Blizzard Gamescom 2015 media briefing live report Finished

And that's a wrap! With World of Warcraft expansion details coming tomorrow, Blizzard made a bunch of smaller announcements across its busy slate. Hearthstone's Grand Tournament expansion is getting a Reveal mechanic, and some new cards were shown. The Infernal Shrines map was announced for Heroes of the Storm, alongside a new hero, Rexxar, and Artanis from StarCraft. Finally, StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void's Allied Commanders co-op mode was detailed. Join us for the latest on WOW tomorrow evening.

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  • UKPartisan 2 years ago

    Announce Diablo 4 pls
  • UKPartisan 2 years ago

    WoW too
  • UKPartisan 2 years ago

    Hearthstone bores me
  • Artenesse 2 years ago

    Seriously can't wait for the announcement tomorrow.
  • linklegend11 2 years ago

    When you say 'blizzcon style presentation afterwards', how long afterwards? :(
  • HeroJez 2 years ago

    Team 1 are finishing up LOTV, meaning they're doing groundwork on WC4 for sure.
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    Warcraft 4 pls
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    The sooner this releases, the sooner I can say HotS with certainty people know I mean Heroes!
  • HeroJez 2 years ago

    Never played a Starcraft game. :/
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    How about a 'technical beta'?
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    I was hoping we'd have something like wallriding with this character. Nice to see he'll have some sort of momentum to him!
  • faeint 2 years ago

    Sounds like Vox, from the Vainglory MOBA
  • arjan 2 years ago

    Are the songs by Hideki Naganuma?
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    Ah, but where's the graffiti mechanic?
  • HeroJez 2 years ago

    Ulgh, so cliché. :/
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    I hope he's a Jet Set Radio character through and through
  • Freezenification 2 years ago

    What *type* of dancing though? We need to know!
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    From my Twitter feed: "Huh, the payload isn't a bomb. It's an artifact you're returning to a museum. Very community minded."
  • linklegend11 2 years ago

    Wonder if they'll be announcing when Overwatch is going into beta :o
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    The Overwatch team's mantra: "What can we do with Planet Earth."
  • Freezenification 2 years ago

    Oh I googled and you're right. Its payment model is 'in flux'.
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    Nope, no confirmation on the pay model, an article from two months ago says as much and I'm not aware of any further announcements
  • benbarrett 2 years ago

    @Freezenification nah, it's just about 99.99% likely to be that way.
  • Freezenification 2 years ago

    @benbarrett it's been confirmed for F2P for a while now I believe.
  • benbarrett 2 years ago

    They confirmed it's F2P?
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    I imagine Overwatch and HotS are going to be kept separate for the foreseeable future
  • Badoink 2 years ago

    Release date for StarCraft 2 pls.
  • arjan 2 years ago

    No Rock N' Roll racing car, no sale.
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    I'd like to see another retro Blizzard character. Would it be too much to ask for the titular character of The Death and Return of Superman?
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    Not the boards!
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    can't wait for my nexus to be destroyed in the first 5 minutes with unleash the hounds
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    NO MATTER THE GAME, THERE IS NO ESCAPING THE FACE HUNTER
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    Going directly for heroes is new though, I think. Sounds delightfully terrifying
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    I hope the maps can continue to differentiate themselves objective-wise though. This shrine stuff sounds a little samey
  • Noctimor 2 years ago

    I really think Heroes is lovely, despite having little experience in any Blizzard IP, really.
  • Badoink 2 years ago

    elmareynosa pls
  • smirny 2 years ago

    you're welcome! :)
  • W4nT4n 2 years ago

    I think there is a penis-joke in all that Jousting somewhere...
  • smirny 2 years ago

    so these cards then... http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/968-new-card-reveals-from-gamescom
  • lodjikhs 2 years ago

    Reveal mechanic
  • HeroJez 2 years ago

    Have you seen his hair, though?.... O_o
  • Badoink 2 years ago

    Bertie, why does everybody likes you? I want to be like you.
  • pleshy 2 years ago

    Still not sure, though -- PEGI 7 can be intense at times.
  • JohnnyCullen 2 years ago

    Bertie = Jack Bauer 2.0.
  • HeroJez 2 years ago

    Blizzard - way to alienate 99% of your audience. It's like vehicular combat all over again.
  • Kiliko 2 years ago

    Not to be rude, but it literally says at the top of the page: 'the Californian studio is holding a good, old-fashioned, not-streamed-on-the-internet press conference at Gamescom this morning'. It's fairly evident there's no live stream.
  • HeroJez 2 years ago

