Blizzard has announced the two dates on which fans will have a chance to try (and most likely fail) to buy tickets to Blizzcon 2011. May 21st and 25th! Save the date! Thanks to Neinball for the tip.

    On-Sale Dates:

    • Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time
    • Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time

    Price: $175 USD each (limit 4 per household)

    What?s Included:

    • One BlizzCon badge that grants access to the convention
    • BlizzCon goody bag containing exclusive swag (contents to be announced)
    • Opportunity to participate in a limited-time, online BlizzCon merchandise sale before the show (details to be announced)

    Will you try to buy? Did you try last year? Do you not care since you believe D3 will be in beta by October 2011, and thus you’ll have better things to do?

    Update: Several fans have pointed out the centrality of Diablo III in the little tickets image on this year’s page (seen above). Is this an indication that Diablo III will receive the heavy coverage at this year’s show? This isn’t the official show poster; we won’t see that for some time yet, but if you look at last year’s poster you can see that SC2 was the dominant image, with Diablo and Deathwing squeezed over to the sides.

    We know that Blizzard really wants to release Diablo III this year, and that baring huge delays (which are always possible) D3 should be well into the beta test come October, with promotion scaling up for the release in late 2011 or early 2012. The first SC2 expansion should also be a big focus at Blizzcon 2011, with the game due in early 2012 (18 months after the July 2010 release). The same is not true of WoW, Cataclysm was released in December 2010, putting the next expansion in mid-2012 at the soonest. Not that that means we’re likely to see any less coverage of Blizzard’s cash cow at the show.

    On the other hand, you see the 2009 Blizzcon tickets image to the right, with Diablo III in front there as well. And as we know, D3 took a distant back seat to Starcraft 2 and WoW at Blizzcon 2009 and 2010.  (Though the Blizzcon 2009 poster was fairly Neapolitan in the space allocation.)

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