Those looking for Blizzard to showcase more of Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 later this year, that won’t be happening — at least not in an event, as BlizzCon 2021 has been cancelled. And for those wondering, nope, there won’t be a digital version of it either.
Posting on the company’s official site, Saralyn Smith, Executive Producer of BlizzCon, explained that the on-going pandemic has made it difficult for the company and its partners to prep for the event.
Building an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complex affair that takes many months of preparation—not just for us, but also for the many talented production partners, esports pros, hosts, entertainers, artists, and other collaborators we team up with locally and globally to put all of the pieces together. The ongoing complexities and uncertainties of the pandemic have impacted our ability to properly move forward on many of these fronts, and ultimately we’re now past the point where we’d be able to develop the kind of event we’d want to create for you in November.
However, there is a global event planned for “early next year” that seems to be a hybrid of online and physical (assuming we’re out of this pandemic mess by then).
But we don’t want to let too long go by before we connect with everyone again. So in the meantime, we’re planning a global event for the early part of next year, combining an online show along the lines of our recent BlizzConline with smaller in-person gatherings, and we’ll share more as our plans come together.
While we won’t get BlizzCon 2021, let’s hope that we get smaller, digital shows that showcase the game, which is what happened last week with Overatch 2.