BlizzCon 2010 rolls in October 22-23

Blizzard Entertainment fifth community-focused confab returning to the Anaheim Convention Center this fall; ticket sales, pricing TBA.

With Starcraft II, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and Diablo III, Blizzard's had a lot to talk about for the past couple of years. Much of that work culminates soon, as the Irvine, California-based shop gears up to release two games in a single year: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Barring any delays, sandwiched in between those two releases should be BlizzCon 2010, which Blizzard officially announced today.

Expect to catch a glimpse of Deathwing at this year's show.

This year's event will return to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, from October 22-23. Blizzard expects to release additional information on ticket sales and pricing closer to the show. However, that's information fans of the studio will want to keep an eye out for, as Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime noted as part of his keynote address last year that BlizzCon 2009 sold out in less than 60 seconds.

As in years past, BlizzCon will feature a variety of activities catering to the tastes of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo fans. Those in attendance will be able to play prerelease builds of Blizzard's upcoming games, presumably World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Diablo III. The show will also include a variety of panels form Blizzard developers, casual and competitive tournaments, contests, a silent auction, and a merchandise store.

Some 20,000 tickets were sold at $125 a pop to BlizzCon 2009, though Blizzard has said that the event remains unprofitable. Highlights included the announcement of WOW's third expansion, Cataclysm, as well as a live performance by metal maestro Ozzy Osbourne, whom GameSpot spoke with after the show.

Blizzard plans to announce additional details for the event through the BlizzCon 2010 official Web site.

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85 comments
Vergilz
Vergilz

BlizzCon is always the best! Hopefully more Info on D3! Cant wait for it =D

game_god_
game_god_

I can't wait to see what Blizzard will reveal further about Diablo 3. They always keep so much in the dark to build suspense.

NWA89
NWA89

Blizzard is simply the best...

protonian87
protonian87

i really want to go.. sadly, i'm not in US... Argggg

JohnisGodd
JohnisGodd

Ive been waiting soooo long for d3. I think I played d2 in fourth maybe fifth grade and now I'm almost out of highschool....wtf...

Cabal23
Cabal23

Wow another Blizzcon showing the same games as the last one. Having Blizzcon is like informing a mature woman that tampons exist with tampon commercials. We all know the games are coming, so why do we need a con to sell what is already sold?

Faephoenix_Eyes
Faephoenix_Eyes

I think SC2 will be released during the summer >.> as its been nearly 2 months since closed beta for it has begun, but then again, blizz takes their time on releases till they get everything solid, thats what i luv about them.

dementary
dementary

Possibly a trailer for the Warcraft movie as well?

MehowPwned
MehowPwned

SWEET I wish I lived in USA I would freaken do anything to be on a blizzcon

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Blizzard are dedicated to their fans. They recently (as in a few days ago) released a patch for Diablo 2! A game that is 9/10 years old! How many companies are releasing patches for their games after a decade?

Urworstnhtmare
Urworstnhtmare

I can't wait till Starcraft II and then Diablo 3 hits the shelves. Couldn't care less about Wow. Also how can a game be delayed if Blizzard haven't put a release date on it...? Its ready when its ready.

invictuslemming
invictuslemming

Granted, Blizzard loses money on the event itself, but they know the publicity gained from it is worth 100 times their investment.

invictuslemming
invictuslemming

Granted, Blizzard loses money on the event itself, but they know the publicity gained from it is worth 100 times their investment.

Swedish_Chef
Swedish_Chef

"Blizzard needs to cut costs if Blizzcon is unprofitable. 20,000 $125 tickets sold in less than a minute plus the DirecTV customers that watched at home and merchandise that must've been sold at Blizzcon equals a lot of money. If that is unprofitable they are spending way too much money on it." They've said they don't care how much they spend on it. They're more than comfortable losing money on a weekend for their fans.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Some dates regarding game releases (Starcraft 2 & Diablo 3) would be greatly appreciated!

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

I've waited to long Blizzard....by the time you finally release these new games i will be dead or not into gaming anymore. Oh well you had a few good ....awifpMfp[f This is the above posters wife..he just died and never got to play Diablo 3..sad really :)

sammoth
sammoth

More Diablo 3 Less WOW Rehashed Expansions. Plz.

bastardtwo
bastardtwo

While waiting for d3.Just play sacred 2.Its better than d2

arrohon
arrohon

Ok BlizzardFan2009 the article says Blizzcon is going to be sandwiched between the two releases which most likely means it will be after a release and before another. Chances are Cataclysm will be released in Nov. or early Dec. for the Christmas season. I would expect that Wings of Liberty will be out by July though I'm going to guess May. Blizzard needs to cut costs if Blizzcon is unprofitable. 20,000 $125 tickets sold in less than a minute plus the DirecTV customers that watched at home and merchandise that must've been sold at Blizzcon equals a lot of money. If that is unprofitable they are spending way too much money on it.

DoorKnob22
DoorKnob22

@BlizzardFan2009 Same here, gonna be pretty freaking good! I feel pretty stoked for this.

BlizzardFan2009
BlizzardFan2009

What I expect to hear from BlizzCon 2010: Cataclysm will most likely be out by then so something about WoW: Cataclysm's future patches. The next WoW will probably not be announced at this BlizzCon. Diablo 3's 5th and final class. Something about Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. The new MMO.

paytonlow
paytonlow

Just assembled my desktop PC, got R5770 card, should be able to handle it easily... Hope Blizzard does NOT delay it to "2011 TBC"...lol...

