At 5pm tonight Blizzard will be hosting its grandly titled 'reveal ceremony' on its Gamescom stage (and in the stream embed below). This is distinct from the preview stream on Monday evening which already saw a bunch of announcements - including the Junkertown map for Overwatch and Kel'Thuzad's arrival in Heroes of the Storm - so we're not quite sure what to expect, but at the very least there'll be more detail on the new content for all the studio's games. Outside chance of a World of Warcraft expansion tease, too…

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Coverage

16:55

Hey everybody! Almost time for MAXIMUM BLIZZARD.

16:55

They're showing some cartoons to warm us up, which is nice.

16:56

I'll be filling in for Martin because he doesn't really know anything about Blizzard games. One Gamescom, I had to live-coach him about Diablo online while he was sitting in a preview for Reaper of Souls.

16:57

It's a good thing for him he shares my other loves (Nintendo and cars) really.

16:57

It looks like we won't have major new announcements this evening. The World of Warcraft team will be presenting, but just about the next content patch for Legion.

16:58

And we know we will get to see the new Overwatch animated short.

16:58

With nothing from Gamescom, the next WOW expansion seems bound to be announced at BlizzCon in November.

17:00

Bit of an odd strategy from Blizzard this year - hosting a canned preview stream on the Monday with new announcements (like the Junkertown map for Overwatch and Kel'Thuzad coming to Heroes), which doesn't leave much left for this live event for fans...

17:00

Holy cow, look at the size of that crowd.

17:01

For such an American company, Germany is really their second home.

17:01

Hearthstone up first.

17:02

MrSnakeCake says:

Blizzard uses BlizCon for their announces

True, although Legion was announced at Gamescom two years ago.

17:04

Hearthstone's first co-op raid against the Lich King starts on Friday, which we knew already, but it turns out the Germacon attendees have already kicked his butt. Wonder if they got any legendary Pokémon from it.

17:04

THE LICH KING CAN NEVER DIE, HE IS ETERNAL.

17:04

Hey Oli!

17:05

I feel like I've killed him an awful lot for that.

17:06

Supra_Hans says:

There're a lot of people there for what is likely to be a fairly mediocre briefing...

The passion of Blizzard fans is something else. The energy at BlizzCon is off the charts.

17:07

Something else they do well - CG trailers and short films. Here's one with a cute mouse in it.

17:07

I have a glitchy stream though and it's making the sound wobble like this is playing on an old VHS tape.

17:07

Oh my goodness, this is a delight.

17:07

That Druid at the back looks like Getafix?!

17:08

Imagine an Asterix/Warcraft crossover.

17:10

Altogether now... no... one's... slick like Gaston, no one's quick as Gaston, no one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston's!

17:11

Well, that's Blizzard having won Gamescom as far as I'm concerned.

17:11

Malek86 says:

If this were an EA show, now we would have an awkward dance number.But it's Blizzard. And it's amazing.

17:12

Imagine having the money to commission a short like that just to celebrate a years-old live game. And the skills to make it yourselves.

17:13

Eva, the girl, and the rest of the cast of the short, will appear in some comics and stuff, too. Pure fan love.

17:14

Here's another of Monday's announcements - Kel'Thuzad in Heroes of the Storm. We're going to get a first look at his spotlight video showing what he can do.

17:14

Sorry, was just googling how to spell Kel'Thuzad.

17:15

Most requested hero, apparently. Plus end boss of Naxxramas, the greatest WOW raid ever. probably the greatest MMO raid ever.

17:19

Pretty cool how all of his abilities can *chain* together, huh?

17:19

Chain, Oli.

17:19

Oli?

17:19

:|

17:20

I don't know what that skin is but it's amazing.

17:23

There's a documentary on the making of Kel'Thuzad next week, plus a big launch event for him in-game, some themed skins etc. They are really pushing this - and making the most of the links to WOW, Warcraft 3 and Hearthstone.

17:24

You'd think Heroes' links to so many other popular Blizzard games would help it more than they have.

17:25

WOW next! Here's Ion! Which is disappointingly pronounced more like Ian than I-on.

17:25

World of Warcraft up next! I spoke with Hazzikostas a few hours ago. No expansion announcement today, he said.

17:25

Here's a preview of patch 7.3 for Legion. Legion is so so good, but I haven't played since 7.1.

