Blizzard registers 'Project Blackstone' domain

World of Warcraft studio picks up new domain name related to mystery project; no comment from studio.

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World of Warcraft and Diablo studio Blizzard Entertainment has registered a new domain name related to a mystery endeavor called "Project Blackstone." The November 26 registration was spotted by Fusible, and currently does not resolve to a Web page.

Blizzard Entertainment is currently working on a next-generation massively multiplayer online game in development under the codename "Titan." It is not clear if "Project Blackstone" is a new name for "Titan" or if it is something entirely new.

A Blizzard Entertainment representative was not immediately available to comment.

Blizzard Entertainment recently marked the eighth anniversary of World of Warcraft with a special video and offer. The game currently boasts 10 million subscribers paying $15 per month to traverse Azeroth.

The Irvine, California-based company cut 600 jobs earlier this year, with 10 percent of those affected actively involved in game development.

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Zopharoth
Zopharoth

The black soulstone theory is legit, but also consider "blackstone" -> Blackrock in the Warcraft universe.  I would pay stupid amounts of money for Warcraft 4--I love Azeroth, but I'm incredibly burnt out on WoW.

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

the word Blackstone is kind of like Blackthorne....

baxwam
baxwam

I hope its like fixing battle net cause battle net suxs 

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Could it be a Diablo 3 expansion?

vadagar1
vadagar1

who cares

 

I'm too busy playing BF3 and Dota 2 to give a shit

carolino
carolino

probly d3 expansion

 

i wont buy it ..biggest dessapointment for me since i game

Itachhi
Itachhi

I don't expect anything good from this game since it comes from a greedy company and not from the true blizzard, who died in this recent years.

SsjZero
SsjZero

Diablo 3 Expansion pack. The Blackstone is in Diablo 3.

Pr3DaToR92
Pr3DaToR92

"Blizzard Entertainment is currently working on a next-generation massively multiplayer online game in development under the codename "Titan." It is not clear if "Project Blackstone" is a new name for "Titan" or if it is something entirely new."

 

Read the article before spitting out speculations and nonsense...

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

I am curious what is Project Blackstone and whether it will lead to a new game or an existing one.

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

It doesn't seem like a DLC or anything and who knows this could be a great new game!

GreySeven
GreySeven

Blizzard has gone the way of George Lucas - self destructive.  Maybe if they sell out to Disney too, all three of their titles can return to some semblance of quality, and not just flash, grinding, pokemon pet collection, and gimmicks.  If this is an expansion to Diablo III, I hope the world has enough common sense to take a pass.  And I'm sorry, there can't be a WarCraft 4 without throwing out everything that WoW has taken eight years to piss on and turn on it's head. 

erozeuz
erozeuz

When blizzard does something does the best in that genre, whatever they do will be epic.

nasser_m200
nasser_m200

Hope they doing RPG not MMO nor diablo style rpgs lolza not any more XD. though the name suggest DiabloIII DLC, and if they do that hope they add offline mod

rashada07
rashada07

"project blackstone" ...black soulstone at the end of D3 wasn't destroyed it just fell.. my bet is on D3 expansion

tommynj
tommynj

D3 expansion I would guess.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

I gave up on D3 when the screen display started changing color when I had something targetted.... The trend is that Blizz devs think we are all idiots or tards... and that's a shame.

fredwv
fredwv

Release date 2022

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

It does not sounds like the name of a D3 expansion. Why the word Project in front? Could it be SC2's second expansion? Or it has to be the name of mystery Titan?

SolidTy
SolidTy

Diablo 3 DLC Expansion inbound, most likely.

NINEINCH-Tool
NINEINCH-Tool

yeah I totally lost faith in Blizzard after I realized that they'll only make glorified pay-to-play browser games. Good bye blizzard, it was nice being there when you were too small to crush the gaming industry with your bellyfat...now the no one is safe from their trailblazing capitalism.

Sardinar
Sardinar

It's funny. Blizzard fucks up once with a game and everybody instantly hates them. Blizzard has the capacity to understand their mistakes - they have, after all, created some of the best games we've ever played. I will give them a second chance, and you can just keep spilling the hate. 

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

 @Zopharoth There is no old fan of Blizzard that would not pay massive amounts of money for W4 : ))  Still, I doubt it's anything Warcraft related...  unless Blizzard finally decided that it's time to move on from WoW.  Even so, I think it's obvious that WoW has butchered this once epic universe to the point that I am skeptical about Warcraft 4 ever coming close to what was once War3 and War2...

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@singhellotaku That's what I thought.  Blackthorne was a wonderful game, very cinematic.  I remember playing it both on SNES and PC.  I think I bought it for the PC, actually.

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

 @SsjZero The only reason why I don't believe this to be the case is why would they register an entirely new domain?  Typically with expansions they just update the main website.  It's always a possibility but I'm guessing it's going to be something separate from D3.

kelliielouiise
kelliielouiise

 @Pr3DaToR92 Before you tell him to read the article maybe you should.The blackstone is in Diablo 3, so the idea that it could be an expansion pack is not stupid. Especially as in the article, it says that it isnt clear if 'project Blackstone' is the new name for 'Titan' OR SOMETHING NEW. So surely, if Titan is the codename for the new game, then why can't PB be an expansion pack?

Im not saying I agree, they could be the same new game, but we can't totally brush off the idea.

blutosan
blutosan

 @GreySeven Agreed...Blizzard has hired the best and brightest kids out of college, invested in the most state of the art online infrastructure, and routinely turns out the most complete and high production-value games that exist, but the magic is gone.  Gone are the days when it could turn out game as revolutionary as WarCraft II in less than a year.  Now Blizzard takes six to seven years per game, and the games are just well done. They don't advance the genre anymore.  Do you remember when Blizzard games "were" the genre....

erozeuz
erozeuz

 @GreySeven Self destructive? You say that about a game with over 10 million players and you talk of common sense. You know I like ponytails that's common sense XD.

