Blizzard has a way of making people wait for their games for ages. Claiming dedication to quality (which I doubt considering Diablo III), they have no problem pushing back release dates until games meet their standards. Along those lines, rumour has it that you shouldn’t expect to see ‘Titan’ on the shelves for another few years.
‘Titan’ is the codename for the new MMO that Blizzard is developing. According to sources, the title has been reset and the bulk of the development team reallocated. Going from 100 down to approximately 30 developers, the core team will start over. The title is now only expected to be released in 2016 at the earliest.
Recently, Blizzard reviewed Titan and concluded it needed big design and technology changes to meet the bar for quality. As the core team figures out what to do, Blizzard is shifting developers to work on World of Warcraft, Blizzard All-Stars, the Diablo III expansion, cinematics and Battle.net.
It will be interesting to see if Blizzard can hold onto their position as MMO leader. While World of Warcraft continues to be the benchmark when it comes to MMOs, it has been haemorrhaging users – who knows how much longer it will survive. Continuing with their subscription model despite other MMOs taking a free-to-play approach, I wonder if Blizzard will still be the company to watch out for by the time they are ready to share ‘Titan’ with the world. Also, considering that they are reseting development, it will be interesting to see which model they pursue when the time comes to release the new MMO.
Do you have faith in Blizzard to release a mind-blowing game when they’re ready? Or will this game fall short of expectations?
Last Updated: May 29, 2013