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Project Titan "reset", Delayed Until 2016


 

Looks like the rumor mill is churning again, and this time the news is not good. According to Venture Beat, "a source familiar with the matter" has informed them that development on Titan has been slowed down severely, with 70 of the 100+ developers working on the title being reassigned to Blizzard's other projects. The ones that are left will start over on Titan, trying to take the game on a different path. As such, the soonest expected release is now 2016. This is of course still just unconfirmed info, and until Blizzard comments on this it should be treated as such. 
 
Update #1
MMO-Champion seems to confirm this info with its own sources. According to the WoW news site:

  • The decision was announced to employees a couple of days ago
  • Blizzard felt that Titan wasn't going in the right direction and decided to make significant technological and design changes to the game.

Update #2
The news is quickly becoming trustworthy, as a 3rd website, Gamasutra, says that it has independently confirmed it. Still no comment from Blizzard though.

Update #3 
Blizzard has now officially confirmed shifting resources away from Titan while they "make some large design and technology changes to the game."


 

Blizzard

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.

 
Update #4 - short thoughts related to this

  • Considering how "slow-cooked" this project has been, for such a long time too, it's incredibly surprising that it didn't manage to avoid a major revamp. Even if we're of course talking about Blizzard here. :)
  • It's not good news, that's for sure. Yes, it's good that Blizzard has decided to sacrifice its timeline and do a major revision, but this also means that something important was not right and we have no guarantee that extra time will help, although it is of course the correct start.
  • The Project is now 6-7 years old and it will be close to 10 years in 2016. Extremely long and intense development is one of the issues that plague MMOs, and it does not help when a meticulous company like Blizzard tackles a supposedly huge project like Titan. A clear and immovable production schedule is absolutely required in this case, or else each time they'll be close to release, they'll realize a new revision is required, to bring it up to speed with modern tech and trends.
  • It's fair to assume that most of those reassigned are writers and visual artists. Titan has benefited from a strong, numerous and constantly growing art team in the last couple of years, so it should be in a good state when it comes to these assets. While the engineers and designers are figuring out and implementing the needed changes, the art team is being used for different projects that are maybe lacking a bit in this department.
  • This also resets most of what we knew, or thought we knew, about the game. We can't assess the nature or the size of the changes, so basically pretty much everything we have is automatically in doubt. Good thing we didn't have much! :D

Last and probably least, I don't want to penalize Rob Pardo and others for actually giving us teasers and stuff over the last few years, but one of the first things I remembered when I heard the news was the below tweet. Everything seemed so perfect a year ago, with Titan having a playable, fun build. What changed? :(
 






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Rumors, rumors, rumors, rumors... Gotta love 'em!

 

This is an interesting bit of news. *Lifts heavy shield* I wouldn't mind if this was true....

 

Titan is big business. BIG BUSINESS! And if they don't feel that it is living up to their expectations, then good for them to slam on the breaks and fix it even before announcing the game. I for one don't want to see another D3...

I suppose, I want Titan to be great and will wait if it's required. However, I am not very happy about a delay :(

Meh. :(

Titan was in development too long, needed a refresh, probably. Reminds me of Starcraft and Warcraft 3.

I will not hit the "Like this" button on this post, that's for sure

Titan was in development too long, needed a refresh, probably. Reminds me of Starcraft and Warcraft 3.

I suppose, I understand that it's been in development since 07' or 08', I imagine if the game is to be truly revolutionary that it must be rehashed to work with modern technology.

Rumors, rumors, rumors, rumors... Gotta love 'em!

 

This is an interesting bit of news. *Lifts heavy shield* I wouldn't mind if this was true....

 

Titan is big business. BIG BUSINESS! And if they don't feel that it is living up to their expectations, then good for them to slam on the breaks and fix it even before announcing the game. I for one don't want to see another D3...

 And if they don't feel that it is living up to their expectations, then good for them to slam on the breaks and fix it even before announcing the game. I for one don't want to see another D3...

 

Speaking of which, I for one blame Jay Wilson for this delay. :D

They never should have moved Jay to the project. I knew it!

JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY

I will try to express myself in the most coherent manner possible.

 

I don't know about others but I felt massive disappointment about some rumoured details about Titan, obviously being a rabid hivemind that we are living off of hype :) (I am guilty of this) we try to convince ourselves that it is all fine and its not a big deal. The thing is, it is a pretty big fucking deal. When Blizzard said Titan will eclipse WoW and blow it out of the water they didn't really lie, problem is I suspect it was to WoW what WoW is to Everquest 2. The industry changed so drastically in the last few years and even WoW is making massive changes to the very core of the game to adapt. This was the right decision and reassures me that they will do the right thing with this game and not pull all of their eggs in one basket.

