I was going to write a night before/morning of prediction post about BlizzConline, which kicks off at 2pm Pacific Time, 22:00 UTC, today. There were some likely bits of news we were going to hear as well as some speculation as to what other items Blizz might announce.
And then somebody at Blizzard accidentally let the WoW press kit out of the bag and the gaming news sites raced to publish every detail a day before the event. That kind of takes the edge off of guessing whether or not we’ll get The Burning Crusade in classic form or what the next step for Shadowlands will be. (Here is the WoW Head version, if you’re dying to see it.)
Yes, there always seem to be leaks of some sort when it comes to BlizzCon. The company even attempts to signal things to the fans now and then. But when you straight up get the press release a day and a half in advance… well, the anticipation is somewhat drained.
I am still going to watch the presentations. As I have said before, you can glean a surprising amount of information from somebody speaking about a topic that might go unmentioned in a groomed and vetted press release. Naturally, there will be a post-con write up of my impressions.
And there are still questions about other Blizzard franchises. What will be the news of Diablo IV? When will Diablo Immortal finally ship? Will they confirm a Diablo II remaster? Does Blizzard have anything else new and/or exciting to announce?
The event schedule looks fairly anodyne, but we have seen in the past that Blizz can update the schedule based on announcements during the keynote. Remember in 2018 when all the Diablo panels became Diablo Immortal panels? Okay, forget that one, that was a bad example.
Who knows. Maybe the WoW press release was just a plant, a diversion, and J. Allen Brack will go up on stage and tell us we don’t really want The Burning Crusade and we’ll be retweeting variations of that Willy Wonka “You Get Nothing!” meme all next week.