GUNNAR Optiks announces Heroes of the Storm Licensed Eyewear

GUNNA Optiks announced it has reached a licensing agreement with Blizzard Entertainment to launch a series of Heroes of the Storm Eyewear. Pre-orders are now open here.

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WELL MET.

Today, GUNNAR is thrilled to announce the beginning of our partnership with Blizzard Entertainment for their upcoming and highly anticipated game, Heroes of the Storm™

The partnership will kick off at BlizzCon® 2014 with the release of the first set of Heroes branded eyewear temple sleeves compatible with GUNNAR gaming eyewear.

The initial releases will feature selected heroes from across the Blizzard game universes currently playable in Heroes of the Storm.

Set #1 will feature 12 heroes. Four from each Blizzard universe:

We will be adding more currently available in-game Heroes to the collection in the coming months and will continue to keep adding them as the HotS universe expands!

Better yet, in 2015 we will be rolling out a BRAND NEW set of Heroes of the Storm line of GUNNAR gaming eyewear.

“This collaboration is all about giving our players a fun new way to show their pride for their favorite Blizzard characters. We’re pleased to be working with GUNNAR to bring Heroes of the Storm from players’ computer screens out into the real world.” – Paul Sams, COO, Blizzard Entertainment.

“GUNNAR is excited to partners with a worldwide gaming powerhouse like Blizzard. We’ll continue to push the envelope of technology, design and fashion while Blizzard continues to push the boundaries of interactive entertainment. We look forward to truly great things as we begin to ramp up this partnership.”– Joe Croft, CEO, GUNNAR Optiks.

PRESS RELEASE

CARLSBAD, CA. November 6, 2014 – GUNNAR Optiks, the creator and world’s leading manufacturer of computer and gaming eyewear, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive computer and gaming eyewear licensing agreement with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. for their highly anticipated game, Heroes of the Storm™.

“GUNNAR is excited to partner with a worldwide gaming powerhouse like Blizzard,” remarked GUNNAR CEO and co-founder Joe Croft. “We’ll continue to push the envelope of technology, design and fashion while Blizzard continues to push the boundaries of interactive entertainment. We look forward to truly great things as we begin to ramp up this partnership.”

“This collaboration is all about giving our players a fun new way to show their pride for their favorite Blizzard characters,” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment.

“We’re pleased to be working with GUNNAR to bring Heroes of the Storm from players’ computer screens out into the real world.”

The partnership will kick off at BlizzCon® 2014 with the release of the first set of Heroes of the Storm branded eyewear temple sleeves compatible with GUNNAR gaming eyewear. The initial releases will feature selected heroes from across the Blizzard game universes currently playable in Heroes of the Storm.

Additional releases are planned throughout 2014 and into 2015 and beyond with a brand-new line of eyewear to be released alongside Heroes of the Storm.

For more information on the current and upcoming product collaborations between GUNNAR and Blizzard, please visit gunnars.com/blizzard.

About GUNNAR

Founded in 2006, GUNNAR Optiks, LLC designs and engineers Computer Eyewear to protect and enhance vision using revolutionary technology solutions. GUNNAR introduced the Technology Eyewear category in 2008 and pioneered the only patented lens technology to reduce digital eye strain and fatigue issues associated with computer use. GUNNAR is a privately held company headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, visit www.gunnars.com.

About Blizzard Entertainment

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes eighteen #1 games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

 

BlizzCon 2014 – Heroes of the Storm | Concept Art: Upcoming Diablo Heroes & Battlegrounds

The big reveal during the Heroes of the Storm Overview Panel was the new Heroes still in development: Sylvanas, The Butcher, King Leoric, and the Crusader. There are two new Battlegrounds inspired in Diablo III’s Sanctuary: The Tomb of the Spider Queen and one that looks like a bizarre mix of the High Heavens and the Burning Hells.

 

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Jaina and Thrall

 

Skins & Battleground Concept Art

 

BlizzCon 2014 – Heroes of the Storm New UI

Blizzard Entertainment shared with us a look into the new UI in Heroes of the Storm.

Among the screenshots you can see the Draft Mode, the new Observer Mode and the Replay Mode. There is also the overview map for Sky Temple which is pretty big in size compared with other Battlegrounds; the mission objectives of the Sky Temple battleground; and a look into the level 1 talents of Jaina and Thrall.

 

BlizzCon 2014 – Heroes of the Storm Gameplay Screenshots

Blizzard Entertainment shared with us gameplay screenshots in the new Sky Temple Battleground with Thrall, Jaina Proudmoore, and the Lost Vikings … the new playable heroes in Heroes of the Storm.

