The second part of our feature, in which we break down some of the games that have dominated the gaming landscape for the past few years, is here.
We’ll continue with the games of the year that we know you’ll be most excited about as we wrap up the year of the game.
In a nutshell, this year has seen some of gaming’s biggest names step into the ring.
For the first time, Blizzard is holding its World Championship tournaments.
The Dota 2 World Championships are back, and we can expect the Overwatch League, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and League of Legends World Championships to be part of the festivities.
And for the first and only time ever, Blizzard announced a new Diablo game, and it’s an interesting one.
Diablo III will be out in 2019, and Blizzard is hoping to make a lot of money from it.
It’s not just a Diablo game that Blizzard has plans to release, though.
Blizzard has also announced plans to make an online multiplayer version of Diablo III called Diablo World, which would offer players a brand new mode.
And in a move that could be very good for Blizzard’s financials, it’s also announced that a Diablo 3 expansion will be coming to PC and Mac.
And if you’re still with us, we’re not going to lie: It’s a big bet on Blizzard’s part to get us a Diablo III expansion, even if it doesn’t have any specific details about how it’ll be made available yet.
And what does Diablo III have to do with Overwatch?
Well, we’ve been told that Blizzard’s next game will be called Overwatch, but Blizzard has yet to announce exactly what that game is.
But in an interview with Eurogamer, Blizzard’s CEO, Mike Morhaime, confirmed that Overwatch is not a Diablo-style game.
Morhaimes also told Eurogamer that there’s no intention to release a Diablo clone of Overwatch, although there’s a rumor out there that Blizzard could release a clone.
The Overwatch beta is scheduled to begin in March 2019, with the full game set to arrive in 2020.
Blizzard is also planning to release an Overwatch World League, a World Cup, an Overwatch League Champions League and other Overwatch-themed tournaments.
Blizzard says it will also introduce a World Championship tournament to be held in 2021.
Blizzard’s Overwatch esports business is also headed by a new CEO, Jeff Kaplan, who took over from Chris Metzen, who left the company in May.
And there’s also a new Overwatch League in the works, with an Overwatch-specific league that will be announced closer to BlizzCon.
All of this will likely be revealed by BlizzCon, Blizzard has confirmed.
That’s a lot to digest in a short time.
But if you want to learn more about what Blizzard has in store for the future, this will be an interesting time to do so.
What to watch for: Overwatch’s beta will be held at BlizzCon in 2019.