No BlizzCon in 2012

January 25, 2012 -

If you were planning on heading to Anaheim, California at the end of this year to attend BlizzCon, we have some sad news for you today: Blizzard has decided not to host a 2012 event. BlizzCon will return in 2013. The reason for not running its fan event this year? The company says that it wants to spend all of its time developing the three titles it has in its pipeline: Diablo III, the StarCraft II expansion Heart of the Swarm, and the World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria. The company did announce details on the 2012 Battle.net World Championship. Details below:

Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of the most skilled pro players on the planet battle it out for cash and glory.

We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We're also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarminto players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

More details about the 2012 Battle.net World Championship and BlizzCon 2013, including specific dates and locations, will be coming in the months ahead.
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Re: No BlizzCon in 2012

It looks to me blizz is panicking....


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Re: No BlizzCon in 2012

They could be, or they could simply want to focus their efforts. I've seen tech demos are the WoW expansion is introducing some new animation.

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I think Blizzard is messing with us. Cataclysm was made to be harder the Wraith which was very easy going and brought in a hellva lot of people. The lead designer seemed to want to shift away what made it popular

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/2053469

Pretty much this past summer Blizzard started bleeding heavily and then The Old Republic was going to be released ahead of schedule so they introduced LFR and pretty much again shut Ghostwalker up. The same guy who wanted and announced Dual Speccing would no longer be a level tool but a raiding tool which will require a ton of money and a summon stone. That idea was abandoned for what we have now.

Mists of Pandaria seems to be a joke to all the fans like the designers are pissed we don't like them trying to make the game harder. Pandarens are a literal joke race in WoW hell there was an April fools joke done in WoW years ago!  They are going to make things easier but they are going to make things cheerful?

Every good WoW expansion aside from Cataclysm which caused tons of people to leave have been about dark moments ending with the defeat of some unknown evil!

This event is being cancelled because people are not going to have anything good to say about this expansion. Its sad your pretty much wrapping up the Worgan Story line in this game. I mean you started with them in Cataclysm but after the newbie zone thats it!

Diablo 3 might go to consoles due to the heavy DRM no one wants to deal with and the fact Blizzard is actively snubbing us for Korea well yeah they are losing sales.

 

EDIT: I call him Ghostwalker I don't care but anyways again look at him try to explain away his bad choices http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/4055148

Seriously all his public choices on changing the game always gets a negative response

Re: No BlizzCon in 2012

The Pandaren are a joke race?

 

God, how many times do I have to hear that line from people who haven't touched the Warcraft series before WoW.

Blizzard themselves have confirmed that this is not a "joke" race. If it was it would have been announced on April 1st.

The Pandaren have been around at LEAST since Warcraft 3 when one of their kind was a playable character, plus they've confirmed that the artists had ben working on this for a long time.

The notions of a joke race are likely just from the people who want the game to be completely grimdark all the time, which I for one am sick of.

Maybe people can do the shocking thing and wait until more information is released before they decide that WoW is dead.

A lot of those complaining tend ot be those who are NEVER happy with anything Blizzard does, ever.

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Face facts.  They were introduced on April 1st.  They were a joke, but some people liked them despite being a joke, so much so that they wanted them in the game.  That doesn't change the fact that they started as a joke.

And, grimdark "all the time"?  Please.  We're not talking about Elric here.  It's a 12-rated game, with cartoon graphics.  Sure, there's undead and other nasty stuff.  CARTOON undead, like Skeletor from He-man.  Permanent grimdark, it most certainly is not.

 

Re: No BlizzCon in 2012

Most of the consensus I see from people who are doing the sensible thing and waiting is that they are a little tired of saving the world from some ultimate evil EVERY expansion.

Plus the Pandaren have been requested since before The Burning Crusade races were announced. Hell, I was expecting them as part of Cataclysm.

As far as I've seen this is just the pre-expansion bitching that happens EVERY single time.

Re: No BlizzCon in 2012

I'm probably going to go back to try out the new expansion too.  But out of three expansions, actually only the last two had an "ultimate evil" villain - TBC just plonked Illidan in a raid dungeon and gave us very little reason to go and kill him other than "he's the next guy in line with loot for you".  And the original game didnt have an ultimate bad guy in mind either.  Two major overarching bad guys in a row is enough to bore WoW players it seems, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

And IIRC, Pandas were going to be one of the races in TBC never mind cata.  Not sure what changed their mind.  I never doubted their popularity, in much the same way that I never doubt the popularity of Pokemon even though I dont like them either.

 

Re: No BlizzCon in 2012

Plus, if you hate them that much, don't play as them, and only level and never go back to the new lands. It's that easy.

And I had no idea people wanted the Pandaren in quite that long.

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I don't like Draenei either, so I don't play as those, but the problem is other people do.  NPCs do too.  So "not playing one" isn't a cure.  I'm not one of those guys who is spitting the dummy and quitting due to pandas in the game, I think that's being silly.  I don't like them, but the reason I'm quitting is simply because I've played for many years and I finally got bored of it.

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That's one of the reasons I can actually sympathize with. I got bored with the game a few times before I started raiding, and I simply let my account sit until a friend found us a decent guild with people on it.

And I can understand Blizzard wanting to put more into the game, gives people things to do besides find low level players to hassle.

Re: No BlizzCon in 2012

look at it this way, recent history says tickets would have been $200.  maybe they figure people would have to suspend WoW subscriptions just to go.

Re: No BlizzCon in 2012

If it means these games will be better for it then I can deal with no coverage this year.

 
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