Thousands of Blizzard fans are anxiously awaiting the arrival of 2015’s BlizzCon, the holy site of all things Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft. Less than a month stands between now and the November 6-7 event and Blizzard is wrapping up their final details. Today the schedule for BlizzCon 2015 was published and soon removed, listing panels, presentations and contests aplenty. Perhaps there are a few surprises hidden in the schedule too.
As for what isn’t surprising, World of Warcraft’s next big expansion, Legion, is looking like the star of the show. An hour and a half long “World and Content Overview” presentation for Legion fills the much vaunted slot directly after the BlizzCon 2015 opening ceremony. Three more panels and presentations for World of Warcraft will follow over the next 48 hours for a total of four and a half hours of Legion delight. None of Blizzard’s other properties will command as much attention this BlizzCon. Not too surprising considering previous expansion Warlords of Draenor increased subscription rates by over 4 million users before peaking over 10 million.
That doesn’t mean Blizzard’s other franchises will go ignored, however. Both Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft II will each have three events during the convention. Hearthstone and Blizzard’s in-development shooter Overwatch come next with two events each. That leaves poor Diablo III with only a single “Dev Talk” panel at BlizzCon. Perhaps speculation that the game’s next expansion could be revealed is premature?
From an outside perspective, the hype for BlizzCon this year is surprisingly tame. Expansions for both World of Warcraft and StarCraft II are interesting, but perhaps not showstopping. Overwatch is highly anticipated, but Blizzard doesn’t typically prize or market beta events-if a beta is even revealed this year. That leaves room for either a huge, surprise announcement or the void that the lack of an announcement would leave.
What should fans expect from BlizzCon 2015? Do they have an announcement hidden away? Do they need one?BlizzCon 2015 is scheduled to begin on November 6 and run through the next day in Anaheim, California. Cheap wow gold online