BlizzCon 2011

World of Warcraft Annual Pass announced, subscribers get Diablo 3 free

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The World of Warcraft Annual pass has been announced at the Blizzcon opening ceremony. The annual pass will cost €12.99 / £8.99 a month. For a limited time, those who sign up will be able to download the full, digital version of Diablo 3 for free when it's released. Subscribers will also get Tyrael’s Charger WoW Flying Mount, which will arrive with the launch of patch 4.3, and access to the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta when that goes live. The annual pass is available to buy know on the Blizzard site.

The Diablo 3 Collector's edition was also announced during the opening ceremony. The big boxed edition will contain an art book, a collector's edition soundtrack, behind the scenes DVD documentary a DIABLO SKULL and a 4 GB USB stick. There's still no release date for Diablo 3.

StarCraft 2: new Zerg, Terran and Protoss units spotted at Blizzcon

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The show hasn't even started yet, but someone on Reddit has been busy taking snaps of the cardboard cut-outs at Blizzcon 2011. They reveal two new units for StarCraft 2. The first is a new flyer, The Viper. It's described as a "flying unit with support abilities. It can grant detection to units, create a cloud to hinder ranged attacks and abilities, and quickly pull units to safety (friendly) or their doom (enemy)."

The second Zerg unit is called the Swarm Host. "This Zerg host can gradually spawn endless waves of attackers while burrowed to overwhelm your enemy." Eek.

Another two images show three new Protoss units, including the Protoss Replicator, which can copy enemy units and their abilities. The Tempest is a devastating new capital ship and the Oracle can see what enemy buildings are constructing, and distrupt the enemy mineral line.

Three new Terran units are also shown. The Warhound is "a versatile factory unit." The Battle Hellion is, as many guessed, a Hellion that can transform into a more durable walking bot. Finally, there's the Shredder that can "deploy a whirlwind of death around it." See the images and descriptions of all these units below. Exciting news for StarCraft fans, but which of the new units is more OP?

Blizzcon 2011 kicks off today, here's what to expect

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The annual festival celebrating all things Blizzard is set to kick of later today. We've flown Rich out to kill ten wordboars and level up his reporting skills till he finds us some news, and there's sure to be plenty. Blizzard are pretty guarded as to what's on the agenda, but there are some huge potential announcements. We'll be covering them all for you throughout the two day event.

First round of BlizzCon tickets sell out fast

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The first wave of ticket sales for this year's BlizzCon sold out in minutes on Saturday. Blizzard fans hoping to snag a ticket found themselves competing with digital queues ofup to 14,000 people. If you missed the first round of sales, don't worry, there's another one happening this Wednesday at 7PM PST/ 10PM EST and 3AM for Brits.

A standard pass for the event will set you back $175, but if you can't make it all the way to the Anaheim Convention Centre, there will also online passes available that give you access to official live streams of the main Blizzcon events. Full ticket details can be found on the BlizzCon site.

Blizzcon ticket sale dates and pricing announced

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Blizzcon is happening on October 21 and 22 at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California. The two day event will celebrate all things Blizzard, with plenty of costume competitions, game announcements and tournaments taking place across the weekend. Blizzard have announced ticket sale dates and the pricing scheme. Read on for details.

Blizzcon 2011 dates announced

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This year's Blizzcon will be taking place in Anaheim California on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October. The venue will be the Anaheim Convention Centre, which has been the home of the show since it began in 2005. Blizzcon is always packed full of competitions, costumes, game announcements and tournaments, and the 2011 show will be no different. Diablo 3 is well into development and Blizzard will certainly be working on the next World of Warcraft expansion, so there's likely to be plenty on show. Ticket pricing and details of the event will be announced on the Blizzard site closer to October. We'll let you know when that happens, tickets to BlizzCon 2010 sold out in minutes.