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2009-08-23 BlizzCon - Day One Recap

The first day of BlizzCon 2009 is winding down! We’ve had a blast meeting fellow gamers from around the world, and we hope you’ve enjoyed following along with the announcements, events, and tournaments. Here are just a few highlights of the day:

During the opening ceremony, thousands of players gathered round for a first-ever look at the new World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm. Once they learned the details of Azeroth’s impending disaster, players got to try out the worgen and goblin starting areas for themselves on the show floor.

Attendees met Diablo III’s fourth playable class, the monk, in a brutal and bloody introductory movie played during the opening ceremony. At the conclusion, players flocked to the show floor to try their hand at taking on the hordes of Hell as the holy martial artist.

Flanked by giant tournament screens in Hall A and Hall B of the Anaheim Convention Center, pro gamers wowed the crowd with their playing prowess on the first day of the StarCraft, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft Arena tournaments. You can check out the results of day one on the tournament brackets page.

BlizzCon showgoers got to learn new details about all three Blizzard game universes at developer panels throughout the show. Check out some of the highlights from these panels.

At the Battle.net panel, Blizzard Executive Vice President of Game Design Rob Pardo revealed tons of new details about the reenvisioned and redesigned Battle.net, launching with the upcoming StarCraft II.

These were just a few quick snapshots of day one at BlizzCon. Thanks to everyone here sharing their passion for games with us, and we’ll be back tomorrow with more news, photos, and coverage from the show.

2009-08-23 BlizzCon 2009 Developer Panels: An Inside Look

The fourth BlizzCon is underway, and we'll be giving players a look at the new game features and upcoming developments discussed in some of the World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II panels throughout the show. We'll be updating www.blizzcon.com with new information from the panels regularly, so be sure to check back often.

  • World of Warcraft Classes, Items, and Professions – Check out what's in store for World of Warcraft classes, professions, and items in the future.
  • StarCraft II Battle.net Discussion – At the StarCraft II Battle.net developer panel on Friday afternoon, we gave players a first look at some of the cool new community and communication features that will be coming with the relaunched Battle.net online-gaming service, along with info on how it'll all be integrated with StarCraft II. Check out new details about Battle.net's state-of-the-art matchmaking system, achievement system, social networking features, and more in our new Battle.net FAQ
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Panel – Learn more devastating details about World of Warcraft's third expansion, Cataclysm.
  • Diablo III Heroes & Monsters – Take a closer look at the latest Diablo III class, the monk, as well as other characters and creatures from the game.

2009-08-22 BlizzCon 2009 Begins

The fourth BlizzCon has begun! The two-day celebration of Blizzard Entertainment games and the passionate communities of players surrounding them is now underway at the Anaheim Convention Center, and we're inviting everyone at home to follow along with the exciting events and announcements at www.blizzcon.com. We'll be updating the site throughout the convention with breaking news, updates from the developer panels, and photos from the show floor, contests, and other activities. We'll also be broadcasting streaming video of the tournaments taking place throughout BlizzCon, so be sure to check back often over the next couple of days.

If you're looking for up-to-the-minute coverage, you can also catch us on Twitter by following @Diablo, @Warcraft, and @StarCraft. For those watching on DIRECTV Pay Per View or via the Internet stream, don’t forget to tweet us suggestions for what you’d like to see covered using the #BlizzConDTV tag.

2009-08-22 StarCraft II: Best Game of gamescom!

StarCraft II has just been voted as the “Best of gamescom” for 2009 from the largest European trade fair for interactive games and entertainment. At gamescom this year, StarCraft II premiered its new single player mode StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. For more information on this up-coming release, check out our StarCraft II site.

2009-08-22 Diablo III Monk Class Revealed

During the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2009, we revealed Diablo III's fourth playable class: the monk, a skilled holy warrior of unparalleled dexterity. Armed with speed, holy fervor, and the drive to achieve physical and spiritual perfection, the monk becomes a deadly apparition in the heat of battle, moving faster than the eye can follow to strike down enemies with a barrage of lightning-fast blows.

To find out more about Sanctuary's newest champion, check out the video introduction. You can also visit the new monk page to read an entry from the journal of Abd al-Hazir and watch videos of the monk in action.

2009-08-22 World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Unveiled!

Blizzard Entertainment is happy to announce the third World of Warcraft expansion set, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm! Hidden away in his sanctuary within Deepholm, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire. Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to the surface, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents.

In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, players will be able to play as two new races -- goblins and worgen -- as they explore newly revealed parts of Azeroth and re-experience familiar zones across Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, areas rewrought by the cataclysm and filled with new opportunities for adventure. Players will achieve new levels of power, take on challenging new dungeons and raids, and experience sweeping changes that will alter the face of Azeroth forever.

For more information, make sure to read the official press release and FAQ, and then visit the new World of Warcraft: Cataclysm site for screenshots, information about the new features, concept art, the announcement trailer, and more.

2009-08-21 Gamescom 2009 Has Started!

You want to be one of the first in Europe to get your hands on the brand new single player mode of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty or the first playable demo of Diablo III? Or maybe both? Then come and join us at the gamescom 2009 at the Blizzard Entertainment booth ( Hall 6, booth C20/B21) in Cologne, Germany!

Participate in our contests and quizzes such as knowledge Q&A’s or Death Knight levelling contests and you could win valuable prizes by Razer, SteelSeries or Panini. Watch the World of Warcraft raids on Friday and Saturday performed live on-stage by the top guilds Ensidia and For the Horde.

Additionally, our recruiters will be at the booth ready to answer your questions about recruitment and working at Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard Europe currently has numerous positions open in Quality Assurance, Localization, Customer Support and other departments in our offices in Velizy, France (near Paris) and Cork, Ireland. We’re looking for Italian, Polish, Russian, German, French, Spanish, and English language speakers. Bring your CV and talk to us about our employment opportunities.

We look forward to welcoming friends both old and new to our booth which is open to the public from Thursday 20 August until Sunday 23 August.

2009-08-20 The Events of BlizzCon!

The BlizzCon schedule for next Friday and Saturday is now available! For those of you who plan to attend virtually, via the Virtual Ticket stream, you can begin to plan your presence at the various ceremonies and panels which will be taking place over the two days of the event. Virtual Ticket stream users can watch both days of BlizzCon. The pay-per-view option can be purchased as late at August 22. It is also available in many regions and is not limited to the US only. For more information, check the BlizzCon 2009 Live Stream FAQ.

2009-08-19 Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset

Creative Labs is partnering with Blizzard Entertainment to announce the new Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset, catering specifically to the World of Warcraft gamer. From the customizable ear cup "Glyphs" featuring Horde and Alliance artwork illuminated by 16 million color programmable LEDs, to the huge emphasis on comfort for extended wear, this headset pushes the envelope in both technology and design. For more information about the Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset, visit Creative.com.

2009-08-19 Reminder: BlizzCon This Week

This Friday marks the beginning of BlizzCon 2009, and thousands of players will be making the trek to the Anaheim Convention Center to enjoy a weekend full of gaming, tournaments, panels, contests, and more. If you're interested in watching the sold-out show, don't forget that you still have a few days to order your "virtual ticket," available via Internet stream. This package comes with 18 hours of live coverage, including the closing concert with Ozzy Osbourne, as well as the exclusive BlizzCon 2009 in-game pet, Grunty the murloc marine.