Recently, a leaked release schedule from Activision Blizzard held a particularly juicy bit of information. The schedule had a game named Titan scheduled for release in 2014. When asked to clarify what exactly Titan was by the gaming blog Destructoid, executive producer of World of Warcraft Frank Pearce gave this response:
“Titan is… the media is not meant to know anything about that. It’s our next gen MMO and we’ve only started talking about it in a limited fashion because we want to leverage the fact that we’re working on something like that for the purpose of recruiting – getting some of the best talent in the industry on that project.”
Although the media isn’t supposed to know anything about it, supposedly, that one statement has garnered a lot of interest, especially from gamers. Whether it is simply a code name given to the project temporarily or it is the official name, putting something tangible to Blizzard’s otherwise hush-hush MMO has created a spike of interest. Many industry analysts are predicting that Titan will be officially announced at next month’s Blizzcon.
Part of the reason for this is that with The Old Republic generating so much media hype, it’s only logical that announcing their own original MMO could allow Blizzard to maintain control of the MMO market – maybe even prevent people from buying Bioware’s title in the hopes that Titan will be preferable. And a new MMO emerging with a fanbase already established, compared to the expansions that are added onto World of Warcraft every two years, provides hefty competition, especially for any of the subscribers that feel WoW might be getting a little stale, or who have already maxed out their Raid gear.
The Old Republic is going to be one of the few MMOs that stands a chance at rivalling, equaling, or even exceeding World of Warcraft, which puts Blizzard in a bit of a bind. Hopefully more news about Titan will emerge and give the fans what they want – new entertainment. Combined with a patch 4.3.0 that has the last of the WoW: Cataclysm Raid content, this should keep Blizzard very secure in its dominance.
Aside from Titan, Blizzard is also expected to reveal something new about Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, and possibly an official release date for Diablo III that fans have been waiting a very long time for, as well as the possibility of announcements for their juggernaut WoW; perhaps new 4.3.0 details?