Blizzard invades PAX East with Diablo 3 for PS4, Warlords of Draenor, and more

Blizzard Entertainment will be in attendance at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) East, which is sold out and takes place in Boston from April 11-13. The booth will include demo stations where lucky attendees will be able to play a brand new demo for the World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. The new demo will feature updated character models and the full intro experience. There will also be a brand new demo of 'Hereos of the Storm', which is currently in alpha stages, and will offer new Heroes that will be playable for the first time outside of Blizzard. Lastly, Blizzard will have playable PlayStation 4 versions of Diablo 3 titled 'Ultimate Evil Edition' that include the all-new crusader class. 

Blizzard also has a few more events planned including:

  • A chance to find out what's in the cards for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and play the mobile version on iPad.
  • Blizzard developers on-hand to chat about your favorite games.
  • Blizzard developers will also be giving a presentation at the Albatross Theatre on Friday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. EDT titled Heroes of the Storm: The Ultimate Blizzard Mashup (streamed live on one of the official PAX Twitch channels for those not in attendance).
  • And did we mention there will be giveaways, prizes, and more? If not . . . there will be giveaways, prizes, and more! 

Blizzard Entertainment will be located at booth #848 in the Expo Hall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m EDT.

Source: Polygon via Battle.net | Image via Blizzard

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Diablo 3 was a letdown and I'm surprised they are still investing so much in WoW. Where is this new IP they were talking about years ago?

Enron said,
Diablo 3 was a letdown and I'm surprised they are still investing so much in WoW. Where is this new IP they were talking about years ago?

they really aren't investing much in wow. Fewer dungeons, fewer raids, fewer point releases... 10 more dollars than the last one.

seta-san said,
they really aren't investing much in wow. Fewer dungeons, fewer raids, fewer point releases... 10 more dollars than the last one.
They got bit by Cata. MoP was much better. We'll see going forward. But as to why they should still be putting capital into WoW. It still has 7-8M active subscribers.

I should add that HearthStone is actually a decently fun game they've created to feed off of the WoW user base. I've never played D3 (wasn't quite up my alley) but most I know who were waiting for it felt it was pretty bad. Just a long line in let downs (Rage/SW:ToR etc.)

I know some people still like WoW and that's cool, but man, I hate Blizzard for what they've done to the game. It's been on the backburner for a while, and it really really bothers me! I used to look at Blizzard the way I look at Valve today, with glistening eyes as they create magic.

Those days are long gone though, and you can see it with the staff too as people there shift around. I really miss the good old days with Blizzard...

Enron said,
Diablo 3 was a letdown and I'm surprised they are still investing so much in WoW. Where is this new IP they were talking about years ago?

Agreed - I waited, and waited, and waited for Diablo III and was so excited when it got announced. I was bored of it after an hour.

Meanwhile I just got started working my way through Diablo II again - it feels great to be playing it again And, I have to say, kudos to Blizzard for keeping Battle.NET open so I can play it online - amazing really given how old the game is. There can't be many companies keeping the servers up for games this old?

Enron said,
Diablo 3 was a letdown and I'm surprised they are still investing so much in WoW. Where is this new IP they were talking about years ago?

You mean Project Titan?

I know I'm an absolute newb to it, but what have they done to WoW to make so many people dislike it? I've heard some stories about bug exploits that allowed mage tanks to decimate raid mechanics, and they seemed upset that got fixed, but it still seems like a pretty solid game to me, although its confusing trying to figure my around areas that were clearly designed for me to be spending more time in. I'm not saying there aren't better games, but it isn't a bad game, as far as I can tell.

You really really (Really!) should try the "new" Diablo 3 with the 2.0 patch, it feels like a different game! In a good way!
All skills revamped, much better loot and leveling system.

Try it if you own Diablo 3, me and my friends were positively surprised by the patch.
Youtube video explaining the changes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW3o0sFldoc

mattw891 said,
I know I'm an absolute newb to it, but what have they done to WoW to make so many people dislike it? I've heard some stories about bug exploits that allowed mage tanks to decimate raid mechanics, and they seemed upset that got fixed, but it still seems like a pretty solid game to me, although its confusing trying to figure my around areas that were clearly designed for me to be spending more time in. I'm not saying there aren't better games, but it isn't a bad game, as far as I can tell.

