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Thanks to COVID19 and the pandemic that followed, Blizzard had to cancel 2020’s Blizzcon. Following that announcement in September, it was revealed that Blizzcon would make its way into early 2021 instead. Just recently, a new fireside chat was uploaded to YouTube, featuring company president J. Allen Brack, who revealed that Blizzcon 2021, or BlizzConline, will be totally free to viewers.

The Virtual Ticket system that has been previously used for access to this event will no longer take place for the newest Blizzcon. Instead, anyone who wants to watch the event unfold can do so from the comfort of their own home, completely free, at their computer screen.

BlizzConline is currently planned to run from February 19 to 20 and will likely look very different from the events of previous years. The reason for this is most likely the fact that 95% of all Blizzard’s employees are currently working from home. 2021’s BlizzConline does not look to feature the goodies usually tied to Blizzcon tickets and normally expected of Blizzcon goers.

Things like skins, pets, and other cosmetics tied to Blizzard’s library of games, might actually wind up costing out of pocket money for those interested in acquiring them. This is not an official stance, and as such, we’ll simply have to wait and see what happens.

Blizzard’s slate of announced upcoming games includes Diablo IV, mobile spin-off Diablo Immortal, and Overwatch 2. It’s expected that additional information on these games will come to light during the event. It may also reveal the addition of a Classic World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade future launch, but this is only speculation (and wishful thinking.)

Generally speaking, the event could also feature a new, yet to be released title not currently on anyone’s radar. Regardless, at least the developers won’t have to fear being booed, or at the very least can rest comfortably knowing that they won’t have to hear it coming through the monitors of those watching the event.

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