Blizzard Confirms New MMOG Is New Franchise

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Blizzard Confirms New MMOG Is New Franchise

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Any hopes for World of Diablo/Starcraft/Lost Vikings should be promptly flushed down the drain, as Blizzard has confirmed that their new and unannounced MMOG is a new franchise being built "entirely from scratch."

Bad news for anyone hoping that Blizzard would be giving one of their other marquee franchises the World of Warcraft treatment with their new and still-unannounced MMOG. World of Diablo? Not happening. World of Starcraft? Nope. World of Lost Vikings? I'll keep the dream alive, but it's a flame barely burning.

The confirmation comes by way of a post on the official WoW forums by a community manager Zarhym. In his extensive response in a thread speculating that Blizzard is going the way of Everquest studio Sony Online Entertainment, Zarhym, in the process of rebuking some points, revealed that the new MMOG will "be a brand new franchise, which means the lore, art, and game play are being developed entirely from scratch."

So while that's bad news for anyone hoping Blizzard would retread its old franchises, it's good news for people who have been wishing for the studio to try something new. Unfortunately, it sounds like it's going to take a long time. Building games from scratch is "an overwhelming process, but a process through which we excel," Zarhym said.

Considering he also reminded everyone that "games take years to develop from concept to release," and that he describes the new MMOG as "a shell of a game thus far," I don't even know if we should expect an announcement at this year's Blizzcon.

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Lol this has been confirmed in several interviews, in fact part of that quote that was left out is "We've already stated it...". Every site seems to be acting like this is news, just seems overlooked IMO.

NO! I WANTED MY WORLD OF LOST VIKINGS!

Lost Vikings FTW!

Come on Blizzard...come on. Where is my damn Lost Vikings sequel? I have been waiting for it longer then Starcraft 2. I want to see my favourite Vikings solving head crunching puzzles and drive my fellow player insane with reckless moves.

Really, a good move by Blizzard. I'm really interested to see what new IP they can come up with. I hope it's something that's radically different from their already established ones. Does it have to be a MMORPG from the get go, though? :s

It's pretty cool that they're making new stuff, not totally milking Starcraft, Diablo or Warcraft.

cool, it might get as awesome as wow is.

Blizzard are doing something new by making an MMO??

...Am I missing something here? Are they seriously going to create a new franchise out of an oversatured market. Saturated by them, no less.

Christemo:
cool, it might get as awesome as wow is.

I'm hoping it'll be better than WoW in terms of depth & storyline. I know there a lot of WoW fans out there, but for me the game was basically an "MMO for Dummies". Every quest showers you w/ exp & gold, so there's no real way to suck at the game. The only time you need to group up w/ anyone to accomplish anything are on raids, which don't really carry a storyline. They're just about getting really good items. That's not to say WoW didn't have some good points, but I was hoping for more varied quests & something w/ a storyline to keep me interested. WoW didn't do that for me.

Now that my little rant is out of the way, I truly hope Blizzard does make something that will breathe new life into an overcrowded genre. They've made great games before (Starcraft being my personal favorite) & I'm looking forward to them creating an MMO w/ a wonderful storyline.

Yay! More games that feel like coffee grinders! Oh, Blizzard, you slowly die in my eyes.

Cpt_Oblivious:
It's pretty cool that they're making new stuff, not totally milking Starcraft, Diablo or Warcraft.

Ah, you mean Blizzard aren't going for the typical EA re-release strategy then.

If, there is an announcement at this year's Blizzcon, it most likely won't go much further in depth than:

'It's new MMO that's not a previous franchise, it will take quite some time.'

I find it sad when a developer going for new games instead of just sequels, receives negative feedback for it.
It's a necessary and important part of game design.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Blizzard are doing something new by making an MMO??

...Am I missing something here? Are they seriously going to create a new franchise out of an oversatured market. Saturated by them, no less.

Good point, but where theres money to be made...

Psychosocial:
NO! I WANTED MY WORLD OF LOST VIKINGS!

I wanted World of Blackthorne...

The_root_of_all_evil:
Blizzard are doing something new by making an MMO??

