2015 E3 Expo or GamesCom? Blizzard Teases New Hearthstone Feature

Blizzard Entertainment just kicked the speculation beehive by posting an animated GIF in the official Twitter.

2015 E3 Expo or GamesCom? Blizzard Teases New Hearthstone Feature

It shows the Hearthstone’s main hub where you choose: Play, Solo Adventures and The Arena. However, it shows a new button sinking in and getting switched by a new button. Adding a new button here might indicate a new game mode or unthinkable feature will be introduced.

If this is the case, we have seen Blizzard hold press events to announce these.

Blizzplanet was invited to the most recent invite-only press event at the 2015 PAX East (follow the link for our coverage).

If this new feature is announced, the only three events in the immediate horizon are:

  • E3 Expo (June 16-18)
  • San Diego Comic Con (July 9-12)
  • GamesCom (August 5-9)

We know that Blizzard Entertainment is listed to be at E3 Expo. However, Naka asked at the Heroes of the Storm Mayhem Begins Youtube event a few days ago whether there will be a Blizzard booth at E3, and there wasn’t much of a hint. So, we don’t know for certain if this might be a platform for Blizzard to unveil this new Hearthstone feature.

San Diego Comic Con has tradionally been used by Blizzard as a platform to announce upcoming licensed products. We have never seen game announcements there.

That only leaves us with GamesCom as a 100% candidate, and E3 as a more or less possibility.

Let’s not forget that Blizzard surprised everyone after a long absence from E3 in 2013 where they unveiled the Diablo III on PS4. So I wouldn’t completely discard E3, just that it is less unlikely than GamesCom.

On the bright side, this teaser was posted today — barely 8 days away from E3. So … that’s a very timely coincidence, don’t you think?

Fret not. Blizzplanet reporter Naka (@dperschonok) will be at E3 Expo next week, and if Blizzard has anything to show, we will have photos and video for you.

Of course, there is also the alternative that there might be a reveal on the official website instead.

New Game Mode or a Story Mode?

Our staff speculated briefly over Skype, and our reporter Handclaww said:

“We got regular play, solo adventures and the arena… so what will they add this time? I mean, on the one hand there were the “stories” during the Magni reveal…”

He refers to the recent article posted by Blizzard Entertainment titled: “The Innkeeper’s Tale: A Mysterious Patron

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