The opening ceremony of Blizzcon was a little odd. Chris Metzen spent most of the time talking about this year’s motif: ‘There’s a hero in all of us’ by posting pictures of geeky stuff (following the audience shouting “Geek is…” before each picture came up) and relating it to imagination and nostalgia. I didn’t understand why they were wasting so much time displaying pictures of Star Wars and Thundercats until Metzen interviewed with the commentators after and said that this year they actually discussed not having a Blizzcon because they had nothing “super” to announce (other than the Demon Hunter). Metzen actually paid respects to EverQuest during the presentation crediting it as starting it all and then got emotional talking about Star Wars… so you know they had absolutely nothing to talk about at this point.
Diablo 3 PvP Arenas are the only announcement worth discussion so far. As you would expect, it looked just like WoW’s arenas. The thought of arenas makes me ill, but it works in theory with Diablo. PvP rooms were created all the time in previous Diablos. People would join them and just fight outside the first town’s borders. People would jump out and kill each other and it was the best we could do with the tools we were given. Essentially this pits people against each other in an atmosphere conducive to actual competitive PvP. While some will criticize arenas in Diablo, you would be ignorant not to recognize that this is just the natural direction it was always going.
I’m still hoping for -some- sort of “super” announcement, but I think they’re going to hold back and make 2011 a Blizzcon to crush all their competition.