Blizzard Entertainment has just wrapped up the opening ceremony for their eleventh BlizzCon. One of the bigger announcements involved a new Overwatch hero named Moira, but it didn’t stop there. Blizzard also made some significant announcements for practically all of their recent titles, including Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and even Starcraft II and World of Warcraft.
We’ll start with Starcraft II: The 2010 real-time strategy game is going free-to-play, beginning Nov. 14. On that same day, a new co-op mission titled “Part and Parcel” will also release. Previous owners of the game will receive the expansion “Heart of the Swarm” for free.
Hanzo from Overwatch and Alexstrasza from World of Warcraft will be new playable characters in Blizzard’s take on the MOBA genre, Heroes of the Storm. There be dragons.
The newest expansion for Hearthstone was unveiled, titled “Kobolds and Catacombs.” Additionally, a new card, Marin the Fox, was detailed. The release date for the expansion has not been revealed, but players can obtain Marin the Fox on Nov. 6.
In case you missed it earlier, here’s the trailer for the newest Overwatch map, titled “Blizzard World.” As the name implies, the part-assault, part-payload map is a theme park-like tribute to Blizzard’s history and videogame library.
The last piece of Overwatch news involves a new animated short, this time focusing on Reinhardt. “Honor and Glory” gives us the origin story of the hammer-wielding warrior, and as with other Overwatch short films, expect plenty of emotion.
Perhaps Blizzard’s biggest game of all time, World of Warcraft is receiving a seventh expansion. The conflict between the Alliance and the Horde is the centerpiece of the story, titled “Battle for Azeroth.” The expansion introduces an “island” system, warfronts and a purchasable level cap to level 120.
Additionally, Blizzard announced a classic, vanilla server for the MMO game, titled World of Warcraft Classic.
The entire opening ceremony for BlizzCon 2017 can be seen below.