Blizzard hosted it annual event, Blizzcon, at Anaheim Convention Centre in Anaheim, California. The event is hosted to celebrate Blizzard’s games and also give fans some information about what’s coming next for their games. The event concluded on November 2nd and here is a wrap-up of the event:
Protests: In October, Blizzard banned a player for his pro-Hong Kong remarks. Blizzard faced a major backlash over its decision to ban the player and withhold the prize money. As expected, there were many protests outside the event. Many held up signs that read messages including “Free Hong Kong,” “Shame on Blizzard” and “Blizzard = China’s b*tch.” Several attendees were also dressed as Winnie the Pooh, which has been the subject of jokes that the character resembles President Xi Jinping.
Apology: Seeing the backlash over the ban, Blizzard president J. Allen Brack came to the stage himself to formally apologize for his company’s actions. He said, “I am sorry, and I accept accountability. What exactly is our purpose? BlizzCon is demonstrating it as we speak. We aspire to bring the world together in epic entertainment. I truly believe in the positive power of video games.” However, the company didn’t update on Blitzchung’s ban.
Diablo 4: The biggest announcement of the event by far was Diablo 4. The action role-playing game is going back to its roots, with a solo and a cooperative campaign that looks quite gory and dark. It will also include player-versus-player combat zones.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands: Blizzard announced the next expansion for World of Warcraft named Shadowlands. The expansion is due sometime in 2020. The expansion will include new factions, called covenants, plus high-level raids and an all-new character class. Shadowlands is now available for pre-order online.
Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons: Blizzard announced Hearthstone’s next expansion, Descent of Dragons, which will conclude the story that began with Rise of Shadows and Saviors of Uldum. The company also announced an entirely new gameplay mode called Battlegrounds.
Overwatch 2: After a long wait of 3 years, Blizzard has finally announced Overwatch 2. The game will include a story mode and at least thirty-two heroes will launch with the game. All 31 existing characters will get a completely new look for the sequel. Blizzard did not confirm platforms or a release window for Overwatch 2.