Blizzard showcasing Heart of the Swarm, Pandaria at this year's Gamescom

Publisher will show off WOW expansion pack at upcoming public games convention in Cologne, Germany; Heart of the Swarm and Diablo III will also be featured.

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Blizzard has revealed that it will be showing off the latest World of Warcraft expansion pack, Mists of Pandaria, at this year's Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

Expect to see more of this elusive panda at Gamescom in August.
Expect to see more of this elusive panda at Gamescom in August.

The publisher announced its plans for the August 15-19 public gaming convention this week, revealing it will present the world premiere of Mists of Pandaria's opening cinematic. The cinematic will play on screens at the Blizzard booth during the first public day of Gamescom (Thursday, August 16).

Blizzard will also be showcasing Diablo III and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, as part of its Gamescom 2012 lineup. Show attendees will be able to meet members of the development teams at Blizzard's booth during the show, as well as participate in the publisher's yearly dance and costume competitions.

Mists of Pandaria is WOW's fourth expansion. It follows Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), and Cataclysm (2010). The add-on is set on the new continent of Pandaria and focuses on the Pandaren, as well as the monk player class. The expansion pack, which does not have a release date, will also increase the player level cap to 90.

The second instalment in the Starcraft II three-part series, Heart of the Swarm will follow 2010's Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty and precede the final entry, Legacy of the Void. Last month, Blizzard revealed that Heart of the Swarm is 99 percent finished.

As part of Activision Blizzard's February financial results call, the company revealed it was not expecting to ship both Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria in 2012.

Gamescom will run from August 15-19 in Cologne, Germany.

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