Titan Is World Of Starcraft
So, the codename “Titan” is official. I first heard it a few weeks ago when a leaked timetable surfaced on the web although at that point I dismissed the whole thing as a fake (understandably so considering how unprofessional the thing looked). But now Blizzard have owned up and admitted that the codename is genuine, not only making the leaked product slate a lot more believable but also casting a lot of (renewed) speculation about what the new MMO will be. Clash of the Titans the MMORPG? Something involving Saturn? A MMO set on the Titan…ic? Erm, well, yes…
Personally I’m not interested in Blizzard’s future release schedule because, as has been pointed out, it’s utterly meaningless and they’re jolly well going to release their stuff whenever their good and ready, schedules be damned (something I quite admire). I am, however, a lot more curious about what the MMO actually is.
Of course as soon as Blizz announced that they were working on a new MMO everyone immediately naturally assumed it would be World of Starcaft. Blizzard quickly squashed this rumour by firmly annoucing that it will be a completely new IP and absolutely, unequivocally will not be based on Starcraft.
Those lying buggers.
Yeah, I’m guessing the whole thing is just one big ol’ buff in order to keep the project under wraps until they’re ready to announce it properly. I mean, what were they going to do? Refuse to confirm the rumour? That’s practically an admission unto itself. No, the only logical course of action was to deny it completely and reject the concept sternly enough to throw everyone off the scent and keep them guessing.
The fact is Blizzard do not do new IPs (both their biggest strength and largest vulnerability) and now that Activision have their claws into them are we actually meant to believe that they will take a risk on something completely new and fresh? No, I think it’s far more believable to assume that they’re going to take a fully fledged IP that they own the exclusive rights to and already has a huge following and use that as the basis of their new MMO. And if that leaked schedule is to be believed then it’s release will occur at the oh-so-a-little-too-perfect timing of 10 months after the final installment of the Starcraft 2 trilogy. A little too much of a coincidence I say.
I mean let’s face it, they won’t have been the first company to tell a white lie to keep the hype going and they certainly won’t be the last. I think Blizzard are far too smart to let an opportunity like World of Starcraft pass them by and I think Activision are too much in it for the money to let them do anything else.
But then I have been wrong before.