BlizzCon opening ceremony date, time, stream, schedule, leaks: Overwatch 2, Warcraft, MORE
Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Diablo fans are counting down to the start of the 2021 BlizzCon event.
The 2021 BlizzCon event is an online-only affair, taking place over the course of the weekend.
It all kicks off with the BlizzCon opening ceremony at 10pm GMT on February 19. Express Online will update this article with the live YouTube video embed closer to the start of the event.
Broadcast across six different channels, fans can watch the entire event online for free.
There are channels dedicated to World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo and Hearthstone, as well as one all-encompassing Blizzard channel and another featuring titles such as Starcraft.
Needless to say, there have been one or two leaks leading up to the start of the event later tonight.
This includes a leak for World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic, which is a remake of the 2007 original.
“Journey through the Dark Portal once again in World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic!” reads the official description. “Originally released in January 2007, The Burning Crusade summoned the heroes of Azeroth to the shattered and fel-scarred realm of Outland to stop an invasion of the demonic Burning Legion.”
New content for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will also be announced during the event.
Titled Chains of Domination, the new download will feature a ten-boss raid, as well as a new Mega Dungeon.
Elsewhere, Blizzard will seemingly announce a brand new Arcade Collection, which reportedly features Lost Vikings, Rock & Roll Racing and Blackthorne.
The aforementioned announcements will all likely take place during the opening ceremony.
Expect Blizzard to elaborate during follow-up streams over the course of the weekend.
Blizzard will broadcast a special behind-the-scenes look at Overwatch 2 at 11.10pm on February 19. It runs until 11.50pm.
“The Overwatch team gives a sneak peek behind the scenes of Overwatch 2,” reads the official video description. “Join them as they dive into the development process and share some work in progress.”
The rest of the weekend will be dedicated to Overwatch League documentaries, as well as Community Showcase events, Overwatch sound and music features and more.
Over on the Diablo channel, fans will probably want to tune in to the Diablo: What’s Next broadcast at 11.10pm on February 19.
“Members of the Diablo development team discuss the latest content coming to Sanctuary,” reads the video description.
Fingers crossed we find out more about Diablo 4 during the stream, and the rumoured Diablo 2 remake.
World of Warcraft is also getting a “What’s Next” event, where the development team will discuss new content and lots more.
This will be followed by a World of Warcraft Deep Dive with members of the creative studio.
You can check out the full schedule by visiting the BlizzCon website.