They will not attend the 2019 Gamescom, meaning there’s no tour to Cologne to them this year. They have a good reason why this happens, though.
Blizzard has released a statement, which follows: „As part of a renewed effort this year to maintain our focus on development, for our current games and our future projects, we won’t have a booth at gamescom 2019. The show is an important one for the European and global gaming community, and we’re going to miss meeting players in Cologne this year. You’ll still be able to find Blizzard gear in the gamescom 2019 shop area, and we’re looking forward to returning to the gamescom show floor in the future. We’re also looking forward to sharing more details about the projects we’re currently working on when the time is right.”
Could it be that the spike they got at the announcement of Diablo: Immortal at the 2018 BlizzCon is still in them? We never forgot the question that one of the hosts on the podium said: „Do you guys not have phones?” You can check out this scene here. (Perhaps they shouldn’t have announced a mobile game in front of a hardcore PC crowd while leaving them completely disappointed. It was one of the biggest PR flops of the previous year… that’s how we feel.)
Sure, Diablo IV is also in development (hopefully not for mobile, and without microtransactions, auction houses, and not always online, because it’s really fun to play with server errors…), but that must be in an early stage of development, so we might not hear a lot from it for a while…
…or do we? There will be a BlizzCon this year as well, on November 1 and 2. They simply have to show something, because they have likely lost reputation in most Diablo fans’ eyes with the Diablo: Immortal fiasco. If they don’t do it, well… we wouldn’t like to guess what wrath would await Blizzard.