2014 World of Warcraft® North American Arena Tournament

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

The time has come for those interested in taking part in the World of Warcraft North American Arena Tournament to earn qualification for BlizzCon®. The qualifier is open to all 3v3 Arena teams at or above a 2500 rating on their North American realm.

Don’t miss your chance to compete for your portion of the $250,000 prize pool. To sign up and read more about this event, visit http://www.nationalesl.com/us/americaqualifier2014/wow.

Live Developer Q&A this Friday

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

This Friday, September 5, at 10:00 a.m. PDT, Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen sits down with Lead Game Designer Cory Stockton and Lead Narrative Designer Dave Kosak for a special Q&A where they’ll answer your questions live on Twitch.TV. They’ll be discussing topics such as the world design of Draenor, the new exciting activities you’ll be able to take part in, and a ton of information on the highly anticipated new Garrisons feature.

The event will take place this Friday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m. PDT on our Twitch.TV channel. If you’ve got a question you’d like to see answered, send us a tweet using the hashtag #WarlordsQA.  We’ll see you there!

Oh No! Summer’s Almost Over!

Written by EnMasse Entertainment on . Posted in Tera Online

by Blender
TERA Summer Festivals

Time is running out to participate in TERA's summer events: the Festival of the Sun (at Balder's Refuge) and the Beach Party (at Dragonturtle Beach).

These two summer party events end next Tuesday, September 9 following server maintenance—so if you haven't had a chance to visit, your time is running out!

Check out all of the festive details!

Miniatures and Finishers in Your Account Wardrobe

Written by NCsoft on . Posted in Guild Wars 2

Greetings, citizens of Tyria! If you’re like me, you’ve greatly enjoyed exploring all the different looks available in armor and weapons since the release of the Wardrobe in our first April 2014 Feature Pack. With this next feature pack, we’re making it even easier to stand out from the crowd by updating the wardrobe with even more features!

Improvements to the Wardrobe

Firstly, we’ve added search capability to both the Wardrobe and Equipment sections of your Hero Panel, allowing you to even more quickly find the gear you’re looking for as your collection of options grows and grows. Right at the top of the Equipment grid, you’ll find a text search box that will filter available options by name as you type. The search will even keep your text active as you switch between equipment slots. This really helps narrow down the list when trying to find matching pieces for many different slots.

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We’ve also moved outfits to their own section, separate from equipment skins. We wanted to make it super clear whether you were customizing your equipped gear, which costs transmutation charges, or selecting a full-body outfit, which is always free.

In the new Outfits section, you will now see all the possible outfits and be able to preview them on your character. This works for locked and unlocked outfits alike; both will be visible and available for preview, although we always sort the ones you own to the top. We’ve also added corner tabs to the locked icons which will keep you updated when new or limited outfits are available, or when something gets discounted for sales.

Finishers Now in the Wardrobe

“Well, that’s nice,” you say, “but what about finishers?” I have good news: we’re moving them into the Wardrobe as well to acknowledge them as proper character customizations and help you further make your mark on the world of Tyria—and on your enemies!

The Finisher Panel has been completely reorganized to deal with the larger number of options now available and to feel much more like other character equipment options. Just like outfits and equipment, you can now search for a finisher by name and equip it into an active slot!

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Best of all, you can now preview finishers in the Hero Panel. When you open the Finisher view, your currently active finisher plays its animation for you to see. Below the search bar, you’ll see a grid showing all your unlocked finishers first, followed by all the locked ones. Every finisher can be previewed as often as you like. Want to compare the Super Explosive to Whump the Giant? Go for it! Dance battles between the Llama Finisher and the Quaggan Finisher? Yes! There’s no more need to search around PvP maps for opponents to test your moves on. The view scales to give you the best view of each finisher. You can rotate the finisher while it’s playing and even preview locked finishers, replaying them to find the ones you like best. I think you’ll be surprised at the variety of options available to you.

What about Miniatures?

We thought miniatures belonged in the Wardrobe too. Players have been asking for a mini-equip slot for quite a while, so we’re bringing that—and a lot more—to you in September! We’re making a lot of changes to the way minis are collected and stored at the same time to make things even better.

Let’s start with inventory space. All minis can now be treated as account unlocks in the Wardrobe. The new mini section in the Wardrobe allows you to convert any mini in your inventory to an account unlock. Unlocking destroys the mini from your inventory, but once it’s unlocked, that mini is available to all your characters to equip simultaneously for no additional cost.

Double-clicking a mini still works the same way. You can summon and unsummon any mini in your inventory. This does not unlock the mini for your account, however, and does not fully equip the mini. It’s just an easy way to see something in the world before you choose to unlock it.

Collections of Miniatures

Possibly the biggest change with the new account level access to minis was moving the mini collections from the bank to the Hero Panel.

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Any minis currently in your bank or bank collection tab will still be in your bank when you log in. You’ll need to take them out individually and choose whether to unlock them for your account or dispose of them some other way. In order to make this easier, all minis of the same type now stack in inventory.

You will no longer deposit minis into bank collections. Once a mini is removed from the bank, the collection space for that mini in the materials area of the bank will disappear. Those collections are being moved to the Wardrobe. New achievements will also now be available for completing Wardrobe account unlocks for the series 1, 2, and 3 minis.

