For Blizzard fans, the announcement of any new game is usually met with huge expectations and excitement. When Blizzard originally announced they were working on a brand new MMO, which they had named Titan, it got people excited as to what Blizzard could achieve with a new MMO after the phenomenal success of World of Warcraft.
Blizzard are not the kind of developers to rush a project and have become somewhat infamous for showing off games, whipping their fans into a frenzy and then keeping them in development for years to come. Despite this expected slow pace however, it always seemed strange that no footage and almost no information of any kind ever surfaced for the mysterious Titan. It seems in the end that Blizzard were never really happy with the development of this game and have now formally cancelled Titan.
In an interview with Polygon, Blizzard’s CEO Mike Morhaime and Chris Metzen, the senior vice president of story and franchise development, spoke at length about their decisions to end the project once and for all.
Morhaime mentioned –
“We didn’t find the fun. We didn’t find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that’s the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no.”
Metzen added his thoughts about how ‘excruciating’ the decision was, saying –
“It’s always really, really hard to make those kind of decisions. It was hard when we canceled Warcraft Adventures. It was hard when we canceled StarCraft Ghost. But it has always resulted in better-quality work. The discipline of knowing when to quit is important. We were losing perspective and getting lost in the weeds a little. We had to allow ourselves to take that step back and reassess why the hell we were doing that thing in the first place.”
They also mentioned the fact that they didn’t necessarily want Blizzard to be known solely as a company that makes MMO’s. They found enormous success with World of Warcraft and many fans feel that if anyone is capable of making another, exceptionally high quality MMO, it would be Blizzard, but that’s not how they see themselves. It doesn’t, of course, rule out the possibility of Blizzard making other MMO’s in the future either.
When a company like Blizzard takes the decision to cancel a game it can be disappointing for fans but ultimately, it can lead to good things. Blizzard have a strong lineup of games at the moment, with Diablo 3, Hearthstone, Starcraft 2 and Heroes of the Storm, and focusing further on these already popular games can never be a bad thing. With Diablo 3 of course, they also began to move into the world of consoles for the first time, both old and next-gen. Now that they have freed up the resources from developing Titan, it’ll be interesting to see what steps Blizzard take next to further improve their successful franchises. It would be nice, however, to see some screens or even footage of the cancelled Titan in the future, just to get a look at one of Blizzard’s other ideas, even if it never quite made the cut.
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