Tickets go on sale this week for BlizzCon 2013
(November 8-9). Tickets are $175 a pop, which is pretty much a year's subscription to World of Warcraft
, even at the highest rate. The window of opportunity to buy tickets is short, too, but they'll be sold in two batches: on April 24 at 7 p.m. Pacific, and April 27 at 10 a.m. Pacific. And that's it. This Wednesday and Saturday. Blizzard says the tickets sell out "hyper fast."
It's been a good six
or eight years
since I set foot on Azeroth. If that's actually its name--the memory escapes me. But since then, there have been plenty of MMOs that've opened and shut down, went free-to-play and shut down, or just shut down before they even launched: Auto Assault
, City of Heroes
, Hellgate: London
, Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa
--the list goes on. The MMO graveyard is dark and fraught with peril.
Yet here we are, nine years on from whence the once and future king of MMOs launched, and the flagship of BlizzCon, World of Warcraft
, is as inseparable from the fabric of American life today as it was nearly a decade ago. The same can be said for Europe, South Korea, China, and Brazil; all places where Blizzard has set up permanent residence.
BlizzCon is a celebration of all things Blizzard, of course, so while it's not strictly a WoW
pageant, the first BlizzCon didn't even happen until WoW
blew up on the scene. Still, it's safe to say that Diablo
will be well-represented at this year's event. Perhaps even more so since Blizzard called off BlizzCon 2012 last year due to their "jam-packed schedule" of releases involving Diablo III
, WoW: Mists of Pandaria
, and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
But it's 2013 now, and there are Blizzard fans that haven't been to a BlizzCon since the iPhone 4S! But have no fear--during that hiatus, the cosplayers have been putting in work