Blizzard showcased a whole bunch of new stuff for their games – bar Diablo. Animated shorts, patch release dates, and details on the new character in the Nexus.
Blizzard always give a good showing at Gamescom and this year is no exception. Further details on World of Warcraft’s upcoming patch 7.3 including a cinematic; details on Kel’thuzad in Heroes of the Storm and some skins, and a new Overwatch animated short with Mei. These I’ll go into small detail about below accompanied with said videos.
World of Warcraft
First of all Blizzard announced World of Warcraft’s upcoming venture, Patch 7.3: Shadow of Argus, for release 29/30 August. Next week! To accompany the announcement came a cinematic “The Battle for Argus Begins” which you can watch below. Shortly after that on the World of Warcraft YouTube channel a patch 7.3 survival guide was uploaded to help players understand more of what to look for and forward to. New invasions, a new dungeon, new world quests, and loads more will arrive in Patch 7.3: Shadow of Argus.
Hearthstone becomes to the next Blizzard title to receive some animated short treatment. At Gamescom Blizzard showed us Hearth and Home, an animated short about a small girl finding her way into Harth Stonebrew’s tavern, and upon arrival the tavern bursts into song. Tangled comes to mind from the animated short below, but I found Hearth and Homes’ musical number a bit messy with a couple of laughs. What do you think?
Blizzard said Hearthstone will continue to get more animated shorts following the story of this young girl, and that I’m looking forward to.
Heroes of the Storm
For Heroes of the Storm the announcements given we mostly already knew. They showed off the clip uploaded on their YouTube channel a couple of days ago. This clip announced Kel’Thuzad coming to Heroes of the Storm, and today Blizzard showed off Kel’thuzad’s hero spotlight going into detail about his abilities which you can watch below.
Two days ago we were gifted with a look at a new map, Junkertown, and a funny short featuring Australian duo Junkrat and Roadhog. Today Blizzard showed off an animated short they announced would show at Gamescom, but we didn’t know who this one would be about. This animated short gives us insight into Mei’s backstory including what happened before and shortly after her team cryogenically froze themselves. Clocking in at around the 10 minute mark “Rise and Shine” becomes Overwatch’s longest animated short to date, but it’s worth it.