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General: Blizzard's Titan Reset for 2016 & Official Statement

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,633MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

UPDATE: MMORPG.com reached out to Blizzard Entertainment and received the following in reply:

Thanks for reaching out to us.

We've always had a highly iterative development process, and the unannounced MMO is no exception. We've come to a point where we need to make some large design and technology changes to the game. We're using this opportunity to shift some of our resources to assist with other projects while the core team adapts our technology and tools to accommodate these new changes. Note that we haven’t announced any dates for the MMO.

This year's Blizzcon attendees hoping to finally hear more about Titan will be disappointed to hear that the project has been rebooted and is now looking at 2016 for release. Games Beat claims that a "source close to the project" gave them the information and that seventy of the one hundred employees on Titan have been reassigned to other projects for the time being.

Read more at Games Beat.

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  • sethman75sethman75 the gongPosts: 212Member Uncommon

    Sounds like another Warcraft Adventures/Starcraft Ghost in the making.

     

  • kDeviLkDeviL Coco Beach, FLPosts: 215Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by SBFord

    This year's Blizzcon attendees hoping to finally hear more about Titan will be disappointed to hear that the project has been rebooted and is now looking at 2016 for release. Games Beat claims that a "source close to the project" gave them the information and that seventy of the one hundred employees on Titan have been reassigned to other projects for the time being.

    Read more at Games Beat.

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    Wasn't titan first mentioned in 2007? =o

    9 years is a long time lol.

    If WoW was released today even in its' entirety it would be f2p in 3 months.
    Why is it still such a big deal?

  • monarc333monarc333 New York, NYPosts: 611Member Uncommon
    Interesting news. I guess that means 2 more expacs WoW. And I also think blizzard might be missing the boat. Who knows what the state of mmos will be in 3 years. 
  • IridescentOrkIridescentOrk Ellicott City, MDPosts: 157Member
    I say good call. There are too many games I want to play and don't have time for all.

    gameplay > graphics

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,369MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    This REALLY makes me hopeful for EQNext, on a personal note.
  • Mtibbs1989Mtibbs1989 Fredericksburg, VAPosts: 2,920Member Uncommon
     I wonder why they didn't reset the Diablo 3 project when they knew the project itself wasn't up to par. Oh well.

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  • RoxtarrRoxtarr Freeland, MI, MIPosts: 1,122Member
    They just left a huge door wide open for WildStar

    If in 1982 we played with the current mentality, we would have burned down all the pac man games since the red ghost was clearly OP. Instead we just got better at the game.
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  • RusqueRusque Las Vegas, NVPosts: 2,229Member Uncommon
    Blizzard has to be one of the slowest developers ever. Granted, they usually make amazing games, but come on they could at least show some concept art and explain the lore behind Titan even if they are starting the rest of it from scratch.
  • MMOGamer71MMOGamer71 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 1,930Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by BillMurphy
    This REALLY makes me hopeful for EQNext, on a personal note.

    ^

    This

  • garrettgarrett Posts: 261MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    /agree with Bill
     :p 
  • doodphacedoodphace Vancouver, BCPosts: 1,815Member
    This might be a good thng
  • SkullagrimSkullagrim Dayton, OHPosts: 61Member


    Originally posted by Roxtarr
    They just left a huge door wide open for WildStar

    Totally agree...It's by far my most anticipated mmo this year.

  • ReallyNow10ReallyNow10 Pile It High Town, LAPosts: 2,010Member Common

    My guess is because of the recent popularity with sandbox design and the broad disenchantment with linear story-driven themeparks.  I bet Titan was loaded with phasing and cutscenes and annoying pop culture references.  Insead, looks like Blizzard is going to step back and watch these new AAA sandbox projects launch and assess the results and popularity, then go back and re-design Titan.

    Smart move, Blizzard.

  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member

    Well, if history is any indication of the future, only one more reboot to go before they can release the game. :-)

    I can not remember winning or losing a single debate on the internet.

  • Instigator-JonesInstigator-Jones Posts: 522Member Uncommon
    Ruh Roh Raggy.
  • NikopolNikopol The ZonePosts: 626Member Uncommon

    Not that surprising.

    What players expect from MMOs has changed really fast, though in general MMO design hasn't exactly been able to respond. For Blizzard, seeing as they started on the game's design years ago, it must be a frustratingly blurry moving target to hit.

    Though, going back to the drawing board is one thing, and actually coming up with an answer is a whole other thing. I really doubt there's even a reliable answer out there somewhere (and not pipe dreams, but applicable ones).

    Blizzard has been lucky in that they've been able to apply their brand of design to genres very smoothly up until now. Though with Diablo III the fans loudly called a strike. They need to think things through and step very carefully here, or they might end up just another mortal dev house. :)

  • InsaneDalekInsaneDalek Detroit, MIPosts: 119Member

    This article of course assumes that anybody gives a sh*t about Titan anymore. Hate to break it to you, but that ship's sailed, circumvented the globe, and come back bearing exotic spices.

    Titan hasn't been relevant to anyone but the most rabidly fervent of Blizzard fans in half a decade.

    It's a sad day indeed when a family is too afraid of reprisals to publicly thank somebody for saving their lives.

  • GrakulenGrakulen Staff Writer St. Charles, MOPosts: 460MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    Originally posted by BillMurphy

    This REALLY makes me hopeful for EQNext, on a personal note.

     

    Sounds like something I would say.
  • IadienIadien Charleston, WVPosts: 638Member
    Originally posted by BillMurphy
    This REALLY makes me hopeful for EQNext, on a personal note.

    Yep, first thing I thought about.

  • monarc333monarc333 New York, NYPosts: 611Member Uncommon
    Def agree with EQnext being afforded space EQ2 never had. Hopefully the game can stand on its own though. 
  • AkulasAkulas GoldcoastPosts: 1,619Member Uncommon
    Always EQNext to look forward to. If not then Wildstar possibly late 2013.

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  • GravargGravarg Harker Heights, TXPosts: 3,332Member Uncommon
    After Cataclysm came out and still no word on Titan, I figured it was like Starcraft Ghost...dead.  I'm still waiting for Warcraft: The Movie.....
  • duuude007duuude007 MERIDIAN, IDPosts: 112Member
    Any AAA game that comes out in 2013 has a huge advantage in filling this vacuum.
  • dead2soondead2soon phoenix, AZPosts: 149Member
    That's pretty shocking considering they've been developing it for something like close to 10 years now. That's hat huge amount of wasted money and time. Guess they don't want SWTOR to be #1 in that area either.
  • newbinatornewbinator LA, CAPosts: 780Member
    Originally posted by BillMurphy
    This REALLY makes me hopeful for EQNext, on a personal note.

    I second that.

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