Aussie Gaming News Digest for 6 November 2017
All the day's biggest news in one easily-digestible roundup.
Blizzard held its annual Blizzcon event this past weekend, and the studio brought plenty of big announcements for its most-popular franchises. First up, World of Warcraft is getting a new expansion with Battle for Azeroth. The MMO's seventh expansion will bring two new continents, six new races and a new large-scale player-versus-environment mode called Warfronts that dabbles in the real-time strategy gameplay of the original Warcraft titles.
The WoW news kept coming with Blizzard revealing that it's working on a classic server option for the game. The past few years have seen many fans build their own classic servers running the original version of WoW in all its unpatched glory, but each has been hit with a takedown notice from Blizzard since they breach the game's license agreement. Thankfully, Blizzard seems to have recognised the demand from players to return to the pre-expansion days of World of Warcraft and has promised more news regarding these official classic servers soon.
Starcraft II made a surprising appearance during the Blizzcon opening ceremony, too, with the real-time-strategy game going free-to-play from next week. While you could already test out the first couple of missions and modes in Starcraft II via the game's Starter Edition, this shift to free-to-play gets you the full Wings of Liberty single-player campaign plus access to the game's ranked multiplayer. The only caveat with the multiplayer is that you'll first need to win 10 "First Wins of the Day" in the unranked mode to prove your worth.
The last bit of big news is one for the Overwatch fans. A new character is on her way to the hero-based shooter: Moira is a scientist who dabbled in the most controversial of experiments prior to Overwatch's initial disbandment. Her primary role is as a healer, with her biotic abilities draining enemies' health and restoring it to her allies. She also packs a short-range teleport for when things get messy.
Along with a new character, Overwatch is getting a brand new map based on Blizzard's most-popular franchises. Called Blizzard World, the map combines the gloomy Tristram from Diablo with the bright castles of Azeroth from World of Warcraft and the alien landscape of the Koprulu Sector from Starcraft. It's styled in the vein of a theme park and looks to be chock full of nods to fans of Blizzard's other properties.
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Dragon Ball FighterZ shows off its story mode
The gorgeous Dragon Ball FighterZ has offered up a first look at its story mode, teasing the narrative that the upcoming fighting game will explore. Clones of iconic Dragon Ball fighters like Goku, Piccolo and Krillin have started wreaking havoc across the world, and only by teaming up with the true Super Warriors can you untangle the mystery and save the planet. The story is split into three arcs, with Goku, Frieza and the Androids each pursuing different threads of the world-ending conspiracy.
Minecraft is getting a new mob, and you can choose it
Minecraft's first digital convention MineCon Earth is set to kick off later this month, and developer Mojang is letting viewers participate in the game's development by voting on which enemy mob will make its way into the blocky world. Four fresh designs are up for inclusion, with voting commencing during the MineCon Earth live stream on 19 November. Mojang is even promising that the three designs that don't get picked will be gone forever, so if you have a favourite, be sure to watch the stream and vote.
Hand of Fate 2 gets delayed on Xbox One
Sad news for fans of the imminent Aussie-made action RPG Hand of Fate 2. While the game is on-track to release on PS4 and PC tomorrow, 7 November, the Xbox One version has been pushed back to an as-yet-unannounced date. Defiant Development has not revealed what exactly has caused the delay, but hopefully, it'll only be a short wait for Xbox owners eager to jump back into the world of The Dealer and his enigmatic card games.
If you've got your eye on Hand of Fate 2, you'll be able to read our full review of the game tomorrow.
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