BlizzCon 2009 confirmed for August

Third WOW expansion to be announced?

Blizzard has confirmed dates for the fourth BlizzCon fan convention. This year's event will return to its usual home of the Anaheim Convention Center near Los Angeles on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August.

In reponse to the five-figure crowds drawn by the last two BlizzCons, this year's event is being expanded from three convention halls to four. No specific details of the convention's line-up were given, but the outline indicates business as usual: hands-on with upcoming Blizzard games, panels with developers, tournaments, community contests and more.

Previous BlizzCons have seen the announcement of the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansions to World of Warcraft, and we'd lay money on a third add-on being revealed at this year's event.

However, Blizzard has plenty of other things to talk about: the StarCraft II trilogy, the first instalment of which is likely to hit this year; Diablo III, unveiled at last year's Paris Worldwide Invitational and playable at BlizzCon 2008; and its unannounced next MMO, which recently lured a lead designer from WOW.

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