...Am I missing something here? Are they seriously going to create a new franchise out of an oversatured market. Saturated by them, no less.

Seconded as absolutely as one can second something.

GIVE ME STARCRAFT: GHOST, DAMNIT!

The_root_of_all_evil:
Blizzard are doing something new by making an MMO??

...Am I missing something here? Are they seriously going to create a new franchise out of an oversatured market. Saturated by them, no less.

Good point. Could be a fresh take on the genre, though.

That was a close call. Let's avoid a Starcraft MMO.

Cpt_Oblivious:
It's pretty cool that they're making new stuff, not totally milking Starcraft, Diablo or Warcraft.

No they`re just milking the WOW template

That they're making a new MMO is neither news nor a suprise - WoW's coming to it's end. But will it be as popular? I want to say it won't, but I've come to expect quality from Blizzard.

I'm completley out of ideas what the new franchise could be about though, somekind of steampunk/fantasy-thing?

No... no. Be it any way, I've got 30 fake internet dollars on the game being released in Q3 2013.

timmytom1:

Cpt_Oblivious:
It's pretty cool that they're making new stuff, not totally milking Starcraft, Diablo or Warcraft.

No thy`re just milking the WOW template

That'd be foolish of them. Why cannibalize their own game?

It's in their best interest financially to do something completely different. Single-shard, steampunk, sci-fi, MMOFPS, whatever. Anything to make it as different from WoW as possible.

good, good, good. I'm very happy to see this verified, there are some seriously creative people at blizzard and letting them create a whole new world is more then I can ask. Sad it will be at least three years before we can play it.

asiepshtain:
good, good, good. I'm very happy to see this verified, there are some seriously creative people at blizzard and letting them create a whole new world is more then I can ask. Sad it will be at least three years before we can play it.

More like 3 years before they announce it.

CantFaketheFunk:

timmytom1:

Cpt_Oblivious:
It's pretty cool that they're making new stuff, not totally milking Starcraft, Diablo or Warcraft.

No thy`re just milking the WOW template

That'd be foolish of them. Why cannibalize their own game?

It's in their best interest financially to do something completely different. Single-shard, steampunk, sci-fi, MMOFPS, whatever. Anything to make it as different from WoW as possible.

I agree, but given that blizzard has now tied itself to activison who have proven themselves lately to be little more than money grabbing bastards they will most likely provide the bulk of the funding for whatever the project turns out to be and they will want results , fast especially given blizzards track record in the field.

timmytom1:

CantFaketheFunk:

timmytom1:

Cpt_Oblivious:
It's pretty cool that they're making new stuff, not totally milking Starcraft, Diablo or Warcraft.

No thy`re just milking the WOW template

That'd be foolish of them. Why cannibalize their own game?

It's in their best interest financially to do something completely different. Single-shard, steampunk, sci-fi, MMOFPS, whatever. Anything to make it as different from WoW as possible.

I agree, but given that blizzard has now tied itself to activison who have proven themselves lately to be little more than money grabbing bastards they will most likely provide the bulk of the funding for whatever the project turns out to be and they will want results , fast especially given blizzards track record in the field.

Even assuming Activision DOES have much influence in Blizzard as you think they do (which, given what we know, I doubt - Blizzard still self-publishes all their games. ActiBlizz logo was nowhere on WotLK), they'd be incredibly financially shortsighted to do that. Blizzard's name is one of the weightiest in the industry, and I'd think that even the greediest Activision executive would think "Ok, we have one money printing machine. Do we want to take more time and have TWO money printing machines, or do we want to rush another potential money printing machine that could cannibalize our first one, wouldn't be as effective, and would ruin the relatively unblemished reputation of our star studio?"

It's in Activision's best business interest to let Blizzard move at its own pace. Vivendi knew that and left the Big Blue largely alone. Activision should too.

CantFaketheFunk:

timmytom1:

CantFaketheFunk:

timmytom1:

Cpt_Oblivious:
It's pretty cool that they're making new stuff, not totally milking Starcraft, Diablo or Warcraft.

