Tagged With blizzcon 2017
Last year's BlizzCon was one of the higlights of the cosplay calendar. BlizzCon 2017 was no different.
Over the years, Hearthstone updates and expansions have added a heap of new cards, modes and strategic possibilities. However, one thing has remained unchanged since the digital card game's release back in 2014: Character classes. There are only nine, and despite some clamour for more, that number is unlikely to change any time soon.
It's said that a new Overwatch fan fiction springs into existence once every 26 seconds. Most of them, unsurprisingly, are about ships such as Pharah-Mercy (good) and Genji-Mercy (a travesty). Naturally, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has opinions about it.
The years have not been kind to fans of Warcraft's real-time strategy roots. Before each BlizzCon, a dwindling contingent of hopeful fans prays for Warcraft IV to no avail. But WoW's next expansion Battle for Azeroth might contain the next best thing.
These days, it's hard to talk about Overwatch without mentioning its ongoing struggles with sexism, racism, griefing, match throwing and worse. At BlizzCon, game director Jeff Kaplan told Kotaku that fighting toxicity is now more of a priority than ever, to the point that Blizzard has formed a "strike team" to do so.
Any Overwatch players who are fans of a Mercy x Genji romance, here's some BlizzCon cosplay to warm the heart.
With its colourful cast and proclivity for wild plays that are equal parts tactical and mechanical, Overwatch is brimming with esports potential. Problem is, it can be a mess of exploding mechs, screen-engulfing ghost dragons, and middle-aged men in Scream Halloween costumes -- too much of a mess, sometimes, to actually sit down and watch.
On the BlizzCon show floor this weekend was a massive World of Warcraft diorama. There are 10,000 characters in it, but here's the crazy part: each figure is based on an individual BlizzCon attendee's actual in-game character. It's totally wild.
Here is concept art of legendary scrapped Overwatch hero, Jetpack Cat. During a BlizzCon panel about Overwatch's formative days, game director Jeff Kaplan and art director Arnold Tsang talked more about his origins, saying that they were trying to figure out how far was too far with regards to character designs.
In some ways, Overwatch's new hero, Moira, announced yesterday at BlizzCon, feels like a stronger take on the basic premise underlying sniper grandma Ana: she's a healer for people who hate playing healers.