    Overwatch is exciting. Although with Battleborn and ... that other one on the way, it might be a bit crowded, even for Blizzard with no proven IP to help it out the gates.
  • Quass 2 years ago

    Nope. There will be a stream tommorow, up until sunday.
  • TheDeathVortex 2 years ago

    Can we watch this live?
  • HeroJez 2 years ago

    Nope.
  • marlonspaans 2 years ago

    Is there no stream for the media briefing?
  • G-Lord 2 years ago

    Enjoy the show Bertie
  • Kiliko 2 years ago

    Well met.
  • pleshy 2 years ago

    Hello, Robert. Take it away.
  • benbarrett 2 years ago

    Have they said, uh, why?
  • pleshy 2 years ago

    Lovely, just the way I like it :)
  • pleshy 2 years ago

    No live stream for this briefing, correct?
  • benbarrett 2 years ago

    So this is going to be all the stuff they're revealing on stream through the week, sans-expansion, right?
  • Cartho 2 years ago

    We've got 30 mins till kick off, let's get hyped by watching all of the cinematic cutscenes from Warcraft 3. Because they're so fracking good.http://youtu.be/dfkiJXnSRM8
  • smirny 2 years ago

    HS TGT release date...?? It is due this month after all.
  • ExcitedSoup 2 years ago

    @resok Despite the Q2 earnings call mentioning that D3's release in China made for its largest growth yet?
  • Cartho 2 years ago

    I would kill for a remaster of WC3 and TFT. I honestly can't think of a better story in many games, let alone an RTS. So many sublime moments, and those cinematics... "what are you doing?""SUCCEEDING YOU."Shivers.
  • lodjikhs 2 years ago

    TGT release seems like it will be circa the 25th. Hopefully they announce something today.
  • Kiliko 2 years ago

    Was anyone expecting to see D3 here? Being as though they're announcing the new WoW expansion tomorrow and all. Think about it, people are already familiar with Overwatch and the new SC expansion is about to be released, and Blizz will likely need a big announcement/event for Blizzcon in November. If we're going to see any D3 news, it'll be there.
  • Radish 2 years ago

    Any idea why this isn't being live streamed?
  • Malek86 2 years ago

    No Diablo 3 news? Well, I'm out of here.
  • computerhrd 2 years ago

    it was awful @podgek293
  • podgek293 2 years ago

    Missed the EA conference.... anything worth watching it for?
  • computerhrd 2 years ago

    Any chance for announcement of when the overwatch beta will start?
  • Cartho 2 years ago

    Warcraft 4 please. For the love of God. Or Warcraft 3 and Frozen Throne remastered in the Starcraft 2 engine. Seriously blizzard, those were the best stories ever told in an RTS. JUST TAKE MY MONEY.
  • Samael_Blackwing 2 years ago

    Since diablo 3 news is ruled out...Blizzard will announce Diablo 4 for sure!
  • Resok 2 years ago

    Sad to see Diablo not mentioned in the sub-title. Guess the game really is on the way down.
  • Ferx 2 years ago

    im so calling it, half life 4 is announced today. it picks up where half life 3 left off. no one understands a single thing

Our live coverage has now ended. Here's what you missed: Updating...

10:08 By Oli Welsh

It's not for want of love for Diablo 3 in the EG office, believe me! A D3 dev confirmed it won't be there on Twitter. Don't count the game out yet though - I wouldn't be surprised to see news at BlizzCon in November.

Resok says:

Sad to see Diablo not mentioned in the sub-title. Guess the game really is on the way down.

10:12 By Oli Welsh

If there's ever going to be a Warcraft 4, it's years away. Team 1 is busy with StarCraft 2 and Heroes of the Storm. Remasters, though... that might be another matter.

Cartho says:

Warcraft 4 please. For the love of God. Or Warcraft 3 and Frozen Throne remastered in the Starcraft 2 engine. Seriously blizzard, those were the best stories ever told in an RTS. JUST TAKE MY MONEY.

10:17 By Oli Welsh

Reckon this is a good bet, though expect a gradual roll-out in typical Blizzard style.

computerhrd says:

Any chance for announcement of when the overwatch beta will start?

10:45 By Martin Robinson

We are in!

10:46 By Martin Robinson

And, as I'm sure you'll all be delighted to hear, the wi-fi is good. Blizzard know how to do internet, unsurprisingly.

10:47 By Martin Robinson

No Diablo news - that's been confirmed already - and The World of Warcraft reveal is tomorrow afternoon.

10:48 By Martin Robinson

Which still leaves StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and Hearthstone.

10:48 By Martin Robinson

Not a shabby batch, really.

