Last night, Activision Blizzard reported their second quarter financial earnings. The majority of the conference call focused on the publisher's ongoing split with Vivendi, and just how rich the Call of Duties have made everyone. But, during the Blizzard section, Mike Morhaime revealed some brief information about their still-unannounced project, codenamed Project Titan. He also gave a fuller picture of World of Warcraft's recent subscriber decline.
Blizzard's long-in-production MMO won't be here for a while. Codenamed 'Titan', the game first emerged in 2007 and then, in 2010, the company officially acknowledged it. But according to a report over at VentureBeat, the new IP won't see the light of day until at least 2016, citing a complete overhaul of the project as the reason.
Blizzard's annual fan convention, Blizzcon, is November 8 and 9 this year. As you might expect for a gathering focused on such monoliths of PC gaming as Starcraft and Warcraft, tickets tend to go pretty fast, so if you're looking to join in the scramble, you should know that tickets go on sale next Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. Pacific. A second batch will become available Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Pacific. The cost this year is $175 per person.
Planetside 2 creative director predicts an MMOFPS renaissance: "they’re really difficult to make, so good luck”
Planetside 2 excitement is hitting an all time high. There’s 30 minutes of footage and a bunch of new screens here, which you should almost definitely watch. It’s like a beautiful dream coming true. A massively multiplayer FPS dream with magnificent scale, day/night cycles, vehicles and jetpacks.
Creative director, Matt Higby is just as excited as the rest of us. "It always blows my mind that there aren't more MMO FPSs" he says, after showing a live demo at GDC.
A job listing on Blizzard.com spotted by a member of NeoGAF suggests that Blizzard are planning to include product placement in their new MMO.
The job listing for a franchise development producer. Among the job requirements, one requires that applicants be able to "work with major consumer brands to facilitate product placement and licensing within the world of Blizzard Entertainment's next-gen MMO that enhances the gameplay experience."
It's hard to remember an occasion when product placement in a game has especially enhanced anything, but the inclusion of modern products would suggest a contemporary or futuristic setting for Blizzard's next MMO, codenamed Project Titan.
This is... unexpected. According to a source that spoke with Massively, Blizzard's titanic Project Titan may have stubbed its toe on an iceberg. Apparently, senior level designer and World of Warcraft design legend John Staats has been let go. The precise reason why wasn't given. However, if true, it could signal big trouble for Blizzard's next big thing.
Staats' bulging brain was the muscle behind many of WoW's most memorable raids. He's also a level 15 Worgen NPC in Darkshore. Maybe that's the one Blizzard got rid of? It wouldn't be too surprising, seeing as friggin' pandas are taking all the good jobs now.
Gamespot bring us some news from the Citi Technology conference, where Activision Blizzard COO Thomas Tippl has said that Blizzard will be producing six "proven property" games/expansions over the next three years.
The announcement reveals plans for two more World of Warcraft expansions over the three years. Could one of these be the Mists of Pandaren expansion we've previously heard rumours of? In addition, the first expansion to Diablo 3 will be expected by the end of 2014. The two planned Starcaft 2 expansions, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void, are expected in the same period.
By choosing to refer only to 'proven properties' Blizzard have left the door open for a new 'unproven property' to be released in that same period, such as the long rumoured Project Titan.
As reported by Gamespot, Blizzard are hiring staff for an "Unannounced Game Title". Even more unannounced than the kind-of unannounced Project Titan. They're looking for software engineers to work on the new project.
The job application points out that the game is "a new and exciting project", but you knew that already right? This is Blizzard we're talking about.
Are you reaching for the CV? You could end up on a future PC Gamer infographic, you lucky devil.