No thy`re just milking the WOW template

That'd be foolish of them. Why cannibalize their own game?

It's in their best interest financially to do something completely different. Single-shard, steampunk, sci-fi, MMOFPS, whatever. Anything to make it as different from WoW as possible.

I agree, but given that blizzard has now tied itself to activison who have proven themselves lately to be little more than money grabbing bastards they will most likely provide the bulk of the funding for whatever the project turns out to be and they will want results , fast especially given blizzards track record in the field.

Even assuming Activision DOES have much influence in Blizzard as you think they do (which, given what we know, I doubt - Blizzard still self-publishes all their games. ActiBlizz logo was nowhere on WotLK), they'd be incredibly financially shortsighted to do that. Blizzard's name is one of the weightiest in the industry, and I'd think that even the greediest Activision executive would think "Ok, we have one money printing machine. Do we want to take more time and have TWO money printing machines, or do we want to rush another potential money printing machine that could cannibalize our first one, wouldn't be as effective, and would ruin the relatively unblemished reputation of our star studio?"

It's in Activision's best business interest to let Blizzard move at its own pace. Vivendi knew that and left the Big Blue largely alone. Activision should too.

*crosses fingers* i hope so man, i hope so in my mind (and i suspect a fair few others) there`s no doubt that activision holds some sway over blizzard, it`s just a question of how much , to be fair i`m prob just doing the atypical panicky fanboy routine but around activision i`d rather be safe then sorry.

Oh dear lord say they've picked up the World of Darkness contract. That'd... Be... AMAZING!

Well all i know is that theres a starcraft 2 beta opt-in at the WoW website soooooo yeah...anyways something new would be good i doubt this new thing will ever compare to WoW but ya really never know...

FINALLY! WEEEEHEEE!

A boat.
We are going to need a bigger boat.

Now might be a good time to invest in cryostasis. If it's from scratch, and completely original, and we dont want to play it from the nursing home, then you will want to be frozen for 30-50 years so you will still have enough youthful vitality to enjoy it.
I jest, of course. We can bet this project has a long timeline, but Blizzard's good at feeding us Scoobysnacks of details. They just gave themselves a big project which guarantees more WoW and more Starcraft and more Diablo goodness to come to fund that puppy.
And if Activision hasn't stuck its thumb in Blizzard's pie by now, they aren't going to. (Feel free to insert gratuitous Yahtzee reference in place of preceding line. You know, the one with pudding...) They are the smart one who leaves the mad scientist alone in his basement. As long as that scientist makes em money, they got no reason to open the door.

Now I'm intrigued by the idea of an MMO pitting vikings against aliens.

Still a "shell of a game" and they've already been hyping it for the better half of a year... huh.

Gamer137:
That was a close call. Let's avoid a Starcraft MMO.

/agreed

Psychosocial:
NO! I WANTED MY WORLD OF LOST VIKINGS!

Lost Vikings FTW!

This. Imagine... 3 men teams, with 3 character types having the same and only the same abilities from the original game. If you got the shield, tough luck, no attackin' and no jumpin'.

Does that actually suprise anyone now? Regardless that the announcement is already old News by now i knew they were working on a new MMO or at least some type of Diablo-esque Multiplayer Game. I mean even if Blizzard has made WoW (which imho sucks, played for 6 Months, same crap over and over) and makes a shitload of Money from it, they wont stop making Games after all. From what i heard back then, i.e. before D3 announcement they were just waiting to announce it until WoW went downhill, so as not to compete with their own Product, can hardly blame them for that Idea, suprising however that WoW made it that long and, according to Blizzard has 11 Million Players (They count every Account ever created, regardless if those are active Players that pay)

Still theres enough Options from this, at least what they could do with it in terms of Style and Story, but im rather waiting for the W40K MMO or the Fallout MMO, whichever comes first.

I wanted World of Rock 'n' Roll Racing!

So I can expect to play this game in... 5 or so years?

I take my original games how I can get them. Diablo and Starcraft are both great but, those ideas are well established, they don't need more help. I have never heard of Lost Vikings, sorry.

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