10:57 By Oli Welsh

Correct. We're partying like it's 2007 here.

pleshy says:

No live stream for this briefing, correct?

10:58 By Robert Purchese

Hello everybody! For some reason they're letting me be the one to report this. Oh ho ho.

11:00 By Robert Purchese

It's very peaceful in here, Hearthstone tavern music tinkling in the background. You know, I'd like to own a pub like that, all pewter tankards clanging and raucous fantasy rabble.

11:02 By Robert Purchese

The conference is starting in a few moments. Plenty of people here now. Projected Blizzard logos floating on the walls around us. This would be better in costume.

11:02 By Robert Purchese

Thanks!

G-Lord says:

Enjoy the show Bertie

11:04 By Robert Purchese

Blizzard has got an awful lot on its slate at the moment - more than I can ever remember. Pity we'll have to wait for the WOW expansion announcement until tomorrow, though. I couldn't even coax a hint of what it will be from the PR, who's a very lovely man.

11:05 By Martin Robinson

I witnessed Bertie's interrogation skills when he asked that. It was brutal.

11:05 By Robert Purchese

Lights down, we're going to start!

11:06 By Robert Purchese

Guy Cunis, Blizzard PR, is making sure we don't film or use flash photography - and at just that moment someone took a picture. What utter mad bants.

11:07 By Robert Purchese

Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament up first, with Hamilton Chu and Mike Donais to present.

11:07 By Robert Purchese

Trailer first. Raged 7 for PEGI FYI - it's OK for your kids. We've seen this trailer before - it's the announcement one.

11:08 By Robert Purchese

Show us some cards! Inspire us! Get it? Inspire? No?

11:09 By Robert Purchese

Mukla's Champion Inspires 1/1 whenever you use your Hero power. This is the main new mechanic of the expansion in case you don't know.

11:09 By Robert Purchese

Legendary card Gormok the Impaler has a Battlecry where, if you have at least 4 other minions, he deals 4 damage.

11:10 By Robert Purchese

Bolster new spell. Give minions Taunt and 2/2. Burgle adds 2 random class cards t your hand (from your opponent's class).

11:10 By Robert Purchese

They're unveiling a brand new mechanic...

11:10 By Oli Welsh

Be careful what you wish for.

Badoink says:

Bertie, why does everybody likes you? I want to be like you.

11:10 By Robert Purchese

Something to do with jousting and steeds...

11:11 By Robert Purchese

It's Jousting, the new mechanic!

11:11 By Robert Purchese

Master Jouster, rare, has a Battlecry that when you Joust you reveal a minion in each deck. If yours costs more, gain taunt and divine shield.

11:12 By Robert Purchese

Each jouster reveals minions in each deck, and if your card costs more, it triggers a mechanic. It's a gamble, in other words, as jousting is - to some degree. Don't joust with The Mountain if you know what I mean.

11:13 By Robert Purchese

I didn't catch all the individual cards there, but that's the gist of it.

11:13 By Robert Purchese

Mike Donais, senior gameplay designer, is talking about some quality of life changes now. It's the Highest Rank Bonus.

11:13 By Robert Purchese

People who hit a high rank don't want to play anymore and lose rank. Not applicable to me because I don't get above 24.

11:14 By Robert Purchese

Now they memorise your recent rank in your Quest Log. At the end of the month you get a small bonus for whichever rank you achieve, and it depends on how high you got.

11:14 By Robert Purchese

At rank 17 the example is a new card back, a new rare card and some dust. It's all coming out this month.

11:15 By Robert Purchese

Note: no specific date beyond August.

11:15 By Robert Purchese

Dustin Browder now to talk about Heroes of the Storm.

11:15 By Robert Purchese

Thanks!

11:15 By Robert Purchese

We're seeing stuff from the Eternal Conflict. A new hero...

11:16 By Robert Purchese

It's... It's... The monk from Diablo 3!

11:17 By Robert Purchese

He's officially Kharazim. He sounds a bit cheesed off.

11:17 By Robert Purchese

He's the first Diablo support character in the game. He's melee support.

11:18 By Robert Purchese

You can choose the trait you want to take into battle at level one. No one else does that, apparently.

11:18 By Robert Purchese

You can choose between three: more crits, a heal every third strike, and a third I didn't catch...

11:19 By Robert Purchese

His abilities: Radiant Dash to jump to allies, based on charges. Bound to Q. Means you can get across the battlefield pretty nippy like.

11:19 By Robert Purchese

W ability is Breath of Heaven that heals you and people around you. That's your core support ability.

11:20 By Robert Purchese

E ability is Deadly Reach, which extends your reach and gives extra damage.

