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Blizzard Entertainment® (often shortened to "Blizzard" or "Blizz" by players) is a video game developer & publisher that is responsible for the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises. The company originally concentrated primarily on the creation of game ports for other studios before beginning development of their own program with the development of games like Rock n' Roll Racing & The Lost Vikings.

In July 2008, Blizzard's parent company, Vivendi, merged their Vivendi Games subsidiary with Activision to create a new holding company called Activision Blizzard.[1] [2] Five years later, in July 2013, Vivendi sold off most of its shares in Activision Blizzard, which now exists as an independent company.[3]

Published games and products

Non-franchise games

Company Title Release date Platform(s) Genre
as Silicon & Synapse RPM Racing 1991 SNES Racing video game
The Lost Vikings 1992 Amiga, Amiga CD32, GBA, MS-DOS, Genesis, SNES Side-scrolling video game
Rock N' Roll Racing June 4, 1993 SNES, Genesis, GBA Racing video game
as Blizzard Entertainment Blackthorne 1994 SNES, Sega 32X, MS-DOS, GBA, Mac OS, Windows (2013) Platform game
The Death and Return of Superman 1995 SNES, Genesis Side-scrolling video game
Justice League Task Force 1995 Genesis, SNES Versus fighting game
The Lost Vikings 2 February 27, 1997 SNES, Saturn, PlayStation, Windows Side-scrolling video game
Heroes of the Storm June 2, 2015 Windows, Mac OS Team Brawler
Overwatch May 24, 2016 Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4 Team-based multiplayer shooter

Franchises

Universe Title Release date Platform(s) Genre Notes
Warcraft universe Warcraft: Orcs & Humans 1994 MS-DOS, Mac OS, PC-98 Real-time strategy Port/remake (TBA)[4][5]
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 1995 MS-DOS, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Real-time strategy Port/remake (TBA)[4][5]
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal April 30, 1996 Mac OS, MS-DOS, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows Real-time strategy
Warcraft II: The Dark Saga August 31, 1997 Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn Real-time strategy
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition September 30, 1999 MS-DOS, Mac OS, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows Real-time strategy
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos July 3, 2002 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Mac OS X Real-time strategy Port/remake (TBA)[4][5]
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne July 1, 2003 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Mac OS X Real-time strategy
World of Warcraft November 24, 2004 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, (Linux via Wine or Cedega) MMORPG
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade January 16, 2007 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, (Linux via Wine or Cedega) Expansion pack
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King November 13, 2008 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Expansion pack
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm December 7, 2010 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Expansion pack
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria September 25, 2012 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Expansion pack
Hearthstone March 11, 2014 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) CCG
Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas July 22, 2014 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) Adventure pack
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor November 13, 2014 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Expansion pack
Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes December 8, 2014 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) Expansion pack
Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain April 2, 2015 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) Adventure pack
Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament August, 2015 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) CCG Expansion pack
The League of Explorers November 12, 2015 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) Adventure pack
Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods 2016 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) CCG Expansion pack
Hearthstone: One Night in Karazhan 11 August, 2016 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) CCG Expansion pack
World of Warcraft: Legion 30 August, 2016 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Expansion pack
Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan 1 December, 2016 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) CCG Expansion pack
Hearthstone: Journey to Un'Goro 6 April, 2017 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) CCG Expansion pack
Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne 10 August, 2017 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad, Android, iPhone (current) CCG Expansion pack
Untitled Warcraft mobile game[6] TBA Mobile platforms TBA
World of Warcraft seventh expansion TBA[7] Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Expansion pack
World of Warcraft eighth expansion TBA[7] Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Expansion pack
StarCraft universe StarCraft March 31, 1998 Windows, Mac OS Real-time strategy
StarCraft: Insurrection July 31, 1998 Windows, Mac OS Expansion pack Blizzard did not make this expansion,
but it was authorized.This one did not require the
official Brood war expansion pack.
StarCraft: Brood War November 30, 1998 Windows, Mac OS Expansion pack
StarCraft: Retribution 1998 Windows, Mac OS Expansion pack Blizzard did not make this expansion,
but it was authorized. Requires Brood War expansion pack.
StarCraft 64 2000 Nintendo 64 Real-time strategy
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty July 27, 2010 Microsoft Windows, OS X Real-time strategy
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm March 12, 2013 Microsoft Windows, OS X Expansion pack
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void November 10, 2015 Microsoft Windows, OS X Expansion pack
StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops March 29, 2016 Microsoft Windows, OS X Mission packs
StarCraft: Remastered 14 August, 2017 Microsoft Windows, OS X Real-time strategy
Diablo universe Diablo December 31, 1996 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, PlayStation (1998) Action role-playing, hack and slash, dark fantasy
Diablo: Hellfire November 24, 1997 Microsoft Windows Expansion pack Blizzard did not make this expansion,
but it was authorized.
Diablo II June 29, 2000 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X Action role-playing, hack and slash
Diablo II: Lords of Destruction June 27, 2001 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X Expansion pack
Diablo III May 15, 2012 Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlaySation 3/4 and Xbox 360/One (2013) Action role-playing, hack and slash
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls March 25, 2014 Microsoft Windows, OS X Expansion pack
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition August 19, 2014 PlaySation 3/4, Xbox 360/One
Untitled Diablo game TBA[8]

