The virtual tickets for BlizzCon 2013 are now on sale, for $39.99 USD!
The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will give you live online HD coverage of the event, taking place Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center. You’ll get access to both days of the show via two exclusive channels, including the developer panels, exclusive interviews, community contests, and the closing ceremony, along with on-demand replays and DVR functionality. Note that Virtual Ticket coverage will be available in English language only, so keep that in mind before you purchase.
Everyone who purchases a virtual ticket will also receive various in-game goodies exclusive to this year's BlizzCon! The in-game goodies are for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the details of what these goodies are and how to redeem them will come at a later date.
As a purchaser of the virtual ticket, the exclusive limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale will be accessible! This sale will be available for five days leading up to BlizzCon, followed by a public sale that has a limited selection of merchandise. The details of these sales will be announced soon.
The previously-announced James Raynor Sixth Scale Figure is now available for preorder! Standing fifteen inches tall, the figure comes with Raynor's gauss rifle, sniper rifle, and revolver.
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To see the figure in more detail, check out this page, where you can "Test Drive" the figure and see all of the moveable parts and lights.
This extremely-detailed figure can be preordered from this page for $499.99 USD, but there's also a giveaway happening. Head over to this page to enter in the giveaway to win your very own Raynor Sixth Scale Figure.
StarCraft Universe is a MMO RPG utilizing the battle.net service. Featuring an emphasis on story, combat and multiplayer, StarCraft Universe allows you to save your character like in any multiplayer RPG. The story is fully voice acted, featuring cinematics created by StarCraft: Legacy's Freespace.
StarCraft Universe released a trailer for their demo "Chronicles of Fate" a few months ago:
However, the project requires additional funding to see completion. Thus, the team, having acquired permission from Blizzard, requires your help on KickStarter:
Even if unable to donate, be sure to spread word of the project to help increase exposure, and bring this project to completion.
Project Blackstone, the StarCraft alternate reality game, just received a full page in the lore section of the StarCraft II site.
It is my profound pleasure to welcome each and every one of you to Project Blackstone. Hold your heads high, people. You are now members of a select team, a group that has been handpicked by top officials in Dominion intelligence and approved by Emperor Mengsk himself. You will be the front line in scientific research dedicated to the protection and expansion of our empire of man throughout the Koprulu sector.
The Project Blackstone page has all the project logs and info on the project staff, so you should definitely check it out.
Blizzard has announced and released a desktop app for Battle.net, which basically allows users to keep all of their Battle.net games updated and accessible through one location. Below is Blizzard's description of its functions:
What’s this launcher update do? The new single sign-on functionality allows players to log in once to access World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and the upcoming PC and Mac versions of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and stay logged in for up to 30 days.
Players can also install games directly through the app and, if you choose to leave the app running on your desktop, keep them up-to-date automatically even while you’re away from your computer. Please note that it’s entirely up to you whether you wish to leave the app running—you can exit it at any time, and it will automatically re-launch whenever your standard launchers would.
You can download the app here. You can also read the FAQ for this desktop app here.
A new Color Blind Mode has been added and can be enabled in the Gameplay options menu. When enabled, the following changes take effect:
Alternate colors are used to show the build grid when “Display Build Grid” is enabled.
Alternate colors are used to designate player colors when playing in teams.
Placement grid textures indicating unbuildable locations have been updated to display an “X” rather than changing from green to red.
Minimap terrain is darkened to provide more visual contrast between units and terrain.
A notification message is now broadcast to every player in the game when a player, spectator, or referee changes the game speed.
Destructible rocks now appear on the minimap.
Icon art for all three Protoss Ground Weapon upgrade levels have been updated to make them more visually distinct.
Friendly fire information is now stored in the PlayerStats events for replay tracker events.
A “Ladder Maps” option has been added to the Browse dropdown menu in Custom Games. Selecting this option will filter the map list to display only the melee maps that are being used in the current season of the ladder. The map pool from each matchmaking queue can be displayed by selecting 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4 from the “Category” dropdown menu.
A Technology column has been added to the Score Summary tab on the Score Screen.