Eclipsing the World (of Warcraft)

BlizzardIt’s hard to believe that anyone could try and out-do the mammoth MMO that is World of Warcraft, even Blizzard itself. But already Blizzard COO Paul Sams has been quoted, saying they are going to do just that with their new MMO codenamed “Titan”.

“I believe it’s the most ambitious thing we’ve ever attempted, and I feel like we have set our company up to succeed on that. We have some of our most talented and most experienced developers on that team. Many of the people that built World of Warcraft are full time on that other team.”

While this doesn’t spell the death of World of Warcraft it does lead to some questions as the highly experienced and talented staff that created the most successful MMO gears forwards on its new project. Sam’s also said that World of Warcraft still has an experienced staff watching over the game, just key members were moving on to the new project. The quote that really interests me is this next one…

“As it relates to that other MMO, we think that it’s going to be very impactful in our industry and, we hope, very impactful to the world. We think that that will be, after Diablo III, the next big thing from us. The thing that we hope will happen is that it will not stop World of Warcraft but we believe will eclipse it.”

Eclipsing World of Warcraft would be a task that I think will be a challenge for even the creators itself. With a huge following, can Blizzard really do what other companies have failed to do and turn the tides of subscribers that World of Warcraft has held on to for so long? The big question in my mind is how are they going to be able to do this? I feel that World of Warcraft owns much of its success to the popularity of the Warcraft series. With making statements that it’s going to be impactful on the world, I can only speculate as to what they mean. I’m not a fan of World of Warcraft and still wonder how it got so ragingly popular. Yet this announcement has even me questioning their statements and their approach: Will the game be more graphically pleasing, where will the game be set, how will it play? Can Blizzard really eclipse World of Warcraft?

I’m sure this announcement has many people a buzz, at least 12 million people should be talking about it. What do you guys think? I know we have some World of Warcraft players here, what are your thoughts on this news and the new game “Titan”?

Source – Gamasutra

4 thoughts on “Eclipsing the World (of Warcraft)”

  1. I think it has the potential to eclipse it. The thing is, over the years Blizzard has amassed such a loyal fanbase that will literally play anything they make, and will refuse to play other MMO’s because they are not made by Blizzard. When the new MMO comes out, they’ll feel confident in placing down their hard earned cash on it. With MMO’s being such a time and money consuming thing, consumers are hesitant to try new MMO’s. However if they see it is being made by Blizzard, they will have confidence in that investment.

  2. The problem with trying to have both games running together is that anything thats different about Titan will likely be seen as a bad thing to the WoW crowd. Sure they might try it out for a while, but if its too different the WoW fans will go back to what they know. And if Titan is too similar, whats the incentive for starting a brand new character after they have spent so much time on their WoW characters?

  3. [quote comment=”15774″]CS > CS:S[/quote]
    The relation between WoW and Blizzard’s new MMO is totally unlike that of CS and CS:S.

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