Two big things that came out this week, and you can expect to hear on the show. First, we have firm dates for Blizzcon 2013! Blizz announced on Tuesday that the convention will be on November 8th and 9th. Scott had said previously on the Morning Stream that he was planning on attending at this point. You can find the full press release here, but it’s pretty boiler plate:
BLIZZCON!!!!!! The seventh BlizzCon is coming to the Anaheim Convention Center Friday, November 8 andSaturday, November 9, 2013. Those who join us for this epic community gathering will experience two solid days of hands-on time with the latest Blizzard games, in-depth developer discussion panels, intense eSports action featuring some of the top players in the world, and a variety of other exciting activities and events. Further details on the show, including ticket pricing and availability, will be posted here on BlizzCon.com at a later date. In the meantime, check out the press release for more info and prepare to help us blow Anaheim’s mind.
Also, most of you had heard that the Sony Press Conference took place this week where the Playstation 4 was announced. Interesting stuff all around, I did a full write-up here for those with any interest in console-y type stuff. And, if you’re not interested, then Chris Metzen may change your mind. Much to the surprise of all, Chris spoke at the press conference and announced that Diablo 3 will be coming PS3 and PS4. Chris labeled this as a “strategic partnership”, though nothing was mentioned beyond Diablo. He also mentioned that Diablo would be fully playable at PAX East this year. Most have agreed that Diablo lends itself really well to consoles, so this announcement doesn’t come as much of a surprise. What was surprising is that Blizzard partnered with Sony against Microsoft, though it was never explicitly stated that Diablo would on come to only the Playstation. A lot of questions have been rolling around in gamer’s heads about whether anyone actually cares about Diablo coming to a console, especially since the replay-ability of Diablo III was notoriously poor.
Either way, I’m sure the Instance will be discussing these things at length this week. And, be sure to look out for the interview announcement from Scott this week. Word on the Street is that it is someone who is very high up in the Warcraft community.