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Post by Eorl @ 03:40pm 03/04/13 | 12 Comments
Recent rumours have begun flying around thanks to a post over at Titan Focus. The website has apparently gained new information about Blizzard's upcoming next-gen MMO, codenamed "Titan", and states that the title will be based "on Earth's history, but also includes a high amount of fiction. It will have a "deep history", just as Warcraft and Starcraft."

According to the website, a source close to the development has revealed the new information, including an overlook at the gameplay, the game universe and various other mechanics of the game. Apparently 150 developers are working on the title, one of them being the infamous Jay Wilson who previously led the Diablo 3 team. Also stated is the heavy use of time travel, "intending to include many Warcraft elements into Titan's world," weapons will vary from magic to guns and the use of third-person viewing with first-person in "events".

Among the new speculative details is also the rumour that Blizzard will reveal the Titan MMO at this years Blizzcon event, something we have all been expecting. Apparently we will also be hearing about details on expansions for all other major franchises, including Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft. The source mentions that a Family & Friends testing stage will begin in Q1 of 2014, pushing expectations that we would see the title release this year.

Those of you expecting just a PC release will be mostly satisfied, however the source has stated that next-gen consoles are being looked at but may be released after the launch of Titan, similar to Diablo 3. As usual, these are all just rumours at this stage so take them with a grain of salt.



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Deviouz
Posted 04:11pm 03/4/13
I recall a year or 2 back some speculation on MMO-Champ that it was Earth based steam-punk/Atlantis theme so this sort of falls in-line, also Jeff Kaplan is on the team, a WoW dev legend!
paveway
Posted 04:12pm 03/4/13
Jay Wilson #winning
ravn0s
Posted 04:20pm 03/4/13
i hope they incorporate Diablo 3's auction house. that was one of it's best features.
skythra
Posted 06:52pm 03/4/13
I'm curious about how they can make an MMO Third person RPG an e-sport when most RPG subscription models work on

- To get people to pay money, they stifle your ability to do move , walking place to place, warping only to certain locations, etc.
- They set up cooldowns, hour for hearthstone, week for raid resets,
- They set up droprates, getting an item stuited to class and build might be this week, if you're lucky, or it might take 6 weeks or more. Then the politics naturally cause other delay issues..
- They set up requirements "Get these things to attune to the raid dungeon" although i'm not sure if wow still does that or if anyone can just go anywhere now.

These concepts are designed to slow down players so that they dont' run out of content before the next money sinkhole, so they get both the 100 dollars initially for the game, the 18 months between game and expansion of subscription, then another 60 dollar expansion with the 18 months of subscription again.

The basic theory of profit from MMO comes at making players feel not-equal.
The basic theory of RPG is not making characters equal so any person can win by playing enough

Turning that into an e-sport where one person can prove they're the better than another player? I'll be interested to see how that can be successfull as something like SC2, LoL, HoN etc.
Khel
Posted 07:26pm 03/4/13
They already do WoW Arena as an e-sport, so they're probably building off that concept.
Creepy
Posted 03:06am 05/4/13
Nerf Lord
Posted 08:37am 05/4/13
To get people to pay money, they stifle your ability to do move , walking place to place, warping only to certain locations, etc.

I always thought that it was so the player actually felt like they were in a beefy world, that things like portals etc would become a special player driven commodity. Tbh I find too much quick travel makes things way less fun.
Khel
Posted 10:39am 05/4/13
Yeah, thats pretty much why they took a lot of the quick ports and stuff out of WoW and make it so you can't fly till max level. In theory being able to quick travel everywhere sounds great, but it really does make the world feel small and disconnected, which is the opposite of what you want people to feel in an MMO usually.
skythra
Posted 01:44pm 05/4/13
They already do WoW Arena as an e-sport, so they're probably building off that concept.

I think calling it an e-sport is a stretch, it's a competitive field yes, but a sport includes being able to watch and enjoy watching it. I'm looking for a single stream with propper dedicated teams and there just isn't many with more than 250 viewers, whereas sc2 is cracking a dozen over 1000 and LoL with over 10 000. There's only 1 wow pvp stream i could find which cracked 1k viewers.

I know WoW itself overall has a lot of viewers but if you're going to call one part an esport all by itself, then surely it's got to have some kind of viewership?

And this is prime time right now, around after dinner time when people would be watching.
Khel
Posted 01:54pm 05/4/13
I wasn't thinking streams, I was more thinking that they run big invitational tournaments for it with lots of prize money up for offer, that seems to be more what I think of when I think of an 'e-sport' I guess.
defi
Posted 01:59pm 05/4/13
I think calling it an e-sport is a stretch, it's a competitive field yes, but a sport includes being able to watch and enjoy watching it. I'm looking for a single stream with propper dedicated teams and there just isn't many with more than 250 viewers, whereas sc2 is cracking a dozen over 1000 and LoL with over 10 000. There's only 1 wow pvp stream i could find which cracked 1k viewers. I know WoW itself overall has a lot of viewers but if you're going to call one part an esport all by itself, then surely it's got to have some kind of viewership? And this is prime time right now, around after dinner time when people would be watching.

Ermmm thats like saying Netball isn't a sport as it has very few viewers, or hockey, or polo, or water polo or a million other sports. Viewers dont make the sport, competitive matches in an arena makes the sport. I think WOW arena could be classified as an E-sport.
Jim
Posted 02:09pm 05/4/13
an esport is just a competitively played computer game, whether (in the case of wow) it be team vs team pvp or a pve race to kill an end raid boss
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