Video game developer Blizzard Entertainment has announced that it will replace the previously canceled BlizzCon 2020 with an all-online alternative called BlizzConline.
"Set your chronometers, flip your hourglasses, set a notification on your phone – however you mark the passage of time, save the date for BlizzConline, which is scheduled for February 19-20, 2021!" the company said in the announcement.
BlizzCon 2020 was canceled in May due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Although it was not announced whether games would appear at the online event, Blizzard shared activities and guidelines for doing so.
The event features a Community Showcase, "an opportunity for cosplay artisans, artists and other community creators to take part in the show and display their talent through a mix of world-class competition and exciting exhibitions."
The storefront has a cosplay exhibition and cosplay competition with categories such as best character, best weapons and armor, best modern creation, and best traditional creation. Blizzard is also planning an arts and digital storytelling competition that will ask "aspiring digital filmmakers and filmmakers" to create an "original, story-driven short film based on Blizzard's game universes."
Blizzard also announced an online talent spotlight "to celebrate the wide range of unique talent and exceptional skills of the Blizzard community around the world". The game developer said he wanted solo acts or groups that were "musical, physical, magical, whimsical or otherwise".
One of the benchmarks at a BlizzCon in recent years has been the Murlocs March, when hundreds of people dressed as fictional characters march through the convention hall. For BlizzConline, prospective attendees can submit a video of themselves disguised as a Murloc, and Blizzard will virtually redesign the march.
Entries for any of the events must be submitted to Blizzard by January 4, 2021.
In the past few years, Blizzard has used the convention to announce games like Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, and Diablo 4. Blizzard has not announced any further aspects of this online-only event.
"We have a lot ahead of us and it will be some time before we're ready to share more details. However, we wanted to provide an overview of how you can be part of the fun online." the company said.