What’s Playing on Battle.net: News and notable events in late March 2023
Before you venture forth to brave the unknown, take a moment to kick back and read up on the latest beats from all of your favorite games.
Get ready to shred on the Hearthstone stage, embark on a new adventure in World of Warcraft, deploy into an all-new Call of Duty map, and more.
Every two weeks, we help you catch up on all things Battle.net by highlighting new content, developer updates, and “don’t miss” occasions to help you hit important dates and maximize each in-game moment.
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E.T.C. is gathering the greatest musicians from all over Azeroth to put on the biggest music festival in history. Festival of Legends will launch worldwide this April, with 145 new cards, two new keywords, Legendary musicians and songs, and more.
- Alongside the Festival of Legends, Hearthstone will kick off Phase 1 of the Year of the Wolf, bringing more cards and Battlegrounds updates than ever before
- Over 70 cards in the Core Set will be swapped out for new ones, along with new keywords and cards that just rotated out of Standard
- Starting this year, the Tradeable keyword from United in Stormwind will be used across most expansions for the foreseeable future
- The Priest class will receive a tune-up to adjust the class’s core mechanics and fantasy
Check out the full spectrum of updates coming to Hearthstone in the Year of the Wolf blog.
World of Warcraft
Return to the Forbidden Reach for new adventures, collect two new Heritage Armor sets for orcs and humans, walk the way of the Monk as three additional races, and more.
The Bronze Dragonflight has discovered growing disturbances in the timeways, with several rapidly intersecting our own. Gather your allies and take a Timewalking adventure through Azeroth’s past now, beginning with the chaotic events of Cataclysm!
Now through April 2, tune in to any Dragonflight stream on Twitch to unlock a new addition to your toy collection and conjure a dazzling spectacle sure to light up any dancefloor.
Warcraft Arclight Rumble
Developer interview: Sit down with senior animator Carin Huurnink
- Having been on the Arclight Rumble team since game’s inception, Huurnink has translated a slew of gameplay ideas into fun, recognizable animations
- One of her priorities is ensuring the animations she creates are easy to distinguish on small mobile devices, something she accomplishes by using clear silhouettes, exaggerated poses, and broad movements
- Huurnink found it important—and fun—to add small callbacks to World of Warcraft in Arclight Rumble’s environments and boss encounters
Read the full interview to learn more about Huurnink’s animation processes and inspirations.
Call of Duty
Kit up and deploy into the midseason update for Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare II, featuring an all-new Core Multiplayer map, Camo Challenge Event, free gifts to celebrate the third anniversary of Warzone, and plenty of other content to experience across both games.
Celebrate the eponymous lovable, huggable, and oh-so-squeakable half-onion, half-octopus with the return of PachiMarchi. Collect a slew of Pachi-swag and conquer the competition in an all-new game mode as you attempt to become the ultimate Pachimari enthusiast.