Titan MMO announcements at Blizzcon
Titan @ Blizzcon coverage
Day one #1.
Not related to Titan, but going to mention it because Titan Focus called it first (except for that huge but mostly unknown leak in March): Mist of Pandaria now officially confirmed as WoW's next expansion. It's going to focus on the war between Alliance and Horde... sounds great to me, hopefully they will deliver on this!Day one #2. Mike Morhaime was at the interview stand inside Blizzcon for 15 minutes. Unfortunately, he was asked about Warcraft 4 (about which he said in no unclear terms that is not happening while SC2 is in development) and not about Titan. Missed opportunity!He did say that he's not a fan of the F2P model and that Blizzard is trying to compete at the high-end of the market so he doesn't see F2P in the company's future. Was he including Titan too in this? Seemed like it. Here's his entire answer:
Day two #1.
Looks like their mouths are dead shut when it comes to Titan at this year's Blizzcon. Frank Pearce (Blizzard Co-Founder) was asked about the game during an interview and he pretty much refused to say anything about it, except that it is indeed true they are working at it...He did seem genuinely excited about it and I'm sure he wanted to give us something to chew on for the rest of the year (he did before), but aparently the Public Relations department wears the pants in the company.
Day two #2.
Thanks to Rob Pardo, Executive Vice President of Game Design at Blizzard, we have an update on how development at Titan is going:
- there are currently around 90 developers working on the project, up from 40-50 one year ago.
- it's in pre-production R & D (research and development) phase right now, but they're looking to go into full production as soon as possible.
- they're not currently specifically planning on getting it out for consoles too, but it is something to consider further down the road.
- "probably unlikely" for next year's Blizzcon... they feel they have always announced their games too early in the past, so now they want to see how much they can hold out with this one.
- very big game, with brand new technology, it's important to first get in place all the tools needed by the artists.
- people won't expect what will be coming, when they'll finally announce it.