While Blizzard will possibly be attending the Electronics and Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, it will not be making any Overwatch announcement.
Responding to a thread on the official forums, game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that the game’s development team will not be attending the show this year.
“While we totally appreciate the enthusiasm, the Overwatch team won’t be attending E3 or announcing anything at the show this year,” he said.
The statement is likely to leave a lot of fans disappointed. Recently, actor Terry Crews made everyone board the hype train by teasing that he would be part of an Overwatch announcement scheduled for the upcoming industry event. Without going into specifics, he hinted that the community “knows what’s going on” and should prepare themselves for a “major surprise.”
Last year, the community pushed Blizzard to have Crews voice the yet-to-be-released Doomfist. In December, the actor visited the studio’s headquarters in California, a move that only fueled rumors of him filling the shoes of the antagonist. Naturally, the latest batch of teasers only forced everyone to speculate that the developer would be pairing with the actor to announce the release of Doomfist at E3 2017.
While the team itself may not be present at the expo, an Overwatch announcement could always be made. It is even possible that Crews might be hosting his own panel at E3 2017 to make the announcement. The development team is not always required to be the ones making an announcement. We may yet get to hear about Doomfist in the next couple of months.
In February, an “unidentified assailant” stole Doomfist’s gauntlet to attack the Numbani International Airport. The community took the event as confirmation of the character’s existence. The high expectations, though, were shattered upon the announcement of Orisa, a robot built to defeat Doomfist.