BlizzCon 2021 is cancelled, Blizzard announced in a new blog post on the official Blizzard site.
Despite COVID restrictions starting to roll back across the country, Blizzard believes the best course of action both for keeping everyone safe and making BlizzCon the best it can be is to cancel the event.
Saralyn Smith, BlizzCon’s executive producer, said:
Building an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complex affair that takes many months of preparation—not just for us, but also for the many talented production partners, esports pros, hosts, entertainers, artists, and other collaborators we team up with locally and globally to put all of the pieces together.
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Blizzard Cancels BlizzCon 2021, Promises Digital Event For 2022
The ongoing complexities and uncertainties of the pandemic have impacted our ability to properly move forward on many of these fronts, and ultimately we’re now past the point where we’d be able to develop the kind of event we’d want to create for you in November.
In light of the BlizzCon 2021 canceled announcement, Smith said Blizzard is planning a digital showcase for early 2022.
However, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to wait until next year to see more about Diablo 4 and Blizzard’s other upcoming games.
The studio is taking part in Summer Game Fest 2021, and its other half Activision is attending E3 2021.