BlizzCon 2021 kicked off today with announcements for all of Blizzard's biggest games like World of Warcraft and Diablo. If you've participated in BlizzCon in the past, things are a little different this year. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, BlizzCon 2021 isn't a physical event—everything will be online. (They're calling it BlizzConline, even.)
There's a silver lining, though: You don't need to purchase a virtual ticket to watch any of the panels, deep dives, or big announcements happening during the show. It's also a special year for Blizzard because the company celebrated its 30th anniversary on February 8, so we're expecting BlizzCon 2021 to go all-out.
You can find the schedule and livestreams on the official BlizzCon site. If you just want to find out what's been announced and shown so far, you can find the latest below.
World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft Classic
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' next big update has been revealed. It's called Chains of Domination, and it's a big one. Check out our full interview.
Burning Crusade Classic servers are coming to WoW Classic. That means being able to experience WoW's first expansion almost exactly like it was back in 2007.
If you don't have a level 60 character in WoW Classic, Blizzard will let you pay to boost one—but it'll cost you.
Burning Crusade Classic will also pit players against much harder versions of its raid bosses because you're all too good at the game now.
We asked Blizzard whether it was planning to make Wrath of the Lich King Classic servers. They weren't very forthcoming.
Diablo 4 and Diablo 2: Resurrected
The Diablo 2 remake is official, and it's releasing this year.
We didn't get a release date for Diablo 4, but we learned that the Rogue will be one of the first classes available. We've got some details here.
We also learned how open world PvP will work in Diablo 4.
Hearthstone is getting a whole new mode. Called Mercenaries, it's a roguelike mode with simultaneous combat.
The new Core set? It'll include reimagined versions of classic cards like Malygos, Ysera, and Deathwing. Also, Annoy-O-Tron is coming back for some reason.
The next expansion is Forged in the Barrens and it's very much for the Horde.
We got our first good look at Sojourn's impressive railgun.
Blizzard is seriously reconsidering the role of tanks in Overwatch 2. They might even go by a different name in the sequel.
"Hero passives" may be implemented to further differentiate the three core roles. Blizzard detailed how each role would change.
In years past, BlizzCon would happen during November of each year, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed the show and forced Blizzard to make the entire event online. The good news is that BlizzCon 2021 is entirely free. You won't need to purchase a virtual ticket to watch any of the programming happening throughout the two-day festival.
Here's the dates you need to remember:
BlizzCon 2021 Day 1 starts on February 19 at 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 10pm GMT
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