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Activision and Blizzard spill lots of games news at Gamescom

by Mark Tyson on 17 August 2016, 10:30

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Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment, both part of Activision Blizzard Inc., have revealed a raft of new games and expansions at Gamescom, Cologne. Activision spilled news on its top gaming franchises such as Call of Duty, Destiny, and Skylanders. Meanwhile Blizzard showcased new content for six of its leading franchises including; World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, and Diablo.

Activision at Gamescom

Starting with the Call of Duty franchise, Activision has premiered Call of Duty: Zombies in Spaceland. This is an all-new 80s themed co-op mode in all of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The expansion is set in a theme park. You play as "one of four classic 1980s archetypes". Please check out the trailer video below for further info.

Destiny: Rise of Iron had its first public hands-on gameplay session at Gamescom. Of particular interest is the game's new 6v6 objective-based Crucible mode, Supremacy. In other news Destiny – The Collection was announced. This bundle includes every release from the award-winning first-person adventure franchise to date, including the new Destiny: Rise of Iron expansion. Both Rise of Iron and The Collection release on 20th September.

Skylanders Imaginators is the latest chapter in the Skylanders toys-to-life story. In a playable demo at Gamescom the following new Senseis characters are available; Kaos, Crash Bandicoot. Dr. Neo Cortex, and Dr. Krankcase and Hood Sickle. The new SKylanders game will be available in Europe from 14th October.

Blizzard at Gamescom

Blizzard has lots of games updates to share at Gamescom. World of Warcraft: Legion will be showcased in a celebration of the game’s upcoming sixth expansion, starting tomorrow. Meanwhile Overwatch players get a preview of the new German castle map, Eichenwald, ahead of its official release next month. Eichenwald is an Assault/Escort hybrid map and you can check out the preview video below.

Heroes of the Storm's Machines of War will be playable at Gamescom. It includes StarCraft-themed battlegrounds, minions, mercenaries, bosses, and more. In another Blizzard character crossover, Overwatch’s Zarya will feature as a ranged warrior.

In StarCraft II there is a new Protoss commander for co-op missions called Tal'darim Highlord Alarak. He is accompanied by a unique Supplicant unit. The new 'Collections' organisational utility will be demoed at Gamescom.

In Heathstone, Gamecom visitors will be able to practice their card-slinging and enjoy the new cooperative Tavern Brawl. Last but not least, to celebrate Diablo's 20th anniversary, a booth has been set up at Gamecom with all three Diablo games to play, including the recent updates to Diablo II and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.

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The new Overwatch map will be very welcome indeed.
The new map does indeed look good, and it's needed imo :) Also really looking forward to Season 2 now - finally the end of Sudden death, and a (hopefully) improved ranking system should eliminate some of the bad feeling you get when you drop down a few ranks at once.

It's shaping up to be a good end of the year for Blizzard - Legion should be fun (not played the new class yet as I pre-ordered a physical copy) despite further over simplification of the game, particularly the story which looks like a good one. I might even return to heroes for a bit if I ever get any time to play it!

A lot to play at the back end of this year :)