After four years of absence, BlizzCon made a triumphant return to the Anaheim Convention Center with an Opening Ceremony that rocked Azeroth and left gamers buzzing with excitement. Xbox players were treated to the first reveal of Mauga, the latest hero to join the ranks of Overwatch 2. Additionally, a teaser was unveiled for the first expansion of Diablo IV, titled Vessel of Hatred. The ceremony was graced by a special appearance from Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, who warmly welcomed everyone to the start of this epic weekend celebration.
For the uninitiated, BlizzCon is the pinnacle community event that honors the passionate players who indulge in the incredible games created by Blizzard Entertainment. From World of Warcraft to Overwatch to Diablo, this annual extravaganza serves as a unifying platform for gamers from all walks of life to connect and forge lasting friendships.
Xbox is set to make an indelible mark on BlizzCon this year, with a whopping 50 game stations dedicated to Overwatch 2 in the Overwatch Hall. Attendees will have the chance to immerse themselves in thrilling multiplayer action and explore the captivating world of the highly anticipated collaboration between Le Sserafim and Overwatch 2. To ensure inclusivity, Xbox will provide multiple Adaptive Controllers and Accessibility staff to ensure that everyone can enjoy these incredible games together.
Read on for an overview of all the exciting Xbox news and announcements that took center stage during the Opening Ceremony at BlizzCon. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more detailed updates on these games in the near future. Get ready to be captivated!
Diablo IV: Vessel of Hatred Announced
Prepare yourselves for the heart-pounding drama of Diablo IV’s first expansion, Vessel of Hatred. This enthralling campaign will continue the dark saga of the prime evil, Mephisto, and his nefarious plans for Sanctuary. Brace yourselves as we enter a previously unexplored region in Diablo IV, the lush jungles of Nahantu, beloved by fans of Diablo II. Alongside this captivating new world, players can anticipate fresh gameplay experiences, formidable foes to conquer, and an entirely new class that has yet to be witnessed in the Diablo universe. The release of Vessel of Hatred is set for late 2024, and we eagerly await further details to be revealed next year.
Quality of Life Improvements Continue for Diablo IV
Tiffany Wat and Chris Wilson, Product Directors of Diablo IV, took the stage to update fans on the recent improvements made to the game’s quality of life. The Season of Blood kicked off with a bang, introducing a plethora of changes designed to enhance the end-game experience. Players can now reach level 100 approximately 40% faster, enjoy additional character slots, and look forward to revamped Renown rewards, among many other exciting enhancements. But the fun doesn’t end there! Starting next week, five unique class-specific rings will be introduced, enabling players to relive the thrills of the Season of the Malignant. Moreover, an enchanting preview for the Occultist will be unveiled on December 5, coinciding with the launch of the Abattoir of Zir event, and the arrival of the first holiday event, Midwinter Blight, on December 12. For in-depth details, be sure to check out Blizzard’s official blog.
Mauga, the Newest Overwatch 2 Hero, Revealed at BlizzCon
Buckle up, because Mauga is storming onto the battlefield for a trial weekend in Overwatch 2. Available until Sunday, November 5, players can experience the sheer power of this formidable brawler in the Tank Hero role. Armed with incendiary and volatile chainguns, Mauga promises to tear through the competition. Before his official release in Season 8, make sure to visit Blizzard’s Blog and discover how you can join the action and play as Mauga right now!
Customize Your Own Overwatch 2 Wireless Controller Today with Xbox Design Lab
As part of the celebration surrounding BlizzCon and Overwatch 2’s collaboration with Le Sserfim, Xbox has introduced exclusive custom controllers through Xbox Design Lab. Now is your chance to create the perfect wireless controller for an unforgettable gaming experience. Design and order your personalized controller here.