Blizzard Releasing Six Titles Before 2014

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Blizzard Releasing Six Titles Before 2014

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An Activision executive said six new Blizzard titles were dropping over the next three years.

Blizzard's famous tenet is to release a game when it's ready, and not before. When the PC game behemoth merged with Activision in 2008, many critics were afraid that the publisher's bottom line would infect Blizzard's core philosophy of quality first. Thankfully, that hasn't come to pass as the plodding pace of of development for Diablo III, WoW expansions, and the split-up campaigns for StarCraft II have proved. Still, Activision's Chief Operating Officer Thomas Tippl has high hopes for an aggressive release schedule because at the Citi 2011 Technology Conference in New York today he said that Blizzard will come out with a slurry of games from recognizable brands over the next few years.

Tippl said that Activision is under the impression that six titles from "proven properties" are being developed at Blizzard right now. Two of these are the planned campaigns for StarCraft II, the first being Heart of the Swarm that's now slated for mid-2012 despite originally planned for release a year after the Terran campaign. The final installment Legacy of the Void following the Protoss race doesn't have a release date yet.

Another two titles out of the six are supposedly WoW expansions, Tippl said. Blizzard has yet to announce even the next expansion, but there are rumors swirling that the Pandaren continent will be featured and we'll likely learn more at BlizzCon in October. Still, no one knows what the next WoW expansion after that will be. Perhaps it's the long-hinted Emerald Dream.

The final known title is Diablo III, which still might come out this year even though Tippl said that Activision isn't banking on it for its 2011 earnings statements. He also believes an expansion for the loot-happy action RPG would come out in the next three years and it might be the final title he was talking about.

That leaves the next MMO with the codename "Titan" a bit in the lurch. We still don't know what IP the massive game will use or if it's a new property altogether. The leaked release schedule from Blizzard China from last year had "Titan" coming out in 2013, which would place it firmly in the window that Tippl is describing. Does that mean that its from an un-"proven property"?

I just hope that we don't get to play it until it's done. Wait, strike that, reverse it: I want to play it right now.

Source: GameSpot

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What if instead of Titan, it was another SC2 expansion? I want a protoss campaign.

I'll believe when I see them.

You hear that guys? Blizzard to announce up to one new title before 2014!

Come on, Vita title.

What? You can't tell me it wouldn't work, and it would be fucking awesome to play on the go.

Well, that's rather optimistic of you Mr.Tippl. I think you need to take a look a blizzards release history for a bit.

So it's only two actual games then? The SC2 things are merely expansions as well in my eyes. Anyways, something tells me it's not going to happen. I don't know why that would be...

ARGH!!! WHERE'S WARCRAFT 4?!!

Ok, calm. Seriously, I really want my Warcraft 4. I don't like online games, save a small few, so please, give me a new Warcraft game.

Low Key:
So it's only two actual games then? The SC2 things are merely expansions as well in my eyes. Anyways, something tells me it's not going to happen. I don't know why that would be...

Expansions they will be gladly charging $60 for.

Anticipation for diablo 3 is now at zero, stick to your guns and make your games solid for sure but I expected it to come out when I was still a teenager.... ya that didnt happen ^_^

Doubt I'm even going to bother getting it now.

Greg, there's a typo in your article, I'm pretty sure you meant 2041, not 2014.

I'm skeptical, but I think Blizzard might be able to release six games by then. :)

KiKiweaky:
Anticipation for diablo 3 is now at zero, stick to your guns and make your games solid for sure but I expected it to come out when I was still a teenager.... ya that didnt happen ^_^

Doubt I'm even going to bother getting it now.

Yeah, there's a thin line between "when it's ready" and "when we feel like it, money slaves" at ten years it begins to feel like the latter. More if you hold them to the 2014 deadline.

Diablo 1998, Diablo II 2000, LoD 2001. Diablo III 10 years and counting. Yeah, definitely feels the latter to me.

6 games, 4 of which are actually just expansions to existing titles. So Diablo 3 (HA!) and... Starcraft: Ghost? That'd be cool.

Diablo III, two SC2 campaigns, this new MMO(Titan), and probably 2 WoW Expansions(or 1 WoW Expansion and a Diablo III expansion)

That is what I put my money on.

I would probably murder someone if that's what it took to have a decent Starcraft: Ghost title. Shame people missed the fact that Activision was what ended any talk of Blizzard expanding its IP in such ways.

Also, I just realised that "expansion pack" is really just Blizzard's unique way of saying "DLC pack that we think is big enough to sell in physical form too".

Yeah to be fair as much as I dislike Activision, and I'm not a huge Blizzard fan either, but this seems more like the stars happen to be aligning perfectly to make Activision happy rather than a change in attitude with Blizzard. The real Activision influence is that most of these releases will be expansions that will be sold for full price.

No shit. With WoW on a slow decline they need it to stay in good graces with their overlord. It is by no means a change of heart for Blizzard merely the effect of a shrinking wallet.

Shameless:
I'll believe when I see them.

This. I haven't seen a good blizzard game since Blackthorne *total jab at Blizzards Ribs* lol.

