Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Titan MMO Cancelled

My Facebook feed blew up yesterday when the news that Blizzard was cancelling the 7 year project dubbed Titan, the next MMO in their lineup. It was a game that wasn't publicized, but everyone knew about it. When one of the largest companies that hosts the biggest MMO game out there is making another one, it's difficult to keep it under wraps.

So what went wrong?

After reports last year that the game was going back to step one, sadly, it was inevitable that this would happen. Seven years is a long time to develop a game, and after spending 6 of them, only to start all over, was a huge setback for the company. Even for one as profitable as Blizzard, you have to look at the cost and effect. It was costing much more for the do-over then what the company was raking in. And it may have been another 5 years until the MMO was released. Would it have been worth the financing?

Money aside, CEO Mike Morhaime points to a big problem with the game: lack of fun.

"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."

And it's better that Blizzard found that out now, even though it's 7 years into development. They have cancelled games before, such as Warcraft spinoffs and StarCraft Ghosts, and they turned those failures into learning experiences and presented better games to the public. Because they owe that to their customers. They would rather cut a game that has taken them years to build if it's not up to their standards, then to destroy the trust of their consumers.

I'm okay with it. Titan sounded promising and a good concept as a whole, but the little details concerned me. I guess I was right.

For now, Blizzard doesn't have any plans to start up another MMO and will redistribute the team members to other projects. But there is always a chance. It could happen.

And there's still World of Warcraft. That will not go away anytime soon.

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