I reported the first sign that a unannounced project by Scholastic was coming after my visit to the NYCC 2019 Scholastic: Women of AK panel where I asked senior editor Chloe Fabione if there were plans for upcoming products licensed by Blizzard Entertainment.
A few months ago, the front cover of the Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani was revealed during a BlizzCon 2019 panel.
The countdown is approaching its end. Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani by Nicky Drayden is coming on June 2. If you pre-ordered the digital version, it will be sent to your Kindle device or Kindle app that day.
Today, Blizzard Entertainment shared a lengthy book excerpt (below).
Razer is selling the Blizzard-licensed Razer Nari Ultimate Overwatch Lucio Edition for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile via its 3.5mm and USB connectors. Usually at $229.99, you can get it now for $169.99. That’s $60 or 26% off.
Razer Hypersense Haptic Feedback for Unparalleled Immersion: Provides industry-leading audio realism for intense, in-game immersion and positional accuracy coupled with THX Spatial 7.1 surround sound.
Lightweight & Auto-Adjusting Headband for Extended Gaming Sessions: The Nari Ultimate adapts to the shape of the user’s head for convenient comfort.
Retractable Mic with Audio Adjustment: Tune game/chat balance for the perfect mix of game audio and team communication; also includes a volume adjustment wheel and mic mute button directly on the headset.
Soft Cloth Cushions with Cooling Gel: Reduces heat build-up while providing comfort and sound isolation for hours of comfort.
Compatibility: Wireless connection with PC and PS4. Wired compatibility via 3.5mm cable with PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices
Ultimate Personalization & Gaming Immersion with Razer Chroma: Includes 16.8 million color combinations.
UPDATE (March 5/2020): The release date has been pushed from May 5 to June 2, 2020.
UPDATE (11/19): The high-definition cover has been added to Amazon today for the first time since the BlizzCon reveal.
UPDATE (11/16): The cover of Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani was revealed at the BlizzCon 2019 panel: The Writer’s Room: Building the Worlds of Blizzard.
In 2018, I attended the New York Comic Con to visit Scholastic’s Women of AFK panel. During the Q&A, I stepped up to ask Chloe Fraboni (Scholastic, senior editor) if there were any plans to publish books based on Blizzard IPs.
Her response was a bit cryptic: “We have some new stuff going on with Blizzard that I can’t say what property it is for. But I am really excited about it.”
In the NYCC 2018 article, I did note that while she did not specify what this upcoming book property it was for, during the panel she admitted she had visited the Blizzard Entertainment campus, and met her dream developer: Jeff Kaplan, and she mentioned she was an avid Overwatch player. From the get-go, this signaled to me later that the property they were working on was Overwatch. My speculation turned out to be true. You can pre-order The Hero of Numbani now (Kindle + Paperback).
Funko announced recently that New York Comic Con attendees might have a chance to buy an NYCC 2019 Exclusive Funko Pop Vinyl 6″ Biohazard Wrecking Ball. Quantities are limited and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. You can find them at Booth #722, visible in the show floor map.
New York Comic Con opens its doors to the public on October 3rd at the Javits Center in Manhattan (655 West 34th Street).
The Hasbro Overwatch Ultimate Series Action Figures have arrived introducing 6-inch collectible action figures for Reinhardt, Soldier: 76, Ana (Shrike Skin), Mercy and Pharah, Tracer, Reaper (Blackwatch Reyes skin), Lucio, and Sombra.
The Hasbro Overwatch Ultimates Series 2 with Junkrat, Zarya, Tracer, Hanzo, Genji, and McCree are on their way on August 2019. If you are a SDCC 2019 attendee visit the Blizzard booth # 140 or the Hasbro booth #3213 to check them out.
The Lego Overwatch series consits of 6 collectible display sets, 12 minifigures and buildable maps. Starting October 1, 2019, Wrecking Ball (75976), Junkrat, and Roadhog (75977) will join the roster of LEGO Overwatch minifigures.
Wrecking Ball contains 227 pieces and will be sold for $19.99. Junkrat & Roadhog contain 380 pieces and will be sold for $49.99.
Blizzard Entertainment’s hit team-based action game Overwatch® has entertained more than 40 million players in 140 countries around the globe. Soon, hungry heroes taking a break from battle and searching for inspiration in the kitchen won’t have to look any further than Chelsea Monroe-Cassel’s Overwatch: The Official Cookbook (Insight Editions; October 1, 2019; SRP $35.00).
Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon Overwatch, this official
cookbook is packed with scores of authentic recipes inspired by the game’s diverse heroes, who hail from all corners of the world. Inspired by the game’s optimistic vision of future Earth and vibrant cast, this cookbook features international food and drink recipes from the homelands of your favorite Overwatch heroes. Each recipe includes straightforward step-by-step instructions, mouthwatering full-color photos, and more.
Overwatch: The Official Cookbook is the latest in Insight Editions’ highly successful line of licensed cookbooks, including World of Warcraft®: The Official Cookbook, Hearthstone®: Innkeeper’s Tavern Cookbook, Fallout: The Vault Dweller’s Cookbook, and Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook.
Hardcover: 216 pages Publisher: Insight Editions Release Date: October 1, 2019 Language: English ISBN-10: 1683835883 ISBN-13: 978-1683835882 Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches
About the Contributors
Chelsea Monroe-Cassel is the coauthor of the best-selling A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook and Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook and the author of World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook and Hearthstone: Innkeeper’s Tavern Cookbook. Her work is a synthesis of imagination and historical research. This passion has led her to a career of transforming imaginary foods into reality. She greatly enjoys foreign languages, treasure hunting, history, and all things related to honey.
About Insight Editions:
Celebrated for its unwavering dedication to quality, Insight Editions is a publisher of innovative books and collectibles that push the boundaries of creativity, design, and production. Through its acclaimed film, television, and gaming program, Insight strives to produce unique books and products that provide new ways to engage with fan-favorite characters and stories. Under this program, Insight has published books covering the worlds of Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Destiny, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, Diablo, World of Warcraft, and the Harry Potter films, among many others. Insight’s award-winning art, photography, and sports titles celebrate the artistry and history of a wide range of subjects that include the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash, the San Francisco Giants, and the Dallas Cowboys. Other divisions include a line of deluxe stationery products, as well as a children’s imprint, Insight Kids. For more information, visit www.insighteditions.com.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch®, the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty-two #1 games and numerous Game of the Year awards. The company’s online gaming service, Blizzard Battle.net®, is one of the largest online-gaming services in the world, with millions of active players.
Activision Blizzard issued a press release about new licensee partnerships and products which include Hasbro’s Monopoly Gamer Overwatch Collector’s Edition Board Game.
Monopoly Gamer Overwatch Collector’s Edition Board Game
It’s the Monopoly game for players of the Overwatch video game. In the board game, each player drafts a team of 3 including a group leader, and then they battle for the high score to win! Players earn points by moving around the board capturing objectives and collecting loot boxes. The Monopoly Overwatch Collector’s Edition features a premium box and Game Guide for true fans of Overwatch.
The Hasbro Gaming, Parker Brothers, and Monopoly names and logos, the distinctive design of the gameboard, the four corner squares, the Mr. Monopoly name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property trading game and game equipment.
• Incudes gameboard, 6 Character tokens, 6 Group leader cards, 21 Character cards, 16 Objective cards, 9 Loot Box cards, 4 Reminder cards, 1 Numbered die, 1 Ability die, 90 Plastic HP chips (50 fives and 40 ones), and Game Guide.
• INSPIRED BY OVERWATCH: This Monopoly board game is inspired by the wildly popular Overwatch video game; designed with Overwatch fans in mind
• 6 CHARACTER TOKENS: The Overwatch edition of the Monopoly game features 6 character tokens including D.Va, Lúcio, Mercy, Reaper, Tracer, and Winston
• COLLECTOR’S EDITION: This Monopoly Gamer Overwatch Collector’s Edition board game makes a great gift or collector’s item for Overwatch players
• LEAD A TEAM OF HEROES: Players choose a group leader, draft a team, and battle for the high score to win the Monopoly game Overwatch edition
• EARN POINTS: Travel around the Monopoly board earning points by capturing objectives and collecting loot boxes; the player with the highest score wins the Overwatch edition of the Monopoly board game
With the arrival of the Overwatch 2018 All-Star Weekend tournament, the new Pacific Genji and Atlantic Tracer division skins are available for 200 League Tokens ($9.99 each). Available only through August 17-27, 2018. Watch my video below.
