Blizzard confirms next-gen MMOG called Titan

Following purportedly leaked release schedule, cofounder Frank Pearce says studio has begun talking about title as a recruitment tool.

Early this month, an austere document appeared online purporting to be Blizzard Entertainment's road map for the next five years. Dated April 2, 2010, the document listed quarterly release windows for all of the Irvine, California-based studio's projects, including Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (Q4 2011), Diablo 3 (Q4 2011), and World of Warcraft's fourth expansion (Q2 2012). Also appearing in that chart was a mystery project, bearing the title Titan and a Q4 2013 release window.

Blizzard insists Titan won't be one of World of Warcraft's competitors.

Though the validity of the chart is apocryphal at best, it has been lent some measure of credence this week, courtesy of none other than Blizzard cofounder and executive vice president Frank Pearce. As part of the 2010 VGA ceremony, Pearce spoke with gaming blog Destructoid, confirming Titan as at the very least a working title for the studio's much-speculated upon new massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

"Titan is… the media is not meant to know anything about that," Pearce said. "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."

Blizzard has been teasing out pieces of its next big project since 2007, when it confirmed that a non-World of Warcraft MMOG was in development. The game, which Blizzard does not see as a competitor to WOW, will be an all-new property with, according to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, "a little more broad appeal."

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psyrainia
psyrainia

"broad appeal" can be taken in two ways in videogame lingo---- something that tries to fit in with most populer genre->fps :( ,. or hopefully something that will intrest gamers of many genres :) ,. i think mass effect is a perfect example of how "broad appeal" has worked in the past. i guess we will have to wait n see .

rosmoss
rosmoss

Im not making any judgements on this game yet. just curious :)

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Fabbe131 No hate. I play ALL of the games you mentioned and know perfectly well of their success. The idea is NOT the fact that they MADE good games, but rather that this game so far, from this article, has NO INFORMATION, and people are already wanting to reserve it, without even knowing what it is. Its like the people who eat/sleep/breath Apple or Windows. They swear something is going to be amazing, without knowing a single thing. How do you know this game will be better? Because its Blizzard? Shall i point out mistakes other amazing companies have made, even with amazing records?

Fabbe131
Fabbe131

@CarlitosWay What's up with the hate? Just look at the games blizzard have made, they have all been a HUGE success. Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo and Wow. This next game will probably as good or even better than the ones before it.

alexlaies
alexlaies

hmm i hope that they come with somthing new so it can compete with bioware's swtor as the years pass the need for new and better thing grow stroger

kdamian
kdamian

@Vengeancekael The two games don't have so many differences. My personal opinion is that WH 40K is a better game than SC2. WH40K has unit control, base building and expansion (both equipment and territorial). I didn't mean Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II, I meant the previous one. There are differences in resource management (and maybe heroes) but I don't think that these are points that make the two games incomparable. They both are RTS right?

Skrewdriven
Skrewdriven

hmm well whats left for them to steal from Games Workshop...i kid i kid, sort of.

terminus
terminus

If I could have one wish in the vg world, it would be for blizzard to make a wild west mmorpg. But, it's not gonna happen.

eoj
eoj

Blizzard has said it won't be based off of any existing franchise. It is something brand new.

Vengeancekael
Vengeancekael

@kdamian You can't say that WH40k is better than SC2 because the gameplay is completely different: There are no heroes in SC2 and there's base building. Warhammer focuses only on unit control while SC2 focuses both on base building and taking expansions and controlling your army.

pest-x
pest-x

@Trogeton PC gamers maybe?

Agent-M
Agent-M

Everyone seems to be convinced that this new mmorpg will be starcraft based. While a starcraft mmo sounds great, I for one look forward to an entirely new experience, maybe even fps wise and yes a space setting sounds great. While I am not speculating what the game will or will not turn out to be, has anyone even conceived the idea that this could be a Diablo mmorpg instead? That said, I still prefer something new and entirely different and a mmofps would be an exciting new direction for blizzard indeed.

xistfirat
xistfirat

@Doomrul an mmofps actually "is" a little more broad appeal. modern warfare 2 sold 20 million and we're talking about an mmo here.

