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Blizzard will either:
1) Drop the subscription price for World of Warcraft to about half what it is now;
2) Remove the subscription price entirely, in favour of a vanity item led RMT system, but keep "paid for" expansions;
3) Make WoW entirely F2P, owning everyone else in the MMO market like they don't even exist;
4) Do nothing.
Of these 4, I see number 4 as the most likely.
They have a "too big to fall" mentality, right now.
Here's what I expect:
Heavily instanced or heavily phased.
Lobby for easy access to content.
Storyline driven PVE.
BG style PVP.
Real money auction house.
Communication and shopping in-game via phone and web app.
Very high level of character appearance customization.
Minimal class freedom.
Little to no open world.
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Originally posted by dotdotdash Blizzard will either: 1) Drop the subscription price for World of Warcraft to about half what it is now; 2) Remove the subscription price entirely, in favour of a vanity item led RMT system, but keep "paid for" expansions; 3) Make WoW entirely F2P, owning everyone else in the MMO market like they don't even exist; 4) Do nothing. Of these 4, I see number 4 as the most likely. They have a "too big to fall" mentality, right now.
Or offer a subscription bundle:
$15 for Titan or WoW
$22 for both
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I reckon they have peaked. I don't think they have the talent left. In days gone by they woukd have cancelled D3 (again). Actually in days gone by they would have got it right when they started from scratch again when Bliz north was axed. Their skill has always been 'polish and refine' rather than create brand new stuff.
From a business prospective while they are obviously hugely successful however they are very vulnerable to a declining wow subscriber base. I am not sure what will happen if Vivendi just pull out ( they are looking for a buyer) that will undoubtedly have a big impact.
Apparently they have a few things in production it will be interesting to see what they are like and whether they can afford to take massive amounts of time to get right. (or have the talent).
i think we might see some rushed rather average titles.
Originally posted by monarc333 Sci-Fi mmo with WoW like mechanics. Something different from Fantasy is.....Sci-Fi. There is certainly room in that genre for an mmo. TOR is about the only thing worth playing in the Sci-Fi space. And even then its flawed. Just my 2c.
World of Starcraft? Wow like mechanics will probably not be well received. Funnily enough SW1 was Warcraft in space, it was poorly received at some trade show so they went away and started from scratch.
Originally posted by fenistil First of all Activision-Blizzard is gonna get sold by Vivendi and what Blizzard is gonna do while it is brewing for a moment, will be also heavily influenced by new major shareholder.
unless Activision is the buyer
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Titan will be a graphical platform (like Steam, Origin etc..) - the point system that Steam, Xbox Live etc.. all use will be converted into a leveling system. Battle.net is already going through upgrades to support this. User generated content will exist via a newly released World Builder.
There wil be no genre limitations, as you will be able to progress through the normal MMO (i.e. WoW style), accept missions that send you into FPS mode (i.e. their new partnership with Bungee), accept missions that send you into RTS style (i.e. their W3 experience), accept missions that send you into Dungeon Crawl style (i.e. their D3) style.
Posted a thread on it here: http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/359152/What-Titan-will-be.html
Originally posted by Nadia Originally posted by fenistil First of all Activision-Blizzard is gonna get sold by Vivendi and what Blizzard is gonna do while it is brewing for a moment, will be also heavily influenced by new major shareholder.
That would seriously eat into there mountain of cash and might well cause other 'weak holders' to bail. Still not a good situation.
Originally posted by Gorilla Originally posted by Nadia Originally posted by fenistil First of all Activision-Blizzard is gonna get sold by Vivendi and what Blizzard is gonna do while it is brewing for a moment, will be also heavily influenced by new major shareholder.
While not ideal, there doesn't seem to be another option. It would be nice to have Activision Blizzard separated from Vivendi.
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Based on grammar and research, I would like to recommend this article as being the worst ever posted to this website. No offense...
With that being said, the future of Blizzard rests in its longterm development of:
1.) Starcraft 2 installments --- there's at least two planned and unreleased.
2.) Diablo 3 expansions --- they'll give everyone a little time to cool off, but make no mistake, Adria still lives and I think I saw a soulstone in that last cut scene...
3.) Blizzard DOTA --- with the release of the Arcade Platform, Blizzard is primed to push out this new "F2P" MOBA competitor. The real question is whether anyone will care.
4.) MoP hasn't even released yet. I still qualify it as future. Will there be another Xpack afterwards? Sure...there's still 9 million people playing right now. Half of that is 4.5 million at $39.99 a copy...thats another $180 million in box sales if only half of current subscribers are still around and decide to buy it.
5.) Titan? As if the first 4 things I just listed weren't enough to keep ONE design house busy for the next 5 years. Everyone expects this to be the mothership. The big floating disc in the MMO sky that will take us all on the ultimate journey to the gaming land we have all been promised. I still have a glimmer of hope for this game...
It has been stated that this game is currently in a "playable" state, development entered full production this year, and it is not tied to any other intellectual property. If I were to speculate, I would guess we are looking at a "first or third person shooter" mmo. There have been successes and failures in this genre and knowing Blizzard, they will take it a direction that no one sees coming.
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Quite remarkable that we have heard nothing more on this. Dont they get the fact that gamers are losing interest in the WoW property and that F2Ps are going to drag away more? Mind you 9.1 MILLION is a lot of subscribers for such an aging property.
Originally posted by Bladestrom I tell you where there is a huge gap in the market, a space based mmorg like eve but with much stronger pve/ themepark and being able to land/ explore planets. With the money they have to invest, they could fill that gap- could be exciting.
I am expecting a high-scifi PvE FPS experience. eg. Halo-esque environments with lots of "squads" squaring off against hordes of aliens and such. Lots of different planets with RTS tie-ins, and mini-games via social network sites and mobile platforms that impact auxilary game systems like crafting and such.
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Huge, hulking game.
No one will expect it.
Project Titan will set in a "time-travel/dimension-travel" universe. It will be fantasy and sci-fi. Historical and futuristic. Any world, any time.
Essentially a Blizz version of Gurps.
Originally posted by stragen001 Hehe, I think the only way you could possible get sanbox fans to NOT play a new AAA sanbox is if it were to be made by Blizzard! LOL
Then those type of people really aren't sandbox fans are they. They are just bitter haters that nobody would want to have in their game in the first place. I know I wouldn't. Screw them and people like them.
Originally posted by Militant Well we can speculate on the codename of "titan" as to what the game may be:
I think Titan is just the working title and plays more to the ambition of the project in terms of size and scope.
We will likely hear an official title at the next BlizzCon. A title that is more appropriate for the actual premise of the game.