11:20 By Robert Purchese

These are abilities the monk has in Diablo 3. I played a monk, you know, and he was very good. Lovely big necklace.

11:21 By Robert Purchese

So you can push your spec towards support or, perhaps, melee assassin.

11:22 By Robert Purchese

Heroic abilities: Seven-Sided Strike. He teleports around whacking people.

11:22 By Robert Purchese

Divine Palm is a support heroic. Allows you to strike an ally and if they're killed while it's on them, they get a huge heal. It's a life-saver.

11:23 By Robert Purchese

There's a new Battleground they're going to show us today. It's Infernal Shrines, and it's a strong laning map don't you know.

11:24 By Robert Purchese

There are three shrines and they summon skeletons. First team to kill 30 skeletons gets a Punisher summoned for them.

11:24 By Robert Purchese

Punishers are out for heroes. They come for you.

11:25 By Robert Purchese

He hunts down the enemy team. We're seeing him now. He's a hulking brute with fiery blade arms. Hits hard.

11:26 By Robert Purchese

Ah, you can have a frozen, molten or magical type of Punisher. He really smashes the snot out of people. A circle appears around an enemy player that he's targeting. He jumps over walls to get to them.

11:27 By Robert Purchese

His jump attack stuns on landing. So he jumps on you then pound, pound, pound you're dead.

11:27 By Robert Purchese

What's Next? He asks. They're going to go back to regular scheduled programming when they were bouncing around from Blizzard universe to universe.

11:28 By Robert Purchese

Rexxar from Warcraft is coming in! He's a ranged warrior, the first of them. He has Misha the pet, a bear-cat thingamagic.

11:28 By Robert Purchese

Master and pet work together - you don't control Misha independently. Generally she attacks what you're attacking.

11:29 By Robert Purchese

Rexxar can use Spirit Swoop, a hawk he can launch out in a line attack at enemies.

11:29 By Robert Purchese

He has a 'Misha charge' ability to send her out to charge and stun enemies in a certain area.

11:30 By Robert Purchese

You can also Mend Pet, to keep Misha alive. Rexxar works best when she's alive obviously. If she dies, she'll return in several seconds, but Rexxar will be weaker during that moment.

11:31 By Robert Purchese

The heal is substantial. You can still burst-damage beat it, but over time she'll win out.

11:33 By Robert Purchese

Heroic abilities are Unleash the Boars, which sends out boars into a far off area, even one he can't see. Any enemy hit will be slowed and also be shown to Rexxar and his team. Oh how sneaky.

11:32 By Robert Purchese

The boards are good to slow fleeing teams. Another heroic is Bestial Wrath, a huge buff for Misha allowing her massive damage to rip people up.

11:33 By Robert Purchese

Artanis, the first StarCraft warrior, is coming. He's still being worked on. He's the dual-bladed guy. He can be very tough and do a lot of damage "even for a warrior character".

11:33 By Robert Purchese

Sounds like he doesn't have so much mobility though.

11:34 By Robert Purchese

Ha Sorry!

Noctimor says:

Not the boards!

11:34 By Robert Purchese

They're showing some of the art - how the characters will look - in a trailer. Blizzard models and animations are so chunky and satisfying - they pack so much character into their work. It's very nice to see.

11:36 By Robert Purchese

Sketchy internet issues! I'm tethered to Patrick Garratt's phone you know - he who runs VG247.

11:37 By Robert Purchese

There's an awesome mounted Judgement-clad Paladin character being shown.

11:38 By Robert Purchese

That's it for HOTS. Now we have Jeff Kaplan to talk about Overwatch. He did so much with World of Warcraft, remember, and was leading Titan before it sort of became Overwatch.

11:39 By Robert Purchese

Overwatch, in case you don't know, is a free to play team-based shooter. It's a bit Team Fortress 2, but shh don't tell Blizzard I compared it to that. It's got loads of different characters/classes, and I expect they'll rotate in and out and be bought in a F2P MOBA way.

11:40 By Robert Purchese

That's an Overwatch overview - ho ho! The announcements for Gamescom...

11:41 By Robert Purchese

New maps! Off to Russia to Vokskaya Industries. This has two control points for an attack-defend vibe. New elements they're trying include moving platforms, so turret builders can suddenly get mobile.

11:41 By Oli Welsh

No, just speculation on our part!

benbarrett says:

They confirmed it's F2P?

11:42 By Robert Purchese

That may be me being crazy. Do not take as gospel! They didn't say anything about it and my internet is a bit slow to go and check things out at the mo (I don't want to touch it in case it falls down)

benbarrett says:

They confirmed it's F2P?

