"Top-secret" Blizzard project to be revealed in 2014, according to resume

Blizzard has already released Hearthstone and Reaper of Souls this year, with Warlords of Draenor still to come.

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Blizzard's year might already be a busy one between the launches of Hearthstone and expansion packs for Diablo III (in March) and World of Warcraft (later this year), but it has plans for even more, as an employee's resume indicates a new project will be announced sometime in 2014.

As reported on Kotaku by Internet sleuth Superannuation, the LinkedIn profile for a senior artist at Blizzard mentions he is at work on "a top-secret project to be unveiled sometime in 2014."

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Calling it a 'top-secret project' would suggest this has nothing to do with any of the games Blizzard has announced, like StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, or the next-gen-console versions of Diablo III. It's possible that this is another expansion for Diablo III--Reaper of Souls sold 2.7 million copies in one week, so clearly there is interest in more content for the game (particularly with the much-maligned auction house removed).

Superannuation suggests the possibility of hearing something about Titan, the "next-gen" MMO Blizzard has been working on for the better part of a decade. That project has, according to statements made by Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime, evolved from what the developer originally envisioned it as, and Superannuation brings up the possibility that the game may no longer even be an MMO.

When asked by GameSpot about Titan last year, Blizzard COO Paul Sams said, "We really aren’t talking about that product right now." What he was willing to talk a little about was his enthusiasm at the prospect of developing a new IP, which has to be considered as another possibility for this 2014 secret unveiling.

"I think it’s difficult to launch a new franchise. I think it’s risky to launch a new franchise, but that has never been the reason to deter us." Sams said. "It’s always been about doing the game we think we want to play next. What is the best franchise for that? Is it an existing franchise or is it one we should create? I think we have no concern and no hesitancy about building a new franchise if we think we have the right ideas and the right game to pair it with. Hopefully we’ll have some of those things to talk about in the future."

Whatever Blizzard is allegedly revealing, BlizzCon 2014 would be the most likely place for it to make an announcement. This year's conference is scheduled to take place November 7-8 in Anaheim. The first batch of tickets went on sale earlier this week, with another set to be made available tomorrow, May 10, at 10 a.m. Pacific.

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Discussion

127 comments
Vexov
Vexov

Warcraft - Warcraft 3. Not just simply using the SC2 with graphics, but all of them reworked in gameplay to fit a single balanced Warcraft game. Story's re-told but better written and more lore revealed. They could start with Warcraft adding extra missions revealing much lore missed, and carrying down the line with them released in expansions or DLC. The DLC could be $10-$15 that would release one factions campaign story(e.g, Humans, Orcs, Undead). Eventually coming down to WC4, but that would just be all of what has been going on in WoW. WC4 would have tell it from a WC point of view, of course.

voodz
voodz

A new lunch menu for the canteen

ecs33
ecs33

They are revealing what Titan is...It's about time for them to rebrand and redefine their direction at MMORPG because Wow is getting very outdated.

Xanitra
Xanitra

The new project is World of Flip Flop. Gotta flippin catch em all, ye?

lordshifu
lordshifu

people are thinking this and that... what if its a simple fb flash game like marvel alliance or some collectible card games like hearthstone :D

morderwrath
morderwrath

WoW 2 is my guess and hunch hope its better then the first one


xeidog69
xeidog69

Hopefully it is a new IP altogether. If it is an expansion please let it be another Diablo 3 one. Diablo has been released from the soulstone, but so have his previously captured brethren. We could have all the best of the originals come back and make for the best Diablo yet.

vadagar1
vadagar1

they will reveal how they are dead to me 


great  : /

neverconsole
neverconsole

uhh...they cant fix ''released games'', and still making new one...

Epsilons
Epsilons

 I guess it's all about their next-gen MMO "Project TITAN" or perhaps a Worlf of Warcraft 2 , World of Diablo, World of Starcraft or even a World of Blizzard Universe (with Diablo+StarCraft+WarCraft universe in the same MMO). But i'm pretty sure that even if they do announe new IP / new Game this year, it won't release any time soon... like 3 years or more after the announcement...

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

To be revealed in 2014, to be released in 2024...

shadow9669
shadow9669

I am always hopeing they will come out with a new IP.

Keithy211
Keithy211

Hopefully whatever it is, it'll be a new MMORPG nothing to do with the old games.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

I know exactly what they are doing...

Diablo 2: Remastered, without changing game mechanics...

YAHZEE!!!!

HEY, I can dream:)

Greyslay
Greyslay

My guess is they finally going to reveal something about the Titan game but who knows with Blizzard.

ScottOakley
ScottOakley

Warcraft 3 is still THE BEST lan game ever made. Why not a Warcraft 4? The custom games give a huge amount of replayability.

Hjindee
Hjindee

i know its not gonna happend but... Warcraft 4 ?..pretty please?

