Blizzard has been casting doubt for the past few weeks, but it has finally decided to cancel the BlizzCon 2020. It will be replaced by an online event later this year or more likely in early 2021.
Since the start of the health crisis, all the shows have been canceled one after the other. A month ago, Blizzard already expressed doubts about the holding of its high mass of the video game in November, but the hope was still present since the firm was still studying the different possibilities and the scenarios which could have allowed such a gathering.
BlizzCon executive producer Saralyn Smith has just put an end to all hope. Or rather, it is the evolution of the pandemic in the world and particularly in the United States which no longer allows us to envisage the conference. In turn, BlizzCon 2020 is canceled.
We also talked about the different paths we could take, and how each of them could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the coming months. In the end, after considering our options, we made the very difficult decision not to have BlizzCon this year.
Saralyn Smith, executive producer of BlizzCon.
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Like other events, Blizzard announces it is considering an online alternative that would provide a community experience comparable to that of a convention. Regarding the presentation of its new products of course, but also for ensuring eSport events which are usually held during BlizzCon. No date has been announced, but the press release insists on the novelty and the difficulty of implementing such an event. The chances of it being held in November seem rather slim, we rather consider the early 2021.
After a disappointing BlizzCon 2018, a halftone 2019 edition with the exclusion of Blitschung for supporting the Hong Kong protests, fans expect a lot from the 2020 vintage. They especially hope for news from Diablo IV that we have finally discovered last year, and Diablo 2: Resurrected, a remastered version expected for 2020.