Since 2005 in Anaheim, California one of the biggest video games events, the Blizzcon, has been held every year except for 2006 and 2012, and this event is where one of the biggest and most iconic gaming companies out there, Blizzard, promotes its major franchises: World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Diablo and StarCraft, and fortunately, this year was not an exception.
Here we’re going to make a summary about the event focusing mostly on the announcements made by Blizzard’s different developing teams such as World of Warcraft’s and Diablo’s.
The opening ceremony started at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, November the 2nd, after that the attendants could enjoy the multiple presentations and tournaments that the event held simultaneously.
There were multiple sections available: the main events called Mythic; spotlight and community called Epic; Exhibition and Craft called Legendary and the ESports tournaments for WoW (WoW Arena World Championship), Overwatch (World Cup), Hearthstone (Global Games), Heroes of The Storm (HoTS Global Championship), StarCraft 2 (World Championship Series) and StarCraft Remastered Exhibition.
On the first day of the convention the different segments of the event began: The ESports tournament with their respective opening matches, the Epic section showed off performances of Blizzard game’s soundtracks but most of the attention at this moment went to the announcement of Diablo Immortal at Mythic.
Diablo Immortal was long expected from the fans of the franchise to be another major release that compensated the short length of Diablo 3, however, it happened to be a mobile game which the fans didn’t take so well and added to that the slightly disrespectful responses of the developers didn’t help very much which made this presentation may be the worst of the Blizzcon 2018.
Aside from that, the tournaments attracted many gamers and kept the emotion going in the event while the Epic and Legendary sections where making entertaining showings such as lively discussions of voice actors, behind the scenes of WoW cinematics creations and speeches from the storytellers and loremasters and the Mythic was presenting the next changes of the major games.
But it wasn’t until the evening that when the first day of the event was almost over, that the most exciting announcement of the event was done, Warcraft 3: Reforged came to save the day from the disliked announcement of Diablo Immortal, giving the fans of the saga and the attendants some of the best gaming news of this year.
The Next day didn’t have any more interesting announcements other than a “What’s next?” stage for StarCraft 2, a Q & A and lore explanations from the Diablo Immortal Team developers, storytellers and voice actors presentations and of course the tournaments’ final matches.
This Blizzcon left us with some good and bad news, liked and disliked announcements but also with a lot of expectative for the next convention, where we expect the new games to be already available to play, the ones we already have enhanced and also, know what will happen with StarCraft 2 now that Warcraft 3 Reforged could take the lead of Blizzard’s RTS games?