The Daily Grind: Do you even have any expectations left for BlizzCon?

    
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Nah.

So. Today’s the first day of BlizzCon. Normally, we take the opportunity to ask our community about their expectations and predictions for BlizzCon. But, uh. At this point, do you have any? Because… my expectations couldn’t be lower. Blizzard hyped Diablo then basically said to not expect any big game announcements. Then it told everyone not to expect a new Overwatch map reveal as in past cons. Hearthstone lost some of its key designers this year, so my hopes aren’t up there. The WoW Classic demo leaks took most of the fun out of that. And earlier this week, Blizzard set about lowering expectations for modern World of Warcraft fans while simultaneously reassuring panicked fans that there will be something.

I am not the only person wondering this. “Part of me wonders if Blizzard did too good a job damping down the Diablo hype, to the point where nobody is expecting anything from this convention.” Blizzard Watch’s Matt Rossi wrote yesterday, basically making the point that it’s ridiculous that “Blizzard actually needed to write a post saying we are in fact going to talk about the world’s biggest MMO at the convention that exists because of said MMO.” And it is.

Do you even have any expectations left for BlizzCon? If so, what are they?

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Bruno Brito

I’m laughing at that question, honestly.

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Sorenthaz

I’m late to comment but no I didn’t really have many expectations for Blizzcon, my predictions were basically:

WoW, SC2, HotS, Overwatch, and Hearthstone would get ‘the norm’ (hero reveals, cinematics, etc.).

WoW Classic would be talked about further with or without a launch date.

Diablo would get maybe a remaster announcement or maybe some new content for D3.

So I guess the results of my expectations were that I wasn’t surprised by what they announced for most of it. Warcraft 3 Reforged was an amazingly pleasant surprise, but Diablo Immortals was a horrible way to end the opening ceremony. It’s like a mix of “great I’m glad Blizzard is remembering who they were” but then “…nevermind Blizzard is still out of touch.”

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Rumm

There has to be SOMETHING up their sleeve right? Is an updated version of a 20 year old game good enough to warrant that ticket cost? Even just a “hey we’re working on something cool here’s a 30 second trailer” would be better than what I’m going into it expecting.

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Sorenthaz

Looks like that ‘something’ was Warcraft 3 Reforged and WoW Classic for the most part.

Then Diablo Immortal killed all excitement at the end of the opening ceremony.

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Jellozz

I don’t really see how they lowered expectations for current WoW players at all. People (for some reason that made no sense) were expecting them to talk about 8.1 at Blizzcon but they told us they would be talking about content beyond 8.1. If anything that is quite the opposite, it should be something for players to look forward to.

I know I am looking forward to it, it’s basically a make or break for BFA as far as I am concerned. If 8.2 is just going to be more content in the BFA model I’ll know that the expansion is a lost cause. If they get up there and actually start talking about more core system changes then we might be onto something.

I am not talking about just “changing the RNG” either, which a lot of people seem to think would be a panacea for the game. It would not be, BFA needs much more fundamental system changes. They tried to slap Legion concepts onto a new expansion but also gutted all of those things (with the exception of M+) to the point where they basically serve no real purpose. It’s not unsalvageable, but it’s not going to be a simple fix either.

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Gene Elder

Im playing a WoW emulator with upgraded graphic models. Im enjoying the models and the game mechanics like talent trees and weapon proficiencies. I really hope Blizz decides to give players a toggle to determine if they get modern graphics or classic graphics. Im not a purist when it comes to visuals. I hated the classic hyena models, even back then.

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Bruno Brito

I feel you.

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Greaterdivinity

Oh right…it starts today. As long as they announce a D2 remaster I don’t care what else they announce or share. That’s all I want out of Blizzard anymore.

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rafael12104

D2 remastered? YES, please.

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rafael12104

Nah. Are we supposed too?

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Ironwu

Well, the so-called ‘WoW Classic Demo Leaks’ really were nothing.

My only hope for the con is to see streams/vids of the WoW Classic demo being played so I can judge if it is a true classic vanilla experience.

I have hopes, but I also have doubts. We will see.

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Schmidt.Capela

Nope, because I’m not really interested in any of the Blizzard games at this moment.

Diablo 3 managed to lose my interest due to the seasons (and seasonal rewards). The “do it now or forever lose this reward” approach only works on me for a very short while, before its effect is reversed and it pushes me away from the game instead.

I’m not a fan of Overwatch. Heck, I have the game but never installed it. Between the emphasis on lootboxes and the lack of a proper (and permanent) single player mode, I’m not really interested.

I’m not interested in the least in Heartstone due to it basically being a PvP game with power progression. I would only play if both me and my opponent had access to the same cards, in the same numbers, to assemble our decks (which is why I only play Magic with proxy cards).

HotS is a MOBA, and I can’t really stand MOBAs due to the mix of PvP and PvE in the genre.

Finally, Blizzard drove me away from WoW a long time ago with the restriction on flight and the increased focus on raiding. As for Classic WoW, I would be interested if it was a based on WotLK; I have little interest in playing Vanilla.

I’ll still keep an eye on it, though, because certain changes to their games (like an offline mode for D3 or a proper solo campaign for Overwatch) could get me to spend money with those games again, and even if that doesn’t happen Blizzard is influential enough that it is always worth to pay attention to what they are doing.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“The “do it now or forever lose this reward” approach only works on me for a very short while, before its effect is reversed and it pushes me away from the game instead.”

Oh I personally even outright avoid it.

I think it’s popular now but there may be a ‘bubble’ forming.

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Teh Beardling

Aside from my fevered dream of something starcraft thats not an RTS, I have no expectations from blizzard anymore. Aside from overwatch, I have been completely underwhelmed by blizzard these past few years.