Start booking your flights to Anaheim and mark your calendars for October 22nd, ladies and germs, because that is the official date for this year’s BlizzCon. Quite a bit later than last year, but if you’ve followed the development of the event since its inception in 2005, you might note that it has alternated dates every time. The first, third (and now, fifth) BlizzCons have taken place in mid-late October, while the second and fourth played out towards the end of August. I don’t know if there’s some conscious trend here, but it does have at least one interesting implication for the company’s 2010 releases. Namely, World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Cataclysm.
The only hint of a release date we’ve ever gotten was that it would hit retail shelves by the time the next ‘Con rolled around, which means that it will likely hit late in the year at this point. Heck, let’s be honest. Knowing Blizzard’s track record with pushing back release dates, I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave Deathwing and pals one last hurrah at the convention before launching the game sometime in November. If that ends up being the case, then I’m not sure if 3.3.5’s Ruby Sanctum raid is going to be enough to hold people over, even if recreating Azeroth is an awful lot of work. But I’m tip-toeing into a completely different post here, let’s get back on topic!
Though they’re staying hush-hush about what games we might see this year (and what would surprise announcements be if they weren’t, you know, surprises?), Blizzard has put up a helpful FAQ with all known details of the event. It’ll likely be a few months before the ticket lines open, but you will only be able to order them online through the Blizzard Store. The queue system is reported to work similar to the way it did in 2009, meaning that you better start training your link-clicking finger for what is basically the equivalent of a nerd-friendly Olympic event. Come early, or don’t come at all. Might I suggest that you keep your skills sharp by perusing LoreHound on a regular basis (wink, wink)? Here, go ahead, click it. The burn feels good, doesn’t it?
On that note, hopefully we can look forward to a bevy of “Packing For BlizzCon 2010” posts once October 22nd rolls around. And, should we all fail to be so lucky, paid event streaming through the television or online likely proved popular enough last time to warrant a second round.