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A Titanic Question: What Will Blizzard's New 'Next Gen MMO' Be?

Updated Mon, Jul 11, 2011 by Saia

Titan. This one word is sending ripples through the gaming industry. No, it’s not just those big creator giants in World of Warcraft. It’s also the codename for Blizzard’s new ‘next gen’ MMO, the MMO they wouldn’t even officially acknowledge until late last year.

Blizzard has always focused on its holy trinity of intellectual properties: the Warcraft universe, Diablo and, of course, on StarCraft. But now, with the first official mumblings about Titan they’re looking to expand into new territory with an MMO which isn’t set in Azeroth. Even better, we know next to nothing about it which means there's still plenty of time for speculation.

So what do we know about Titan? Well the speculation is that it might just be announced officially at this year’s BlizzCon. It also might not, Blizzard is like that when it comes to major announcements. It’s well worth remembering though that Titan is just a code name. Diablo III, for example, was once codenamed Hydra while Starcraft II was originally just called Project Medusa. Yes, Blizzard just loves those allusions to Greek Mythology and while you can draw allusions between the projects and their codenames, it’s not worth doing it.

But the exciting thing about Titan, for me at least, is that it’s fresh and new. This is the first time Blizzard has said it's working on something new, rather than something expanding upon one of its classic franchises. This really is breaking the Blizzard mould which means the game will have been in development for several years before they even officially announce it.

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Titan is unlikely to be StarCraft: Ghost either. Sorry folks.

But where there is excitement, there is also frustration. We know nothing about the game other than it exists and it’s not WoW 2.0 (that was Cataclysm). Blizzard have been recruiting for jobs within the Titan team for several years but none of those give us any info. We know it’s an MMO, there’s a good chance it might be ported to consoles as well as just running on PC and Mac but we don’t know. For Blizzard to even answer questions about the game, well, the wind must be blowing in the right direction and the stars aligned just so.

Some of the best rumors though, well they come from within the industry. These are the rumors that your average WoW fan often don’t even hear about. For example, the craziest most insane, never-gonna-happen rumor I came across was that Titan is some kind of weird steampunk first person shooter MMO. I’m not even sure if it’s possible to mix the two genres and still come out with a playable product at the end.

If Blizzard does reveal Titan at this year’s BlizzCon - and there is a small chance they might - it going to send waves through the industry. Every other company has made its money on certain franchises but few have worked on the same ones for so many years. The thing is, the people at Blizzard do their job very well, they’re one of the few developers who take time to work on games. Look at Diablo III, it was officially announced in 2008; it’s now 2011 and we still don’t have an official release date, even if it’s likely the game will release in Q4 of this year or, at a push, early Q1 2012.

Only time will tell what Titan will bring and we don’t have too much longer to wait. The wheels are turning, the cogs rumbling and the great hype machine gearing up. By my reckoning, this year is going to be the Year of Diablo, next year is probably another WoW expansion and the next SCII expansion, Heart of the Swarm. This means we’re primed for that official announcement which will introduce a new addition to the Blizzard family of titles and it’s hard not to be excited.

Its Halo! <.<

After seeing the kind of business Blizzard has become after merging with Activision, I couldn't care less about any franchise Blizz comes up with. They do not hold your personal information responsibly and wish to drop the barriers to your privacy.

Blizzard has traded their gamer principles for marketing power, causing many good devs to leave. Facebook and e-mail address logins are a symptom of targeted marketing by investment bankers turned software entertainment CEOs and the further erosion of anonymity.

SCII was no worthy successor. The Diablo III material thus far looks like a boring console port. Both would have done better with a simple engine upgrade and more maps, if you care for an armchair dev's opinion. WoW has and will continue to heavily hemorrhage players as yet more triple-A MMORPGs snap up the disenfranchised.

Titan will surely garner great initial interest from those who are holding the torch of nostalgia for Blizzard. I remain skeptical in light of Blizzard's recent history. Blizzard sold their reputation and some people haven't clued into that just yet. Remain objective and the truth of the matter will set you free from fanaticism.

Sorry but, what are we talking about here? Pure nothing! Titan is just a word which is being hyped by web sites like this, but there is no news, no real info, no true Blizz feedback about it... nothing indeed!
Why all of us mere mortals have to run after such vanishing no-news??
Let's pls stay on real things, and talk about something interesting because real.

Cheers

When it comes to Starcraft: Ghost, I have one thing to say, in that suit, she has such a NICE ASS!

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