This is a thread for everyone to speculate on any credible information they find and if you do post it'd be helpful if you could use a similar format to mine. E.g. Title, What is it, Speculation, Additional info. Oh, and of course this thread was inspired by the Titan rumors without any credible source thread created by papaz.
Please take the following with a pinch of salt because we're in the rumours phase so everything is speculation. Plus, I'm new so if you see me going over the same topics feel free to bash my head in.
Okay so the following points are pieces of information attached to speculation, sort of like a rumour but with credible sources. I'd also like to take this opportunity to say that I don't know the intricacies of how game development works so again, bash my head in if I'm being stupid. The ultimate purpose of this thread/post is to show the community information you've found and your thoughts on it, hopefully this gives everyone equal opportunity to come to their own conclusions on the glimmers of info.
Info 1 - Blizzard acquires city generating software in 2009 (Sources: Sauce 1, Sauce 2)
What is it? Basically, Blizzard bought a license to use CityEngine, an application used to generate cities based on variables controlled by the user.
S1 - A skeptical explanation is that this is just software used to create maps in Starcraft II. However, considering they only licensed it a year before* the games' release (July 27th 2010), this seems less likely... although it could've been used for some polishing off.
*assuming they licensed in 2009 as per the press release + software is called CityEngine 2009.2
S2 - A hopeful explanation is that the software is used to create cities used in Titan; it would make the job of having lots of large stylistic cities much easier. It also fits in with the idea of the MMO being next-gen by having huge sprawling cities/areas.
Further digging: Looking into it further I found a job description for a Matte Painting Artist that mentioned: "Experience with Vue, World Machine and City Engine is a plus". This tells us three things: One, that the licensing of the software is exclusively for the cinematics team as I can't find it mentioned anywhere outside that department. Two, that the software is still something they intend to use. Three, it also makes a very strong case for the software being used in the Starcraft II cinematics and on further inspection it seemed to almost be confirmed, atleast in my mind.
However, there is still a glimmer of hope; they're still recruiting and looking for some skill with the application. This implies that they still intend to use it, perhaps in an upcoming cinematic, perhaps for Titan. So, it's a possibility. Also, even the idea of having huge generated cities could link in with the mention by Panigg, an ex-GM, that it would appeal to sims players. Cities = houses.
Info 2 - The mysterious page of Kotaku. (Sources: Inset into below)
What is it? Basically, Kotaku posted a timeline of the Titan updates in September 2012 (article last updated 25th Oct 2012) and because they've ported their blog site to Tumblr or something posts before October aren't able to be seen. Luckily, you can still catch some info in the google caches of the pages! Initially I thought Blizz had asked them to take it down, until I realised about the tumblr thing.
An interesting timeline
A nice round-up of some more concrete things to do with the MMO.
An interesting mention of a game artist
The implications of latter link are interesting as Nick Carver's work is generally steam-punk and sci-fi focused as well as landscape orientated. Make of that what you will.
Did some more digging recently and found an interesting thing... I came across the following by doing a site restricted search for 'Titan', restricted to the website 'blizzard.com' as linked o in the 'Sauce' link below.
Edit 2: Sorta been debunked, leaving this up for hopefulness purposes, reason at end of info 3.
Info 3 - The mysterious link to titan video on Blizzards' website (Sources: Sauce, Page in question)
What is it? Basically, it's a webpage that showed up on google for a video on the Blizzard website. The actual page shows no video nor video title.
Further digging: I looked into the page source for a link to the original video which led me to this, a page that states "File not found". The directory tree (/blizzard/movies/games/titan/blizzard2011/titan-blizzard2011-en_us.flv) lends me to believe it was a very early folder for a possible blizzcon 2011 reveal, or it may have something to do with Path of the titans but I feel doubtful as the videos in the site are for very large things and not specific features, plus it is in the games folder. I tried tinkering with the link but to no avail, it would be great if anyone else could find something.
One big thing I did notice though, is that when you change the link in the top (I'm talking about the actual page) to something else i.e. http://eu.blizzard.c...OLBOYS:features it still comes up as the same layout and in the source code the directory tree is merely edited to: (/blizzard/movies/games/titanLOLBOYS/blizzard2011/titanLOLBOYS-blizzard2011-en_us.flv). This would seem to disprove my theory about a video. But the interesting thing is that the link for the titan one came up on Google and I attempted typing in again random terms site restricted to Blizzard but nothing similar came up.
So anyways, that's the update. Maybe a lot of hot air, or maybe a forgotten strand. Make of it what you will.
mynsc made a few really good points as to why the link was on google and why if it was a credible thing Blizz wouldn't call it 'Titan':
P.S Please feel free to comment on anyones findings, it's what a forum is for!
Hopefully this catches on as we get more information, and I hope you enjoyed reading. If anyone posts anything I'll edit into this main post with your name as a credit.
Edited by Euph, 02 November 2012 - 06:09 PM.