Blizzard canceled this yr’s BlizzCon again in Could on account of COVID-related causes. The plan was to reconvene in early 2022 as an online-only occasion, dubbed BlizzConline, however the firm has additionally determined to postpone that occasion.
In a letter to followers (which you’ll learn right here), Blizzard explains it will somewhat commit its sources to engaged on its present slate of tasks, which we all know contains Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV.
“Presently, we really feel the vitality it will take to placed on a present like that is greatest directed in direction of supporting our groups and progressing growth of our video games and experiences.” reads the letter.
Blizzard can be trying to evolve the occasion as an entire to search out new and/or higher methods of bringing its followers collectively. The corporate additionally says it desires to concentrate on making the occasion really feel as “protected, welcoming, and inclusive as doable.” This specific promise looks like a response to the not too long ago resurfaced video from a World of Warcraft reside Q&A from BlizzCon 2010. A feminine participant requested the all-male panel of builders if the sport’s solid of girls might put on much less revealing clothes, to which she was brazenly mocked by the staff (which included the now-ousted president, J. Allen Brack).
Blizzard ends the letter by reassuring followers that new bulletins for present and upcoming video games will nonetheless happen. Simply don’t essentially anticipate to listen to about them throughout the timeframe BlizzConline would have occurred.
As many people seemingly know, Activision Blizzard has spent the previous couple of months battling a number of state and federal lawsuits over its abusive office tradition, notably its therapy of feminine and marginalized staff. The corporate not too long ago agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Alternative Fee. Blizzard additionally revealed the brand new title of Overwatch’s McCree, a personality as soon as named after a now-ex worker cited as an abuser within the lawsuits.