At the beginning of the year, many video game conferences and conventions had to either be canceled or changed into online events due to the sudden onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.
Similarly due to COVID-19 which had everyone under quarantine, Blizzard Entertainment had no choice but to cancel 2020’s BlizzCon too. In order to catch up with the times, Blizzard has decided to host the next BlizzCon remotely next year, even dubbing it as BlizzCon Online or BlizzConline for short.
This year has not been kind to fans who enjoy going to physical conventions, since COVID-19 suddenly struck, forcing many physical gatherings and events to make the necessary changes of either cancelling or going remote.
The same thing happened to PAX West and PAX Australia this year, which later became known as PAX Online. It appears that Blizzard followed suit since it was originally supposed to open in November, but now it will take place online on February 19th and 20th.
Of course, there will definitely be noticeable changes in how BlizzCon will be organized, mostly because it will take place online this time. However, there’s no need to worry because it will still have the same key activities and exhibits that any regular BlizzCon will have.
For one thing, BlizzCon Online will be hosting the March of the Murlocs, although this will be done on a virtual scale wherein fans get the chance to submit their very own Murloc photos or footage.
On a related note, they’ll also be having a cosplay exhibition which is open to both humans and pets. You just have to send in photos or videos of you or your pet cosplaying an original character from one of Blizzard’s games.
The deadline for submission for these events is on January 4, 2021, and the submissions will be showcased during the online show. More information regarding these two events can be found on the BlizzCon website.
BlizzCon Online attendees can also expect the developer showcase, which will announce Blizzard’s upcoming video games. We expect this to include Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, as well as progress updates regarding Diablo Immortal.
Shadowlands, the most recent World of Warcraft expansion, will be released by that time, but fans may get news and updates about patches. There’s also the Community Showcase, which is an event for artists, digital storytellers, and other similarly-skilled individuals to show off their unique talents and skills to the Blizzard community.
Even though Blizzard Entertainment has already announced BlizzCon Online, there is still an air of uncertainty surrounding the event. After all, the fans and even the developer itself weren’t sure if BlizzCon would happen at all, given that we’re still experiencing an awful pandemic.
Blizzard has yet to announce further details about the event, such as how fans can attend the virtual event, or how they will be hosting it to begin with. However, just like before, it’s highly likely that they’ll make use of digital passes for BlizzCon Online.
It’s clear to see that Blizzard is still doing their best to provide the BlizzCon experience to fans despite the global crisis. We appreciate that.