I finished my holiday road trip last Friday with 6750km and four major Aussie cities covered over 21 day period. The last couple days were fairly long, Friday was 10.5 hours on the road. So I need a vacation to recover! I haven’t really looked at the game news much over that time, and over the last few days either.
But todays news, that Blizzard is retooling their unannounced mystery MMO codenamed Titan; moving 70 of the 100 developers off the project and into other projects while the core team rethink the whole thing really got my attention.
How long has Titan been under development now? I’m not really sure, and can’t be bothered at the moment to look it up, but it must be somewhere in the vicinity of 5 years.
My first thought was to wonder if Blizzard was trying to break the vaporware record set by 3DRealms ill-fated Duke Nukem Forever. Not only did DNF change direction several times, it failed to take into account changing attitudes towards women in games, as well as the way that FPS games have changed over the years.
At this stage Blizzard’s Titan can quite clearly be called vaporware.
After five years of development we haven’t seen one screenshot, one hint about the genre, or anything else substantive about the game. Even by this stage Duke Nukem Forever had teased us with screenshots, art, and a basic idea of what the game was about.
Now with Titan making a big ol’ U-turn it may be another few years before we get any information. There’s no way we’ll see anything at the next Blizzcon, and probably the Blizzcon after that.
Those who are worried that Titan will be a WoW-Killer needn’t be concerned. The WoW servers will be long shut down before this game sees the light of day.