BlizzCon 2021 — Here’s What Could Be Announced at the Free Event
BlizzCon kicks off later this month. Here are a few things that you should expect to show up at Blizzard's free digital event.
Today, Blizzard Entertainment is revealing some of the goodies you can get as part of their BlizzConline event. As you’ll recall, last year’s BlizzCon was delayed due to COVID-19, so now the whole thing has moved online and is free. Of course, if you want, you can slap down some cash and get different digital goods. That’s cool and all, but what might Blizzard actually announce once the event kicks off? Well, first check out your BlizzCon invite below, and then we’ll get into it.
Wherever you are, whoever you are, your formal invitation to #BlizzConline awaits. ✉️
— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) February 1, 2021
Diablo 4 Will Make an Appearance
This one is essentially a lock. Blizzard has been continuously updating fans over the last year with new info. If Diablo 4 doesn’t show up at BlizzConline something has gone horribly wrong. As we’ve seen in the updates, things are tracking well as Blizzard continues development and testing. I think expecting a release date is a little bullish, but it could happen. The more likely outcome is that we get a new class or two announced.
Personally, I’m hoping they bring back the Assassin from Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction. After all, they’re already bringing back the Druid from that game so why not go all the way. We will likely also be getting another magic-based class, making the Necromancer an intriguing option. Of course, they could make up something new altogether, which I’d be fine with.
Diablo Immortal Releases During the Event
Memes aside, it sounds like people who have gotten their hands on Diablo Immortal are liking it. I’ve been pre-registered for it for about a month now, so the release date seems to be relatively close. With this being a fully digital event, it makes sense to have something for everyone to hop into.
Now, I don’t know if Immortal can light the world on fire, but I’m very interested in finally checking it out. If they can deliver a fun, on-the-go experience, I’m more than down for it.
Overwatch 2 Could Reappear
Overwatch 2 seems a little more nebulous than Diablo 4. It’s a new game, but also works with the old game so that no one is left behind. I don’t know. It seems like a confusing release plan that’s only going to hinder sales. I could see Blizzard using this BlizzCon to sort of repitch the game in a way that makes more sense.
That said, I think Overwatch 2 has to show up here. Outside of Diablo 4, it’s the only big game Blizzard has on the docket. Unless they just have something crazy (more on that in a bit), this seems like the other tentpole game they’ll rally around
One Big Surprise
Obviously, we’re going to get updates for Hearthstone and World of Warcraft, but those aren’t that exciting. I think Blizzard will want to go big here. If BlizzCon was originally only going to be us seeing Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 again, I wonder if they wouldn’t have just canceled the event outright. Since they moved it, I think they have something massive to announce.
Now, if I were a betting man, I’d say the reveal is related to Vicarious Visions becoming a part of Blizzard. We know someone has been working on a Diablo 2 remake, so that could show up in this spot. But who knows? Maybe Blizzard will drop something truly spectacular and new to wow us all.
BlizzConline runs from February 19-20. Be sure to check back for news from the event.