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Titan @ Blizzcon 2013 [updated]


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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Sounds to me like he's saying - yeah well we thought we could make it, turns out it's a bit too much even for us, so we are making it smaller now.

“We have taken some of our most experienced developers and put them on [Titan]. We believe we have a dream team. These are the people who made World of Warcraft a success. We are going to blow people’s minds.”

 

That was 2 years ago last Blizzcon. I wonder what happened. Went from full 100 employees production to 30.

 

If only we got to see the product before they restarted, I'm pretty sure they had quite a bit done already.

I noticed that he was very careful to not call it the "Unannounced MMO" and instead called it the "Unannounced Project." Then, at the end, he said "It's pretty different from what we set out to do." Which, putting those two things together, I almost feel like it's no longer going to be an MMO?

I noticed that he was very careful to not call it the "Unannounced MMO" and instead called it the "Unannounced Project." Then, at the end, he said "It's pretty different from what we set out to do." Which, putting those two things together, I almost feel like it's no longer going to be an MMO?

 

My thoughts exactly. I think the game might be something like Destiny. I'm pretty sure it's not a coincidence he has stopped using the word "MMO".

The site is not going to be renamed theunannouncedproject.info is it? :D

 

I really hope the game is still an MMO, as I've said before, I am willing to wait for the game if it will be as good as they've made it out to be in the past.

I like the TitanFocus info logo in the MM video. Good work there mynsc!

The site is not going to be renamed theunannouncedproject.info is it? :D

 

I really hope the game is still an MMO, as I've said before, I am willing to wait for the game if it will be as good as they've made it out to be in the past.

 

Nah, I'm leaning towards JeffKaplan'sEternalPrisonFocus.info.

 

And yes, I definitely hope it's still an MMO. I mean, I kinda started this website for the sole reason that the creators of WoW were building a new MMO. Would be really disappointed if it turned out to be a single-player / lobby-multiplayer game.


I like the TitanFocus info logo in the MM video. Good work there mynsc!

A necessary evil. Thinking about, I probably should have placed some disclaimers as well (Blizzard property / trademark and all that).

Here is something interesting, well ok pure speculation on my part but I just read the IGN article on the Warcraft Movie and this line in particular caught my attention it said.

 

"The Warcraft movie will start filming in early 2014 and is set to open in December 2015."

 

Now sticking with the pre-reset release date of 2016 and the speculation that this won't be a new IP but a spin-off of an existing IP, lets assume that existing IP is Warcraft. That could mean the Warcraft movie is an attempt to open up the storyline to a broader audience.

 

Something like the audience of Lord of The Rings if the movie is a hit, but lets Face it this is blizzard they'll generate a killer trailer get there initial 20 mil+ fanbase interested and that will bring in the rest of the masses.

 

After a successful movie it'll re-generate a lot of new Warcraft subscribers, most of them will stick around for a little while 1-2 years, just enough to get those new people interested in the MMO arena and interested in a similar genre to Titan.

 

Now that the masses are familiar with at least the initial storyline of Warcraft and due to that hype boom Blizzcon 2016 they officially announce Titan, trailers and all, with a 2018 release date.

 

So there is my speculation, not as accurate as it could probably be if I went back and tried to put the puzzle together from the start with the old information fresh in my mind again but its good for a brain tease.

 

EDIT: Yes I know this would pretty much put Titan into an 11 Year release cycle well a 6 year release cycle if you count the re-set.

Welcome to TF Adam!  Great post and interesting speculations - it's always good to hear new voices around here.

 

 

Now that the masses are familiar with at least the initial storyline of Warcraft and due to that hype boom Blizzcon 2016 they officially announce Titan, trailers and all, with a 2018 release date.

 

Riding the wake of the WoW movie is certainly a killer marketing move.  I'm projecting a similar timeline to yours.

 

 

Yes I know this would pretty much put Titan into an 11 Year release cycle well a 6 year release cycle if you count the re-set.

 

Titan was being conceived (as far as we know) all the way back in 2004/2005 when WoW was released.  Whatever the timeline happens to be, it's a pretty damn long wait for all of us. :p

I thought for a while about Warcraft movie, wow and titan. What if they take WoW towards the begining of Titan and kinda show the transition in the movie? Or the movie is beging to MAJOR changes in wow towards titan? So the movie would be prologue to titan would it be possible?

Some wild ideas we got here :)

But haven't they said, that WoW movie will be around the time of Warcraft 2? Or am I imagining this? O.o

Indeed :D

Isn't Draenor expansion timeline in WC2-WC3 via time travel? And if the movie is around WC2 and has a "missing" piece of lore it would be possible to spin off Titan right? But i still think that Titan is actually completely new IP/ Franchise.

i think that titan will be realeased in 2016 and it still be an mmo

cause wow is dying and everyone hope a new mmo from blizzard 

unless the genre itself is going to be replaced with something better

Sounds to me like he's saying - yeah well we thought we could make it, turns out it's a bit too much even for us, so we are making it smaller now.