Other

Related pen-and-paper RPG materials
Related to StarCraft

Rumored games

Note: Blizzard has confirmed that they are NOT working on a StarCraft or Diablo MMORPG.[9]

Unreleased/Canceled games

Applications

References

  1. ^ http://www.activisionblizzard.com/pressReleases/pr120207.php
  2. ^ Rob Purchese 2008-06-30. Eurogamer: Blizzard Worldwide Invertational. Retrieved on 2008-01-07.
  3. ^ Elsa Keslassy 2013-07-26. Vivendi Sells Majority Stake in Activision Blizzard for $8.2 Billion. Retrieved on 2014-05-07.
  4. ^ a b c Kyle Hilliard 2013-11-10. Blizzard Working On Bringing Warcraft & Warcraft II To Modern PCs. Gameinformer. Retrieved on 2014-01-03.
  5. ^ a b c BlizzCon 2013 World of Warcraft Q&A Panel
  6. ^ 2017-06-16, Blizzard’s Unannounced Warcraft Mobile Game. Blizzplanet, retrieved on 2017-06-19
  7. ^ a b WoW's Next Expansions Already Planned. GameSpot (2015-08-07). Retrieved on 2015-08-09.
  8. ^ ART DIRECTOR, UNANNOUNCED PROJECT, Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2015-08-06
  9. ^ Blizzard freezes non-WOW MMOG rumors. GameSpot (2006-06-14). Retrieved on 2013-11-13.
  10. ^ Travis Day guaranteed players that the Diablo 4 will Certainly Come. MMORPG Champion (2013-05-21). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  11. ^ a b 2015-08-12, GAMESCOM 2015: BLIZZARD WILL 'CONSIDER WARCRAFT' RTS ONCE STARCRAFT 2 IS DONE. IGN, retrieved on 2015-08-12
  12. ^ November, 2016, Blizzard Working on New First Person Game. Gamerant, retrieved on 2016-12-01
  13. ^ Warcraft IV Confirmed, Starcraft II to be split into a Trilogy. NG4 (2008-01-24). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  14. ^ Warcraft IV somewhat confirmed at BlizzCon. SK Gaming (2011-10-11). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  15. ^ Eddie Makuch 2014-08-15. Blizzard Has Considered WoW 2 -- What Would You Like to See?. Gamespot.
  16. ^ A brief history of Blizzard's canceled and unreleased games. Polygon (2014-09-23). Retrieved on 2014-09-24.
  17. ^ a b c D.I.C.E. '08: Blizzard talks about blowing up. GameSpot (2008-02-07). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  18. ^ Blizzard North considered making Diablo Junior for the Game Boy Color. Joystiq (2012-10-12). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  19. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment Inc.. Moby Games. Retrieved on 2013-05-28.
  20. ^ Pax Imperia II. JudgeHype. Retrieved on 2013-05-28.
  21. ^ The Art of Blizzard Entertainment (book) review…. Inside the Box (2013-02-04). Retrieved on 2013-05-28.
  22. ^ Diablo in space? Blizzard actually worked on "Starblo". Neowin.net (2012-10-23). Retrieved on 2013-05-29.
  23. ^ Ross Miller 2014-09-23. Blizzard cancels its 'World of Warcraft' successor. The Verge.
  24. ^ 2016-01-09, Marvel Heroes 2015 (January 8 2016). YouTube, retrieved on 2016-01-11
  25. ^ 2015-07-31, THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF MIKE BOOTH. Blizzpro, retrieved on 2015-08-01
  26. ^ 'StarCraft: Ghost' (PS2/Xbox) Cancelled But Goes Next-Gen. Worthplaying (2006-03-24). Retrieved on 2013-11-13.

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