What’s the skinny? Yesterday Blizzard announced that their virtual BlizzCon event is going be free for all. The event will be held exclusively online this year due to the ongoing pandemic, and the dates set for the two-day event will be February 19-20, 2021.
The Blizzard video touches on gaming communities pulling together during the pandemic, the Blizzard team working from home, the delayed release of the latest WoW expansion, Shadowlands, now set to release on November 23, 2020, and some updates to WoW classic. The video also gives a peek at the new expansion of Hearthstone, “Madness at the Dark Moon Faire.” The Hearthstone expansion will come with a new mode called “Duels.”
Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, also talks about their new machine learning system that they designed to help remove toxic chat from their games. So far, the new AI system is in place in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and just recently, they added the machine learning system to World of Warcraft.