Collect all 6 Kellogg’s Overwatch Posters! Today, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said the following during the Activision Blizzard 2018 Q2 financial results conference call’s Q&A:
Morhaime: In addition to our partnerships with sponsors on the eSports side, we have also announced some new consumer products partners for the game. We have LEGO, Nerf, UNIQLO and Kellogg’s, and we think those partnerships will help us bring Overwatch to fans and new audiences throughout the world. So very excited about the future of Overwatch.
Activision Blizzard sent out a press release to annouonce its presence at the Licensing Expo 2018, and to reveal its new partners. Blizzard Entertainment has licensed Overwatch to Hasbro, NERF Blasters, Lego Group, and UNIQLO (apparel).
In addition, something new is that Scholastic not only does the World of Warcraft: The Traveler series, but they have landed the Overwatch license as well. That one in particular will be on fans’ radar.
AS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 22, 2018– Set for ongoing growth with a slate of world-class entertainment properties, Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group (ABCPG) arrives at Licensing Expo 2018 with an all-star roster of licensing and retail partners. Through gameplay, film and television content, esports events and consumer products, Activision and Blizzard Entertainment are creating depth, breadth and longevity of engagement around their franchises and across platforms. A year into the group’s formation, ABCPG is successfully delivering against the company’s franchises, including Blizzard’s Overwatch® and Activision’s Call of Duty®, among others.
The merchandising program for Overwatch is significantly expanding. Hasbro has been awarded the master toy license for the franchise with plans for a wide range of play experiences including a NERF product line, games and more. Additionally, LEGO® Group has plans for multiple Overwatch building sets across various price points. Further, Overwatch is just one of many Blizzard Entertainment properties featured in the recently announced exclusive apparel line from UNIQLO as part of its Spring/Summer 2018 collection that launched globally on May 18.
Esports has emerged as a significant opportunity that engages millions of players and spectators worldwide. Activision Blizzard is at the forefront of competitive gaming with the Call of Duty World League, MLG Network and the Overwatch League™, the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams. A robust apparel line is at the center of the merchandising program, designed to appeal to a massive global audience of gamers. ABCPG is currently seeking best-in-class partners across all product categories to explore burgeoning licensing and merchandising prospects targeting a new era of fans.
“Since debuting at last year’s Licensing Expo, we’ve begun to successfully realize our vision of offering more value and more opportunities for our global licensing and retail partners by leveraging the blockbuster franchises that Activision and Blizzard have created and expanded over many years of dedicated development,” said Tim Kilpin, CEO and president, Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group. “For our hundreds of millions of players around the world, we’re working hard to build lasting global franchises that they can connect with across game platforms and through esports and vibrant transmedia story content. We are well positioned to continue playing a leading role in shaping the future of entertainment.”
Located in Booth #U202, additional highlights of Activision Blizzard’s slate coming to Licensing Expo 2018 include:
With a player base of 40 million¹, Overwatch’s wide appeal continues to drive a robust merchandising program supported by new and returning partners including: Hasbro (Master Toy); NERF (Blasters); LEGOGroup (Construction); UNIQLO (Apparel); Bioworld International (Bags, Accessories); Spirit Halloween (Costumes); Disguise (Costumes); Brown Trout (Calendars); Insight Editions (Stationery, Cookbook); Trends (Posters, Sticker Packs); Just Toys (Sticker Books); Good Smile Company (Figures); Razer (PC Peripherals); J!nx (Apparel, Accessories); Dark Horse (Artbook); Funko (Apparel, Bags, Home Accessories, Figures); and Scholastic (Books).
WORLD OF WARCRAFT
More than 100 million passionate players have enjoyed the ever-evolving online adventure of Blizzard’s seminal massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft¹. Partners include: Brown Trout (Calendars); Del Rey (Novels); Panini International (Novels); AST (Novels); Jeu Media (Publishing); Ju Ju Be (Bags and Accessories); J!nx (Apparel, Accessories); Insight Editions (Cookbook); Funko (Figures); and Dark Horse (Publishing).
Blizzard recently launched the 12th content release for Hearthstone, its internationally acclaimed free-to-play digital card game that continues to engage and delight a massive global audience across PC and mobile platforms. Licensees include: Insight Editions (Pop-up Book); Displate (Fine Art); Panini International (Art Book); and Huginn & Muninn (Art Book).
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Amazon Prime Day has kicked in with deals ranging Devices, Video Games and accessories, Tech and other categories. When you become a Prime member (until August 10), and link your Twitch account to your Amazon Prime account — you will get an in-game Overwatch Golden Loot Box with a guaranteed Legendary item. Then 5 standard Loot Boxes on August, and 5 standard Loot Boxes on October.
