Blizzard announced today that there will be no BlizzCon 2021. The annual event was held in 2005, but the coronavirus pandemic crushed last year’s event and has now finalized plans for a face-to-face event this year (BlizzCon usually takes place in October or November). This February saw the first BlizzConline as a virtual replacement for the lost event of 2020 (and it had many things), and it looks like something similar, but with a twist, will fill the gap at least until the end of 2022.
A statement from BlizzCon executive producer Saralyn Smith said: "As guidelines in California on face-to-face meetings continue to evolve and the state of the pandemic fluctuates around the world, Blizzard teams have been discussing what this means for one of the events we miss the most: BlizzCon We know that some of you will be wondering about your own plans to potentially cross the country (not to mention the oceans) and meet your friends, family and members of the community in California.We wanted to let you know that we've decided not to hold BlizzCon this year.
“Building a BlizzCon in person is an epic and complex affair that requires many months of preparation, not only for us, but also for the many talented production partners, sports professionals, hosts, artists, artists and other collaborators with The complexity and uncertainty of the pandemic have affected our ability to move forward adequately on many of these fronts and, ultimately, we have already overcome the point at which we would be able to develop the type of pandemic. 39; event we would like to create for you in November ".
The statement ends by saying that Blizzard is "planning a global event for early next year" that will include an online program similar to BlizzConline, as well as "smaller face-to-face meetings."
The idea of smaller meetings is interesting. No one knows when companies will be allowed to hold major global events like BlizzCon again, but the logistics and risk of an event limited to a country’s population are likely to be more realistic.
“We look forward to celebrating it with everyone again,” the Blizzard statement concludes. "Until then, we'll see each other in Azeroth, Outland, Sanctuary and all the other worlds we call home."