17:27

Shadows of Argus and oh my that was Illidan there.

17:27

Quizzed him about legacy servers (again). That interview will be up post-Gamescom.

17:29

No, don't do this again.

17:29

DO NOT TRY TO EXPLAIN WOW LORE LIVE ON STAGE.

17:29

It never ends well.

17:31

I didn't mind it when Chris Metzen did it.

17:31

Anyway, this sounds like quite the update. Multiple new playable regions on Argus.

17:32

I've enjoyed Legion, but I think I'm done with the colour green for a little bit.

17:34

Bertie says:

I've always been impressed with how much Blizzard stuffs into the major WOW patches. They always come across more like expansions.

Yeah - it's like the expansions are new games, and the patches are expansions. Just insane amounts of content being produced by what is far from the biggest dev team in the business.

17:34

Hggggggn I want to play again so much.

17:35

In-game cinematic. Now we're talking!

17:39

Illidan, there, using a lot of words to tell the Draenei they're not prepared.

17:39

Overwatch time!

17:39

Overwatch time! Hey, I interviewed this man too.

17:40

30 million players. That's a pretty big video game.

17:40

Oli, we keep saying the same thing when a new game turns up. We're so in sync!

17:40

Really looking forward to another animated short here.

17:41

Blizzard statue fans: there's a new life-size Junkrat being displayed at Gamescom. No word on whether it uses real human hair.

17:42

MEI?!

17:42

IS IT A MEI ONE?!

17:43

IT IS A MEI ONE. YES, PALS.

17:43

(Blizzard has a department called Story and Franchise Development.)

WAIT MEI?

17:44

She has a murloc coffee mug. Everything is great.

17:47

Everything is not as great now.

17:47

Oooo, that has to be a new skin!

17:49

Only just clocked she's wearing an old Sumer Games t-shirt. Gosh, they're so good at this.

17:50

NO LITTLE ROBOT FRIEND DON'T YOU DO IT

17:50

He did it Chris.

17:53

SNOWBALLLLL!

17:53

Really enjoyed Snowball's animated short. Cool Mei cameo too.

17:54

That was great but Asterix and the Hearthstone and the Beast wins.

17:55

Yeah, I'm with you there.

17:55

No major announcements but some good detail on WOW there, and some fantastic videos. It was fun.

17:56

That's us done then? Better get working on these Blizzard interviews!

17:56

Blizzard streaming Destiny 2 later. I look forward to the Bungie merger soon.

17:56

I'm off, but here's another chance to watch the Hearthstone song. Laters!

