Today is the day. In a few hours BlizzCon 2019 will kick off with the keynote address.
I am glad I was so keen to get my BlizzCon post out at the start or October. There is a little bit more satisfaction in having declared that Blizz had better have an announcement about Diablo IV back then than after it was pretty much confirmed by leaks.
The schedule shows that after the keynote there are four as yet untitled presentations on the main stage. To my mind that means no fewer than four big announcements. Diablo IV, Overwatch 2, and the next WoW expansion seem to be three likely suspects in that regard.
And that is just on day one. There are two more untitled presentations on the main stage set for day two. This could be a very big BlizzCon if most of those are new titles. There is even room for a new IP in there I hope. I don’t think things like Warcraft III or Diablo II remasters, as cool as they are, are necessarily main stage worthy. We shall see.
The big question for me is what will they say about WoW Classic. Indications from the outside via things like the additional servers the company had to pile on to the earnings boost recorded seem to mean that WoW Classic is bigger than the company anticipated. This means, as I noted before, they cannot simply say nothing about it. But what they might say, beyond the expected hype, could surprise.
Then there is the Hong Kong thing. There will be people anxious to rub that in Blizzard’s face. The question revolves around how many people will be there to protest. Has hype and time tempered the rage, or will it turn into a real problem? Even if that isn’t a focus, it has put Blizzard in a bad odor with some who are now looking for any reason to criticize the company. I’m not saying you shouldn’t gripe about Blizzard. I’ve done plenty of that. But maybe avoid pilling on with completely garbage complaints. Or don’t. You do you.
Anyway, we shall see it all soon enough.
Or I will anyway. I don’t know about you. I bought the Virtual Ticket. I am interested enough in seeing the panels, many of which won’t get any coverage outside of the event, if history is any indicator, that it is worth it to me. I am happy that Blizzard has extended the time you can watch panels, with replays promised to be available through the end of March 2020.
So now we wait for the keynote and what many of us hope is a lot of big news.
Addendum: PC Gamer is live blogging the protest outside BlizzCon.