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I was legitimately surprised to see the announcement today that there will be a Blizzcon this year. The convention for all things Blizzard will be on November 7-8 in the usual Anaheim location.
Blizzcon is a lot of fun for fans, and a great place to meet your guildies. And while I don’t know for sure, it seems to me that the Blizzard folks also see Blizzcon as a great time, if a lot of work. I think that the event doesn’t make a lot of money, but is profitable with all the Virtual Tickets and things.
But what does this mean for Warlords of Draenor? Nothing good, I suspect.
It doesn’t make sense to launch the latest expansion of your huge franchise and then have a convention a week later. In fact, it doesn’t really make sense to hold Blizzcon AFTER Warlords of Draenor at all. While I’m sure people would still buy tickets even if Blizzard had nothing to announce at all, I’m also sure they’ll sell even more if they have something to promote.
Panels about a game that’s already been out for a month or so are not very compelling stuff. It’s far more interesting to have panels on a game that no one has seen yet, right?
I had previously guessed mid-October for WoD, but today’s Blizzcon announcement makes me think even I was being optimistic. In light of that I think US Thanksgiving is the most likely date. Hope you like Siege of Orgrimmar, y’all.
PS: Blizzcon tickets went up in price this year and look, I clearly like spending silly money because I usually get the $40 Virtual Ticket, but $200 for two days of a convention about one studio is totally bonkers.