Blizzard is intently monitoring the state of affairs relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with the corporate probably canceling or suspending this 12 months’s BlizzCon due to it.
The occasion’s govt producer Saralyn Smith mentioned in a statement that not solely is it “too early to know” if BlizzCon 2020 can occur due to the elevated social distancing mandates, however it should additionally seemingly be “a number of months” earlier than the corporate may have sufficient data to make an knowledgeable resolution.
“As occasions all over the world announce cancellations, postponements, or shifts to a web based format in response to COVID-19, we’re seeing questions on our plans for this 12 months’s BlizzCon and we wish to present a fast replace,” Smith wrote. “Whereas we’re all hopeful issues will look higher later within the 12 months, the underside line is that at this level it is too early to know whether or not BlizzCon 2020 will probably be possible.
“The well being of our neighborhood, workers, and everybody who helps with the present is our high consideration. It could be a number of months earlier than we all know for sure if or how we’ll proceed, however as quickly as we’ve got a significant replace, we’ll share it.”
Despite the fact that Blizzard is uncertain whether or not BlizzCon 2020 will transfer ahead as deliberate, the corporate continues to be “actively working to finalize our plans.” The corporate did not element what these plans are.
The dates for this 12 months’s BlizzCon have but to be introduced, as they’re historically revealed in April. Although the occasion tends to happen within the fall, the corporate settled particularly within the month of November since 2013 for the annual showcase. Each subsequent conference was held originally of the month since then.
Final 12 months’s BlizzCon, which ran from November 1-2, introduced a bunch of stories, together with the reveals of each Diablo Four and Overwatch 2. We additionally noticed expansions for Hearthstone and World of Warcraft, heard Blizzard’s response to the Hearthstone controversy, and extra.