Blizzard: No BlizzCon In 2012

Hidden in an article on Battle.net, Blizzard has revealed that they will not be holding their (otherwise annual) company showcase BlizzCon this year.

“We’re…heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible,” the company announced in the post. “In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.” Whilst the Battle.net World Championship for 2012 will still go ahead, it will be a separate event, instead of part of BlizzCon as usual.

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BlizzCon has been held every year since 2005, combining large-scale multiplayer events like the World Championship and behind-the-scenes developer panels, bringing together fans of all three of its big franchises: StarCraft, WarCraft and Diablo.

It’s likely that part of Blizzard’s reasoning is the timing. In recent years, it has been held in October, but with a StarCraft 2 expansion and Diablo 3 pegged for the first half of the year, and a World of Warcraft expansion still yet to be dated, it’s likely that Blizzard simply doesn’t have the amount of content available that it likes to have for the event.

The lack of a show this year also suggests that we’re still a fair way away from the announcement of Blizzard’s next project, the WoW follow-up codenamed Project Titan.

Source: Battle.net

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5 Comments

  1. I wish they would have one in London :(

  2. “It’s likely that part of Blizzard’s reasoning is the timing. In recent years, it has been held in October, but with a StarCraft 2 expansion and Diablo 3 pegged for the first half of the year, and a World of Warcraft expansion still yet to be dated, it’s likely that Blizzard simply doesn’t have the amount of content available that it likes to have for the event.”

    Sorry for the long quote but I think that D3 + SC2 expansion + WoW expansion is probably as much content as Blizzard could possibly get. I actually get the feeling that they can’t meet the Q1/Q2 release tiemframe for D3 so they cancel the distraction and try to keep the delay as short as possible. I just hope I’m wrong. :)

    • Was thinking the exact same thing.

      No good news for 2012 so rather say put themselves on stage to say Diablo 3 is coming out in Julember 2017 with 80% of the content removed they’ve opted to duck out….

    • I meant that given all three would be out by then, Blizzard wouldn’t have any upcoming releases to talk about.

      • Yeah but Blizzard has so few releases anyways and they can’t talk about unanounced stuff so there’s nothing much to talk about to begin with. They could still show off new content.

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