real Name Real Name : Reinhardt Wilhelm, Age : 61

Occupation Occupation : Adventurer

Base of Operation Base of operations : Stuttgart, Germany

Affiliation Affiliation : Overwatch (Formerly)

BlizzCon 2014 – Opening Ceremony Transcript

This is a full transcript of the BlizzCon 2014 Opening Ceremony where Blizzard Entertainment unveiled Overwatch, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void and Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes.

Transcript

Presentator: Ladies and gentlemen please welcome president and CEO of Blizzard Entertainment Mike Morhaime

Morhaime: Hello everyone! Welcome to BlizzCon 2014!

I know there are some of you who have attended multiple BlizzCons. How many of you have been to BlizzCon before? And how many of you are joining us for the very first time?
We are thrilled that you are here! Not only are you among friends, you are among family.

Some of my favorite life memories have been created here with you at past BlizzCons and I expect this here will be no different. This is an extra special celebration for us. It’s our eighth BlizzCon together and this show is our biggest one yet.