The wait is over: The Hearthstone Open Beta Test is now live in Europe! If you haven’t joined in on all of the crazy card-slinging action yet, now is your chance! Pull up a chair and prepare to start casting powerful spells, summoning mighty minions, and dueling your friends in a fast-paced strategy card game for everyone.
It’s been a crazy past few months for all of us on the Hearthstone team. We announced Hearthstone at PAX East back in March, began the Closed Beta Test in August, had a blast at BlizzCon with the Innkeeper’s Invitational, and we were excited to announce Android and iPhone support. Now we’re ready to unleash the awesomeness of Hearthstone to you with Open Beta.
So what does this mean for you? If you didn’t get the chance to participate in the Hearthstone Closed Beta Test, you can now download the game. Just click here to download Hearthstone, or you can use the Play Free Now button at the top of playhearthstone.com. We have no plans to perform any more card wipes, so feel free to amass your collection and play against your friends.
Open Beta is still not a final release, and we will be closely monitoring many aspects of the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone. Please be aware that if smoke starts curling out of our servers due to unexpectedly high demand for Hearthstone, we may have to temporarily disable Open Beta account activations until we’re ready to take on more players.
Download, play and enjoy Hearthstone now - we’ll see you in-game!
On March 25, the crusade against death itself charges forth with the launch of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls for Windows and Mac. Prepare for the onslaught today by prepurchasing the expansion digitally on Battle.net.
Whether you plan to immediately don the armor of the new Crusader character or take your current hero directly into Act V, Reaper of Souls will bring you updated loot rewards, all-new class skills and abilities, game-changing features like the Mystic and Adventure Mode, and highly replayable content in the form of Bounties and Nephalem Rifts.
You also have the option to prepurchase the Digital Deluxe Edition, which contains a wealth of in-game goodies: a collection of exclusive helm- and weapon-transmogrification recipes to distinguish your hero among the champions of Sanctuary; a loyal Spectral Hound minion to keep your adventurers company on their epic journeys; three additional character slots to accommodate new heroes; an in-game Treasure Goblin companion pet for World of Warcraft; and an assortment of Crusader-themed Battle.net portraits and Malthael-themed decals for StarCraft II.
Players who prepurchase the Digital Deluxe Edition will receive their in-game items with the launch of the expansion on March 25, though some items may arrive beforehand, so keep an eye out for early deliveries.
If you're looking for even more loot, the Reaper of Souls retail-exclusive Collector's Edition comes fully equipped with all the in-game goodies from the Digital Deluxe, plus a range of premium collectible items:
The Standard Edition is available for 39.99 € and the Digital Deluxe Edition is available for 54.99 €. If you choose to preorder the Standard Edition and later want to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition, you'll be able to do so for 20 €. The Collector’s Edition is available only at select retail locations for a suggested retail price of 79.99 €. A limited number of Collector's Editions will be available and they’re expected to sell out quickly, so be sure to lock in your preorder with your local retailer as soon as possible.
For more information on the March 25 release of Reaper of Souls for Windows and Mac, check out the official press release, or visit the Reaper of Souls game page to learn more about the expansion and secure your digital copy. Also, be sure to keep an eye on www.diablo3.com for updates on the launch of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on the PS4.
Until then, we'll see you in Sanctuary!
*When you prepurchase Diablo III: Reaper of Souls digitally via Battle.net, you will be able to download an encrypted version of the game client prior to the launch date. The expansion content will be unlocked and available for play on March 25, 2014.
The new Recruit a Friend program, recently announced at BlizzCon, means it’s never been easier to try out World of Warcraft. Existing players can quickly and easily invite their friends to play with them, with great benefits for both!
Faster leveling, exclusive mounts and even free game time are on offer when you team up with a friend. So if you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about in the lands of Azeroth, now’s the time to find out!
A portal into Warcraft history has ripped open, and the fifth World of Warcraft expansion has been revealed! Warlords of Draenor sends players to the savage world of Draenor–home of the mighty orcs and haven of the mystic draenei–to fight against and alongside legends from Warcraft’s brutal past.
Amid Draenor’s untamed jungles and battle-scarred plains, a merciless new Iron Horde has been forged from the mighty orc clans of old. To save their own world from impending invasion, Azeroth’s heroes will need to explore the far reaches of this unforgiving land, achieving new heights of power on their way to the new level cap of 100. To establish a foothold on Draenor, players will construct, command, and expand their own Garrison, a customizable base of operations and refuge for the followers you recruit to your desperate cause. Warlords of Draenor also empowers players to instantly boost one character to level 90, making it so anyone can join the battle for Draenor alongside their friends.
