The Blizzconline 2021 Schedule Is Available And God, I’m Going To Miss The Overwatch World Cup

Remember conventions? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Remember conventions? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
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Blizzconline 2021, Blizzard Entertainment’s digital answer to their yearly in-person Blizzcon event, posted its schedule today.


In addition to offering updates on the development progress for Diablo IV and Overwatch 2, Blizzconline also boasts a number of community events. Viewers can choose from Hearthstone streamer matches, arts and crafts tutorials, and an Overwatch League exhibition event that is sadly not the World Cup. The Overwatch World Cup was always my personal highlight of BlizzCon for its ability to highlight lesser known players from around the world. I know why it can’t be included this year, but I hope it returns when covid is over.

Blizzconline kicks off next Friday at 5 p.m. EST and ends Saturday evening. Viewers will be able to watch live on one of five streaming channels on the BlizzCon website and on Twitch and YouTube all for free. 

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I am very interested in the Overwatch 2 news. Specifically if the current plan is still the same as the old plan. It seems incredibly weird to release it as a new different game that will share its matchmaking with the old one. I think it would make much more sense to offer it as an in-game upgrade to the original. Like a DLC expansion or what have you. The current plan of keeping both games online and cross compatible will double their workload in some areas (mainly art) since they’ll need to keep making two versions of all new skins and stuff, one for the old version and one for the new version. Keeping the old game engine (or upgrading it as a free update) and its models (or upgrading them through a free update) and only adding the PvE content and new game modes as an expansion makes much more sense.