Continuing forth with all of the game developers and publishers showing up at SDCC this year, Blizzard is also back and bringing with it the fun of Overwatch and Hearthstone. It may not be as it was last year with The Lich King taking over for a bit, but it will be here to bring us more of their titles in the way of panels and collectibles some will be able to pick up if they are out there. All of that and Blizzard will also be setting up a cool little off-site for Overwatch fans so they can hop into the game in a way and show off to the world. If that is your kind of bag at the end of the day.
There will be a few behind the scenes looks at Hearthstone and Overwatch's new character from Blizzard. All of that and the usual signing opportunities that we usually get at SDCC. Of course, that is if you want to ignore all of the exclusive items that Blizzard will have from the POP! toys and other plush items that come from the games directly. Hopefully you will be able to take advantage of it all during the week now that you are fully in the know of it all. Just be sure to keep an eye out for it all and be ready to tackle each with fervor.
Behind the Cards: The Art of Blizzard's Hearthstone, Thursday July 19, 12:00pm–1:00pm Room 5AB
Ben Thompson (art director), Hadidjah Chamberlain (senior FX artist), Jomaro Kindred (senior concept artist), and Matt Dixon (illustrator) offer a deep dive into the world of card creation for Blizzard Entertainment’s hit digital card game Hearthstone. Surprise and delight await as panelists walk attendees through the development of cards from the upcoming expansion, The Boomsday Project, from initial concept sketches to final card art.
Behind the Scenes of Overwatch's Newest Hero, Friday July 20, 3:15pm–4:15pm Room 6BCF
Overwatch developers Michael Chu (lead writer), Arnold Tsang (assistant art director), Geoff Goodman (lead hero designer), and Geoffrey Garnett (senior sound designer) present a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing the story, art, and gameplay kit for Overwatch's newest hero, Wrecking Ball. Learn more about Overwatch hero design and participate in Q&A with the developers after the panel.
Chapters and Panels: Blizzard Publishing, Saturday July 21, 3:30pm–4:30pm Room 5AB
See how Blizzard's many worlds are crafted into compelling art and narrative through an array of books and comics. Some of the industry's top authors discuss how they bring to life engaging stories that expand and widen the universes of Blizzard's games through the perspectives of some of gaming's most unique characters. Panelists will highlight recent releases, hint at what may be yet to come, and perhaps unveil a surprise or two. Moderated by Blizzard Publishing senior editor Cate Gary. Panelists include Christie Golden, Jody Houser, Mark Evanier, and Steve Danuser.
Attendees will be able to purchase the following items from the Blizzard Entertainment Booth #140
Tokidoki Signing, July 21 2:00pm–4:00pm Blizzard Booth #140
Attendees will have the chance for a signature from Simone Legno, founder of Tokidoki
Signing is limited, wristband distribution will be Saturday morning at the Blizzard Booth
Christie Golden Signing July 21 5:00pm–6:30pm Blizzard Booth #140
Writer of the New York Times bestselling World Of Warcraft novel Before the Storm
Overwatch Payload Tour, July 18-22 Omni Hotel Floor 4 Grand Ballroom
Choose from a selection of Overwatch weapons (Henchmen Studios-created props)
Step onto the 360-degree rotating stage, where you’ll be transported into an Overwatch map
Share a video of the experience with friends and the Overwatch community
Every participant will receive an exclusive Overwatch pin
GameStop Grillmaster 76 Cosplayer Photo Op from Henchmen Studios, July 20 SDCC Show Floor
Find the Grillmaster 76 Cosplayer on the show floor for a unique photo-op!
Were you hoping for more from Blizzard here or does it make sense that things are as they are given Blizzcon not being far off? Are you excited to see what they have to show for the new character in Overwatch or will you just wait until they launch to take a look? Will you be out there fighting for these exclusives or will you just buy them at a later time? Let us all know down in the comments and then feel free to discuss as you wish. For more SDCC and Blizzard news though, be sure to stick close to the site and our social media. We will be coving everything that we can during and beyond the event.