Blizzcon 2013 Brings Big News

Tickets go on sale this month to the next Blizzcon, which may have Diablo III expansion news along with other big announcements

Blizzcon 2013
Blizzard has announced more information for Blizzcon 2013, their convention of all things Blizzard related, that is happening on November 8 and 9 this year. The ticket sales are now scheduled to be available in two batches: they will go on sale at Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. PDT and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT. Given how quickly Blizzcon tickets normally sell out, anyone interested in going should be ready to purchase quickly, at those times.

This year's Blizzcon event will be a busy affair, with plenty to show off and talk about for all their franchises. Here's what we're likely to see in November, based on what Blizzard traditionally does at Blizzcon:
  • Diablo III - There will be a lot of Diablo III news at Blizzcon, much of it about Diablo III on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The PS3 version will likely either be released by then, or Blizzard will announce the release date at Blizzcon, since they want to get it out the door this year. Once the PS3 version of Diablo III is done, the PS4 version goes into full development mode; they may have specifics about the extra tweaks for the PS4 version. There is also the strong possibility of an Xbox Diablo III, for the next version of that console; if Blizzard is planning on making a version of Diablo III for the new console, it will likely be announced before Blizzcon.

    Beyond all the console Diablo III business, Blizzard may be ready to announce the first expansion pack to the game. In a normal Blizzcon year, that would be a near-certainty, given the amount of time since the release of the PC version of the game. With all the console Diablo III news rolling around this year, and the big changes still being implemented in the upcoming Diablo III patches, Blizzard might put off giving news about the expansion this year. But it is more than likely that we will hear about the first Diablo III expansion, announced in the Blizzcon welcome speech on Friday, November 8.
  • StarCraft II - The third part of the StarCraft II saga is StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. With the last SC2 expansion released in March, the StarCraft team has moved on to developing the story, scripts and missions for Legacy of the Void. By November there will likely be enough done to show off a little, and talk a lot in the StarCraft panels about what the developers are planning for their next SC2 expansion pack.
  • World of Warcraft - There will undoubtedly be the announcement of the next WoW expansion at Blizzcon 2013. Like the other WoW expansions so far, Blizzard likes to make the big announcements for them at Blizzcon, and we are right on schedule for that.
  • Blizzard All-Stars - The MOBA style game Blizzard All-Stars was first announced at Blizzcon 2010, as a custom map for StarCraft II. It has been revamped and moved into a stand-alone game in it's own right, although it is still being developed by a small development team within the larger StarCraft II group. A few of the artists from the StarCraft II team have moved over to help out on Blizzard All-Stars for the time being, as Blizzard All-Stars is fleshed out further. Blizzard will almost certainly be interested in showing it off at Blizzcon this year, and giving more details about how it will work as a free-to-play game supported by microtransactions, like other games in the MOBA genre.
  • HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft - The other free-to-play game coming out from Blizzard is the digital collectible card game HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft. It was just announced last month, and is on an aggressive development schedule. The game goes into beta in July (you can sign up now to be in it) and Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard, has stated that it will be released this year. Much like the PS3 version of Diablo III, it will either already be out or be given a release date for the holiday season, at Blizzcon. Given that HearthStone is a free-to-play game that is distributed digitally, Blizzard can release it quickly after the beta process, so it may already be out by November.
  • Project Titan - The biggest unknown this year is Project Titan, the development project name for the next gigantic MMO from Blizzard. It has been in development for years, and will continue for years to come. The only question is whether it is far enough along that Blizzard feels comfortable officially announcing it. There might be enough other Blizzcon news this year that Blizzard decides to not pile that on as well, or we could get an announcement and a little teaser preview; it's impossible to know at this time.
So there's an overview of the many projects in play at Blizzard, some or all of which may be mentioned at this year's Blizzcon. If you're interested in going, here's the official announcement of the tickets going on sale:

Mark your calendars—a Blizzard is coming to Southern California! Tickets for BlizzCon® 2013 will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. PDT and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT through the official BlizzCon website. In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PDT.

BlizzCon 2013 takes place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, and tickets to the two-day show will be available at $175 USD each. Tickets to the Benefit Dinner (which includes admission to BlizzCon) will be priced at $500 USD each, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Tickets to previous BlizzCon events have sold out within minutes, so be sure to synchronize your hourglasses.


Paladins, demon hunters, and Ghosts who can’t make it to the show in person will once again have the option to enjoy BlizzCon from home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multi-channel Internet stream. Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.

See the full press release or check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure visit the official BlizzCon website at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show. We hope to see you in Anaheim!

If you can't make it out to Anaheim, Blizzard will no doubt once again be providing internet video streams of much of Blizzcon. Usually a free version of the live stream shows the basic announcements, tournaments, and panels, with expanded access for those who pay. We'll have info about all those details as they're announced.
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