Frostbite3789:

Low Key:
So it's only two actual games then? The SC2 things are merely expansions as well in my eyes. Anyways, something tells me it's not going to happen. I don't know why that would be...

Expansions they will be gladly charging $60 for.

And that take 2 years to develop.

Although, in Standard Blizzard Time (SBT), that's practically light-speed.

LoL, I love the part where he calls sequels "proven properties". They can fuck themselves. I'm not saying that the games won't be good, but I am saying that I don't care.... and before all the flamers start wanting to mince words with me on this.... There are plenty of really good titles coming out from a lot of companies, and Blizzard always releases their titles at popular release times, so it's going to be easy to not play these games and still game a whole lot.

redisforever:
ARGH!!! WHERE'S WARCRAFT 4?!!

Ok, calm. Seriously, I really want my Warcraft 4. I don't like online games, save a small few, so please, give me a new Warcraft game.

I don't think it'll happen, sadly. What with how WoW completely fucked up the lore into... well what it is now.

And if we did get one, we'd probably have to be connected to the internet at all times, which is something I literally cannot do due to my crappy internet.

*sigh* Shit sucks man.

So the 6 things being released are expansions and Diablo 3? Hmmm... balls. Kind of kills it when you yell "SIX NEW THINGS!" that are really just add-ons to previous things.

So really they're only releasing TWO titles, Diablo II and Titan.

Oh and four expansions, which are not titles, but in fact extensions of only two previous titles..

Blizzard had long since lost my respect a few years ago. But this completely sets my absolute distaste for them in stone.

and LO the activision monster ruins another valued gaming company
to perpetuate it's own pomposity.

cant say i'm at all surprised, although with blizzard's resources these days they might just manage it.

and yep, star-craft triple launch and the latest wow updates really pushed me off the edge, i don't support them no matter what they do now so call me biased if you want but they're making terrible decisions that annoy their gamers, and mechanics that are far inferior to their previous games.

My guess would be Heart of the Swarm, The protoss campaign, Diablo 3, a WoW expansion, Titan and some other secret project.

Greg Tito:

That leaves the next MMO with the codename "Titan" a bit in the lurch. We still don't know what IP the massive game will use or if it's a new property altogether.

Yes, we do know. It's been announced and clarified multiple times. It's a new IP.

Yvl9921:

Greg Tito:

That leaves the next MMO with the codename "Titan" a bit in the lurch. We still don't know what IP the massive game will use or if it's a new property altogether.

Yes, we do know. It's been announced and clarified multiple times. It's a new IP.

Yeah, I think they have mentioned a project(not titan by name) that isn't based off of existing IP. But, it's an easy assumption to make that the project they were talking about will probably be 'titan'.

Zerg expac, protoss expac, Diablo III, WoW X4, Wow X5, Diablo III expac.

Warcraft 4 isn't reasonable because WoW has officially taken over that storyline. And titan is supposedly a new IP.

in related news, blizzard lies to gaming press says "(it) doesn't even care anymore"

Im guessing the two SC2 expansions, two wow expansions, diablo 3 and a diablo 3 expansion. Remember he said from "proven properties" and titan is supposed to be a new IP.

Andronicus:

Frostbite3789:

Low Key:
So it's only two actual games then? The SC2 things are merely expansions as well in my eyes. Anyways, something tells me it's not going to happen. I don't know why that would be...

Expansions they will be gladly charging $60 for.

And that take 2 years to develop.

Although, in Standard Blizzard Time (SBT), that's practically light-speed.

Well SC2 came out a little over a year ago so I wouldnt say 2 years to develop. Plus it was planned to put 18 months between the release dates for the expansions.

Vivendi really have a lot to answer for -.-

Blizzard has yet to announce even the next expansion, but there are rumors swirling that the Pandaren continent will be featured and we'll likely learn more at BlizzCon in October

In an interview, a Blizzard employee said "On Mists of Pandaria: "Most of the time when we do anything panda-related it's going to be a comic book or a figurine or something like that." "

So I doubt one of the expansions will be that, I also hope it isn't, but who knows it might be.

Six?

Yeah. Good luck with that. <- AWESOME SARCASM

Alright Blizzard. I'mma make you EAT YOUR WORDS if you do not deliver.

tehweave:
Six?

Yeah. Good luck with that. <- AWESOME SARCASM

Alright Blizzard. I'mma make you EAT YOUR WORDS if you do not deliver.

You and 50 million other Blizzard fans.

Seriously, not trying to knock them but Blizzard doesn't have the best history of staying on schedule. There's a reason that people place a trademark next to "when it's done" on their forums.

Predictions: Diablo 3, WoW expansion, Heart of the Swarm, WoW expansion, Titan, Somehow another WoW expansion.

Wishlist: Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, Diablo III, Starcraft Ghost, Titan, Warcraft IV

Blizzard fail to see the fact that people subscribe to get CONTENT FOR 'FREE', NOT TO PAY FOR MORE GOD DAMN EXPANSION PACKS.

Why do we even subscribe now blizzard? (I stopped 2 years ago actually due to crap like this) You want to release more expansions because people clear content so quickly... and now you're just a joke.

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