Blizzard has announced official dates for its online-only BlizzCon 2021 celebration, dubbed “BlizzConline.”

BlizzConline is scheduled for February 19 and February 20, 2021, and while Blizzard doesn’t have a lot of info on what will be shown just yet, it did set expectations with its announcement, while also announcing some community event plans.

“While circumstances are keeping us from gathering in person this year, we’re putting together a little something early next year to channel the spirit of BlizzCon into the form of an online show,” Blizzard said in its announcement. “We still have a lot of planning to do, and it’ll be some time before we’re ready to share more details — but we wanted to provide a heads-up on how you can be a part of the online fun.”

Despite the lack of a real-world gathering place, BlizzConline will still feature a number of fan community events. There’s the annual cosplay contest, divided up into four different categories: Best character, best weapons and armor, best modern creation, and best traditional creation. Cosplayers will be submitting videos and photos rather than walking out onto a stage.

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BlizzConline will also feature an art contest, digital storytelling contest, a talent spotlight, and a virtual “March of the Murlocs,” where fans dress up as Blizzard’s bipedal frog-like creatures.

You can find rules and additional details about all those BlizzConline fan events here.

BlizzConline is far from the only major games industry show to be impacted by COVID-19 and the ensuing restrictions on large social gatherings. Game studios and developers are also having to restructure how they continue on with their work.

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Joseph Knoop is a writer for IGN…again…finally.
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