Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for November 2, 2019. This week BlizzCon went down and big news came out with lots of news and announcements. In this edition of the Weekly Rewind new announced details about World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Overwatch 2, and Diablo IV are covered. Also over this past week Woven released their worldwide launch schedule and Neon Abyss dropped a demo full of vivid colors.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
BlizzCon 2019 arrived and with it came details of the next expansion in the World of Warcraft franchise. In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands players vendor into the beyond and explore the afterlife where they will gain new power from the Covenants that rule the lands.
Sylvanas Windrunner, the fallen leader of the Horde, pierced, or better described as shattered, the veil between Azeroth and the real of the dead. The process has set in motion events that threaten the cosmic balance between life and death. Now it is up to the heroes that remain to confront the horrors of Sylvanas’ actions.
Shadowlands is in upheaval. The normal order of souls being delivered to appropriate realms now directs all souls to the Maw. Only the most wicked were damned to the Maw. Players will become allies with Covenants who control the different planes within the Shadowlands to repair the damage and uncover the extent of Sylvanas’ designs.
The Kyrian of Bastion have a duty and discipline to safeguard the souls as they pass into the Shadowlands. Night Fae of Ardenweald defend the spirits of nature from those who deprive them of rebirth. Venthyr of Revendreth feast upon the souls of the prideful and vain in a gothic-like realm of torment. Warlike Necrolords of Maldraxxus form undead armies that serve as the first line of defense.
Shadowlands is taking us somewhere we’ve never dreamed of going in the Warcraft universe, and that’s incredibly exciting. We can’t wait to explore the great beyond, catch up with old departed friends, and forge an epic new chapter in the Warcraft saga together with our players.J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment
Other features include a level squish where level 120 players will start Shadowlands at level 50. The new cap will be level 60. This is to make every level meaningful again. Improved character customization options allow players even more control over how their character looks.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is available for pre-purchase on the Blizzard Shop with the Base Edition starting at $39.99 USD. The Heroic Edition is $59.99 and Epic Edition is $79.99. In the Heroic Edition players will receive a character boost, the Ensorcelled Everwyrm mount, and quest line access to the Eternal Traveler transmogrification set. The Epic Edition also includes the Anima Wyrmling pet, Wraithchill cosmetic weapon effect, Eternal Traveler’s Hearthstone, and 30 days of game time.
Overwatch 2 is now official. Current and past Overwatch players also received so great news about their current Overwatch account with how the sequel will work.
In Overwatch 2 players get to dive deeper in the world’s story of Overwatch and build upon the originals game’s foundation. Players will participate in cooperative missions as the world’s heroes that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against overwhelming odds around the globe.Story Missions in the sequel see the advent of a new Overwatch as Winston, Tracer, and other members of the original Overwatch, join forces with a new generation of heroes.
With Overwatch 2, we’re building the cooperative, narrative-driven game experience that players have been asking for since the original—and that we’ve wanted to make for a long time. We’re looking forward to telling the next chapter of this epic story in-game, and we’re excited to give players a whole-new kind of co-op experience built around progressing and customizing their favorite heroes—all while providing even more of everything they love about Overwatch today.J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment
With Overwatch 2 brings crossplay for PvP modes. What this means is both Overwatch and Overwatch 2 allows all maps, heroes, and unlocks to be available for both titles. Blizzard Entertainment made it clear that they do not want to leave players behind. Players when launch Overwatch 2 their existing skins, sprays, emotes, player icons, and other cosmetics will be transferred.
Overwatch 2 does not currently have a release date and interested players are encouraged to visit playoverwatch.com for the latest and most current information.
Diablo IV has been revealed. An ancient evil now threatens to engulf Sanctuary in darkness. Time has come again for new heroes to be called upon to face of against challenges the world has never seen before.
Featuring a grim storyline, Diablo IV, players are given the freedom to explore and forge their own path across the most expansive and intense vision of the world of Sanctuary. Staying true to the franchise’s roots players will face off against demons and other monsters across the shattered hellscape of Sanctuary.
Support for solo and coordinated party play continues in Diablo IV. Players will also have opportunities for groups to encounter each other in the same shared world where they can tackle bigger challenges. Some might even decide to slaughter each other in PvP combat.
Sanctuary has been a home to Diablo players for more than 20 years, and it’s with our own deep passion for the series and a deep appreciation of the community that we announce Diablo IV today. We’re excited to be returning to the dark, quintessential Diablo gameplay that players love while expanding the world and story in new ways, and we can’t wait for more people to be able to experience it.J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment
Players will attempt to bring back hope to the world in Diablo IV through vanquishing evil no matter what vile incarnation it may take. Sanctuary will be a contiguous and seamless landmass comprised of diverse regions.
BlizzCon revealed the first three classes for Diablo IV. The Barbarian known for strength and brutal melee combat returns. Hearkening back to the roots of Diablo II, the Sorceress uses the elements to eliminate enemies. And lastly the Druid returns as a savage shapeshifter with an updated playstyle the fully empowers them to shift between forms and unleashing nature’s raw fury.
Diablo IV is currently in development and will be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Players can find the latest information on Diablo IV at diablo.com.
Woven – Worldwide Launch Schedule
Woven, the knitted world adventure with Stuffy the elephant and a metal robotic firefly named Glitch is set to launch in mid-November. Getting ready for the worldwide launch event, indie developer Alterego Games, and publisher StickyLock announced the launch schedule on Friday for all consoles and PC platforms.
In the game players the on the role of Glitch where they can customize Stuffy by changing body parts to solve puzzles. Together the two will confront the metal mechanical menace that lurks below the worlds soft and fluffy exterior. Along the way the mystery of Glitch’s origin will unravel.
To know that Woven will soon be springing to life on everyone’s screen is very exciting. The team and I have worked for years to create something unique, yet appealing, that invites players to explore and question the world we’ve created. It is an incredible milestone on our studio’s journey to create more colourful and engaging games.Vincent da Silva, Woven Creative Director
Woven is set to launch on November 15, 2019 for PC, MacOS, and Linux through Steam and on console for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. For the latest information on Woven visit woventhegame.com or follow @WovenTheGame on Twitter.
Neon Abyss – Demo
A new timed demo dropped this past Wednesday for the roguelike platformer Neon Abyss from Team17 and Veewo Games. In the vividly colorful demo players will have 15, 18, or 24 minutes depending upon if they choose easy, medium, or hard difficulty.
Key features of Neon Abyss includes procedurally-generated dungeons filled with enemies and modern god-like bosses. The game is action packed with more than 400 different items located in the dungeons. Minigames are strewn throughout the game for players to uncover and complete. Pets can be collected and hatched along the journey, plus player customization gives players a more personal touch to their character.
That is all for the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind this week for November 2, 2019. Be sure to check back next Saturday for the latest edition of Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind.