Time Travel, a core mechanic in Titan [speculation]
World of Warcraft already makes a lot of use of time travelling to tell its story, the most recent example being patch 4.3 with its new heroic dungeons (End Time and Well of Eternity especially). We also fought our future selves, seen about a dozen potential Azeroth endings and it's quite possible that we had a part in most of the world's large past events (just think Caverns of Time).
So it's clear that some of the Blizzard leads love this story gimmick. And most of us do too! So why not kick it up a notch and upgrade time travelling to not only a strong story pillar, but also a critical game-play mechanic. Get time travel in right from the start and rely heavily on it, not just for flavour like in WoW.
Besides some "whispers", there are a couple of small hints that point toward this being real.
First of all, this next quote suddenly makes perfect sense.
Its meaning has always been a bit dodgy since it's quite hard to be near-future AND historical at the same time. That is unless you count on a lot of time travelling.
So is Blizzard's new MMO going to be sci-fi, near-future, post-apocalyptic or historical? "All of those combined!" he said, laughing. Source
Next up we have a combination of two clues that produce a very, very weird result unless, again, we consider time travelling. First, we have a recent article of Daeity (or as I like to call him, digital Sherlock ). He makes a strong case for in-game ads being a real possibility for Titan, which considering the "low" SF genre the game seems to be part of, would make a lot of sense.
If that's the case though, what about this now deleted tweet of Cameron Dayton (Transmedia writer and Story Developer at Blizzard)?
Surely they're not planning on sticking Coca-Cola ads on the Teotihuacan pyramids? Or encourage you to play on your XBox in Atlantis? Or maybe convince you to drink Red Bull because it gives you wings just like a Pterosaur has ("shifting tectonic plates" points to a very very very distant past)? It would be pretty atrocious.
shifting tectonic plates, raising Atlantis, and reviving Teotihuacan. Damn I love my job. Source
Unless these historical sights would be just some of the time periods in the game, with another large part taking place in the near-future. In 2050 for example, ads would fit like a glove. And at the same time we could also have Teotihuacan, Atlantis and whatever else long gone civilization they decide to revive. You'd just pack your stuff, go through a portal of some kind, "shoot" some aztecs in the face, come back into the main temporal line and be greeted by your XBox ads.
I went a bit "off-road" there, but fact is I can't imagine in-game ads and Atlantis in the same frame without time travelling of some sorts.
So combining Blizzard's clear affinity for this mechanic and some of the small hints I pointed above, I think a time-travel-enabled SciFi universe for Titan is a strong possibility and at the very least something to take note of.
Really interested in what you guys think about it!
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