has finally revealed plans for its all-digital BlizzCon
event, with the newly titled BlizzConline
scheduled to take place February 19–20, 2021. And although the in-person aspect will be missed, Blizzard is committed to channeling the community aspect of its annual celebration.
With the Community Showcase covering cosplay, art, storytelling, and the always fun March of the Murlocks.
"Thanks to the all-online nature of the show, we’re able to make these events accessible to even more people from around the globe," Blizzard writes in the official BlizzConline 2021 announcement. The studio has already put up submission dates (entries will need to be in by January 4) and details for the cosplay exhibition, which this time will include pets.
Of course the competition side will make a return too, with Blizzard set to hand out awards across the following criteria.
Best Blizzard Character – Recognizing outstanding interpretations of iconic heroes and villains from the worlds of Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft, and Warcraft.
Best Blizzard Weapons & Armor – Recognizing the exemplary craftsmanship that goes into building epic, battlefield-worthy gear.
Best Modern Creation – Recognizing expertise in working with materials such as foams and plastics, and incorporating 3D printing, electronics, and technology.
Best Traditional Creation – Recognizing masterful skill in working with materials such as fabric, leather, metal, and wood.
Based on past BlizzCon events the sheer quality of the cosplay on display will mean that opening this side of the event to the rest of the world should lead to some remarkable creations.
Head here for full details on the Community Showcase including registration info
In addition to the format of the event, covering two days we should expect to see a similar approach to BlizzCon events of the past. An Opening Ceremony covering new announcements and reveals, plus deep dives and panels covering major upcoming releases like Diablo IV and Overwatch 2.