Josh-Fu
Josh-Fu

I just hope its around the Blackthorn universe, that game ruled and it would be an interesting and different universe to play in, also possible M rating. But I agree, really its gonna be like 2015 for this thing to hit.

boonerr79
boonerr79

I agree with Doomrul... the "broad appeal" comment makes me worry. When someone says "braod appeal", I immediately think of Wii (and not in a good way either).

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

This won't be out for years, literally. I wouldn't even worry about it or waste time talking about it at this point.

Doomrul
Doomrul

" a little more broad appeal" ? i can only think of next World of Farmville. Considering what WoW was at the beginning and what it is now.

gamermajor
gamermajor

This will be a fantastic game cause the one thing is blizzard is never in a rush and will always make sure that their games are as good as they can be before they ship it. Its just a matter of when this game will be out.

vadagar1
vadagar1

OMG blizzard is making a laptop that costs 99 dollars :O

epic40k
epic40k

Kotick can get f*****

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

LOL there is not a SINGLE detail on here as to what the game is going to be like, where its taking place, what its design is... And yet this title made it to the top ten in GS...Seriously? While Blizzard has made amazing games, people can make mistakes. This could be a total flop. I dont know what the hype is for something that is, in the media's eyes, still an IDEA. This thing for sure wont come out 2013. So please guys. How about getting off the Blizzard bandwagon, at least until REAL details of this thing appear. Companies have made really bad games in the past, even with huge blockbuster titles under their name.

kdamian
kdamian

Blizz is a great company but if you have played their games since...1995 (15 years! ffs) then it is easy to see how their ideas are applied to all 3 games. I hope Titan is something new, I hope it is a new idea. All these years I can say that the games Blizz makes are FUN to play and this is the most important thing. I played AION, girls are sexier that Blood Elf girls, nice graphics but...have returned to WoW after 1 month. But I think War 40K is better that Starcraft II (imho).

Had3sg0ty0u
Had3sg0ty0u

Mmm..... not the competitor of world of warcraft but still a mmorpg. wonder if blizzard can do it again to make a wonderful game.liked starcraft 2 can't wait till Diablo 3 comes uit in april somewhere!!!!!! :D:D

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

If said game were in dev at any other place than Blizzard then I would agree with some doubts about the awesomeness of D3. Blizzard just doesnt lay turds though. Their track record is sterling, so I cant fault the guy for assuming that it will continue to be true. [I'm positive Diablo III is gonna blow us away, it will be AWESOME How can you say that? Have you played Diablo III? Are you a developer?]

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

It should be finished and launch sometime between 2017 and 2019 if Blizzards track record is any indication. I know they polish and polish, so Im not complaining. I'm only stating the obvious.

juggernautxz
juggernautxz

@jacyp How can you say that? Have you played Diablo III? Are you a developer? I'm positive Diablo III is gonna blow us away, it will be AWESOME

CCDANMAN
CCDANMAN

Whatever it is going to be, they sure haven't told us much.. :|

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

A great company like Blizzard with its funds and experience could make this new MMO the next big thing. I would love it if they would make something like Tabula Rasa, but with the great depth that World of Warcraft has. Personally I think that the current themes and gameplay formulas are getting boring. Some cool ideas would be a Sci-Fi intergalactic expansion game with awesome combat, a Military MMO, a World War game, a cool Medieval game with castles and knights or... a Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War MMO made by Blizzard! :O I would buy the lifetime subscription in a jiffy.

Livemmo
Livemmo

I honestly think that the old mmo system isnt going to work anymore and that with games like TOR that actually bring the story of the game to life along with Blizzards awesome work with phasing that were going to start seeing the way new mmos will be developed. People want this single player experience where the game feels like its focused just on them and their party members, but they also want the aspect of pvp and end game raiding and companies are responding and being forced to adapt to the ever changing market. Is a good thing.

