BlizzCon 2010 Conference Finished

Eurogamer MMO's resident goblin commander Oli Welsh reported live from the opening ceremony of Blizzard's annual shindig in Anaheim, which brought us news of the fifth Diablo III class and PVP plans, and a pre-order plan for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

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  • FortysixterUK 7 years ago

    Is it me or was this years Blizzcon the very definition of underwhelming ?
  • DrMGinius 7 years ago

    Well you DID got stuck into Diablo III gameplay huh?!
  • Golgo 7 years ago

    has anyone here ever read 'The Snowball Effect' by the great SF writer Katherine McClean? I recommend it.
  • devilcrazer 7 years ago

    Geek is enough to pump my blood.
  • Avaloner 7 years ago

    They gave way too much information before the event. Anything from Blizzard gets my blood pumping though.
  • DrMGinius 7 years ago

    Sooo... wheres that RTS? Warcraft 4? Blizzard's DOTA?
  • Spekingur 7 years ago

    @craigy: Tagging does not work. Bold, italics, spoiler, etc. Putting those tags in at the livetext interface works and it will appear right in the comments but no in the livetext. Editing a comment you had tags in will remove said tags.
  • CouldntResist 7 years ago

    Yea not too impressed with the opening. Anyone know when the SCII exhibition match is and whether there's going to be a live stream for it?
  • swills 7 years ago

    Colour me unimpressed so far to be honest. Everyone knew last D3 class was going to be ranged (people have seen X-Bows drop in demos). Was obvious there was going to be PvP in there.

    Opening ceremony had nothing surprisign at all.
  • Spekingur 7 years ago

    Just for kicks.
  • Spekingur 7 years ago

    @Mugwum: Ah, I thought it was a fault at my end ^_^
  • craigy 7 years ago

    @InfiniteFury: nice idea.
  • craigy 7 years ago

    Yeah looks like we're still not there yet with that bit of the design :D
  • Mugwum 7 years ago

    @Spekingur: I posted that. I thought it was funny. :-) We should improve the labelling on that so it's clear we've pulled it in from the comments though (Craigy: take note!)
  • Spekingur 7 years ago

    @craigy: Well I am seeing something that I wrote about Thundercats in between live-posts from Oli.
  • Water1111 7 years ago

    any release date for Diablo 3?
  • Bertie 7 years ago

    Very snazzy this livetext tech. Battle arenas for Diablo 3 - HOT. I'm aroused.
  • InfiniteFury 7 years ago

    It's good. Would be nice to have access to a list of active participants, just an idea
  • craigy 7 years ago

    Working ok?
  • shamblemonkee 7 years ago

  • Spekingur 7 years ago

    'tis nice
  • craigy 7 years ago

    Aside: what do you guys think of the livetext tech? Any good?
  • InfiniteFury 7 years ago

    Time to buy a new mouse
  • Spekingur 7 years ago

    I foresee that the Demon Hunter will be the most played class of D3.
  • shamblemonkee 7 years ago

    diiablo PVP.. *boggles*
  • Daeltaja 7 years ago

    Oooh now I'm interested.
  • Spekingur 7 years ago

    Five classes? That's... oh, yeah, you will probably be able to get more with some kind of additional payment later on. Since this is Acti-Blizz now :p
  • Daeltaja 7 years ago

    Oh god what a let down.
  • Daeltaja 7 years ago

    New MMO inc.
  • InfiniteFury 7 years ago

    Are they about to reveal a new perfume or something?
  • CouldntResist 7 years ago

    Come on get on with it...short attention span here
  • shamblemonkee 7 years ago

    hope this goes somewhere soon..
  • Spekingur 7 years ago

    So Blizzard's next MMO is about Thundercats?
  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    That's not cheesy at all.
  • InfiniteFury 7 years ago

    In fact I'm like a kitten about to do a widdle on the floor
  • InfiniteFury 7 years ago

    You've no idea how much I'm hoping to hear D3 for early 2011.
  • shamblemonkee 7 years ago

    D3 woop!
  • craigy 7 years ago

    @Mugwum -- yoohoo!
  • InfiniteFury 7 years ago

    Hope they're auctioning Bronzebeard, we could do with a fresh start
  • VicViper 7 years ago

    @FortysicterUK the blizzcon site is streaming this for free
  • shamblemonkee 7 years ago

    There still are only 3 great Star Wars films... :)
  • FortysixterUK 7 years ago

    The quality of this video feed leaves much to be desired.
    Anyone know if this is streaming on JTV yet ?
  • InfiniteFury 7 years ago

    I hope you've gone in costume
  • DrMGinius 7 years ago

    ShiversDan is better than me at trolling trolls :D I admit defeat.
  • CouldntResist 7 years ago

    I read the below 4 comments in top to bottom order and spent 30 seconds trying to work out what was going on.Then i realised the oldest post is at the bottom :|.Oh and grow up retrend.
  • Mugwum 7 years ago

    Kissing is so last gen.
  • DrMGinius 7 years ago

    @retrend Indeed, nobody cares about kissing nowadays.

Our live coverage has now ended. Here's what you missed: Updating...

19:03 By Oli Welsh

Some animated art from WOW, Diablo and StarCraft. WOW lead environment artist Gary Platner is welcoming the crowd and making some housekeeping announcements.

19:05 By Oli Welsh

Now we're doing 'appropriate audience reactions'. He's just told the crowd of thousands in here to go crazy. Ear-splitting noise. Now: CEO Mike Morhaime. No beard this year.