For more information, check out the official press release, and visit the new Warlords of Draenor website for screenshots, details about the new features, concept art, the announcement trailer, a sneak peek at updated player character models, and more.
This morning during the BlizzCon® 2013 opening ceremony, Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, officially unveiled the name of our newest game: Heroes of the Storm™.
Developed under the code name Blizzard All-Stars™, Heroes of the Storm is a raucous online team brawler starring your favorite Blizzard characters. It’s a proving ground for players of all kinds. It’s a place to get together with your old friends, or team up with some new ones, to pick your favorite Blizzard character, and go smash the other guys!
We’re glad you’re here, and we encourage you to take our new Heroes website for a spin to learn more about the game and the cast of heroes. We’ll be showing off a lot more of Heroes of the Storm at BlizzCon, and in the weeks and months to come, we’ll update this website with tons of videos, more hero profiles, game features, information on how to join the public beta test, and more.We’ll see you in the storm!
Do you want to come to a party? Southern California punk rock legends Blink-182 will be playing in front of a sold-out BlizzCon crowd on November 9, and you’re invited! If you’ve already scored tickets to BlizzCon 2013, then we’ll see you there! If you’re not on the guest list, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered.
To enjoy the show from the comfort of your home, check out the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, and you’ll have a front-row seat to all the festivities, from exclusive developer panels to our famous costume contest, and what is sure to be an epic concert from Blink-182 to close out the show.
The forces of the Burning Hells march anew, as Diablo III invades console systems around the world. Pick up a copy, rally your friends, and prepare for the fight of your lives—because with Diablo III on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, up to four players can work as a team and smite evil together on one big screen. Just add pizza and a frosty beverage, and that could be one hell of a party.
Experience the sights and sounds of BlizzCon 2013 from the comfort of home! The BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket is available to order now, and it grants you access to comprehensive coverage of the panels, contests, and other epic events at Blizzard’s big gaming convention this November 8 and 9. You’ll also get a treasure trove of in-game goodies to boot. Check out the press release for all the details, or head to the Virtual Ticket page to order yours.
The biggest games convention in the world is over for another year, and thousands of happy, tired gamers – including over 100 Blizzard staff – are heading home.
It’s been another vintage year for Blizzard at gamescom. On Wednesday we announced the upcoming Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, at a press conference, and those lucky enough to be there that day were able to play it in the afternoon.
The doors opened to the general public on Thursday morning and very quickly the queues started to build at the Blizzard booth. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls was playable by the public for the first time anywhere; Diablo III on PlayStation 3 and Hearthstone were playable for the first time in Europe; and with World of Warcraft Patch 5.4 playable too, there was something for everyone.
Meanwhile, the stage entertainment and activities just kept coming. Quizzes, WoW leveling contests, StarCraft II Arcade Map Challenges, and Mega Bloks building contests gave players the chance to get involved and win great loot, and there were spectacular live music concerts by special guests Omnia and Asturia.
We had World of Warcraft guilds Method and Genuine showing us how the experts take down Mists of Pandaria’s toughest raid bosses; and pro StarCraft II players including WhiteRa, LiquidRet, JaeDong, HasuObs and Socke tackling each other in show matches. Speaking of experts, Lead Artist Ben Thompson from the Hearthstone development team demonstrated his skills live on stage, creating fantastic artwork while the crowd watched.
And finally, gamescom would not be complete without the Blizzard costume contest and the World of Warcraft dance contest. We saw some incredible efforts in both competitions and we’re really pleased so many people signed up to take part. Great prizes were won, including two AlienWare 14 laptops and a trip for two to this year’s BlizzCon. Congratulations go to our dance contest winner Thomas Y. and our costume contest winner Ralf Z.!
We’d like to thank everyone who visited our booth. It was great to see and meet so many of you there – and we hope we’ll see you again at the next gamescom!
Check out our Media section for all the photos and videos from the event.
Malthael, the Angel of Death, has seized the Black Soulstone. It falls to the heroes of Sanctuary to stop him before he unleashes its dark power on the world.
Today at gamescom, Blizzard Entertainment announced Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, the upcoming expansion to the fastest-selling PC game of all time. See the press release to learn more about this dark new chapter in the ongoing struggle between angels and demons over the fate of mankind.