 

BlizzCon 2014 – Heroes of the Storm Fact Sheet

WHAT IS HEROES OF THE STORM?

Heroes of the Storm is a fun-filled, free-to-play online team brawler starring your favorite Blizzard characters. In Heroes, the epic battles between the champions and villains of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo aren’t settled with last hits and kill-stealing—victory is achieved by working together as a team.

Whether you’re a hardcore World of Warcraft raider, a demon-slaying Barbarian, or a Bronze-league Terran, you’ll find customizable heroes from across the Blizzard multiverse to suit your play style – with more on the way. Grab four of your buddies and engage in fast-paced 5v5 mayhem across varied battlegrounds that impact strategy and change the way you play every match. When the mightiest characters in gaming history clash, hilarity and mayhem take center stage!

CHOOSE YOUR HERO

Characters like Thrall, Kerrigan, Diablo, Arthas, Zeratul, Tyrael—powerful legends from Azeroth, Sanctuary, the Koprulu sector, and beyond—have been sucked into the Nexus, a transdimensional storm, to engage in eternal battle. Stranded in a strange limbo of clashing universes, these combatants are joined by the same fate—to engage in pulse-pounding combat, and team up in a deadly struggle for survival. Each hero’s fighting style can be customized through a talent system that unlocks special bonuses and abilities that reflect each hero’s unique persona.

MASTER THE BATTLEGROUNDS

The Nexus plunges the greatest warriors and strategists of the Blizzard multiverse into one of 7unique battlegrounds for a no-holds-barred melee. Conquer mercenary camps to recruit powerful allies, such as siege giants, to your side. Unlock the mysteries of each battleground, including ghostly pirate ships, the fickle Raven Lord, and massive grave golems to achieve a glorious victory. Each battleground offers a different strategic objective, affecting how you play each hero, as well as team strategy.

GET INTO THE ACTION – FASTER

With matches clocking in at 20 minutes, players must quickly come together and execute with precision. The thrill of battle unfolds quickly as players strategically choose talents to customize their fighting style without the need to manage items or money. Each match offers numerous possibilities and challenges for players to create new strategies based on battleground objectives as well as team compositions. Features such as Ranked Play and Custom Games create another level of competition for teams ready for a higher level battle.

SMASH YOUR ENEMIES IN STYLE

Distinguish yourself and your team in battle with dozens of unique heroes, skins, and mounts. Then choose from among multiple heroic abilities, enabling you to dish out ruin in the form of orbital bombardments, strafing frost wyrms, or all-consuming hellfire—to name just a few of the many ways you’ll be able to deliver destruction to your enemies.

Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha Build 32524

Blizzard Entertainment deployed Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha Build 32524 to address login issues and an exploit with Azmodan.

Yesterday I was witness of that exploit a couple of times where I would speed away with Jim Raynor to escape getting killed and out of the blue I saw Azmodan come from far behind me and position himself ahead of me, and kill me with his focused beam.

I shared that feedback with my team and they did notice there was something strange going on with Azmodan. The damage wasn’t that great, but Azmodan players using the exploit could gank fleeing heroes with low health at blurring speeds.


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  • Fixed an issue which could cause players to fail to log in to Heroes of the Storm, and instead receive an error message stating “Your account is not licensed for this game.”

  • Fixed an issue which could cause players to fail to log in to Heroes of the Storm, and instead receive an error message stating “Game client version mismatch with selected region.”

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  • Fixed an exploit which could grant Azmodan a much higher Mounted movement speed than intended.

 

Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha Bundles – New Mounts & Master Skins

Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha is online once more after a long extended maintenance. New things that may catch your eye in the shop is the inclusion of new mounts and Master Skins as part of different bundles. The video below shows them.

Another new mount not shown in the video is the Piggy Bank which costs 20,000 gold. The Piggy Bank drops coins as it rides forward.

Piggy Bank

Coming Soon: Custom Games, Observer Mode and Replays

The incoming patch of the Alpha will bring huge expected features that other Blizzard games would kill to have (*Wave at Hearthstone*), this one will add the possibility to watch directly or replay matchs that you play in the past, you can read more on the Blizzard’s article just below!

The Calm Before the Storm has nearly passed, and the return of the Technical Alpha will offer a very early look at a few features for Heroes of the Storm that we’re sure some of you will be excited to try out. Today, we’d like to introduce you to our initial implementation for Custom Games, Observer mode, and Replays.

While you read through today’s information, kindly keep in mind that these features are not yet final. Development work is still ongoing, and we’ll roll out additional polish and improvements with future game updates. Now, let’s get started!

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