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

 @rashada07No, its obvious, it's World of Diablo. World of Warcraft came after Warcraft 3 just like World of Diablo will come after Diablo 3 and just like World of Starcraft will come after Starcraft 3. Good guess though!

 

vadagar1
vadagar1

 @SwimSwimHungry D3 items suck and are not nearly as interesting as D2

 

D3 is too easy

 

its its just not a D game any more...

chocorocket
chocorocket

 @SwimSwimHungry nice try fangirl

D2---->D3 any hardcore D fans knows this....you are probably a new generation gamer so i will stop here kkthxbb

128demon
128demon

 @N0tYrBeezin

 SC2 2nd expansion is Legacy of Void.

"Project Blackstone" really sounds related to Diablo3. who knows.......

northArrow
northArrow

 @Sardinar

 It's more than once. Diablo 3 was a monsterous disappointment, Starcraft 2 was split up into multiple games to bilk players for more than $60 and WOW has been in a constant tailspin in terms of quality and quantity of content since Cataclysm launched two years ago.

 

That's not to say Titan or Blackstone will suck, or that I won't buy them,  they might be really good. But the truth is for me, Blizzard has moved from my list of developers who I "will" buy into my "wait and see" category

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

 @deank_2002  @Itachhi The guy didn't even mention Activision and you immediately associated the death of Blizzard with Activision...  Truth is often found in the very things we want to deny.

Pr3DaToR92
Pr3DaToR92

 @kelliielouiise Well, I totally agree with you, but some people were raving about a new SCII expansion, so that's why I intended to reply that article.

GreySeven
GreySeven

 @blutosan Yes I do, and that makes me sad.  When I review a Blizzard game these days I always make the comparison of what it was to what it is now.  Blizzard loses me a little bit more as a fan with each new title.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

 @erozeuz  @GreySeven Since when do numbers equal quality?  Justin Bieber has hundreds of millions of fans.  Should we all listen to his songs now?  Stop being influenced like sheep.  Play a game because YOU love it, not because marketing tells you to.

GreySeven
GreySeven

 @erozeuz I like ponytails too, actually.  Makes sense to me.But this is the common sense I'm talking about:  When George Lucas released his prequels, he had way more than ten million fans and viewers going out to see those movies, and more than ten million fans were incredibly upset at what he had done with the story.  Words like "younglings" still cause fists to clench and pitchforks to be grabbed, I have no doubt.   A lot of angry fans turned their backs on Lucas, and many more wrote angry letters/emails/rocks with painted profanities on them.  Lucas sold his empire to Disney after he had enough stating something like 'I don't understand, this was always my vision.  I'll do what I want with it.  I'm tired of this complaining.  I'm fat and rich'.  That was his self destructive behavior: a world-wide blunder.  Fans REALLY had enough of him after what he had done to Indiana Jones (barf).  I consider the same to be true for Blizzard, and they're making a lot of the same mistakes.  They're so wrapped up in their own vision of perfection, this absurdly long release window, the appeal to addictive behaviors, and they don't realize they need to pick their heads of from the microscope and understand they've run in the wrong direction since 2004.  I don't mind long periods of development, but I do mind long periods of development that end with a mediocre product.  Diablo III, for example, was not only unfinished, but it was also half-baked.  Add onto that, a lot of Blizzard fans, the majority of all players of all Blizzard games, are outside of the US in Asia, where either they run endless TV tournaments or one person has multiple accounts in order to gold farm.  But, they do advertise their ten million subscribers ambiguously, and that leaves people to assume local popularity.  It's flash and gimmicks and commercials.  "Flashy light saber battles and annoying droids do not a good movie make." - Yoda.

chocorocket
chocorocket

 @erozeuz  which 3mil are westerns....the rest are chinese RMT,do some research before faping on any blizzards news...you blizz fangirls are way over stupid

and btw the nu,bers of wow are 9mil somethin and no over 10

 

now go back to that one pixel crap and before posting do some research kkthxbb

wexorian
wexorian

 @justin01  @SwimSwimHungry D2 has Class builds and 99 level with same class replay value, runewords horadric cube. i could make 6 different paladin and it was awesome.

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

 @northArrow  @Sardinar

 I don't understand the complaints about StarCraft 2 being split into three games being a rip-off.

 

The original StarCraft was three campaigns with 10 missions each, for a total of 30 levels.  Add in Brood War for 10 missions for each race for a total of 60 levels.

 

StarCraft 2, presuming that they follow the same form as the expansions, will have three parts that are 27 levels each, one for each race.  This will result in 81 levels when all three parts are done.

 

How is a game with 27 levels with an expanded story, more cinematics, and a more fully developed multi-player experience of less value than a game with 30 levels?

 

Criticism of the game based on design choices or play issues is fine, but whining about the amount of content is absurd.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

 @GreySeven  @blutosan I feel your pain, guys.  I grew up with Blizzard games back in the 90s and the early 2000s.  I know exactly what you mean.  It's actually tragic seeing the younger generations play the Nth expansion of WoW and the newly released Diablo 3 without knowing what Blizzard was like back in the day.  Even so, we have to cut Blizzard some slack.  It's a bit unfair to review a Blizzard game today by comparing it to what a Blizzard game was back in the 90s.  Those were totally different times - the golden age of PC gaming actually.  New genres were popping out year by year.  Where I do believe Blizzard deserves massive criticism is in the "George Lucas" pattern that you've outlined so well, GreySeven.  You would expect them to reach maturity nowadays, but Blizzard's been the opposite in that respect.  They began with mature and semi-mature genres, but ended up turning them into complete jokes.