19:07 By Oli Welsh

This is a special year for Blizzard: two launches, 5 years of WOW, 10 years since Diablo II, 12 million WOW players. That would sell out Disneyland 5 months straight, says Mike.

19:08 By Oli Welsh

Next Feb will be Blizzard's 20th anniversary. "Back then there were only three great Star Wars films in existence. Now... Oh."

19:10 By Oli Welsh

We're going to see Blizzard DotA, StarJeweled, Left2Die and more StarCraft II custom mods which will be released this year for free.

19:12 By Oli Welsh

There's an awkward pause and Mike does Horde and Alliance war cries. PowerPoint hitch then.

19:13 By Oli Welsh

They're going to auction some actual WOW server hardware. Oh and Arthas has been killed 489,000 times in Lich King.

19:14 By Oli Welsh

Blizzard is releasing two games this year for the first time since 1998. "I guess it's a double rainbow year for us. What does it mean?"

19:16 By Oli Welsh

The SCII launch trailer was the number one video on YouTube for a week. "That means for just one glorious week, Terran Marines kicked Justin Bieber's ass."

19:17 By Oli Welsh

Highlights reel of the last year, including last year's BlizzCon and the SCII launch.

19:19 By Oli Welsh

Hyperactive footage of the first big Korean SCII tournaments. Thousands rejoce. They actually do.

19:20 By Oli Welsh

Two great SC players including the out-of-retirement FruitDealer will be conducting an exhibition match tonight.

19:22 By Oli Welsh

Jay Mohr's back to host the hilarious costume contest tonight - his bemusement is a joy to behold - and Tenacious D's performance tomorrow gets bigged up.

19:23 By Oli Welsh

"Some of the band's content will not be appropriate for every age group. In fact it won't be appropriate for most age groups."

19:24 By Oli Welsh

For the first time you'll be able to pre-order WOW Cataclysm direct from Blizzard, download in advance and play as soon as they turn servers on on December 7th.

19:26 By Oli Welsh

Chris Metzen's here in a pimp hoodie to present a major update on Diablo III.

19:26 By Oli Welsh

More crowd-baiting warmup cheers.

19:27 By Oli Welsh

"I hear passion. I hear identity." Dead people? No?

19:28 By Tom Bramwell

Metzen looks like he's struggling a bit, complaining about having cotton mouth, but whenever he starts shouting it picks up.

19:29 By Oli Welsh

Now he's going to try a four-letter word on us to test our reaction. "GEEK".

19:29 By Oli Welsh

"This word is power. This word is identity. This is our word."

19:31 By Oli Welsh

Geek is... A slide of Transformers. A D20 die. Conan. (Metzen does quite a good Arnie.)

19:32 By Oli Welsh

Captain America. Samurai Shodown 2. Thundercats. The crowd screams HOOO.

19:34 By Oli Welsh

Geek is... Luke Skywalker. Joust. Action Man. The Matrix. Spider-Man. DOOM.

Spekingur says:

So Blizzard's next MMO is about Thundercats?

19:34 By Oli Welsh

The crowd's lapping this up.

19:35 By Oli Welsh

Geek is... Ripley in Alien. Thor. The Dark Knight Returns. Battlestar Galactica.

19:36 By Oli Welsh

EverQuest. "None of us and none of this would be without EQ. Respect must be paid." Fair dos.

19:39 By Oli Welsh

AD&D. The Borg. Lord of the Rings. "Geek is watching your kids watching Star Wars for the first time and wondering if it will transform their imaginations the way it did yours."

19:40 By Oli Welsh

Is this guy going for President or something? Let's see the game.

19:41 By Oli Welsh

Running massive online worlds can feel like big business sometimes, but he's here to remind us it's about imagination. VOTE BLIZZARD

19:43 By Oli Welsh

It's time to find out who the final player class will be in Diablo III. Movie time. An armoured, hooded lady.

19:44 By Oli Welsh

Two crossbows. The hunter!

19:45 By Oli Welsh

Magical grenades, explosive ranged and melee attacks in gameplay.

19:45 By Oli Welsh

The fifth and final player class for Diablo III is the Demon Hunter!

19:46 By Oli Welsh

"I stand alone, and if they keep coming, I'll keep killing."

19:46 By Oli Welsh

That's not all from Diablo III. Now: PVP battle arenas.

19:47 By Oli Welsh

Deathmatch, team battle modes.

19:48 By Oli Welsh

PVP and the Demon Hunter are playable on the show floor.

19:49 By Oli Welsh

We're going to wrap things up with the Cataclysm launch trailer - with a special sonic intro.

19:50 By Oli Welsh

Lights down. Deafening grinding, crunching and crashing sounds. Flashes of light.

19:51 By Oli Welsh

PAIN. AGONY. See the sunny side, Deathwing old boy.

19:52 By Oli Welsh

The trailer's stunning but you've seen it before and my thumbs are about to go into spasm.

19:54 By Oli Welsh

The crowd cheers dutifully but it's been a bit flat, to be honest.

19:54 By Oli Welsh

Still the Demon Hunter looks sweet as.

19:56 By Oli Welsh

I'm going to get stuck into Diablo III gameplay and talks. This year's BlizzCon is all about the action RPG and the devil will doubtless be in the details.

19:57 By Oli Welsh

Watch for more updates soon. Later!