UBERxL33T
UBERxL33T

@Timmy_Gwar Blizzard has no reason at all to be nervous.

IceQBkid
IceQBkid

@ganges get ur head outta the gutter lol what they need is something completely different from Wow as just about everyone is bored of it just when hearing the "W" nevermind the "ow" aswell paha

jacyp
jacyp

After that crap called Starcraft 2, Blizzard is dead to me. Announcing a lot of remake games. Diablo 3? So far another simple remake with few new elements and crappy colorful gay graphics that doesn't do the lore of the game any justice. Now a "World of Warcraft for dummies"? Or WoW will become the "for dummies" version of the new game? Let's wait and see. I just think that with the kind of money that Blizzard make per month with WoW subscriptions, they have both time and resources to make much better games than they are showing. They have turned into a bunch of lazy developers with their granted retirement.

ganges40
ganges40

Hey, Azeroth(warcraft world) has been made by creatures called the Titans, so, it might be something in Warcraft world.

vinny4man
vinny4man

According to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, "a little more broad appeal." ...... hmm might end up being a guitar hero / rock band mmo lol

shnull
shnull

a virgin blizzard mmo ? OMG!!! this might just work

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@Deviljohngr Lets not forget The Old Republic. Blizzard might actually be getting a bit nervous. I think its about time they moved on from WoW anyways. I think its about time we ALL moved on from WoW.

Gruug
Gruug

Oh....and look how much INTEREST we have generated just by discussing if it could or could not be Starcraft. Aren't marketing strategies just amazing?

Gruug
Gruug

@athenian29 see my previous post? I said that we should not BELIEVE what they say until it is announced offically. Wasn't Bioware that tried to DENY that SWTOR was not a SW IP? How many companies DENY or mis-report what the next "big game" they are releasing will be. No kiddies, believe it only when it is offically announced and they give you a REAL NAME and maybe even a short vid.

Shardz7
Shardz7

Get your wallets out for yet another subscription milking. Thanks, but no thanks... I love Blizzard quality and appreciate the production levels of their games, but I refuse to go near subscription insanity to support Mad King Kotlick and his evil crusade with costly monthly installments.

Deviljohngr
Deviljohngr

Guys after the release of guild wars 2 there wont be blizzard anymore! ahahaha! Just note down that iam a blizzard fan!

BLKCrystilMage
BLKCrystilMage

50 bucks says this is a cover up for the next WoW expansion a la Blue Harvest.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

this game won't be released in another four years and look, it already made it to number 3 most popular link for today on gamespot at this moment.

RussianRAGE
RussianRAGE

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athenian29
athenian29

@Gruug No, you don't understand me. Blizzard actually has explicitly said in a previous press release that this new MMO is a completely brand new IP. They actually came out and said it. This isn't a "half-something-we-did-before" like Starcraft Ghost may have been or like World of Warcraft is now. It's completely, entirely, 100% never-before-seen-from-the-likes-of-Blizzard new.

hlmcpherson
hlmcpherson

MMO Mass Effect 3PS with space exploration/combat? Yummy I say. but I'm sure it aint so....

bloodyrooster
bloodyrooster

I know that a Titan is a creator thing, not necessarily God, but given the ability to construct worlds in Warcraft lore. Sargaras was a titan that went bad, so perhaps they are creating some kind of construction game. A sort of Spore like game, however I think this would be over the top even for a company like Blizzard

bloodyrooster
bloodyrooster

@cyborg100000 "Remember when I told you it wouldn't be a Starcraft MMO? I lied." HAHAHAHA

BoldoAsesino
BoldoAsesino

At last, the first original idea in 15 years!! It was about time that Blizzard came with something new instead of recycling once and again their two only successful ideas since their promising but not-blockbuster debut (Blackthorne)...