Earlier this week, Blizzard announced that its digital card game Hearthstone has hit a stunning milestone: There are now over 100 million Hearthstone players around the world. The announcement comes less than five years after the free-to-play game became publicly available on March 11th, 2014. In addition to reaching such a massive audience, Hearthstone has also become one of the more popular esports in recent years.
In celebration of the milestone, Blizzard is giving away six free The Boomsday Project card packs to every player that logs in between November 7th at 10:00 AM PST through November 11th. All you have to do is open the game by the end of the week and you should automatically be granted the free packs.
If you’ve already completed your Boomsday Project collection, Blizzard is also introducing a repeatable quest that will reward you 100 gold every time you finish it. In order to complete the “Celebrate the Players” quest, all you have to do is play a friendly challenge. You can finish the quest up to five times for 500 gold.
There are a few caveats worth noting if you’re a new player or a returning player who hasn’t opened Hearthstone in a while. Be sure to read this before you start trying to figure out why you can’t find the quest in your log:
You’ll need to complete the introductory quests “First Blood” and “The Duelist” to unlock daily quests, (or “Ready for Action” if you’re a returning player). Be sure to make room in your quest log before November 7 so you don’t lose a quest you intended to complete. Just like Play a Friend!, don’t concede too early, or you may not receive credit for completing the quest. Unlike Play a Friend!, Celebrate the Players only provides rewards to players who have this quest in their own quest log.
Finally, Blizzard has put together a celebratory video to mark the occasion and thank its 100 million fans:
Blizzard shocked fans a few days ago when it announced the mobile version of one of its popular franchises. Diablo: Immortal should hit iPhone and Android in the near future. That’s great news for those Diablo fans looking for a similar experience on mobile, but not so good for hardcore Diablo gamers who are anxiously waiting for Diablo 4. A report then claimed that Blizzard wanted to announce Diablo 4 at the event as well, but plans changed in the weeks preceding BlizzCon. But don’t get your hopes up just yet, as Blizzard has denied everything.
“First off we want to mention that we definitely hear our community,” Blizzard said in a comment to Kotaku. “We generally don’t comment on rumors or speculation, but we can say that we didn’t pull any announcements from BlizzCon this year or have plans for other announcements. We do continue to have different teams working on multiple unannounced Diablo projects, and we look forward to announcing when the time is right.”
The comment came after the same Kotaku published a story that said Blizzard had recorded a Diablo 4 presentation video featuring co-founder Allen Adham, with the purpose of showing it at BlizzCon.
Kotaku has updated its story, claiming that the video does exist, but the timeline of Blizzard’s announcement isn’t clear. Apparently, Diablo 4 is in development, but the team wasn’t ready to commit to an announcement as the game has changed “drastically” over the past four years and may continue to evolve. The report notes that Diablo 4 has gone through at least two different iterations under different directors.
Launched in May 2012, Diablo 3 hasn’t seen any new content since 2017, although it’s just been made available on the Nintendo Switch, so there’s that. It’s unclear at this time when Diablo 4 will be unveiled, but Diablo: Immortal should arrive soon on mobile devices.
Meanwhile, fans of the franchise continue to be unhappy about Blizzard’s Diablo moves, voicing their concerns online. The best example of the outrage at Immortal, is the official trailer for the game, which has over 12,000 likes on YouTube and over 169,000 dislikes.
In celebration of its annual BlizzCon gaming convention, Blizzard is giving away Destiny 2 for free on its Battle.net service from today through November 18th. This isn’t a demo or a free-to-play weekend — if you claim the game by November 18th, you’ll own Destiny 2 for life. No time limits, and no strings attached. Just make sure you do it before November 18th, because once the promotion end, the game will likely go back to its old price.
In order to redeem your free copy, just head to this page, log in to your Blizzard account (or create one), and click on the big blue CLAIM button on the Destiny 2 gift you should have received. Once you have claimed the gift, open the Battle.net client and click on the Destiny 2 tab to start downloading.
If you already own Destiny 2 on PC, you obviously can’t take advantage of this promotion, but Blizzard says Bungie is giving all existing owners of the game on PC “a special in-game emblem marking the game’s anniversary that will be available in December.” It’s not quite a free game, but it’s certainly better than nothing.
Plus, Bungie is giving all Destiny 2 players a chance to try out the new Gambit PvP mode, which was first introduced alongside the Forsaken expansion back in September. Normally, the only way to access Gambit is by purchasing the expansion, but from November 9th-11th, Bungie will host a “Gambit Free Weekend.” This is a great opportunity to figure out whether or not you want to shell out for the DLC, which costs $40.
And before you get too excited about playing Destiny 2 on your Chromebook, here are the minimum specs:
Intel Core i3-3250, Intel Pentium G4560, or an AMD FX-4350, along with a GeForce GTX 660 2GB, GTX 1050 2GB, or Radeon HD 7850. Additionally, 6GB of RAM, and 68GB of HDD space.
You don’t exactly need a gaming PC to run Destiny 2, but your netbook probably isn’t going to cut it.
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