First of all, it's important to revisit the last Blizzcon, from two years ago, and see what happened then. The "show" actually started a month before the convention, as news sites started speculating that we'll see an official announcement during Blizzcon. At that point, Bashiok decided to step in and mention that no, there won't be any Titan unveiling, which in the end proved to be true.
During the event itself, no mention of Titan was made until the very end. In the absolute last interview shown on the live stream, Rob Pardo finally approached the subject and gave us a few phrases of info. Not much, however enough to keep the ball rolling and keep us occupied for quite a bit.
The second factor that might play an important role in how much air-time Titan receives is the amount of space that needs to be reserved for the already announced games. And looking at this, it's probably going to be the busiest Blizzcon in history.
Two of the major three franchises have expansions to show-off (Diablo and World of Wacraft). And that's not to say Starcraft 2 won't make an appearance, as there is a "small" tournament called the WCS Global Finals which will take place throughout the entire weekend.
However, there is even more! I wouldn't be surprised if HearthStone will have its official launch during Blizzcon or at least having a date announced for it. Regardless of this, since the game is already hugely popular, everyone will want to ask questions about it and I'm sure the Blizzard folks have already put time aside in order to answer them.
And if this was not already enough, the mysterious Blizzard All-Stars is screaming to get out (or rather we're screaming for it to come out) and even by Blizzard time, its announcement is way overdue. With the "Heroes of the Storm" trademark confirmed, it's really looking like the info gates will finally be blown open on this project.
These two factors considered and also adding to the equation the elephant in the room, unfortunately the chances are not good for Titan to make a noteworthy appearance at this year's Blizzcon. The pre-show period is already much more calm than two years ago. Nobody is even bothering to ask if Titan will be there as the answer is pretty clear in most people's minds. For all we know, the game is actually in a less advanced state than two years ago, "thanks" to the recent reset.
That being said, looking at the optimistic side as well, there are hints that development on the project might have restarted. Blizzard also "owes" us a better explanation as to what exactly happened to the project and when we'll hear about it again. It's in their best interest I believe to keep Titan on everyone's radar, as it adds a certain degree of hope and excitement in relation to the company's future, so they should be looking to clear the surrounding waters a bit.
With the analysis out of the way (let me know in the comments if you have something else to add), it's time we jump to the fun part! Predictions!
Below you can find mine. If you have any others to add or don't agree with the chances, let me know in the comments and I'll input yours in as well. It's not a full-on contest, however it will be pretty fun to see how wrong we were after Blizzcon passes!
|mynsc||Titan officially announced||0|
|mynsc||Status update from Rob Pardo, just before the end||8 - me, Venald|
10 - Valkata, papaz, jezbelle
|mynsc||Alpha / beta / launch estimate||2|
0 - Valkata, jezbelle, ThunderGod
1- papaz, Eremite
|mynsc||Clarification on some of the rumors we've heard this year:|
not a brand new franchise, will be out on consoles, Jay Wilson working on it, etc.
|5 - me, jezbelle|
3 - Valkata, ThunderGod
2 - papaz, 1 - Eremite
5 - Venald
|mynsc||A sign that Jeffrey Kaplan is still alive.||9 - me, papaz |
5 - Valkata, 1 - Eremite
0 - Valkata, papaz, Eremite, ThunderGod
|mynsc||Any other tease||4|
0 - Valkata, papaz
Also guys, TF will be represented at Blizzcon, thanks to some of our awesome members that managed to snag tickets: Eremite, jonnyshiz, Sarnakyle (and special "guest" appearances from sayaf and Velocity). They've been kind (and awesome) enough to put themselves at your disposal so do let them know if you have any requests in mind. They don't even have to be remotely reasonable! If not, wish them a splendid weekend and tell them how much you envy them!
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