Hey guys. I've been lurking on these forums for months and just want to say that without some of the content put out by the other users I wouldn't have much of an interest in Titan or even be aware of its progress.
Based on the statements by Paul Sams which Sarnakyle mentioned in this thread, I think we must conclude Titan to be a bigger project than just that huge, awesome MMO we all want to play. The COO of Blizzard coming out and saying that he expects Titan to be growing in 15 or 20 years makes me think it will include other activities and products besides their new game. It also makes me think that the chances of seeing something Titan-related at blizzcon are very high, even if it has nothing to do with a new game and there's no apparent connection to one.
In another interview(also linked by Sarnakyle), Sams said that Titan will be more complementary, rather than competative to WoW. This reminds me of a few years ago when Mike Morhaime mentioned in a conference call that Titan would be a "casual MMO" and that WoW would still be going strong. I used to think Morhaime was just saying that to placate investors and Titan would replace WoW. But changes to battlenet, Hearthstone's announcement and the remarks by Paul Sams make me think Blizzard has much bigger plans than simply a new game.
I'll just rattle off a few things which when combined with what's been already mentioned makes much more sense.
1) Hearthstone's announcement makes the leaked product slate much more credible. I think it's likely that at the very least someone within the company made the chart and released it as a leak even if it was never actually presented in internal meetings. I want to direct your attention to the BNET 3rd parties(which was obviously canned atm) and the SC2 map market.
2) I'm in the Hearthstone beta and by extension I also have the latest BNET client. It's really convenient. I log into the client once and then I can access all my Blizzard games. Hypothetically, this would make it very easy to track achievements across games and give rewards(like a WoW pet for purching a CE in another game) as well.
3) People have put a lot of time into WoW and other games and have grown fond of their characters, items and achievements and they would want to keep them in some form or another when they turned their attention to Titan.
So, I think Titan is a platform and means to build rapport with their customers in addition to just being their new game. I think it's very likely achievements in older Blizzard titles will give some sort of rewards in Titan and I think it will be set up in such a way that their newer games will serve to complement eachother and create a more continous experience for decades to come. And I think there may even be lore crossovers between the various Blizzard properties in the future, in the same way there are lore crossovers between the various Steven King IPs in the Dark Tower Series.
WoW peaked in 2010 - about 6 years after it came out. Sure, it will make money for years to come, but it's decline has already begun. I'm no programmer or game developer, but there's simply no game in the world which can have "broad appeal" and still be growing strong 15 to 20 years in and of itself. It's just impossible to anticipate the technology and the desires of the consumer.
Edited by Gutengutter, 14 September 2013 - 04:12 AM.