Sound like he's saying, somebody broke trust. Their great Idea got rushed into another game/games. But I glad to see a card game, because they are expanding. This to me is a mini game, something to socialize with. I hope they do a TBS (Turn base Strategy) game, as a mini game, also any other mini type of game on mobile divices. I would like them to continue this thinking, because it's something to do. It's the "I want" something now attitude that gets you something, maybe not what you expected but something all the same. You want Titan, so do I. But it can wait, for many years. I don't want a smaller, lamer, remake of games people are making. I want Blizzards biggest most bad ass title they have ever made. So again I say it can wait, great ideas are not something I come up with every minute of every day, but I get them. I am sure Blizzard people don't come up with great ideas every minute of everyday, but they get them, so let them get all the great ideas they can, then make the game. It won't make itself, post your great ideas, maybe somebody will care. If their MMO was to big, then I am bummed they would do it smaller. But i'm not bummed they released a crappy game, that I think they rushed.   Anyways I want to play a impressive game, like I did when I was a child. I remember playing Diablo for the first time, I was about 12 years old. I was sitting in the basement, alone in the dark. (parents thought that was ok, fine with me too.) I was running around dungeons, and scared shitless, when I opened a door. "The Butcher" I about pissed my pants, this monster was not expected. Big guy, with meat cleaver. Wow that was awesome, I remember thinking. Just one example of my thoughts of those old games. Now a days, I don't feel that impression. I played Diablo 3, and it looks great! It just lacks the impression, the first two did. I think it was the want, I wanted that meat cleaver. So I played the game again and again, and I got it. I was so impressed by that game, I have always had faith in Blizzard. I don't want something else, some mainstream game. I want a Blizzard game, how many others can say that? Or how many are just wow fans? I am glad they made it, but I don't doubt them because they did, I applaud them. 

 

I must say, my idea of a Blizzard game is SANDBOX. Everytime I think about that butcher fight, I think they should do that. A game where if it is shown off, it can be looted! Try and try again, because you can get what you want! 

 

P.S. I don't mean to label you make sandbox games. I mean to say, you have your own way to do things, and we like it. The sandbox idea is, if it's being shown off, I can take it. Another Idea I am getting, is make mini games, many of them, because they are fun.

 

Someday Nvidia Grid, will do something great, for the gamers!


      Or how many are just wow fans?

 

 

I just want to say, I don't like WOW. Was a great idea then, but now it's old and used up. Good for you Blizzard. 

In an age where every major game is both connected and pitting players against each other, MMOs are somewhat a game genre less defined that it used to be.

 

I expect "Titan" to expand beyond traditional MMO definition. Put a bit of simulation game ala Simcity, or Flight combat like SWTOR forthcoming addition or sandboxing elements like Minecraft, resources management ones like WoD garrisons and a gameplay available on different plateforms (smartphones, tablets, PCs and consoles) as different games tied to the same core universe, and I would not call MMO either…

Next-gen to me would be a game that is platform independent - so a xbox player can play with a android user in some form :-)

Next-gen to me would be a game that is platform independent - so a xbox player can play with a android user in some form :-)

 

As good as it might sound, it would be ridiculously hard to balance let alone the Negative feedback that people who dont understand the advantages/disadvantages of cross platform gaming.

 

In my Opinion, consoles would fair much better in a cross platform environment than if PC or Mobiles were also in the mix. PC would just stomp all over Consoles and Mobiles, with Mobiles being right at the bottom. I see Mobiles fitting in the Best in all Environments on a limited capacity though. Maybe they only have the ability to for example, trade/chat/walk around Orgrimmar but not be allowed into hostile spaces since reacting and dealing with threats would be highly dangerous with the limited controls on a Mobile platform.

As good as it might sound, it would be ridiculously hard to balance let alone the Negative feedback that people who dont understand the advantages/disadvantages of cross platform gaming.

 

In my Opinion, consoles would fair much better in a cross platform environment than if PC or Mobiles were also in the mix. PC would just stomp all over Consoles and Mobiles, with Mobiles being right at the bottom. I see Mobiles fitting in the Best in all Environments on a limited capacity though. Maybe they only have the ability to for example, trade/chat/walk around Orgrimmar but not be allowed into hostile spaces since reacting and dealing with threats would be highly dangerous with the limited controls on a Mobile platform.

It will depend on the features provided in the mobile section. Take BF4 for example - playing as commander on a tablet. It's that kind of play I want. So that no matter where I am, I can engage in the game in some way

Yeah to much is always a good thing, in video games. The bigger the place the better, we won't feel crowded. I don't see how an MMO could bring players together, like we want from a single player. I play many single player games, I think it would be nice to have a friend. But also when playing some MMO, I think it would be nice to play alone, or with just a few friends. I wonder when they are done with WOW what will they do with it? I could imagine a single play version, or even a version where my friends can play with me. Internet based connection, to play with my friends list. Better than server based MMO?