2020 will definitely set a record of canceled events, but it will also likely set the record for digital-only events. The latest to join the growing list of places to be at via the Internet is Blizzard’s BlizzCon 2021. Back in May, BlizzCon 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and rightly so. This meant that the usual cycle of announcements, reveals, and fan interactions was no longer possible. However, the company did express the hope that an online equivalent could be held to celebrate all things Blizzard sometime in 2021. After Activision’s Q2FY2020 earnings call, that plan is now in motion.
“We are planning on channeling the spirit of BlizzCon into a virtual event in the early part of next year,” Blizzard president J. Allen Brack confirmed.
“We’re really fortunate to have a passionate and engaged community that’s really looking forward to what we’re creating and what we’re working on. And we’re looking forward to sharing what the teams have been working on for that event.”
Treading familiar ground
Much like the upcoming QuakeCon 2020, the event will likely provide access to plenty of content. Blizzard obviously has experience in this front. Access to BlizzCon 2021 can always be done via the familiar virtual ticket, allowing fans to watch live panels, watch cosplay contests, esports, and all the obligatory celebrations like they are there in person. However, we do know what is in store for BlizzCon 2021. The date for BlizzCon 2021 has yet to be set.
As for the games we will see, Brack did not reveal anything else, but he did give us a tease. The main pillars of Blizzard—Diablo, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft—will be joined by “a number of initiatives that are underway.”
New and shiny things are always appreciated. Let’s just hope that Blizzard does justice to their current franchises first. We do not want another repeat of the Diablo Immortal fiasco.