It's the Halloween weekend and while some people we know will be out waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we'll be inside gaming our scared little butts off, shooting zombies and trying to escape the minions of evil. And we'll be sitting down with a nice cup of steaming hot apple cider because this week was full of hot Apple stories. And there was tons of scoring hot game news this week. See ya on the flipside.
Among BlizzCon 2011's hubbub came perhaps the most heralded bit of news from the event: solid details regarding Heart of the Swarm, the first of two expansion packs for Blizzard's best-selling StarCraft II real-time strategy game.
And where the stereotypical view of a video game's "expansion pack" seems to generally include a few new units and several new levels to play on, Blizzard seems to be crafting a follow-up to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty that's as detailed and content-rich as Wings of Liberty itself.
What's there to say? As you've probably heard by now, Blizzard has officially announced its World of Warcraft "Mists of Pandaria" expansion pack, the company's long-standing meme of pandas and panda people becoming concrete as you'll be able to create an anthropomorphic Pandaren warrior to train and send out into the world to join either the Horde or Alliance factions as they see fit.
The expansion, which incorporates an ancient Asian feel in its look and art style, will also allow players to use the long-awaited Monk class, thereby crafting the martial arts-based melee warrior of their choice.
If there was one thing on everyone's mind at BlizzCon 2011, it was the relatively near term release of Diablo III (Blizzard having recently announced it as due "early next year"). For 11 years, players had hankered for a new Diablo title and with one close at hand, all else seemed to pale in comparison to it.
Perhaps one of the coolest announcements beyond the display of the final box art during the keynote was the announcement of the Diablo III Collector's Edition, which will arrive with a USB drive on it containing both a Mac and a Windows copy of Diablo II, a USB drive holder shaped like Diablo's head, art books and other assorted goodies.