BlizzCon 2018 Brings in a Flurry of New Releases

TechNews Writer
Mon Nov 12, 2018

The annual BlizzCon brought its usual supply of Blizzard merchandise, Blizzard fan festivities, and a plethora of new content for many of their already popular franchises. Get up to date on the latest and greatest on what Blizzard Entertainment has to offer.

"Heroes of the Storm"

The chaotic world of "Heroes of the Storm" pulls in the strongest characters from all across Blizzard's many franchises, but the newest one to make an appearance originally made her home somewhere else. Orphea is the daughter of the Raven Lord and is a hero created specifically for "Heroes of the Storm." She is a mobile mid-range assassin with ways to sustain herself throughout combat. Her abilities allow her to attack several enemies at once while being able to dance around the battlefield. Check out her spotlight on the "Heroes of the Storm" YouTube channel for more information on Orphea, Heir of Raven Court.


Blizzard's online card game already has a big collection of insane cards, but it's about to get even bigger. The "Hearthstone" development team just released a new expansion named "Rastakhan's Rumble." Deep in the jungle of Stranglethorn, a once-in-a-lifetime event is brewing. Trolls from all across the lands are amassing to duke it out in the Gurubashi arena, and you as a player will have a chance to take part in the action as well. It's unclear what the spirits cards and the overkill effect will bring to the table but it's no doubt that this new expansion will be sure to shake up the meta. For more information on this new expansion, check out the "Hearthstone" YouTube channel for their introduction on "Rastakhan's Rumble." Use the new cards this expansions offers to beat down any opponent that stands in your way of becoming legendary.


Blizzard’s hack-and-slash adventure game title is coming to the app store. The next game in the "Diablo" series is "Diablo: Immortal." During a question and answer (Q&A) session, Blizzard stated that there wouldn’t be a PC platform for this game. Although a new title for the beloved series is coming out, many fans are left skeptical and worried on how a mobile release will perform based on the history that typical mobile games have.


"Overwatch," one of Blizzard’s most recent titles, has captivated many since its debut in 2016. Since then, its fanbase, along with its roster of playable characters, has only continued to grow. The newest hero to hit the scene is Ashe, a sniper with a set of abilities that makes her a formidable offensive force. One ability has her fire a gun with enough force to make some room between her and her opponent or to send her a few paces into the air. Another lobs a stack of TNT forward, completely blowing away the opposition. Her ultimate ability calls out her robot assistant B. O. B. to assist her in taking out any enemy in her way. Check out the "Overwatch" YouTube channel to see the video showcasing her abilities, the video talking about her story, and the new animated short “Reunion,” which reveals that Ashe has a history with "Overwatch’s" six-shooting, high-noon calling, BAMF Jesse McCree.


One of the most anticipated releases that were revealed was "Warcraft III: Reforged,"  a re-mastered version of Blizzard's popular real time strategy game, "Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos," and its expansion, "The Frozen Throne." These along with its previous installments, "Warcraft: Orcs & Humans" and "Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness," were what first introduced many to the story and universe of "Warcraft." "Warcraft III: Reforged" features a complete remodel of all characters, animations, and maps. Gather your army to decimate your enemies or relive the story that made "World of Warcraft" what it is today.