It’s the time of year when all sorts of video game conferences are aired, or at least announced. Blizzard – the developer behind series like Diablo, Overwatch and World of Warcraft hasn’t hosted their own in-person event in a while, but it looks like that will change next year.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times recently, Blizzard boss Mike Ybarra mentioned that the company wants to return to a “live event” and celebrate with its community once again. Going so far as to say that a new chef for this event has been hired:
“We previously announced that we were taking a break from BlizzCon while we reimagined it for the future, but we want to return to a live event that allows us to celebrate the community. We recently hired a new BlizzCon lead, April McKee, who is hard at work on this front. … We are committed to bringing BlizzCon back to 2023.”
Blizzard has canceled BlizzCon live events in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. And following that, the 2022 digital event was scrapped due to ongoing allegations against the company.
Blizzard is currently hard at work on Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4. In case you missed it, Overwatch 2’s PVP multiplayer will be free – allowing anyone to be a hero when it launches in october. Loot boxes are also dropped for Battle Passes. And last week, Blizzard acquired another developer:
The company is also currently going through a period of transition – including Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which is not quite complete yet. It’s unclear at this point exactly how Blizzard will “reimagine” BlizzCon for 2023, so be on the lookout for a future announcement.