Titan, Overwatch, New Unannounced Game - Making Sense of Them All
Last updated - 25.04.2014
It is very hard to solve the puzzle created from Blizzard's current unannounced project(s), however this is exactly what this article will be attempting. Please keep in mind that it is meant to be an ongoing report, as such it may get updated if we stumble upon new info or anyone has any new details to share, that have not been included in the initial version.
So it's clear that the project has been reset and most likely given a new codename: Pandora, Prometheus, Rhea, Atlas, Hyperion or whichever other Saturn moons Blizzard decided to pick next. Any would be fitting, since Titan is by far the biggest one, and the impression is that they are now aiming for something smaller, more sustainable and that can actually be finished within our life-time.
Considering all this, it seems that it's time to leave Titan behind and focus on the new projects that have been popping up. One of them is most likely the spiritual successor of Titan, in the sense that it would be a huge pointless waste to discard all the lore and video / audio assets that have been created in the last few years for Titan. This most likely applies to a good chunk of the engine / gameplay code as well.
So far, the below two candidates have lined up for this position.
The details of the trademark do not offer any spectacular reveals. It is included in the same standard categories as most of Blizzard's prior titles and as of now is still under examination.
The only additional info at the moment we can extract is from the name itself. Looking on Wikipedia, the term is defined as below:
It is incredibly hard not to think of some kind of modern co-op shooter when reading this.
"Unannounced Game Title"
This is the name of one of the Job sections on Blizzard's official recruitment page. This has replaced the previous "Next-Gen MMO" section, which disappeared a few months after the Titan reset was announced.
Below I've highlighted some of the more interesting lines from within the job posts currently active. Please keep in mind that these do not necessarily make a direct reference to the game itself and they are mostly guidelines for the requirements or responsibilities of the job itself.
with Hearthstone, Blizzard has revived its tradition of creating small and nimble game teams and we are following in those footsteps.
experience shipping at least one top quality online title in a senior or lead producer role
passionate level designer with experience building compelling multi-player gameplay spaces.
replayable gameplay experiences within your levels
competitive multi-player games
you have a strong sense for what makes a map fun to play
Some things stand out of course, such as the numerous references towards replayable levels, in a multi-player setting and also the fact that this team is intended to be a small and nimble one, similar to Hearthstone's. It's hard to believe it will really be that small, especially since the game seems much more complex, however this can hint at the fact that many of the assets for it are being taken from Titan.
The other piece of info we have on this new unannounced project is that Michael Booth is its Game Director:
Who is Michael Booth you ask? Good question! Turns out he is the founder of a company called Turtle Rock Studios, which before being bought by Valve, created Left 4 Dead and contributed to Counter-Strike: Condition Zero.
Update #1 - It's also worth keeping in mind that this job section may include postings form multiple unannounced projects. It would be the natural thing to do if they have multiple new games under development. Something that is probable, considering small hints such as the one below (projects):
At the moment, this is the extent of the non-speculative information we have on Blizzard's new project(s).
It's clear that both the Overwatch name and at least some of the Unannounced Title's open jobs and director hint towards a new online, co-op shooter. This also makes the chance that they are the same project quite high. And in order to stick to the Occam's Razor's fewer assumptions rule, it's also safer to consider Overwatch the successor of Titan. Especially since Titan had also been rumored to be a FPS at one point.
This may not be the case though and unfortunately, as always when it comes to Blizzard's unannounced projects, no clear conclusions can be drawn. However do keep an eye on this article, as we will be doing our best to update it with new info! If you have any, please leave it in the comments or contact me directly through email or PM.