The champions of Azeroth, the defenders of Sanctuary and the Koprulu sector, and the heroes of Overwatch and the Nexus, Blizzard invites everyone to virtually celebrate Blizzard community, creativity and 30 years of Blizzard gaming at BlizzConline on February 19th and 20th on BlizzCon.com. Participation will be free, but for those who wish, celebratory packages have also been designed, which can be purchased online, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Californian publisher. In fact, February is the 30th anniversary of Blizzard Entertainment, founded in Irvine, California in 1991.
BlizzConline, which replaces the BlizzCon, the usual annual event dedicated to the community and everything that is Blizzard, will however offer players from all over the globe the opportunity to connect, for two consecutive days, on six different channels, with Blizzard developers sharing the latest game news. Cosplayers, artists and makeshift Murlocs will complement the event, showcasing their skills at events such as the Community Showcase.
“We can’t let too much time go by without staying in touch with our community, in true BlizzCon style, and this show is meant to be an opportunity to reunite with our friends around the world and celebrate the bonds and experiences we share through the games – he declared J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment – We are also delighted to be able to share the latest updates on our teams’ work with players. While it won’t be the usual BlizzCon, the fully online format is a once in a lifetime opportunity to refresh the show and create a specific one for the community watching from home. “
The first day of BlizzConline will begin at 11pm CET on Friday, February 19, with an opening ceremony that will include a first look at some of the latest in-game content in development. Then, for the next three hours, players will be able to choose one of six different themed channels that delve deeper into the games they are most interested in.
The second day will start at 21.00 CET on Saturday 20 February, again on different channels, until the grand finale in the late afternoon. During this second day, Blizzard will answer questions from fans in a Q&A session and put the spotlight on players in the global community, including the winners and the most interesting participants in cosplay performances in the Community Showcase and in the film, talent and various arts.
Players who cannot watch live events will be able to watch them again (always free) in the BlizzConline video archives. A detailed calendar of events will be announced in the weeks immediately preceding the show. In addition to the anniversary celebrations that will take place before and during BlizzConline, a number of commemorative in-game content is already on sale, allowing players to make this occasion epic in their favorite games during BlizzConline and beyond. Players can choose one of three Celebration Collection in the Blizzard Shop on Battle.net:
- Essentials package (€ 19.99): Get the Moon-Touched Nether Drake mascot for World of Warcraft, the hero Tracer and his OSV-03 mount for Heroes of the Storm, an icon and spray for Overwatch (coming soon), a portrait set for StarCraft (coming soon) and a mascot and portrait for Diablo (PC version, coming soon). Plus, get 10 Packs of Madness at the Darkmoon Faire for Hearthstone, 5 Chests for Overwatch, and a code to receive 15% off an order in the Blizzard Gear Store (restrictions apply).
- Heroic Package (€ 39.99): upgrade to the Heroic Pack to get the mighty Snowstorm mount for your WoW collection and the Raynhardt legendary model for Overwatch (coming soon). Plus, you’ll get a random Legendary card of Madness at the Darkmoon Faire for Hearthstone and cosmetic wings for Diablo III (PC version, coming soon).
- Epic package (€ 59.99): Upgrade to the Epic Pack to get all the Heroic Pack content plus 5 Golden Darkmoon Faire Madness booster packs (each containing only Golden cards), 3 Golden Overwatch Chests (each containing a guaranteed Legendary item), 30 days of game for World of Warcraft and a transmog set for Diablo III (PC version, coming soon).
A version of this pack is planned for Overwatch and Diablo III players on consoles. Further details on price and availability will be communicated later. Select BlizzConline content will be supported in 12 languages live stream or Vod, through subtitles in European Spanish, French, German, Russian, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. More information on BlizzConline can be found at www.blizzcon.com.