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Blizzconline 2021 takes place from February 19-20, so we speculate about what's in for each game.
World of Warcraft
Shadowlands has been out for 2 months now with no 9.1 in sight. Obviously, we're in for a treat when it comes to WoW. It's almost 100% certain Blizzard will unveil Patch 9.1 and what comes with it. We think Public Test Realms will go live shortly after the event. Blizzard could also give us a short glimpse at what to expect from future Shadowlands content patches, like 9.1.5, 9.2, and 9.3.
The Burning Crusade Classic
Now that WoW Classic is over, it's time to find out what's next. We expect Blizzard to reveal The Burning Crusade Classic, start of the testing phase and, possibly, a release date too.
We know Diablo 4 is still early in development, and the game was announced more than one year ago at BlizzCon 2019. Since then, we've seen many quarterly updates, where the devs unveiled more details about the game's systems, art, and more. Now, it would be really nice to see some F&F Technical Alpha. We think it's too soon for an actual release date just yet, so we're sticking to a playable Alpha.
The game has been in development for a really long time, and Technical Alpha has ended December 18, 2020. Chances are the developers will announce Closed Beta and the game's release date at Blizzconline.
We haven't heard about the game for an eternity. Let's hope Blizzard will break the silence and have something in store for Overwatch's next installment.
I'm not really much in the loop when it comes to Hearthstone, so I reached out to our guide writer Kat, who thinks Blizzard will tease the standard rotation for the year that takes place in April. Hearthstone years have a monster-naming convention, like Year of the Dragon, Mammoth, Phoenix, and so forth. We might see a new one along with a roadmap for the year and a new game mode.
Heroes of the Storm
2020 has been a really tough year for Heroes of the Storm. Many developers have left the team, and we haven't seen much news either, besides the regular balance patches. Let's hope the underdog of Blizzard games is at least getting one panel and a new Hero at the event. On December 1 we got Hogger, so it's entirely possible we won't see anything HotS-related at the event.
We think Blizzconline 2021 will be mostly about Diablo IV and World of Warcraft.
Blizzard CEO J. Allen Brack revealed that BlizzConline 2021 would be free to watch.
During yesterday's Fireside Chat, J. Allen Brack mentioned that you wouldn't need to purchase any Virtual Tickets to watch the online event that's taking place between February 19-20, 2021, meaning everyone will be able to watch it!
BlizzCon 2020 would have started today if there was no COVID-19 pandemic.
BlizzCon 2020 has been canceled, and there will be an online event called BlizzConline later next year to make up for it, taking place between February 19-20, 2021.
What's interesting is that BlizzCon 2020 would have started today, were it not for the ongoing health crisis.
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Unfortunately it seems we won't have a BlizzCon this year at all, not even in digital form, with Blizzard working on something for early next year. The esports events will continue, however, presumably as standalone entries.
Hello Blizzard community,
Several weeks ago, I shared an update about our uncertainty around holding BlizzCon this year. Since then, a lot has changed . . . and a lot also hasn’t changed. During this time, we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.
We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same. I truly love BlizzCon, and I know that’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will sorely miss connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall.
But we will meet again!
We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings. We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year. BlizzCon is also a stage for big esports events in Blizzard games each year, so we’re also looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.
We’ll tell you more about our plans as they develop—but in the meantime, we hope to see you exploring the Shadowlands, hanging out in the Tavern, pushing the payload (do it!), and wherever else in the Blizzard universes you may roam.
Stay safe and stay well,
Whirlwind Barbarian, Executive Producer of BlizzCon
Blizzard have spoken out about BlizzCon plans related to the current pandemic, talking about the situation as it stands now and it seems there's no specific news to share just yet, but they are still working on the convention, and seem to hint at a possible online only version if necessary.
Hello Blizzard community,
A gaming convention is probably the last thing on most people’s minds right now, and that goes for many of us at Blizzard too. As events around the world announce cancellations, postponements, or shifts to an online format in response to COVID-19, we’re seeing questions about our plans for this year’s BlizzCon and we want to provide a quick update.
We love BlizzCon, and we know many of you share that feeling and look forward to it as an opportunity to get away for a while, meet up with friends, and have a good time. As so many of us have been isolated for multiple weeks now, surrounded and in some cases directly impacted by the ongoing pandemic-related challenges around the world, we’re looking forward to the time when we can see one another again in person and have something to celebrate together.
While we’re all hopeful things will look better later in the year, the bottom line is that at this point it’s too early to know whether BlizzCon 2020 will be feasible. The health of our community, employees, and everyone who helps with the show is our top consideration. It might be a few months before we know for certain if or how we’ll proceed, but as soon as we have a meaningful update, we’ll share it.
We do want to mention that prior to the recent events we had been actively working to finalize our plans and in fact are still doing so, despite the workplace changes we’ve now made at Blizzard. That includes considering a range of scenarios and possibilities, not just in terms of the show, but also regarding what the experience would be for you. We know BlizzCon also involves preparation on your part, so we’ll do our best to provide as much clarity as we can, as quickly as we can.
In the meantime, please be good to one another, stay well, and know that we’re holding everyone impacted by COVID-19 in our thoughts.
Fury Warrior, Executive Producer of BlizzCon