Blizzard Entertainment and Razer recently partnered up to license Overwatch gaming headsets.
“Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, and Blizzard Entertainment, developer and publisher of some of the industry’s most epic games, today announced a full suite of Chroma-enabled PC gaming peripherals based on Blizzard’s upcoming team-based shooter, Overwatch™.
Set in an all-new Blizzard game universe, Overwatch is a 6v6 first-person shooter featuring a vibrant cast of heroes, each with his or her own unique arsenal of weapons and abilities. As part of its official Overwatch gaming peripheral collection, Razer is enhancing the award-winning DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse, BlackWidow Chroma keyboard and Goliathus Extended mouse mat with Overwatch game elements on the hardware.
Gamers playing with the Razer BlackWidow Overwatch gaming keyboard will also experience dynamic Chroma lighting effects that change based on in-game action, including displaying a hero’s signature color (also available on the Razer DeathAdder Overwatch gaming mouse) and showing indicators for the hero’s abilities, cooldowns, and Ultimate ability readiness—all displayed in real time via Razer Synapse.*”
Power up your audio experience in Overwatch with the Overwatch Razer ManO’War Tournament Edition analog gaming headset. Designed for comfort over hours of play, this full-sized headset includes a fully retractable mic with inline volume controls. Team chat is an integral part of Overwatch, and the Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE makes it a breeze to keep the lines of communication clear in the heat of battle.
Powered by extra-large, high-quality drivers, the Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE ensures audio cues like McCree’s Deadeye or Lucio’s Sound Barrier are heard with pinpoint precision so you can react accordingly. Critical moments like these are what make the difference between victory and defeat, so you want to make sure that you’re going into the fight with the right gear.
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
Impedance: 32 Ω ¬ at 1 kHz.
Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets.
Inner ear cup diameter: 60 mm / 2.36 in.
Connection type: analog 3.5 mm.
Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft plus 2m / 6.6 ft splitter adapter.
Razer Overwatch BlackWidow Chroma
The Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard was first launched in 2010 and quickly became one of the most popular and highest selling gaming keyboard worldwide, making its mark as the primary choice for esports athletes.
Four years later, the Razer Mechanical Switch was introduced, giving the Razer BlackWidow an even greater advantage with one of the world’s first mechanical switch designed from the ground up specifically for gaming. This enabled Overwatch Agents to take their skill to the next level with more speed and precision than ever before. By redefining the limits of performance, this elite mechanical gaming keyboard left the competition in the dust, even faster than before.
Razer™ Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force
80 million keystroke life span
Razer Chroma™ backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
Razer Synapse enabled
10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
Gaming mode option
Braided fiber cable
Approximate size: 475mm/18.72” (Width) x 171mm/6.74” (Height) x 39mm/1.54” (Depth)
Approximate weight: 1500g/3.31lbs
Razer Overwatch DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse
The Razer DeathAdder Chroma is equipped with a 10,000dpi optical sensor, capable of mouse movement speeds of up to 300 inches per second* and 50g acceleration. This means you can move it at either fast or slow speeds, and it will always respond onscreen with exacting accuracy and the organic fluidity only possible with an optical sensor.
Together with the incredible amount of technical tracking data provided by Razer Synapse: Stats and Heatmaps, this allows you to tweak the Razer DeathAdder Chroma to your individual play style and improve your accuracy by leaps and bounds.
Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
10,000 DPI optical sensor
Razer Chroma™ lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
Razer Synapse enabled
Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
Up to 300 inches per second*/50g acceleration
Gold-plated USB connector
Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
Approximate size: 127mm/5” (Length) x 70mm/2.76” (Width) x 44mm/ 1.73” (Height)
Approximate weight: 105g/0.23lbs
Razer Overwatch Goliathus Gaming Mouse Pad
Engineered to exceed the exacting demands of the world's top Overwatch Agents, the highly-adaptable Razer Goliathus is optimized for all mouse sensitivity settings and sensor types, rubber base for secure grip on smooth surfaces.
Slick, taut weave for speedy mouse movements
Pixel-precise targeting and tracking
Optimized for all mouse sensitivities and sensors
Highly portable cloth-based design
Anti-fraying stitched frame
Anti-slip rubber base
Approximate dimensions: Thickness of all Goliathus Mats is 3mm / 0.12"
Width x Length(Extended): 294mm x 920mm / 11.57" x 36.22"