First, let me thank all who have asked for my thoughts, predictions, or hopes for Blizzcon. You've given me reason to think about it and to write up something to share.
I'm going to share my expectations of Blizzcon 2019, which at this point is only two days away. I'm sharing expectations rather than predictions because these are things I feel Blizzard should and will do -- and I'd be confused if they didn't go this direction.
Warcraft 3 Reforged Release Date
I bought the special edition of those a year ago, and not a month has gone by when I haven't longed to play my favorite RTS of all time with newer graphics. The Blizzard launcher has always shown the "Expected by 12/31/2019" release date. Looks like they weren't kidding. I think we'll get a release date during Blizzcon, and it'll be mid-late December. Beta invites have already gone out to some, and will roll out this week to preorders of the special edition.
World of Warcraft Expansion
They pretty much have to release A LOT of details about the next WoW expansion. Everyone I play with in BFA right now is completely over this expansion and ready to move on. BFA was a complete flop for many, and they want something new to hopefully undo the silly things Blizzard introduced this expansion.
I expect we'll get the name, a basic premise, and a few key details to keep people excited and willing to slog through one final season of BFA.
Warcraft Mobile Game
I really do expect some kind of Warcraft mobile game. Whether it's WoW Classic on mobile devices, or some other kind of time-waster management style game... it's inevitable.
WoW Classic Hype
Now that Classic has begun to wind down in hype and most people either quit WoW altogether or go back to retail, they'll want to hype this up again. They will either announce official plans for Burning Crusade classic (to come sometime way down the road) or they'll announce something big related to the phase release dates.
Diablo 4 Officially Announced
I expect a DIablo 4 announcement will come out with some concept art and maybe basic animations. I expect a cinematic and something to excite people. A release date or much more than this would be unbelievable.
Diablo Immortal Release Date
Diablo Immortal, though not a big ticket item for Blizzcon go-ers, represents billions for Blizzard. That's the mobile economy for you. They'll share something about it because their shareholders demand it, but it'll be a complete afterthought compared to what will bookend it (ass seen in this post).
Diablo 2 Remastered
This one has been a long-time coming. Blizzard will probably give us a "coming by 12/31/2020" release date. I expect significant in-game footage to be shown.
Overwatch "2" - AKA the Line Extension for PVE
Based on all the leaks out there about an Overwatch 2, it's hard not to expect something from them. I do not expect a completely new game, as FPS games do much better in eSports when they're simply updated and continually developed. I do, however, expect an offshoot of sorts. Think Fortnite but in reverse. I expect a big PvE push with multiple modes and a way of introducing more people to the Overwatch brand without forcing them into the competitive community.
Don't you guys have PCs and Consoles?
I think they'll twist last year's meme fiasco and make some statement to the fact that they've just dropped the biggest Blizzcon on us to date. And I think that's also an expectation I'll emphasize: This will be one of the bigger Blizzcons to date with respect to their core-property announcements. That's why this is the first year I have ever purchased a Virtual Ticket.
Oh, and of course there will be the usual housekeeping items like Hearthstone cards and Heroes of the Storm, etc.