March 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM ET
We don't yet know much about the carefully guarded project code-named "Titan."
We know that it's going to be a massively-multiplayer online game and we know that it's being made by Blizzard — the company that brought us the massively-multiplayer and massively-popular online game "World of Warcraft."
But Paul Sams, COO for Blizzard, recently spoke to game industry site Gamasutra and he dropped a few juicy details about the mysterious title.
For starters, Sams said that "Titan" is Blizzard's most ambitious project to date — which must be pretty ambitious considering this is the company that brought us not only "WoW," but the international hits "StarCraft" and "Diablo."
And speaking of "WoW," Sams said he expects "Titan" to eclipse "World of Warcraft" (a game that currently boasts more than 12 million subscribers), and added that they expect the game's reach to be "greater than anything that we've done before."
"We think that it's going to be very impactful in our industry and, we hope, very impactful to the world," Sams said. "The thing that we hope will happen is that it will not stop 'World of Warcraft' but we believe will eclipse it."
And Sams pointed out that many of the people on the "Titan" team are the people who built "WoW." But with those employees being shifted over to "Titan" and so much focus being heaped on the forthcoming game, does this mean Blizzard plans to back away from supporting "WoW"?
Not anytime soon.
"I see 'World of Warcraft' as having many more years in front of it," Sams said. "We're going to continue to support that product for many, many years to come."
One thing's for sure, Blizzard knows how to raise our expectations. But what is "Titan" going to look like? What is it going to play like? The company has been incredibly tight-lipped so far.
During a panel discussion at the DICE gaming conference last month, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said they are going to "make something that's completely new and fresh." Ars Technica reports.
"We're not trying to make a 'WoW' sequel," he insisted.
It always comes back to "WoW" comparisons, doesn't it?
Well, we've pondered the question before: Which game will finally replace "WoW" as the 800,000-pound MMO gorilla? What do you think? Will "Titan" steal the crown?
(For more on the future of "Titan," read the full Gamasutra story here.)
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