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    Les 12 months ago
    Blizzard should really update their horrible logo
    Kami 12 months ago
    Aww, but at least Snowball is okay. Phew. Wouldn't have been able to do anything otherwise.
    Kami 12 months ago
    I'm now a Snowball fan.
    Kami 12 months ago
    Yay Snowball is okay!
    Bertie 12 months ago
    This feels longer than other Overwatch animated shorts.
    Bertie 12 months ago
    Quick, Ice Wall your teammates in the spawn room!
    Kami 12 months ago
    We need a memorial for Snowball. A statue.
    dirigiblebill 12 months ago
    Snowball? Snowball! SNOWBAAAAAAAAA
    Kami 12 months ago
    Aww, no Snowball ; ;
    Bertie 12 months ago
    Oh goodness! She's building her weaponry!
    Bertie 12 months ago
    Quick, screenshot that team photo and ANALYZE FOR NEW HERO POTENTIAL
    Bertie 12 months ago
    That a new skin?
    MrSnakeCake 12 months ago
    so that will be her new skin, right ?
    Kami 12 months ago
    Bye Mei.
    Kami 12 months ago
    Hello Mei
    Malek86 12 months ago
    Oh yeah!
    Bertie 12 months ago
    Some proper gestures there from Chacko.
    UKRaver1980 12 months ago
    FUCK YEAH!
    Bertie 12 months ago
    I've always been impressed with how much Blizzard stuffs into the major WOW patches. They always come across more like expansions.
    Bertie 12 months ago
    Hold on, "Journey to Argos"? I was just up there!
    MrSnakeCake 12 months ago
    You aint evil if you dont have a dozen or so titles
    Supra_Hans 12 months ago
    "gimme KT" - sounds like some hip new drug
    Malek86 12 months ago
    Never heard of anyone who actually plays HOTS, mind.
    Malek86 12 months ago
    If this were an EA show, now we would have an awkward dance number.But it's Blizzard. And it's amazing.
    MrSnakeCake 12 months ago
    needs more gnomes
    Supra_Hans 12 months ago
    VR hearthstone?
    Bertie 12 months ago
    It's Hearthstone the Disney musical!
    Bertie 12 months ago
    I remember standing in that crush two years ago when Legion was announced. It's a great buzz!
    Supra_Hans 12 months ago
    There're a lot of people there for what is likely to be a fairly mediocre briefing...
    MrSnakeCake 12 months ago
    Blizzard uses BlizCon for their announces
    Malek86 12 months ago
    In the end, for a show that was touted as having become the biggest in the world, I feel that Gamescom still plays fourth fiddle to E3, TGS and even CES.
    Malek86 12 months ago
    I wasn't expecting much from MS and EA in the first place, but Blizzard is the one company that I'm 99% sure won't announce anything important today.
    MrSnakeCake 12 months ago
    They will announce Star Craft: Ghost again :p
    smirny 1 year ago
    WORLD OF STARCRAFT
    Supra_Hans 1 year ago
    @Euronymous - cheers, I did have a quick google myself - it looks like it's a bit of an open secret, but can't see that it's been formally announced anywhere. I think I must be conflating those reports with an official announcement. I reckon something about that will come up this afternoon though.
    Euronymous 1 year ago
    And of course Eurogamer splits the link with spaces... so the link won't work. Was a quick google to find that though.
    Supra_Hans 1 year ago
    I seem to remember a warcraft 3 remake/remaster being announced - was I just imagining that?
    Euronymous 1 year ago
    Please announce Warcraft 4. Please?!
    ShiftyGeezer 1 year ago
    @UKRaver1980 : Yes, I had it on PS3 and RoS was very uncomfortable to play when it got busy due to the lousy framerate, and that was far less busy than D3 gets now in the most intense Greater Rifts with loads of active enemies.A mobile version could run though, I'll give you that.
    Oli 1 year ago
    Yes, I think you're right about Diablo - will fix the strapline.
    UKRaver1980 1 year ago
    @Shiftgeezer You know D3 is on the PS3/360 right? The Switch is more powerful than either the those so why couldn't it handle it?
    Kami 1 year ago
    WoW In Spaaaaaaaaaaace!... mostly because I want Tauren Marines to be actual canon.
    kosmic2561 1 year ago
    @ShiftyGeezerThat's nonsense the CPU in the switch is more than capable, as we have already seen with many CPU strong games from last and current gen porting over very well. (ARM is actually more efficient than x86 as pointed out sometime ago by Nvidia) It's all down to the developer to get the most from any hardware which blizzard would have no issue doing I'm sure.
    mamalkosari 1 year ago
    WoW on consoles, plz.
    ShiftyGeezer 1 year ago
    @RaginScotsman: Switch couldn't handle D3 - CPU's not strong enough. Can't imagine Diablo appearing as D3 is finished and I don't think D4 is anywhere near ready.
    RaginScotsman 1 year ago
    Diablo 3 on Switch would be a lovely surprise. Ideal local co-op set up
    kosmic2561 1 year ago
    I'd love a Warcraft 4 but I just don't see it happening, maybe a Warcraft 3 Remaster could show up. Although a Full Remake of the Original Warcraft would be very nice. Outside of that maybe Diablo 4 could appear or even a StarCraft 3 but its more likely lots of new DLC for existing games and not much else.
    Bilstar 1 year ago
    Anyone think it's likely they'll release the Junkertown map into the general game (not just PTR) after the Show? If not, anyone got any guesses when it might be? I'm kinda new to OW.
    danieldeitermann 1 year ago
    I think a first announcement of the next WoW addon isn't even that unlikely. 7.3 is already on test servers so the players know what the big climax of the Legion conflict will be. So they can now announce the setting of the next expansion. At Blizzcon they can then go into greater detail on its content and new features as well as announcing 7.4 which will be the last Legion content update that leads the story towards 8.0By that strategy they could also announce one of their new IPs at Blizzcon
    barnett666 1 year ago
    99% sure that Blizzard have confirmed that Diablo won't be featured at gamescom this year