BlizzCon is returning to its traditional format for the first time since 2019. While Blizzard’s convention held an online event in 2021, it has not been held as an in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. That changes today with the 2023 edition, which sees fans return to the Anaheim Convention Center for all the news on the studio’s games.
It will all start with an opening ceremony that will give players updates on titles like overwatch 2, world of Warcraft, even more. This is a particularly important moment for Blizzard, as it comes on the heels of Microsoft completing its acquisition of the company this autumn. Because of that move, all eyes are on the BlizzCon stage this year. Could we perhaps get some news about upcoming Blizzard titles on Game Pass? Will Xbox’s Phil Spencer make a cameo? If you can’t watch live, don’t worry; We’re tracking all the news right here as they come.
Overwatch 2 presents new heroes, plans for 2024
overwatch 2 Game director Aaron Keller and other members of the team took the stage early on to give several updates on the sequel. It began with the reveal of the shooter’s next protagonist Mauga, a Samoan tank class character with a chain gun in each hand. He has abilities such as Overrun, an Invincible Charge, and Cage Fight, which give his team unlimited ammo for a short period of time. The character was first introduced in a short story four years ago, so he’s a long-awaited character for eager fans. He’ll be joining the roster in Season 8, and players can try him out for free today.
Keller also teased two new heroes. One hero named Venture is coming in Season 10 and another codenamed Space Ranger will be joining the roster in Season 12. More details about both will be revealed during BlizzCon.
Keller discussed the team’s new “clarity of vision” that is guiding its 2024 roadmap. The team is creating a new PvP game mode called Clash, which is another point-capture variation. He’s also bringing a new map, Hanaoka, which is a revamped version of Hanamura. How rewards, seasons, and lore work in the game will also be reworked.
Phil Spencer came up with a mission statement for Blizzard
Although there wasn’t really any announcement, BlizzCon started with a key moment when Xbox head Phil Spencer took the stage. Spencer didn’t come up with any news (like Blizzard games coming to Game Pass), but he did give a mission statement for Xbox’s relationship with the company. He praised the long-discontinued Starcraft series, hinted that Blizzard games are coming to Xbox, and noted that the company will work closely with Blizzard to build its future. It was a big PR moment for the two companies that set the stage for the future without any new confirmation.