E3 2020 has been officially canceled, and the people behind the event are now preparing for next year’s rendition instead. Many gaming events are being canceled in lieu of the current pandemic, but what about those that are still on for this year?
At every end of the year, Blizzard holds its own event, which features tournaments, reveals, and the latest updates on its titles. While the even is still scheduled for November this year, fans are worried that even it will be affected by COVID-19.
Blizzard still unsure of the event’s progress
For now, Blizzcon 2020 is still going ahead with its planned schedule. However, the company is honest that there is still the possibility of the event being canceled or postponed because of the outbreak.
In a statement, Blizzcon executive producer Saralyn Smith said that it is still too early to know if Blizzcon will happen. She adds that the increased mandates and guidelines regarding social distancing are making it hard for the company to move forward.
From game development to the actual organization of the event, Blizzard has limited means to do anything for now. She goes on saying that it will be a few more months before they have enough information to provide to fans.
“As events around the world announce cancellations, postponements, or shifts to an online format in response to COVID-19, we’re seeing questions about our plans for this year’s BlizzCon and we want to provide a quick update,” Smith says. She is hopeful that things will be better by the end of the year.
Blizzard’s top priority, for now, is to protect the health and well-being of its employees. Of course, fans are most likely going to agree with Blizzard on this point.
What Blizzcon 2020 could’ve been
Many fans are excited for Blizzcon 2020. For starters, Blizzard currently has big and exciting games that are awaiting more details and possibly some release dates. To be more specific, these games are Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4. Both of which debuted in Blizzcon 2019.
Aside from these, it’s also likely that Blizzard will be introducing a new expansion for Hearthstone as it has always done in the past year. Blizzard still supports World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm, too, so it’s likely that there will be reveals for these titles as well.
Like, everyone else along with Blizzard, many are hoping that COVID-19 gets resolved quickly. Not only for the safety of everyone else but also for the continuation of major gaming events such as Blizzcon and E3.
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