11:42 By Robert Purchese

Second map is in Africa. It's Numbani. It is the most technologically advanced city in the (future) world of Overwatch.

11:43 By Robert Purchese

Super duper.

Freezenification says:

Oh I googled and you're right. Its payment model is 'in flux'.

11:44 By Robert Purchese

It's a hybrid map, so the first objective is to capture a payload, and if you get it you then have to escort it through the map.

11:45 By Robert Purchese

The map will have vistas of the horizon and you can actually knock people outside of the map. Players with great mobility can find shortcut routes around it too.

11:46 By Robert Purchese

Seeing a video now. Volskaya first. Snow, obvs. Big city in background. Now Numbani. The future is curvy, and there are trees! That's a relief.

11:46 By Robert Purchese

He's still on stage - you never know!

linklegend11 says:

Wonder if they'll be announcing when Overwatch is going into beta :o

Noctimor says:

From my Twitter feed: "Huh, the payload isn't a bomb. It's an artifact you're returning to a museum. Very community minded."

11:47 By Robert Purchese

New hero: Lucio.

11:48 By Robert Purchese

He's the 16th announced hero. He's got skates! He skates around. He's got big dreads. He's got a kind of futuristic bubble gun. He's mobile. He's really into his music. Now he's dancing. Cringe.

11:48 By Robert Purchese

He's Brazilian. "We're ecstatic that we finally have a hero from South America," grins Kaplan. I'm not surprised - big game-playing market, that.

11:49 By Robert Purchese

His gun is a sonic amplifier and he built it to rebel against the oppressive forces in Brazil.

11:50 By Oli Welsh

If it's not capoeira, I'll eat my hat.

Freezenification says:

What *type* of dancing though? We need to know!

11:50 By Robert Purchese

His gun has two firing modes. First is a four-round burst. Alternate is huge knock back. He has Crossfade. He has Amp It Up. He has Sound Barrier.

11:51 By Robert Purchese

His defining feature is his music. One of two songs always plays, and one heals, and one gives a speed boost, both to him and his team mates.

11:51 By Robert Purchese

Amp It Up "massively" increases bonuses from heal or speed song. The heal song heals your allies FYI.

11:52 By Robert Purchese

Amp It Up on speed boost makes you go super-fast it sounds like, even big tanky-lump characters.

11:52 By Robert Purchese

His skates allow him to jump on the wall and jump from wall to wall and keep the skate going. He's a good character to showcase the shortcuts Kaplan was talking about in the maps.

11:53 By Robert Purchese

Lucio's ultimate ability is a powerful support mechanic. It's Sound Barrier. He slams his amplifier on the ground and it shields him and allies, giving them an additional health pool.

11:54 By Robert Purchese

He works as both support and harassing skirmisher, Kaplan says.

11:54 By Robert Purchese

That's it from Kaplan and Overwatch. No beta date.

11:55 By Robert Purchese

Now Tim Morten is on stage talking about StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void. Yesterday they announced it will be shipping this year. It's haaaaaaaapening.

11:56 By Robert Purchese

Legacy of the Void is standalone, as is Heart of the Swarm now. LOTV adds six new units to multiplayer including the Liberator and Adept. Also adds the Archon mode to team up with other players.

11:56 By Robert Purchese

The new stuff... First footage of the new game mode Allied Commanders.

11:58 By Robert Purchese

It's a new co-op game mode where you can play against AI, with objectives. You can choose between commanders Raynor, Kerrigan and Artanis. You'll level up and gain new powers.

11:59 By Robert Purchese

Sounds an easy-in for newer players to me. No base-building, by the sound of it - more active.

11:59 By Robert Purchese

Anyone who buys any version of LOTV will unlock Artanis in Heroes of the Storm when he becomes available.

12:00 By Robert Purchese

Allied Commanders blends campaign gameplay and co-op gameplay. It's playable here at Gamescom.

12:00 By Robert Purchese

That's it from Morten.

12:01 By Robert Purchese

Everything they're showing will be available in high-res. Tom Chilton is coming up - game director for World of Warcraft. They're not announcing the expansion but they're going to talk a little bit about it...

12:01 By Robert Purchese

That's tomorrow at 6pm CEST - 5 UK time.

12:01 By Robert Purchese

They've got a few videos to show including a cinematic teaser. They're also doing a full BlizzCon-style presentation afterwards to do a full reveal on the expansion. That's really cool.

12:02 By Robert Purchese

It's not like Blizzard to choose Gamescom for that kind of reveal. Makes me wonder what on earth they've got for BlizzCon - must be big!

12:02 By Robert Purchese

That's it for Blizzard. That's it for me. Toodleoo! Smoochies!