BlizzCon will be an online-only event this year after game maker, Blizzard, was forced to cancel the physical event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The two-day virtual event will be broadcast for free on the BlizzCon website and begin February 19 10 p.m. GMT.
On two consecutive days and across six channels of programming, Blizzard developers will be sharing the latest game news with the world, and cosplayers, artists, and makeshift Murlocs will be sharing their talents through events such as the Community Showcase.
Players who miss out on events as they’re broadcast will be able to watch them after they premiere in the BlizzConline video archives.
“We couldn’t let too much time go by without connecting with our community in the spirit of BlizzCon, and that’s what this show is all about—getting together with friends from around the world and celebrating the bonds and experiences we share through games,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment.
“We’re also excited to share some updates on what the teams have been working on—and while this won’t be the usual BlizzCon, the all-online format gives us a unique opportunity to shake things up a bit and create a show specifically for a community at home.”
Day one of BlizzConline will kick off at 10 p.m. GMT on Friday, February 19, with an opening segment that includes a first look at some of the latest game content now in development.
Then for the next three-plus hours, players will have the option to tune in to one of six different themed channels digging deeper into the games they’re most interested in.
Day two will pick back up at 8 p.m. GMT on Saturday, February 20, with multiple channels once again, until the event concludes later that afternoon.
On this second day, Blizzard will be answering players’ questions through Q&A sessions and shining a spotlight on its global player community, including the winners and outstanding entries in the Community Showcase cosplay, movie, talent, and art contests and exhibitions.
2021 also marks the 30th anniversary of Blizzard and to celebrate the developer has released an array of commemorative in-game goodies available in the Blizzard Shop on Battle.net.
The Essentials Pack
Moon-Touched Netherwhelp pet for World of Warcraft Tracer’s OSV-03 Rogue mount with Tracer Hero in Heroes of the Storm, 30th Anniversary Overwatch player icon and spray (coming soon) plus 5 Loot Boxes, a set of StarCraft II and StarCraft: Remastered portraits commemorating three decades of Blizzard (coming soon), 10 Madness at the Darkmoon Faire card packs for Hearthstone A pet and portrait for Diablo III (coming soon).
The Heroic Pack
Everything in the Essentials Pack, plus: Snowstorm mount for World of Warcraft, Raynhardt (legendary) in Overwatch (coming soon), Random Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Legendary card in Hearthstone, Diablo III wings (coming soon).
The Epic Pack
Everything in the Heroic Pack, plus: 30 days of World of Warcraft game time,5 Golden Madness at the Darkmoon Faire card packs in Hearthstone, 3 Golden Loot Boxes for Overwatch, Diablo III Helm Transmog Items (coming soon).
A version of this bundle is planned for Overwatch and Diablo III players on console; details, pricing, and availability will be announced at later date.
For more information on BlizzConline, visit www.blizzcon.com