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Blizzard Confirms  Titan  As Studio's Next MMO Project
Blizzard Confirms Titan As Studio's Next MMO Project
December 17, 2010 | By Simon Parkin

December 17, 2010 | By Simon Parkin
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Blizzard has confirmed development of a new MMO property currently titled Titan, a game that president Mike Morhaime hopes can "co-exist" with its core MMO property, World of Warcraft.

Rumors of the game's existence first surfaced when what was rumored to be a leaked release schedule for Blizzard's next five years began to surface in the media.

The document details a fourth quarter 2014 release date for a project dubbed Titan, something many assumed referred to Blizzard's new MMO IP.

At the time Blizzard refused to confirm the legitimacy of the schedule, reported to have originated from the company's Chinese subsidiary, but at last week's Spike TV VGA award ceremony, Destructoid asked World of Warcraft executive producer Frank Pearce about the Titan rumor, and received confirmation of its existence.

"Titan is... the media is not meant to know anything about that," said Pearce. "It's our next-gen MMO, and we've only started talking about it in a limited fashion because we want to leverage the fact that we're working on something like that for the purpose of recruiting -- getting some of the best talent in the industry on that."

Although Pearce did not provide any details regarding Titan, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime spoke openly about the existence of a new MMO at the company at Blizzcon in October this year. "We are working on a second MMO," he said at the time. "We're thinking of it as sort of a next-generation MMO. It's not a sequel to World of Warcraft -- we want to do something a bit different."

"We're not trying to replace World of Warcraft", he continued. "We think that World of Warcraft can continue co-existing with our new MMO and some people might prefer the new one, some people might still prefer to play World of Warcraft."

"We think you can go in different directions and still have a great massively multiplayer experience and we want to sort of experiment with what that might look like."


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Mark Venturelli
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Not a Starcraft or Diablo or Warcraft related product? Now I'm teased!

Eric Geer
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Not sure that this is a great idea...unless they plan to fade WoW out soon after its release...its going to split their audience. IMO

Mark Harris
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As long as they don't actually lose any customers then I don't think they care. I imagine they're fine with people migrating to their new MMO and drawing in new customers. They just don't want people to ignore the new game AND leave WoW.

Chris Remo
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Why would they fade WoW out? Unless the game's userbase genuinely drops to almost nothing, I can think of no reason to do so. There are countless MMOs that are still operated with userbases that are a tiny, tiny fraction of WoW's, and I have no doubt that WoW would continue to be an extremely profitable enterprise even after a significant drop in population.

Eric Geer
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I just think its a bad move--it would be more worth their time to try to pick up a new population of gamers via a different genre of game rather than cannibalize a successful franchise with more of the same

Ardney Carter
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I didn't see any information regarding the genre. At this point all we seem to know is the project title and the fact that it will be an MMO. There's nothing in there to suggest it will be another fantasy RPG. It could be, but I personally find it unlikely.

Cate Ericsson
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You are correct, there's been no talk of genre. I don't see any reason to think it's another fantasy RPG either. Especially when Morhaime says things like "It's not a sequel to WoW."

Eric Geer
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Maybe genre was probably the wrong word without any context. So lets say type of game, ie MMO.

Evan Combs
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I don't understand how this is a bad thing for Blizzard. Just because they are making another MMO doesn't mean that they are going to lose WOW subscribers and not retain them with the new game. Yes, the amount of WOW subscribers may go down, but if they are leaving to play another Blizzard MMO why should Blizzard care, especially if it brings in a lot of new blood that never played WOW.

Nick Green
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Eric.... seriously.



1) WOW is stupendously profitable. They could probably split their subscriber-base a dozen times before feeling even remotely concerned.



2) WOW's subscriber base is still growing, but that growth is slowing.



3) Nothing lasts forever. Other MMOs are coming out which will lure players away from WOW and eventually WOW players will just get bored with it.



Blizzard have had a really long and really successful run with WOW. But creating another MMO is exactly what they should be doing to stay on top.

Dave Smith
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Blizzard would be making a terrible mistake in thinking they can ride WoW forever. they are thinking ahead.

Wyatt Epp
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So my question: Which one will be microtransaction-supported F2P?

David Fisk
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I would bet the new one.

Jerome Beland
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I'd say Blizzard does not need their games to go microtransaction F2P to be profitable. In my opinion when you go F2P it means your product was not worth 15 bucks a month to play it and it seems a lot of people think WoW does worth it, so think it's an easy guess to believe it will be the case with a next-gen MMO from those video games Titans.

david paradis
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There is a huge community on WOW, but there is also a huge portion of people out there that play other genres of MMOs because they don't like Orcs and Elves type RPGs.



If Blizzard brings a WOW quality MMO that is based in something other than goblins and dwarves, I'd imagine a lot of the player base might leave WOW and pick up the new MMO, but three more important things will happen:



1) Many fans will keep there WOW account anyway, particularly seeing Blizzard has continually reduced the amount of time required to keep a max level/geared character. (For instance reducing the number of times you can run the top tier dungeun from 4 to 1 a week)



2) Fans that play WOW, but don't like fantasy RPGs will leave WOW (which they may have done anway) and have a home to go to that offers the high quality of WOW without the Dragons and mages type RPG. This I think will extend the revenue from these types of players, the guys who cancel there accounts to try thing like Eve or the upcoming Star Wars MMO. WOW subscription may drop, but they will make up for it by giving players who may have left anyway a Blizzard option to turn to.



3) And most importantly, Those MMO fans who never played WOW because they want a sci-fi genre (or something other than Trolls and Gnomes) will now be willing to try the new MMO, because it isn't as "dorky". Or those who love Starcraft, but are not into Ogres and Centaurs would readily play a Sci-fi or similar MMO. Also, those who see WOW as an old game (of which there are plenty, regardless of the facts that WOW is quite advanced, it is still a very old IP, and seen by some to be of an older generation) will be given a nice new shiny game, which will inevitably be received as a cutting edge new IP with all the new bells and whistles the latest technology offers.



Summary: Fantasy RPG fans get to keep what they love, MMO fans will get to add a new game to their collection, and non-Fantasy RPG fans and younger gamers into "the latest and greatest" will now be willing to convert to a Blizzard MMO.



My prediction is a classic sci-fi MMO......or an FPS MMO, which many developers want to make, but struggle to find a successful model. Blizzard may have the power, monetarily, technically, and conceptually to pull it off.

Dave Smith
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i for one have no interest in any more fantasy settings using the same old elves/dwarves/etc. its FANTASY people! surely we can come up with new creatures and races. the possibilities are endless, yet these games always settle on the same worn out ideas.

david paradis
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Unfortunately, it won't be Blizzard that goes out on a limb and creates all new races. They intentionally chose Tolkien archetypes to appeal to as broad an audience as possible.



And their Starcraft series has very generic humans, and 2 classic depictions of aliens, the "Alien" style monstrosities, and the Psionic, big foreheaded encounters of the 3rd kind type aliens.



But I agree.....it would be nice to see a AAA MMORPG with an all new set of races and archtypes.

Benjamin Marchand
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On the leaked planning rolling all over the net lately, Titan's release date was set a year after the last WoW planned expansion. Knowing that they said WoW expansions would last one year, I let you guess stuff.


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