Blizzard has announced its calendar for BlizzCon, which will take place this weekend, starting November 1. Although the calendar does not offer specific ads, it gives an idea of ??when to tune in to the possibility of news and announcements.
The festivities begin as usual with the opening ceremony on November 1 at 11 AM PT, which will be transmitted simultaneously in all its stages. Traditionally, the opening ceremony is where the company describes the great features of its ads, with individual panels throughout the weekend that dive deeper.
Some of those game-centered panels include an update of Heroes of the Storm at 3:15 PM PT, an update of Hearthstone at 5:15 PM PT. The next day, November 2, includes an update of World of Warcraft at 11:15 a.m. PT and an Overwatch update at 1:15 p.m. PT. There is no Diablo update on the list throughout the weekend, but there are two art panels scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., respectively, on November 2.
Rumors have circulated that this year's BlizzCon will include Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, which will probably lead the announcements at the opening ceremonies if they materialize. However, none of that is confirmed.
Highlights of BlizzCon – November 1 (PT)
- Opening ceremony – 11am.
- Quarter Century of Warcraft Audio – 12:30 PM
- Life in Blizzard: career, culture and ideas – 2 PM
- Heroes of the Storm Update – 3:15 p.m.
- Blizzard animation: the art of preparing the scene – 4:15 p.m.
- Hearthstone update – 5:15 p.m.
Highlights of BlizzCon – November 2 (PT)
- Artists at work: Diablo – 10:30 a.m.
- World of Warcraft update – 11:15 a.m.
- Artists at work: Overwatch – 12:00 PM
- Overwatch Update – 1:15 p.m.
- Warcraft 3: reinforced upgrade – 3:15 p.m.
- Closing Entertainment – 7:30 PM
The opening ceremony is usually broadcast live for free for everyone, but most of the other events are blocked behind the virtual ticket. This year, the virtual ticket costs $ 50 and comes with additional cosmetic items for each of Blizzard's great games. That includes special masks for WoW, a reverse card for Hearthstone and, for the first time, masks that refer to Warcraft in Overwatch.
The community is also watching this year especially closely, as Blizzard can try to respond to recent controversial movements. After the event last year faced critical after the announcement of Immortal Devil, this year the company banned a player for expressing his support for the protesters in Honk Kong. That has resulted in a violent reaction against the company, with a protest planned for the event. It remains to be seen if Blizzard officially addresses the controversy in its panels.