It’s time again for world’s largest gaming expo: gamescom is happening August 22 – 26 in Cologne, Germany. Let’s have a look at Blizzard’s plans!
Blizzard = Exhibition Hall 7
This year, Blizzard fills more than half of exhibition hall 7. The floor plan shows the big center stage we already know from past years, four big areas they usually used for lots of gaming stations and seven smaller booths. It is already confirmed, that all current Blizzard games will be playable and most major IPs do have new content released around gamescom:
- World of Warcraft: Patch 7.3 might be playable as the PTR build is quite finished already
- StarCraft: Remastered launches August 14 – just in time for gamescom
- Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne releases August 10 – just in time as well
- Overwatch brings back Summer Games until August 29
- Heroes of the Storm looks a bit poor right now, let’s wait and see
Official Blizzard Schedule
Blizzard has recently launched their official gamescom microsite with a handy schedule overview, check it out here: http://gamescom.blizzard.com/en-gb/schedule
New WoW Expansion? New Patch?
Blizzard treated German Warcraft Fans really well in the past: 2015 Legion was revealed at gamescom, one year later, they created the Legion Cafe in the heart of Cologne and Ion Hazzikostas did reveal Patch 7.1 – Return to Karazhan.
Sadly this year might be a bit more… calm. The World of Warcraft team did a good job at keeping players busy and as said above, 7.3 is just around the corner. There is no actual need to reveal something big from a marketing perspective. Of course, there will be a Patch 7.3.5, but Blizzard uses them mostly for class balancing things.
Wednesday, 18:00 CEST: Blizzard Reveal Ceremony
We will find out soon: a large keynote is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23 starting 18:00 CEST. The Devs most probably will talk about every Blizzard game and the title “Reveal Ceremony” sounds at least… promising 😉
World of Warcraft European Championship Finals
A lot of stage time will be taken by the WoW Arena European Championship Finals. Six teams from across the continent will battle for a share of the $100,000 USD prize pool. The tournament will be streamed on twitch.tv/warcraft as well, check out Blizzard’s announcement post and the gamescom schedule page for some more details.
WoW PvE: Dungeon Challenge
There will be a Mythic+ Dungeon Challenge again this year. Despite having stopped raiding recently, German top guild set sail for fail will battle Nova through some Mythic+ speedruns. The competition will happen on:
- Wednesday, 11:00 CEST
- Friday, 10:30 CEST
- Saturday, 10:30 CEST
The challenge will be broadcasted live on Blizzard’s gamescom stream.
Official Stream & Streamers
Just as last year, there will be an official Blizzard stream (hosted by Kaelaris, Soe and Turps) and a variety of streamers broadcasting live from gamescom as well. The schedule for the official stream can be found here. A list of peoples streaming live from the booth can be found below.
- World of Warcraft
- Heroes of the Storm
We will update this article once we know all the details and hope to see you at gamescom!