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All Articles: StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void
It is time. Bethesda is ready to open the Vault and unleash Fallout 4 on the world. The first-person RPG will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and it’ll let players explore a post-apocalyptic New England and craft a new world to their heart’s content. And if that kind of openness and epicness doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always Super Mutants to shoot.
Bethesda has also partnered with Microsoft to offer a 1TB Xbox One + Fallout 4 Bundle in case you haven’t made your new-generation console decision yet.
Speaking of Microsoft, the consolemaker will also partner with Square Enix this week to exclusively launch Rise of the Tomb Raider for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Lara Croft’s next adventure will eventually make its debut on the PC and PS4 in 2016, but for now, you’ll need to raid tombs and make insane archaeological discoveries on a Microsoft platform.
Stepping out of the past and rocketing into the future, this week will also see the release of Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, the finale to Blizzard’s StarCraft II trilogy. Focusing on the Protoss, the standalone game will actually “unite the three races in the ultimate battle for survival against an ancient evil threatening all life in the universe.”
Finally this week, a pair of Wii U exclusives prove that Nintendo’s little corner of video gaming is still an interesting place to be. Nintendo themselves will publish Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, a board game that is changed and shaped as Amiibo figures and Amiibo Cards are dropped into play. And NIS America will release Rodea: The Sky Soldier, another skybound adventure from Yuji Naka, the creator of Nights Into Dreams.
The complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Blizzard has announced that StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, the standalone final chapter in the StarCraft II “trilogy,” will be released exclusively for the PC on November 10:
In the expansive new Protoss-focused campaign, players will take command of the mighty Spear of Adun — a magnificent Protoss arkship capable of altering the course of battle from above. Players will guide Protoss legends Artanis and Zeratul as they fight to unite the Protoss race, take back their homeworld, and vanquish the ancient evil that threatens the universe. In addition to determining the Protoss’s destiny, players will also bear witness to the ultimate fates of Terran hero Jim Raynor, the former marshal turned rebel leader, and Kerrigan, the Zerg Queen of Blades.
“Legacy of the Void provides an epic conclusion to a story more than 17 years in the making,” said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard’s CEO. “It also brings tremendous enhancements to StarCraft II’s definitive real-time strategy gameplay, with new units, automated tournaments, collaborative game modes, and more. We can’t wait for players to experience it all this November.”
Players interested in pre-ordering StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void will have plenty of options. More details on the add-ons and bonuses found in the game’s three pre-order packages can be found after the break. (more…)
Activision delivered their quarterly financial report on Tuesday, and in addition to talking about how much money they made, Chief Financial Officer Dennis Durkin got to announce that StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void will definitely be released by the end of the year:
“One important addition is we are now confirming that the much anticipated final chapter for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is expected to be released in 2015 and will now be included in our guidance for the full year.”
Later in the report, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime talked a bit more about the standalone expansion and how happy he is that players won’t need to be invested in the earlier titles to experience Legacy of the Void:
“[W]e’re working hard to deliver a worthy finale to an epic story that’s now been over 17 years in the making. One of the reasons we feel we can continue to expand our StarCraft II audience is that players no longer need to have the previous entries in the series in order to play Heart of the Storm or Legacy of the Void. This provides a great opportunity for players who might have missed one of the chapters in the trilogy to come back and jump right into the latest content.”
Blizzard has set up shop at the 2015 Gamescom expo this week and attendees will be able to try out a StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void demo at the developer’s booth in Hall 7.
Blizzard has announced the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void closed beta will begin on March 31. A small number of invitations will go out at first, with Blizzard expanding the pool of players significantly as the beta continues. If you’d like a chance to get a beta invite, sign in to your Battle.net account and throw your name into the hat.
So what’s different about StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void since its BlizzCon 2014 debut? A lot of things. Blizzard put together the trailer above to give gamers a broad overview of what’s changed, though a more in-depth analysis of the game’s new features can be found at the StarCraft II Blog.
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is currently without a release date, but according to Activision’s most recent quarterly financial report, a 2016 launch is a possibility.
Activision confirms Skylanders 5, Call of Duty 2015, “unannounced initiatives” during quarterly presentation
Just as the sun rises in the east, Activision uses their first quarterly financial presentation of the year to talk about the next games in the Call of Duty and Skylanders franchises.
Dennis Durkin, the publisher’s Chief Financial Officer, had the task of revealing the non-news that Call of Duty 2015 and Skylanders 5 will be released this Fall. As expected, Call of Duty 2015 will be developed by Treyarch while Skylanders 5 is being described as “innovative.” Durkin finished his remarks by revealing that Activision also has “several unannounced initiatives” in the pipeline that they’ll talk more about “in the months ahead.”
Then the CEO of Activision Publishing, Eric Hirshberg, took the stage to talk about Destiny. He confirmed that the game’s second expansion, House of Wolves, will be released in the Spring. He also said that Destiny 2 is in development, though we won’t see it this year. But Bungie is planning to launch a “major content release” connected to the franchise for this Fall.
Finally, Blizzard’s CEO, Michael Morhaime, said that both StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void and Overwatch will be available for beta testing this year. However, Morhaime would not comment on either game’s final release date, which means that both will probably slip to 2016.
It’s been more than six years since Blizzard split StarCraft II into three games, but it looks like we’re finally reaching the end of the line with this first look at StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. A release date for Legacy of the Void wasn’t announced, but we do know that it’ll be a standalone expansion, and will not require players to have previously purchased StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty or StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
Legacy of the Void will complete the StarCraft II saga by focusing on the telepathic race of aliens known as the Protoss. Perhaps owing to the unique team-based abilities that telepathy would give you, Blizzard has announced a pair of cooperative gameplay modes will be included in Legacy of the Void, a first for the StarCraft series:
Archon Mode, a competitive multiplayer mode unveiled at BlizzCon, is a new way to enjoy StarCraft II with friends. In Archon Mode, two players share control over a single base and units as they take on an enemy duo in multiplayer action. By sharing the responsibility of commanding troops and managing resources, players can focus on their own areas of the battle and execute more intricate strategies.
Allied Commanders is another gameplay mode new to StarCraft II. In this objective-based, cooperative experience, players can team up and take on the roles of powerful commanders from the StarCraft saga. Each commander offers unique abilities and upgrades and bestows special bonuses on their armies. Players are able to battle through a series of special scenarios together, leveling up their commanders’ capabilities as they progress.
You can visit Blizzard’s official site for Legacy of the Void to get a look at some of the game’s new characters as well as to sign up for a chance to be included in next year’s multiplayer beta test.