 

The talent that they were pulling from other games and recruiting over the years moving on to other Blizzard projects is great news for fans of Blizzard, not necessarily fans of Titan, a game that we've seen or heard nothing about really, mostly an idea in our heads of what a dream game is but not what it actually is. I am excited to see what this new(old) blood will bring to WoW and Diablo 3. Blizzard Dota might actually release now. 

I've updated the original post with the latest official confirmation from Blizzard.  The guys at ZAM got them to respond about it.

 

I know it's a sad day for all of us devoted Titanites, but hopefully this means bigger and better things for the game when it ultimately hits our hard drives.

I'm not gonna get my hopes up. Knowing this is blizzard, I don't think it's gonna be released 2016. 2 years doesn't seem enough to me for an overhaul. 

Starting to lose faith in Blizzard. This is turning into a trend where they cannot develop a game in less than 8 years.

Starting to lose faith in Blizzard. This is turning into a trend where they cannot develop a game in less than 8 years.

Quality > Quantity.

We've got EA and other suckers for Quantity.

wow, totally unexpected although I had fears for this. Blizzard even felt the need to comment on this?!

 

My gut feeling said that the development time is just too long without it making an impact on the underlying technology.

 

I thought to myself that the reason the Titan team is so big is because they need to keep Titan up to date even during the development, as if it had been released and needed polishing.

 

This is a massive disappointment, not as in "I hate Blizzard, you promised us" kind of disappointment, but as in "I was so excited and hopeful that we would see something this year but now we won't".

 

I don't know what to make of this. This means no information until what, 2015 now? :(

hmmm, bad news - but at least news :)

Im not sure how to feel about this.

 

Its sad for the fact that its been in development for quite sometime and i get the feeling ( after D3 ) that Blizzard can no longer create games that outlive their development time. This is a very bad thing in my opinion, obviously to them as long as the game makes more money than it cost to build it wont matter, but perhaps it will get to a point if they continue on this path that they cannot support longer and longer devs times, especially if the game wont outlive its dev time.

 

On the other hand as others have pointed out and i am of the same opinion that Quality is greater than quantity and if Blizzard feels they have to restart then its probably for a good reason, its just sad to hear something like this.

 

I am disappoint, i guess we can cross off the next couple of years of Blizzcon having anything Titan related on its slate. All bets are off to BTW :p

I know it's a sad day for all of us devoted Titanites, but hopefully this means bigger and better things for the game when it ultimately hits our hard drives.

 

I have a feeling hard drives will be a thing of the past by the time Blizzard will launch Titan. -_-

Well that blows.

 

Just yesterday a lot of us were expecting to get at least a teaser from Blizzcon.  No chance of that happening now.

 

As someone who works in delivering massive multi-million pound contracts in the defense industry I really don't understand the start to finish timeline at Blizzard.  The equivalent of this in my field would be starting to build a new warship, only to realise 4 years down the road that wood isn't perhaps the right medium to build it from; leading to the entire project being delayed while we switch to metal, which was bloody foreseeable in the first place!

 

If a company can't produce a product within the time frame in which it will be valid and useful, then why even bother?

 

I think Blizzard really need a kick up the arse and a sense of direction and purpose.  It's all very well saying "it will be done when it's done", but if that means that it either never gets done, or is outdated by the time it is, then there is something severely wrong with Blizzards project management structure.  

 

/endofrant

Well, this sucks. Atleast I'll have more time to save up for a better computer and move out of student housing so I'll have a better internet speed. I'm devoted to fully experiencing Titan. Still sucks though.

Actually I haven't quite finished.

 

How the hell can a games company spend 6 years on a project, and then fucking delay it by another 3 years. Will end up being a 10 year development cycle?!  Massive AAA titles only take 4-5 years max from anyone else!

 

Has to be some serious managerial/organisational incompetence @ Blizz for this to happen I think.  Just can't see any other legitimate justification for it.  

 

/endofrantforproperthistime 

im happy to see the companies are using the intel they gather and recruit to make better products sony did the same thing with everquest next but at a possibly later stage in development(maybe not might just be because it was a known franchise) i hope some of the theory crafting and feedback on sites like this contributed to whatever design changes are underway

hmmm, bad news - but at least news :)

 

The simplicity of this sentence overwhelms me because of the emotion it so concisely conveys.

 

Sorry to those who bought BlizzCon tickets expecting a Titan announcement. 'Tis a sad day.  :cry:

 

The solace is that they'll be making a good game. However, my crazy-man senses are tingling and wondering if this is just a marketing exercise to stop people probing into Titan and maybe they're on track.

Duke Nukem Forever.