BlizzCon 2022, which was supposed to be a largely virtual event in February along with small face-to-face gatherings, has been canceled. The decision comes amid ongoing lawsuits and investigations into widespread sexual harassment and discrimination at Activision Blizzard.
Blizzard says that the energy normally devoted to hosting the annual convention will instead be “supporting our teams and progressively developing our games and experiences.”
With BlizzCon missing next year, Blizzard will also take the extra time to “rethink” what the event might look like.
“The first BlizzCon was held 16 years ago and a lot has changed since then – most notably the different ways players and communities can come together and feel like they’re part of something bigger,” Blizzard said in a statement. “Whatever the event is in the future, we also need to make it as safe, welcoming and inclusive as possible.”
Announcements of new games and updates are usually posted at BlizzCon every year, but while there won’t be BlizzCon 2022, there will still be news on that front in the coming months.
“We have a lot of exciting news and releases to share with you,” Blizzard said in a statement. “You will continue to hear about them through our franchise channels, and the talented people of the BlizzCon team will play a role in supporting these efforts.”
Blizzard is currently working on Diablo IV, Overwatch 2, and presumably the next World of Warcraft expansion. None of the titles mentioned above have an official release date.