The continued COVID-19 pandemic put the kibosh on nearly each in-person gaming occasion this 12 months, together with BlizzCon, the annual weekend-long celebration of all issues Blizzard. The studio stated when it pulled the plug that it was making an attempt to tug collectively a web based alternative, and in September it confirmed that the awkwardly-named BlizzConline will run February 19-20, 2021.
In earlier years, BlizzCon has been a pay-to-play occasion: The opening ceremonies are free to look at, however full on-line entry to panels, esports occasions, and the like requires a “digital ticket” which have beforehand bought for $40 every. However 2020 has been a distinct type of 12 months, and so this BlizzCon occasion (which is going on in 2021, however changing the 2020 present) will likely be totally different too.
“Whereas we cannot have a bodily present this 12 months, we’re very a lot trying ahead to BlizzConline early subsequent,” Blizzard president J. Allen Brack stated in at this time’s fireside chat video. “We wish it to be a giant digital celebration, so BlizzConline will likely be free to look at and interact in.”
Regardless of the challenges of the pandemic—Brack stated that greater than 95 % of Blizzard’s international workforce is now working from dwelling—BlizzConline guarantees to be a reasonably large deal, with occasions together with a cosplay exhibition and competitors, artwork and storytelling contests, a “expertise highlight,” and the March of the Murlocs, a parade of Murloc-inspired appears to be like starting from easy facepaint to full-on cosplay.
Blizzard confirmed by way of electronic mail that the occasion will absolutely free: “Blizzard won’t cost viewers to look at and interact in BlizzConline,” a rep stated.
Hopefully we’ll additionally get a contemporary have a look at among the new issues Blizzard is engaged on, together with Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, however we’ll have to attend awhile but to see how that goes. To search out out extra about BlizzConline or join any of its occasions, head round to blizzcon.com.