BlizzCon reveals the first digital freebie and prepares for more pre-show build-a-panel fun

    
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Here we go again.

Begun, the BlizzCon has. Sort of. Yesterday’s video reveal of what promises to be the first of several virtual freebies from the Virtual Ticket (an Overwatch skin dressing Sombra up as a Diablo III Demon Hunter) was just the beginning; there are going to be more videos going live between now and when the event itself actually begins. There’s also a promise of letting the community decide what they would like to see from a video panel with a build-a-panel workshop.

New to this year’s virtual ticket is the ability to watch the show directly from the Battle.net app on your desktop, in addition to the usual means of browsers or mobile apps. And, of course, there’s the promise of more digital stuff getting revealed before the show, so you can find out what your World of Warcraft pet (it’s almost always a pet) will look like. There’s even a new infographic just below, if you’d like to know some stats on the company’s games before BlizzCon arrives in full force.

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Angel

Raising the price and then not even telling us what we get for the money up front is a pure money grab, I’m waiting to see if it’s even worth it before I shell out $50.00 for a virtual ticket….this may end up being the first year since they started the virtual ticket that I skip out on it.

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Dug From The Earth

I wish they would just list ALL the freebies up front. They arent getting my money until I know what im getting, and if I even like it.

I cant imagine this “Hype building” is bringing them any additional sales vs if they just announced everything in full and then promoted it after.

There is no benefit or gain to pay now, rather than to simply wait and see… which is just dumb marketing.

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Sorenthaz

They always take awhile to announce all the unlockables for some reason.

Normally it’s basically:

1. WoW – Pet (with the rare occasion where it’s a mount or something else special)

2. Starcraft 2 – Portraits

3. Diablo 3 – Some sort of vanity between pets, icon frames, banner cosmetics, or pennants/wings.

4. Overwatch – character skin (though this year’s is a Legendary compared to the Epic reskins of Bastion/Winston).

5. Hearthstone – Maybe a special card or a card back.

6. Heroes of the Storm – a ‘nexus’ variant of an existing mount + maybe a portrait or whatnot.

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Dug From The Earth

Yeah, I realize they took awhile to announce them, but this time around, they are staggering them even more.. announcing one thing at a time, spread out over the course of several weeks.

This is something new, that they only started doing in 2017.

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latorn

If only they put as much money into BFA as they do their marketing!

(You can’t tell me Blizzard can’t afford voice actors for at least their main quests when GW2 and ESO manage it for every quest just fine!).

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Dug From The Earth

Um, most of the main quests in WoW now have voice actors. Especially the quests that come as part of the base expansion.

If you are talking about older main quest line content, then yeah.. not much, if any, voice acting there unfortunately.

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DG

Geez, who cares already!

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Nick Martin

Ugh…

I mean, were they looking for a way to one-up the asinine concept of “teasers for trailers?” We’re now at teasers for previews of giveaways for a con?