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Blizzard Entertainment did not attend E3 and will not be holding its own celebration this year, but we've just been handed all the details of the developer's upcoming appearance at Gamescom in Germany. If you want to check out just what the team's been working on, you'll have to head to Cologne between August 15 and 19 - it might be your only chance this year.
...so what has the team been working on? Glad you asked! Gamescom attendees will be treated to the world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic, on some "giant screens" at Blizzard's booth (B21 in Hall 6.1) on August 16th.
But that's not all! Mists of Pandaria will also be on the show floor as a playable demo, where you can try out the pandaren race or the new Monk class.
This fourth expansion for World of Warcraft treads new ground, exploring the conflict between the Alliance and Horde factions - who will win control of the newly discovered continent?
There are also a bunch of new units for terran, protoss and zerg taking the floor in the multiplayer mode of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Remember, in this new expansion, you'll be playing the single-player campaign as Kerrigan, Queen of Blades and leader of the zerg. Whether she's the greatest villain in gaming history, or just a little misunderstood remains to be seen - but to find out the truth, you'll have to check out this new fixture in the world of eSports.
Filling out the trio of titles, there's also a playable version of Diablo III on show, for those who may not yet have sampled the fastest-selling PC game in history.
When your fingers get sore from playing too many games (hey, it could happen...!), there's still plenty of other stuff to get up to:
...so, come on! Let us know if you're headed to Gamescom, or if you'll be waiting patiently for the games and checking out the cinematic from somewhere a little closer to home!
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