Titan is not entirely a brand new IP and is also coming on XBOX + more. [rumor]
As with any rumor, please keep in mind that this may be very well be false info, even if the evidence we've dug up seems to suggest otherwise.
Rumor contents (All credit for finding these messages goes to Slayer)
The following four quotes come from the NeoGAF forums and are made by a user there with the nickname alphaNoid. Over the last two - three years he has made many comments related to Project Titan. You can find all of them here, I'll just highlight the more interesting ones (although they're all worth reading for sure!)
Its going to be what Blizzard fans want.
- Titan is not a brand new IP, but a spin off based on one of the existing franchises (not Warcraft though). On HardForum (see next section for clarifiction) he actually mentions a "World of Diablo-like ... spin off", but this seems to be just his opinion and not something based on direct info. I think it's worth keeping in mind that BlackThorne resembles in a way the Diablo universe, so this might be an option too.
- Besides the PC version, which Rob Pardo confirmed during Blizzcon 2011 to be the main focus of the team, Titan is also being prepared for a launch on the next-gen version of the XBOX console. Here's another quote from Noid suggesting this.
- Most of his messages point towards a late 2014, early 2015 launch. He was quite accurate when it comes to the Diablo 3 release date, even way back in 2010, so we should keep an open mind to his Titan prediction too.
- As a small bonus, here's quite an interesting Starcraft 2 tidbit:
In Starcraft 2's case, programmers were pulled from 'other' projects to come back to Starcraft 2 to rework the network design. Its coming Q1 2010.
Why do we trust alphaNoid? (All credit for finding this info goes to Rhaiden.)
And now for the interesting part. In July 2009, on HardForums, he had this to say:
Anywho, apparently the majority of the underlaying 'code' for Diablo 3 has been done for quite some time. Blizzard runs development like a factory line, where programmers hop from project to project as soon as that portion is done. Apparently the design team is now working on Diablo 3, where many of the Diablo 3 programmers have moved into the Project Titan area to begin working there. This means (or so I'm told) that the core work is done, Blizzard is layering in the other teams to finish the game.
My coworker told me about Starcraft 2 not having LAN over a year ago, and said the Diablo 3 decision was in place before the game began production. Blizzard is going to give you every excuse they can, but the bottom line is that the purposely left the feature out of the games to combat piracy and FORCE gamers to you know ... buy their game.
Also, expect subscription tiers for Battle.net over the next 5 years eventually leading to no free to play model in the far future.
My sources are nothing I can directly link, so don't believe them if you don't want to. It doesn't matter to me who cares, all I know is I haven't been led incorrectly yet. I've met, and shaken hands with the man.
What we can't know is how accurate is the info he himself transmits to us. By analyzing some of his other remarks, mostly related to the people working on the framework of Titan, and comparing them with our known and quite trusty Timeline, we did find some inconsistencies. For example, at Blizzcon 2010 we've been told by Blizzard that there are around 50 people working on it, while he is mentioning <20 even during 2011. At Blizzcon 2011 there were 90, which surely must include artists too (especially considering they were recruiting many for this position) and we've got several teases that the game is playable, even if in a rough form.
All these might be caused by incomplete info received from his source combined with some of his own assumptions. I don't think any are clear and bad enough to disqualify him as a valid poster, hence why this article exists. We are trying to get in touch with him for more comments, and I'll update this article if anything new comes up.
Until then, let me know what you think! Also, huge props to everyone on the forums for not only finding this, but then helping me make sense of everything and getting all the verification done.