BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard’s annual convention, is shaping up to be very exciting indeed. Although tickets for the event sold out almost immediately, Blizzard is still hyping up the event for fans at home who are excited to see what’s next for its slate of massively successful games.
As part of Blizzard’s plans to get everyone excited, the company has now revealed the BlizzCon 2017 schedule. On Friday, November 3, the show will kick off with the opening ceremony, taking place at 11AM PDT. This will then be followed by a day of updates on the future of several Blizzard games, including Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, and Heroes of the Storm as part of these games’ “What’s Next” panels.
Although the blurbs for each panel don’t offer any teases on what these surprises and reveals may be, fans of Blizzard can make some educated guesses. For example, it’s quite likely that a new WoW expansion will be announced during the event, per several hints dropped by Blizzard earlier this week. Fans have begun to speculate that this forthcoming DLC drop will in some way be related to the Old Gods and the island of Kul Tiras, which were mentioned in a recent datamine.
On the Overwatch side of things, fans have their fingers crossed that at least one new face will make their debut at BlizzCon 2017. Game director Jeff Kaplan has already confirmed that Overwatch Hero 26 is playable, and is very fun to play, too. While there are no guarantees that BlizzCon will be when the next character is revealed, Blizzard did use last year’s event to introduce hacker character Sombra to the game.
The Sombra reveal was also mired in controversy, as fans criticized the developer for dragging things out for so long, and so BlizzCon 2017 could be a solid way for Blizzard to make amends. Revealing Junkertown’s Queen as a playable character would also be a way to get into fans’ good books, but it’s unclear whether Blizzard is ready to address those fan demands just yet.
The BlizzCon 2017 schedule will also include plenty of events to keep eSports fans occupied. Not only will the Overwatch World Cup be featured in a big way, but there will be World of Warcraft events and a Hearthstone community event, too. It should hopefully mean that all of Blizzard’s fans are catered to, regardless of which Blizzard game they love and what they love about it.
BlizzCon 2017 takes place between November 3-4, 2017.