A Wardrobe Full of Miniatures

In the Hero Panel, you’ll find all the options for minis that we have in other Wardrobe areas. Searching, equipping, and even previewing!

At the top of the panel, you’ll find the search box again, which is great for tracking down where Scarlet or the Mordrem are hiding in your collection. Below that, much like equipment skins, you’ll see all minis currently in your character inventory. From here, you can summon them directly or unlock them for your account.

Below the inventory list, you’ll see a grid of unlocked minis from your account. Account-unlocked minis can be equipped and swapped as part of your character by left-clicking them. Once equipped, there is a show/hide check box that summons and hides your currently equipped miniature. When shown, minis will appear next to you in every map you travel to with no further work necessary to deploy them.

Lastly, a full list of available locked minis you might want to preview can be found below your account list. There are a few minis that remain hidden until unlocked, so we’ve still kept a bit of mystery in the world.

Clicking on any mini, locked or unlocked, shows it next to your character on the right-hand side. You can rotate and preview the mini, seeing detail and size easier than ever before. Best of all, any mini can now be previewed from the Trading Post, inventory, and chat links!

We hope you enjoy all the new features of your heroic wardrobe. I look forward to seeing you, and your minis, in Tyria soon.

The Gaze of the Black Prince Returns

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

Beginning Tuesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, through Tuesday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, we’ll be applying the Gaze of the Black Prince buff for the final time before the Warlords of Draenor expansion. This buff will increase the reputation gained with the Black Prince by 100%. It will also increase the chance of obtaining items from his foes needed as a part of the Legendary Cloak quest line including: the Secrets of the Empire, Sigil of Wisdom, Sigil of Power, or Titan Runestones.

To learn more about the Legendary Cloak quest line, check out our previous blog posts: I am Legendary and The Time Has Come: Legendary Quest Line.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Developers’ Blog

Written by Square Enix on . Posted in Final Fantasy XIV: ARR

Greetings everyone,
Bayohne here with some exciting news!

The Chinese version of FFXIV has officially launched!

Operations are being handled by the Chinese game company Shanda Games on servers that are separate from Japan, North America, and Europe.

Shanda Games held a launch event on Wednesday, August 20, and Project Manager M was lucky enough to attend. I was so jealous... they must have lost my invitation!

The event took place at the Shanghai Symphony Hall.

There were some guests from Japan in attendance such as...

Yosuke Matsuda, President of Square Enix

Yoshi-P and Soken were on hand as well.

The main attraction of the night was a special orchestra performance.

The orchestra performed four wonderful songs!
・Torn from the Heavens
・A New Hope
・Answers
・And You! - A Realm Reborn Medley

The famous singer Shang Wenjie sang Answers!
I hear that her voice was so magnificent that Project Manager M got goose bumps!

Finally, they took a nice commemorative photo of all the VIP members!


They prepared special blue lighting for the outside of the venue to fit the image of FFXIV.

Of course, Soken couldn't resist being in the spotlight...

Shanda Games held a beautifully orchestrated performance for FFXIV, and we'd definitely like to host something similar in Japan, North America, and Europe in the future!

- Bayohne

We’re Ready for PAX Prime. Are You? Join us Aug. 29- Sept. 1 2014!

Written by Blizzard Entertainment on . Posted in World of Warcraft

If you’re heading out to PAX Prime this weekend, we’d love for you to come by and check out all of the action.

PAX attendees should prepare themselves for 4 epic days of portal storming, card slinging, and Hero playing awesomeness as this year’s booth will feature all-new builds for our most recent and upcoming games, hands-on time at demo stations, and awesome giveaways including a *limited quantity of PAX Prime exclusive pins. Pinny Arcade enthusiasts will be happy to learn that they could collect either the exclusive Elite Tauren Chieftain pin for playing Heroes of the Storm or the Iron Horde symbol for playing the Warlords of Draenor beta while visiting the booth. 

What: Hosted annually in Seattle, PAX Prime is a celebration of gaming culture and community
Where: The Washington State Convention Center booth #352 of the Expo Hall
When: August 29- September 1

As an attendee, here’s a taste of what you can expect at this year’s Blizzard booth:

  • Warlords of Draenor hands-on with the live beta featuring updated character models and the intro experience for the upcoming expansion.
  • A chance to find out what’s in the cards for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and experience all of the fun of epic card-slinging duels on the PC.  
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to play a brand-new demo for Heroes of the Storm, and be among the first to try out three exciting new heroes! New to the game or eager for some clutch tips? The Heroes Community Team will be on-hand to help get you up to speed and ready to brawl!
  • Blizzard developers will be on-hand to chat about your favorite games.
  • And did we mention there will be giveaways, prizes, and more? If not . . . there will be giveaways, prizes, and more!

Be sure to check the prime.paxsite.com for the schedule, hotel and travel information, forums, and more. If you have an iPhoneAndroidBlackBerry, or Windows 7 smart phone, you can also download the official PAX Prime 2014 app from Guidebook for free.

We’re looking forward to a great PAX Prime 2014 and can’t wait to see everyone there!

*Pins are available while supplies last to those who visit the booth and play either Heroes of the Storm or Warlords of Draenor.