At the time of writing Im 38,000 feet in the air above Oklahoma heading straight to Santa Ana in a comfortable exit row. Next Friday starts the first of two days for Blizzcon and Im ready to get you the scoop on whats going on there along with many of the other Ten Ton Hammer team members. Last year Blizzards big announcement was the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack now due out in roughly a month. Whats going to be waiting for us this year?
Thats an excellent question with no true answers. We know that theyll be announcing many things for their various other franchises but weve got to wonder what well see for World of Warcraft. There is nothing but speculation and rumors right now, but there is no better speculation than from someone with experience from the con.
The convention is huge. So huge that tickets sold out at lightening fast speeds on the day they went for sale. The community was in a uproar. People who were willing to spend 500-700 dollars for a ticket, 800 dollars for a hotel, and at the local prices near Disney World upwards to 20 dollars a meal on the fly were gobbling tickets up like mad. The convention is so popular that while on board this flight I can see one fellow wearing last years Blizzard t-shirt on the other isle on a flight departing out of Atlanta a full three days before the convention. What are the odds?
Each convention were introduced to some form of multiple major announcements. For this year Id put money on the announcement of the next expansion. Im serious. Blizzard long ago told us that they wanted to get an expansion out once a year or year and a half. Its been about a year and 2 months since the announcement of Wrath of the Lich King and well be seeing the launch next month. So why not announce the next expansion?
Many players feel that the story for WoW should simply end with Wrath of the Lich King. Once Arthas Menethil has been defeated then what is left? The problem with this logic is that the franchise has been and will remain an ever evolving franchise. Sure the story might not feel as authentic because it wasnt based off a RTS game, but itll be as authentic as it can get coming from the minds of Blizzard. Lets not even get started on the massive amounts of lore that surround the game.
So the idea that theyve ran out of material is incorrect. There is even stuff like the Emerald Dream, Elemental Plane, planets within the twisting nether, and the sea between Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. That's just scratching the surface too!
Of course, outside of an expansion announcement, well probably see the usual panels and details about upcoming game changes and explanations behind the various things coming with and in the near future to Wrath of the Lich King. So as far as WoW goes well be loaded full of juicy details on the future of the franchise.
Now, for those of you who are Blizzard fans (which my made up on the spot statistic based on how cold I am and how pretty the view is) states that there is a 80% chance that you are. There is going to be more for you than ever at Blizzcon. Starcraft 2 was announced last year but we didnt really get any meaty details on it. This year Im sure were going to get a full rundown of everything on the game.
During the World Wide Invitational Blizzard introduced us to Diablo 3. Just like last year with Starcraft 2s announcement we were left with little substance and a lot of questions. At Blizzcon its for certain that theyre going to tell us more about Diablo 3 than he we want to hear. Without a doubt thats going to be at the forefront, getting as much attention as WoW if not more.
Now, in the purely speculation department, we might see some details about the upcoming MMORPG set to release a few years from now. I will say that I believe its way too early from them to announce anything past the current its in production phase. They have a lot on their plate this convention with Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Wrath of the Lich King, and a possible WoW expansion. So Im going to go ahead and nix out any ideas about that.
For those of you who wont be watching the pay-per-view all day or attending then be sure to stick around Ten Ton Hammer for all of the details on the event. Weve got a large team heading there to cover the event and well be uploading videos and articles like mad as things come in. So stick around and get ready for yearly excitement that Blizzcon brings.
As for myself Im going to continue using my notebook to keep warm and hope the large tray of coffee being ran up and down the isles doesnt find its way into my lap.
See you Thursday! On a side note, one nice thing is when your laptop timer and the flight timer match. Such a comfortable feeling.
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