You are probably asking why weren’t there any plan reveals by Microsoft for Gamescom 2018, since plans for the show are usually revealed by participants on 17/18 July. This time last year Microsoft announced its schedule, including the featuring of Age of Empires making it loud and clear it was going to be there, in order to get people ready.
But they have announced the plans for this year too, only that it’s only for Xbox and there won’t be a press conference / media briefing by Microsoft this year.
Now the fact that the Age of Empires livestream event which included the AOE4 announcement last year wasn’t part of the press conference (it was part of a different stage during the following day - 21st Aug) is true, still just can compare this year’s reveals for Gamescom to last year’s:
This makes me think it’s unlikely we’ll see anything about AOE4 this year at Gamescom either after the E3 no show (maybe not even something about AOE2: DE, sadly). What do you folks think?