The pandemic has struck again and is causing the next major event in the games industry to be canceled. Blizzard will therefore not hold a BlizzCon this year either.
BlizzCon 2021 is the next event that has to be called off due to the continued uncertainty in light of the corona pandemic in the games industry. Blizzard Entertainment has taken this step for the second year in a row. The classic live event with a large number of visitors will not take place this year either.
Blizzard blames the “ongoing complexities and uncertainties of the pandemic” for this step. Sensible planning is not possible and the uncertainty as to whether the event can actually be carried out does not allow any other conclusion.
As a replacement for BlizzCon 2021, Blizzard now wants to hold a “global event” sometime in early 2022. This should then also enable developers, fans and the press to come together, albeit in smaller get-togethers. What this event will look like in concrete terms remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is that this will again include an online show.
However, Blizzard can save itself the months of preparation for the classic event, which would have been planned for November this year. Last year’s BlizzCon was replaced by the all-digital BlizzConline, which will then be supplemented by the smaller gatherings mentioned in 2022.
First held in 2005, BlizzCon is usually located in the Anaheim Convention Center near Blizzard headquarters in Irvine, California. There the cult developer shows new impressions from the upcoming games portfolio and announces new titles more often. The studio is currently working on Overwatch 2, Diablo IV, Diablo Immortal and Diablo II: Resurrected.