…and at the time of writing, despite there having been no official announcement on ticket availability or prices, people somewhere will already have started queuing for them despite its not taking place until November.
Blizzcon is a semi-regular convention held by video game producers Blizzard; most notably the makers of the Warcraft series including MMO juggernaut World of Warcraft, which shows no signs of slowing down with over 9 million subscribers despite its practically ancient seven year run so far. Ostensibly a place where fans of all their work can gather to celebrate, Blizzcon usually tends simply to descend into a drool-fest, as game creators and voice actors step onstage to talk about what’s hot in Blizzard town.
Having skipped a 2012 event to concentrate on an intense production and release schedule which included record-breaking seller Diablo 3, as well as a new WoW expansion called Mists of Pandaria, Blizzcon has now been announced for the 8th and 9th of November 2013 in Anaheim, California. If previous events are anything to go by, tickets for this year’s event will sell out faster than you can say “lol noob”.
“BlizzCon gives us a chance to connect with our players and share our latest projects in a very personal way,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment in a press release issued this week. “Members from all of our gaming communities have helped make this event bigger and better every time, and we look forward to meeting up and celebrating with them in November.”
The official press release for the event also promises:
- Hands-on play time with the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games
- Global finals for Blizzard eSports, featuring top pro gamers from around the world
- In-depth discussion panels with Blizzard game developers and artists
- Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
- Community contests with great prizes
- Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes
- More activities and attractions to be announced
Speculation mounts over whether or not Blizzard will include an announcement regarding their next top-secret project, codenamed Titan. While some say it’ll be a spin-off of the WoW line, others are standing firm that Titan is an MMO which will kick-start a new universe with a sci-fi spin, or even be based in the current Starcraft canon. Fans will hope their questions are answered at this year’s Blizzcon; they’ve been teased with just a name for long enough now surely?
Another Blizzcon standard is the closing gig; in 2011 Foo Fighters rocked the joint, so who can we expect this year? Best Blizzard-related band pun wins a firm handshake.