Titan Job Postings [highlights]
First of all, it's worth mentioning that it is an incredibly volatile section. Jobs get added / deleted from there almost weekly, which is in my opinion a clear sign of how active the Titan project is. I've been following it for almost a year now and I have yet to see an important reduction in the number of job openings.
Anyway, even if I always keep it in check, I recently realized I never really gave it too much front page time. I've mostly been using the job postings there to strengthen some of my predictions, but that's about it. So with this article I want to correct my ignorance and also do a quick run through the most important bits of info that can be found there.
Cross-server player interaction
This is not necessarily a big reveal since I don't think anyone was imagining that Blizzard wants to fit several million players into one big server. I'm sure they'd like to do it, but it's just not possible right now... maybe in 10 - 15 years when WoW 2 will launch hehe.
The position will focus on network communication, player interaction across server boundaries, security countermeasures, maintenance, and implementation of new server features. Source
It is nonetheless interesting... it's practically a confirmation that Titan will have cross-server activities. Thing is, we can't really know what they mean by "player interaction". It might be a simple thing like chatting, friending, checking online status etc, in which case it's something that already happens in WoW and it's hardly a surprise to anyone.
The other option is a lot more interesting and, in my opinion, more probable. "Player interaction across server boundaries" sounds a lot like all the cross-realm activities we can currently find in WoW. And since Titan calls itself a next-gen MMO, this phrase might mean even more. I'm 100% shooting in the dark right now, but what about Server vs Server fights / challenges or seamless travel between different realms. Your original Realm would always remain your home, but you could make short visits on other realms to surprise friends or take part at different activities. Maybe Battlegroups (i.e. cluster of realms) will become the new meaning for one's server.
Anyway, it's important not to read too much into this, even though I just did the opposite . But it's definitely something I'm very interested in hearing more about!
This one's really weird. Seeing mentions of single-player in Titan, a MMO, was probably the last thing I was expecting. And yet here they are. I really have no clue what to make of it, but here are some theories:
The user interface artist will be responsible for working with the UI Designer to realize the artistic vision of the game’s various interfaces in single player, in multiplayer, and on our websites for our current, and future products and expansions. Source
- they actually mean solo-play. Probability: pretty much zero.
- they're referring to other games too. This one actually has a decent chance of being true, at least compared to the solo-play one. Even if the first part of the phrase clearly implies Titan's single-player interface, the ending extends the scope to all of Blizzard's "products and expansions". So maybe this is just a wide statement meant to be re-usable for more postings.
- Titan has a single-player campaign. I'm not even going to attempt to approach this subject until we get more info that supports it.
- Blizzard has a huge troll inside its HQ.
I've already mentioned this in a previous article, but it definitely deserves more attention. Like I said there, it hints towards a near-future setting, where advertisements are deeply integrated within the world.
Work with major consumer brands to facilitate product placement and licensing within the world of Blizzard Entertainment's next-gen MMO that enhances the gameplay experience. Source
Leaving the game-play observations aside, this can become quite an important monetization method. Think about how much money some companies would be willing to pay right now, just to have their brand posted in the centre of Orgrimmar or/and Stormwind. Especially on busy servers where there are always hundreds of people circulating through these hubs. Not to mention that most of them come to towns because they're bored... a perfect time to attract one's attention with a shiny billboard.
Something like this happening so late in WoW's life would probably make the "Real ID on forums" community-rage feel like a gentle breeze, but I'm absolutely sure it will be very well accepted in a new game, if it is integrated in a decent way.
- The previously mentioned Franchise Development Producer posting also contains some info about how Blizzard plans to extend and promote this new franchise: "Books / Novels, Action Figures, Comics, Short Movies, Apparel". So pretty much the same way they did with the Warcraft universe, which is of course one more hint that this is a very important project for them.
- The Jobs Directory also contains a section called "Unannounced Game Title". By all accounts, this does not refer to Titan but one can't help wonder what else is Blizzard planning?
- There's also an opening for a Senior Test Engineer, which of course means that the testing team and tools are starting to be assembled. This can only be a good sign for how the development process is going.