I’m a little concerned about Blizzcon.
I’ve been watching Blizzcon for many years. It has always been a source of excitement and entertainment. Not only were there always great game-related announcements, but we got to see guys like Chris Metzen, Mike Morhaime, Greg Street, and Alex Afrasiabi geeking out over their creations. We have seen Elite Tauren Chieftan bang on their instruments and a guy in a red shirt stump the authors of the game’s lore.
With the recent spate of departures among some of the senior designers at the game, I think we will be seeing a lot of different faces at Blizzcon this year. No longer will Metzen greet us with his geeky introductions in his distinctive voice. Will Morhaime still show up on stage?
So without the familiar personalities, and with no sign of any big announcements, I worry that this year’s event will be very corporate. Rather than a celebration of the game itself, it will be more of a toast to its success, and an emphasis on e-sports. While that is still admirable, that’s not what people pay all that money to see.
I am hoping that I am surprised. Maybe they have a trick or two up their sleeve.