Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Virtual BlizzCon Event Coming In Early 2021

Blizzard will hold a virtual version of BlizzCon in early 2021. As reported by GamesIndustry.Biz, Blizzard president J. Allen Brack noted during Activision Blizzard's earnings call this week that a virtual version of the show would take place during "the early part" of 2021. [ignvideo url=""] The digital showcase will be "channelling the spirit of BlizzCon" in the absence of a physical show. "We're looking forward to sharing what the teams have been working on for that event," Brack added. Blizzard announced in May of this year that it had come to "the very difficult decision" to cancel BlizzCon 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, it was announced that an online version of the event would take place in 2021, meaning this will be the first November without a BlizzCon since 2012. The announcement of "early 2021" suggests it won't be too long of a delay, though. Recent BlizzCon events have used a virtual ticket system to offer fans who are watching the show from home the ability to engage with the show, with unique cosmetics given out to those who pick up the ticket. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=diablo-4-gameplay-reveal-images&captions=true"] In this case, it looks like everyone will be watching BlizzCon 2021's panels and reveals without actually being present in Anaheim. The company has plenty of irons in the fire, what with Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 on the horizon, so we can expect news about these games when the event rolls around in early 2021. In other Blizzard news, here are some details about Diablo 4's open-world side activities, multiplayer and cutscenes. If you're more interested in Overwatch 2, here's everything we know so far about the sequel to the coveted hero shooter. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.


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