I asked that same question. Here are the responses I got: people miss the six month grid in order to get max level on just one character. That is six month of constant playing. They miss having to fight for quests (waiting for other people to grab the item or wait for mobs to respawn).

Basically, they do not like that this game got "too easy" as they put it. I am glad they did. It allowed somebody like me to actually play the game.

mattw891 said,
I know I'm an absolute newb to it, but what have they done to WoW to make so many people dislike it? I've heard some stories about bug exploits that allowed mage tanks to decimate raid mechanics, and they seemed upset that got fixed, but it still seems like a pretty solid game to me, although its confusing trying to figure my around areas that were clearly designed for me to be spending more time in. I'm not saying there aren't better games, but it isn't a bad game, as far as I can tell.
WotLK recycling Naxx was probably a first bungle though it turned out ok. I think Cataclysm was the biggest mistake. Raid balance was wacked. Random raids were off.

Bottom line though is they made the game so easy any mouthbreather could walk around in epics and grab tier gear. There was an exclusivity to being good at the game which was nice. Now everybody has cool mounts, cool gear, etc. Doing quests have 1000 helpers built into the game so anybody can reach max level barely thinking.

In the end all of those epic'd out mouth breathers ended up being in your heroic groups (nightmare) or pickup raids (bigger nightmare) or on your pvp battlegrounds (not as big a deal to me).

They lowered the skill level of the population and upped the perks to the general population. It made the gameplay for the skilled not as fun (hard to do pickups without getting terribles) and even if you bust your ass to get the shiney epics some moron warrior with int gems will end up with the same gear you have in a few months when they seriously nerf the content.

They've dumbed down gear choices, talents, etc. It used to be you'd quickly inspect someone and look up their spec and you'd know if they had a brain. Now it's achievements only, for the most part and event that's not 100%.

No offense, but what most of that sounds like is that new players got something that you had, and it was easier for them. That's a classic grumble from many players in the various games I've played, but it doesn't make much sense. While I understand you had to work harder for it, and from that aspect it sucks that you 'wasted your time' to get it, the new players have to do the same steps you have to do to get the new gear. And do you really want a game that its difficult to level? I like to have fun with my games, not grind my life away for a max level toon. To be honest, I get confused as it is trying to find my way around the game and figuring out where everything is. Part of that could just be a crappy map system.

mattw891 said,
No offense, but what most of that sounds like is that new players got something that you had, and it was easier for them. That's a classic grumble from many players in the various games I've played, but it doesn't make much sense. While I understand you had to work harder for it, and from that aspect it sucks that you 'wasted your time' to get it, the new players have to do the same steps you have to do to get the new gear. And do you really want a game that its difficult to level? I like to have fun with my games, not grind my life away for a max level toon. To be honest, I get confused as it is trying to find my way around the game and figuring out where everything is. Part of that could just be a crappy map system.
Do I think it should be challenging to level. Yes. Do I think you should have to work a little bit to finish a quest. Yes. Do I think you should have to become skilled at your class/character to be rewarded? Yes.

They went too far in the direction of catering to casuals. They took the talent system and basically made it for glitz and glamour only. They made gear selection pretty much brainless. Arguably The Burning Crusade was the hayday of WoW. Raiding was great, PvP was great. WotLK they moved a bit in the wrong and a bit in the right direction. Cataclysm was an huge misstep though I love the remakes of the Vanilla WoW zones.

I do believe that if they had kept some of the top tier difficulty they wouldn't have strayed off in the wrong direction. I do believe that effected subscriptions. Do I think they'd still be at 12M subs at this point? No. But, Casuals have been introduced to gaming on their phones and tablets where they belong. Barely learning how to play to, as you say, "have fun with [their] games." Those people aren't signing up or continuing to play a game that even in its current configuration requires a bit of commitment to play. So they pushed away those hardcores to other games and are losing the casuals they were catering so hard to.

As far as finding your way around etc. There is quest text for a reason. I just don't understand why paint by numbers is considered fun to people. I'm just glad they have a place to play now... devices.

Lord Method Man said,
Awesome, give us a release date!

No kidding. Well, we know for sure that D3 for PS4 will not be out in April. The fact that they STILL haven't announced a release date is making me think it won't be released until Q3 or Q4 this year.

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