Pupchu
Pupchu

StarCraft II: Episode 4 - Rise of the Planet of the Pandas

Slagar
Slagar

Meh, I don't buy Blizzard games anymore. I don't trust them not to include auction-houses.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

"I think it’s difficult to launch a new franchise. I think it’s risky to launch a new franchise, but that has never been the reason to deter us." Sams said. "It’s always been about doing the game we think we want to play next. What is the best franchise for that? Is it an existing franchise or is it one we should create? I think we have no concern and no hesitancy about building a new franchise if we think we have the right ideas and the right game to pair it with. Hopefully we’ll have some of those things to talk about in the future."


Ok right there it's either WoW on consoles or SC wow style on pc and consoles. He's too hesitant to make me believe this is the fabled Titan all new IP here.

Gomtor
Gomtor

Starcraft 2 episode 3...

billzihang
billzihang

It's going to be a huge disappointment. It'll be something lame, like another free to play Starcraft card game or something.


Personally I think they should make a Warcraft 4-- and go back to the old roots of Warcraft 1 and 2. All the Warcraft 3 and after stuff is just Hollywood style bullshit as far as I'm concerned.

Apofis_SG-1
Apofis_SG-1

Everyone will hate me for that, but if its Blizzard most likely it will be nothing special but people will make it look supreme and better that everything else. And it will be way overpriced.

Nodashi
Nodashi

@morderwrath WoW2 ir whatever it's called is Project Titan - and they already said it's not gonna be discussed anytime soon.

zura_janai
zura_janai

@ScottOakley blizzard said they won't release another strategy game as long as they have starcraft 2

Epsilons
Epsilons

@Gomtor  StarCraft 2 - Legacy of the Void (Protoss Campaign) have already be announced years ago.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@billzihang Hey man, Warcraft 3 was the game that fleshed out the franchise significantly, and it did so in a very competent manner.  The overall lore was great and the campaign stories were pretty good.  Character development and story were at their peak in Warcraft 3.  I don't see how that falls under Hollywood bullshit...  With that said, I do miss the brutality, gore, and nonchalance of Warcraft 1 and 2.  All that was toned down a bit once it got to Warcraft 3.

Pupchu
Pupchu

@Apofis_SG-1 a few years back, anything from Blizzard would be special. but we're past thosse times now :(

Bryjoered07
Bryjoered07

@Epsilons @TheExxorcistHey, I know this is blasphemy but Diablo 3 is better in every single way over Diablo 2 except story and atmosphere. Path of Exile's combat is a complete joke compared to Diablo 3, nowhere near as dynamic. I do give them props for the detailed gem system being linked with abilities though. Their cumbersome and ridiculous skill tree is also somehow more hindered and less varied then diablos rune system. The skill tree is what you call an "illusion of choice". Sure, you can pick whatever skills you want, and there are more skills to choose from, but the amount of actual viable builds pales in comparison to Diablo 3.

billzihang
billzihang

@_el_Greco_ @billzihangI personally hated the way they 'humanised' the Orcs. To me, Blizzard kind of began their slow journey up their own arses with Warcraft 3-- because they seem to think themselves great storytellers. That's a matter of opinion perhaps: But my opinion tells me they should stick to the basics like in Warcraft 1 and 2.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@billzihang  I totally understand where you're coming from.  You're right.  Blizzard as a whole is terrible when it comes to storytelling.  It's not just a matter of opinion, it is a fact.  Over the last 10 years they've had some really poor and shallow stories throughout all their games.  Diablo 3, Starcraft II, and World of Warcraft had some very bland and cliched story arcs.  You will find some absolute gems in WoW though every now and then, but only through certain quest chains that aren't really tied to the main "lore" and story arcs.  There still are some gifted writers at Blizzard, it's just a shame that they don't get the spotlight.  The lead story people on the other hand, though cool and passionate guys, are just amateurs.

Still, I think that Warcraft 3 was one of the best things that Blizzard ever produced in terms of story.  It was much richer than the first two games, and even though it didn't give you Game of Thrones at every corner, it did have its epic moments...  The tragic story arc of Arthas...  The Burning Legion's invasion and the start of the Third War...  Illidan's constant struggle with himself and how he should react to the way he's treated by his brother Malfurion and his people...   The founding of Durotar...  These all have been pretty good in my opinion.  Perhaps they could have done a better job in terms of delivery and dialogue, but I think it's pretty good for Blizzard...  You're right about them "humanizing" the orcs to a great degree compared to the first two games though.  Even so, you gotta remember that the orcs that we saw in Warcraft 1 and 2 were pumped up with demon blood.  Plus, the only really humanized orc in Warcraft is Thrall.  The others are still relatively savage.  But at the end of the day, it's still a matter of preference.  I personally really like the orcs of Warcraft a lot more than the orcs we see in other franchises, which adhere too much to the good and evil / black and white standard by Tolkien.