Arksa
Arksa

Well put avenger! Although this is the time where they get people to go away from home and ... Listen to some boring speeches on what flavor the crack the fanbois will be smoking "sometime in the future". And once again get them to pay for same by letting them into a concert by some forgettable band(or in previous years...wannabe bands).See first hand(like looking in the mirror)just how geeky and loserish the crowds are. If your lucky you may meet a hot gamer babe there, they entice... Yea real lucky like winning powerball with 11111111 =p.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

So yet another year will pass before Diablo 3 comes out. Blizzard sure do like to rival Valve at being one of the slowest developers on the planet. Probably busy counting all the money rolling in from WoW. Or is this Blizzcon where they announce Diablo 3 will actually come in several parts, each to be sold seperately?

bahamat0
bahamat0

Not much hyped about Cataclysm as much as I am with D3 and especially SC2. I believe that SC2 will most likely be released before blizzcon and thus they might tell us something about its first expansion (Heart of the Swarm) during the event. As for D3, since the Wizard and Monk classes were announced during the third and forth blizzcon events, so I think that the fifth class will be announced on this event. If that's the case, then there is a 14 months wait time between the announcement of the monk and the fifth class :O Days are running fast anyways, 7 months of waiting will feel like 7 days at a certain point. Anyone else thinks that maybe the new blizzard MMO might be announced at this blizzcon :P

-Fable-
-Fable-

I hope Diablo III comes out this year!!!

kdawg88
kdawg88

Actually the people I'm impatient with right now are Valve.....(caps warning) WHERE IS EPISODE 3??????

drokmore
drokmore

Ug 2 game releases this year means no D3 for ages...Need D3 crack now...looks like its time to do another run through D2 while I wait

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I wish I have a new PC. :(

killeridis
killeridis

can't wait to hear the release date of diablo III it took them so long damm i hope we get it soon

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Blizzard just needs to host a raffle for Felicia Day's phone number or something, and attendance will be jam-packed. Can't wait for StarCraft 2. My gaming buddies are all getting their machines ready, the headsets are go, Pam has her lucky plush koala... all waiting for that first Zerg rush.

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

cant wait for them to say "blizzard and activision is over" im still waiting for it

Warshock
Warshock

@rodsar ...um.. what do you mean it cam in the same style??? where you looking for a first-person diablo3? Because from playing it at blizzcon last year.. I can tell you, that the demo was already 100% more fun then Diablo 2. It's beautiful, and the controls SOOO SOO SOO much better. I'm still playing it today, but jesus, I sure wish that I can do other powers without switching through the GD 'F' buttons... @starcrafthenry WHY THANK YOU!! As much as I would love to have Diablo 3 take over the show with an avalanche of information.... BUT.. i'm sure they are going to announce, their new title this year....

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

Damn, you Diablo fans are so impatient. Try waiting nearly 12 years for the first sequel in your series, and then we can talk about what's taking too long. However, I expect Starcraft 2 to be released before Blizzcon this year, so you Diablo fans can have the whole show.

rodsar
rodsar

I waited a long time for Diablo III, but exactly what happened should happen, a game came in the same style and I gave up on Diablo III. The name is Demon's Souls (PS3). Goodbye Blizzard, we are not idiots.

terafumos
terafumos

Agreed. October is way too far, which pretty much guarantees no updates will come up between now and then about any of their games. Bleh.

Dawn_oF_Doom
Dawn_oF_Doom

20k x 125 = 2.500.000 So you're telling me that 2.5mil dollars weren't enough to cover the expenses of Blizzcon? Are you kidding me? I haven't been to any blizzcon because I don't live in the USA and getting to the USA is really difficult.. having to fly an ocean, get a visa and not get turned back at the last minute due to some bulls**t law or rule... so yeah.. but still. Anyway, not a big WoW player myself but I am looking forward to SC2... will buy that game (though I admit that WoW is Blizzards money-making machine)... but at least the people that are paying for WoW are getting their money worth! I am so happy for Blizzard! Keep up making those great games! Also, you could make another Vikings game :)

chaos269
chaos269

how long do we have to wait for Diablo 3, i would take this over warcraft and starcraft dam they making us wait forever

AzatiS
AzatiS

Too bad Diablo 3 will remain in shadows for this year as well.... They want to hype WoW and SC2 more and diablo less and is logical too since they want people buy their products. I would love to see the fifth class in diablo 3 and how they managed with dungeons yet. Excited yes , but i want more diablo than previous slacky D3 blizzcon. We know what WoW is about and what will see so SC2... Its time for some D3 real news now i think....But that will ruin WoWs and SC2 hype... So D3 lovers wait for 2011 blizzcon... :)

valent1n
valent1n

too soon for WC4, they have to release first SC2-wol, and then they will start on WC4 (hope so)

bioghost
bioghost

I would like to see some Warcraft 4 news. But Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 are getting me bored with long development but that ensures tons of gameplay hours, please more news and still patience from me.

Toxic22
Toxic22

There is no way Blizzard is going to announce the Star craft 2 release date before Blizzcon. So it look like is will be a Q3/Q4 release date if we are lucky. Probably end up being mid 2011 knowing them.

lance435
lance435

I'm kinda weirded out by Blizzard really. I find it good that they're not making any signs of a console move especially with PC Gaming on a bad spot. Yet I don't like how Blizzard these years sound like money-making hogs with World of Warcraft. Nevertheless, I wanna go to Blizzcon. Sadly, I'm not living in the US.

wexorian
wexorian

WOWW indeed 60 seccond to sold all tickets heh nicee onee.

k0r3aN_pR1d3
k0r3aN_pR1d3

I live practically near Irvine and I still couldn't get a ticket. :|

blackfray
blackfray

I really don't know why but... somehow it makes me laugh!

lyncer777
lyncer777

Operation CWAL Cheat Enabled Cmon Blizzard Release Starcraft 2 Now!