Following the cancellation of BlizzCon 2020, Blizzard is bringing its annual conference back with an online-only approach in 2021. Dubbed BlizzConline, the event stretches over two days this weekend, featuring a range of competitions and undoubtedly exciting Blizzard-themed game announcements too.
Here’s everything you need to know about BlizzConline 2021, including how to watch and what to expect from the schedule.
When is BlizzCon 2021?
BlizzCon 2021, or BlizzConline as Blizzard is calling it, is due to take place today and tomorrow, 19-20 February 2021.
The opening ceremony kicks off at 10pm GMT / 5pm EST / 2pm PST today, but you can check out the full schedule on the Blizzard site.
Do I need a BlizzCon ticket?
While BlizzCon is usually a paid and ticketed event – even when it offers virtual tickets to watch remotely – this time around the show is entirely free.
That means no ticket or registration is needed, and anyone can watch along for free.
How to watch BlizzCon 2021 live
Being an online-only event, it goes without saying that you’ll be able to tune into the action from home.
The show is expected to be broadcast on the BlizzCon site, YouTube, and Twitch, so you can watch along wherever you’d like. Note that since the show is broadcast on multiple ‘channels’, it would be impossible to watch everything live – but Blizzard has promised that everything will be uploaded afterwards to watch on-demand whenever you’d like.
You can watch the main Day 1 feed right here too:
What to expect from BlizzCon 2021
BlizzConline 2021 will run across five separate tracks simultaneously: World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo, Overwatch, and Strategy – which looks to mostly be Starcraft stuff, and some discussion of Blizzard’s old Warcraft games.
The big announcements are expected to be for Diablo and Overwatch.
‘Diablo: What’s Next’ starts at 11:10pm GMT on 19 February, and promises discussion of “the latest content coming to Sanctuary.” That most likely means a mix of Diablo Immortal and Diablo 4 news, and maybe even the rumoured Diablo 2 remake. There will also be a 40-minute ‘Diablo Deep Dive’ and a ‘Diablo Developer Roundtable’, so the committed fan might have to tune into all three.
The big Overwatch announcements are likely to be packed into ‘Behind the Scenes of Overwatch 2’, in which Blizzard promises the devs will “share some work in progress.” The rest of the Overwatch panels focus on the voice cast, soundtrack, and some competitive play however, so you can probably skip them if you’re only here for news on the sequel.
Hearthstone fans will also get their own Deep Dive, while there’s a ‘What’s Next’ session for World of Warcraft too – though all of those announcements have leaked online already, revealing a new content drop called Shadowlands: Chains of Domination and the release of Burning Crusade Classic, with the legendary 2007 expansion coming back just as you remember it.
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