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Titan @ Blizzcon 2013 [updated]

Nov 08 2013 10:57 PM | mynsc in Blizzcon

First day, first mention. Nothing big, however it is good to know that Titan is still in the works, even in whatever new form it is. New for Blizzard of course, since it can't be new to us since we never met the old one, unfortunately. Maybe someday, at another Blizzcon, they'll tell us what they initially had planned. :)
 
Anyway, here's Mike Morhaime talking a bit about Titan. Hopefully more to come, although it's clear they don't have any plans to really talk about the game at this year's event.
 

 

Update: With Blizzcon now over, It seems that this was the only Titan update they planned on giving and as such got it out of the way quickly, right from the start, in order for everyone to focus on their 5 other games for the rest of the event. Can't really argue with the logic, since it's obvious they didn't have anything real to share about the game.
 
From Mike Morhaime's few words we can draw the conclusion that they do not fully support the Titan codename any more, as he made sure to avoid it and only refer to the game as their "Unannounced Project". They're also avoiding the "MMO" term as well.
 
Hard to say what this means, however at this point I think it's safe to say that the new "Unannounced Game Title" section on their Jobs Directory page is connected with Titan, since there was no other project hinted at Blizzcon and the name of the section fits with their new naming policy.
 
Jeffrey Kaplan is still MIA unfortunately, as such I think it's also safe to presume that he is still in charge of Titan The Unannounced Project. That's good news I guess, although I'm sure we were all really hoping to hear a status update on his situation at Blizzard and what has he been working on.
 
This clearly was not the year of Titan, however if this new direction they've taken proves more sustainable, hopefully starting with next year's Blizzcon Titan will not be the black sheep of the Blizzard family any more and the Blizzard folks will start to mention it more openly. The reset seems to have indeed made serious changes to the project, however I'm sure that most of the foundation was kept, as such this new optimised direction should bring it to a marketable state soon enough. I mean, right?

 

Update #2: Not exactly a Titan mention, however during an interview with Gamespot @ Blizzcon, Blizzard COO Paul Sams addressed the company's availability to launch new franchises. Worth a listen, as it also addresses Blizzard's relation with consoles and the Warcraft movie. New franchises part starts at approximately 5:25.

 



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Titan @ Blizzcon - Short Analysis and Predictions

Oct 13 2013 03:28 PM | mynsc in Blizzcon

 

With Blizzcon less than a month way, I think it's the perfect moment to assess Titan's chances of making an appearance. I'll start by taking a look at two of the major hints we have related to this. 
 
First of all, it's important to revisit the last Blizzcon, from two years ago, and see what happened then. The "show" actually started a month before the convention, as news sites started speculating that we'll see an official announcement during Blizzcon. At that point, Bashiok decided to step in and mention that no, there won't be any Titan unveiling, which in the end proved to be true. 
 
During the event itself, no mention of Titan was made until the very end. In the absolute last interview shown on the live stream, Rob Pardo finally approached the subject and gave us a few phrases of info. Not much, however enough to keep the ball rolling and keep us occupied for quite a bit. :) 
 
The second factor that might play an important role in how much air-time Titan receives is the amount of space that needs to be reserved for the already announced games. And looking at this, it's probably going to be the busiest Blizzcon in history. 
 
Two of the major three franchises have expansions to show-off (Diablo and World of Wacraft). And that's not to say Starcraft 2 won't make an appearance, as there is a "small" tournament called the WCS Global Finals which will take place throughout the entire weekend.  
 
However, there is even more! I wouldn't be surprised if HearthStone will have its official launch during Blizzcon or at least having a date announced for it. Regardless of this, since the game is already hugely popular, everyone will want to ask questions about it and I'm sure the Blizzard folks have already put time aside in order to answer them.
 

 
And if this was not already enough, the mysterious Blizzard All-Stars is screaming to get out (or rather we're screaming for it to come out) and even by Blizzard time, its announcement is way overdue. With the "Heroes of the Storm" trademark confirmed, it's really looking like the info gates will finally be blown open on this project. 
 
These two factors considered and also adding to the equation the elephant in the room, unfortunately the chances are not good for Titan to make a noteworthy appearance at this year's Blizzcon. The pre-show period is already much more calm than two years ago. Nobody is even bothering to ask if Titan will be there as the answer is pretty clear in most people's minds. For all we know, the game is actually in a less advanced state than two years ago, "thanks" to the recent reset.
 
