BlizzConline, the only digital version of Blizzard’s long-running fan convention, launches next week, and those eager to learn more about the long-awaited likes of Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 can now read the entire event to plan their diaries. equivalent.
BlizzConline is described as an “all-digital community celebration and exhibition of Blizzard games and universes”, starting next Friday the 19th. February and will run until Saturday 20 February. It’s a free event, available to watch via Twitch and YouTube, and will feature a series of events streamed across six different channels ̵
Probably the most important week of the weekend will be the opening ceremony, which starts the whole event at 22 GMT / 14:00 PST next Friday. This promises to deliver “the latest from Blizzard Entertainment”, and will hopefully include some decent revelations.
Following the opening ceremony, from 11:10 pm in the UK, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo, Overwatch and Strategy Channels will begin streaming their individual program of events, with the schedule promising “What’s Next” updates for Diablo and Hearthstone, along with a Behind the Scenes of Overwatch 2. The Blizzard channel will meanwhile highlight selection segments from all five BlizzConline offerings as the show draws to a close.
The Saturday schedule starts a little earlier at 20 GMT / 12 PST, and will continue with individual programs with question and answer conversations, developer panels, artist demos, even cooking workshops throughout the day. However, all six channels will reunite at 21.05 for an hour-long Community Showcase focusing on “best art, talent, storytelling and cosplay from the Blizzard community”, before doing their own thing again.
Although it is currently unclear how much Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 will be broadcast on BlizzConline, Activision has recently indicated that fans must be patient for their eventual arrival, with none of the games to be launched this year. However, Diablo Immortal, the free-to-play mobile offering that received a less than fantastic reception at BlizzCon 2018, will be released in 2021, and “multiple mobile free-to-play Warcraft experiences” are in advanced development.