That being said, looking at the optimistic side as well, there are hints that development on the project might have restarted. Blizzard also "owes" us a better explanation as to what exactly happened to the project and when we'll hear about it again. It's in their best interest I believe to keep Titan on everyone's radar, as it adds a certain degree of hope and excitement in relation to the company's future, so they should be looking to clear the surrounding waters a bit. 
 
With the analysis out of the way (let me know in the comments if you have something else to add), it's time we jump to the fun part! Predictions! :o

Below you can find mine. If you have any others to add or don't agree with the chances, let me know in the comments and I'll input yours in as well. It's not a full-on contest, however it will be pretty fun to see how wrong we were after Blizzcon passes! :)

Titan @ Blizzcon predictions (0 - not going to happen, 10 - sure thing)
AuthorPredictionChance
mynscTitan officially announced0
1- jezbelle
mynscStatus update from Rob Pardo, just before the end8 - me, Venald

10 - Valkata, papaz, jezbelle
5 - Eremite, ThunderGod

mynscAlpha / beta / launch estimate2
0 - Valkata, jezbelle, ThunderGod
1- papaz, Eremite
mynscClarification on some of the rumors we've heard this year:
not a brand new franchise, will be out on consoles, Jay Wilson working on it, etc.
5 - me, jezbelle
3 - Valkata, ThunderGod
2 - papaz, 1 - Eremite
5 - Venald
mynscA sign that Jeffrey Kaplan is still alive.9 - me, papaz 

5 - Valkata, 1 - Eremite
8 - Venald, 0 - ThunderGod

mynscConcept Art2
0 - Valkata, papaz, Eremite, ThunderGod
1- jezbelle
mynscAny other tease4

0 - Valkata, papaz
1 - Eremite, 8.5 - Venald
3 - jezbelle, 5 - ThunderGod


 
Also guys, TF will be represented at Blizzcon, thanks to some of our awesome members that managed to snag tickets: EremitejonnyshizSarnakyle (and special "guest" appearances from sayaf and Velocity). They've been kind (and awesome) enough to put themselves at your disposal so do let them know if you have any requests in mind. They don't even have to be remotely reasonable! If not, wish them a splendid weekend and tell them how much you envy them! :)



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New Section on Blizzard's Jobs Page: Unannounced Game Title. Titan's Return?

Sep 14 2013 07:17 PM | mynsc in News

 

A new jobs section has recently appeared on Blizzard's website and it's teasingly called Unannounced Game Title. It currently holds 6 job entries, 5 of them for various visual artist positions. This comes just a bit over one month after the Next Gen MMO section was completely removed, probably due to the Titan reset that was announced in May. Here are a few fragments from the freshly added job postings:

3D Character Animator

The ideal candidate has experience modeling and texturing character assets in a stylized universe. A solid grasp of form, color, and light for both 2D and 3D art assets is essential. The 3D character artist must also have experience working with a diverse range of characters, creatures, weapons, and equipment both organic and mechanical in nature.

 

Lead Server Programmer

This individual will lead the development of server architecture and implementation of an exciting new Blizzard game and will lead a group of programmers to accomplish various server programming tasks.

 

Senior VFX Artist

The ideal candidate has extensive experience working with 3D packages, in-game FX systems to create a wide range of VFX (fire, smoke, explosions, etc.), as well as a general understanding of good game play communication.

As is usual the case with such black box observations, this new development raises more questions than it answers.
 
Is this new section referring to Titan? The title fits, because Blizzard has made it a point recently to note that the game was never officially announced. This would mean that the project is back on track, but the way the title has been reworded might also suggest that it suffered drastic changes. Is it still an MMO? Is this new "Titan" maybe just using assets and tech but going in a whole different direction gameplay wise?
 
What if it's not Project Titan at all? It's definitely not HS (already announced), All-Stars (shares a section with SC2 on the jobs page) or any of their other 3 big franchises. So does this mean Blizzard is engaged in a new major project? And where does that leave Titan?
 
There are no certainties, except that Blizzard is indeed cooking something new, whether it's Titan, a derivative of Titan or something completely unknown.
 
What do you think?



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