Gaming Steve

December 12, 2007

Blizzard Confirms New MMORPG -- And I Have Details

WoW 2.0 South Park Style

Earlier today GameSpot reported that Blizzard has indeed confirmed that they are working on a new MMORPG that is NOT related in any way to World of Warcraft. I've been meaning to write about this for some time now but never really had the chance but now that the "cat is out of the bag" I thought now was as good of time as any to tell you what I know about Blizzard's new MMORPG.

For those who are regular readers to the site you'll know that my track record is pretty darn good when it comes to spilling secrets in the world of gaming. From confirming that Command & Conquer 3 was to be released on the Xbox 360, to breaking the news on the Zune release date, to detailed information on WoW Battleground enhancements I only release information that I am sure is correct. And the following info I am 100% sure is correct.

With that in mind here is what I know about Blizzard's new MMORPG. First is that it has only been under development for a very short period of time. Blizzard held their first internal meeting to discuss this new MMORPG they were going to develop with a small group of core developers during the last week of March 2007. Only the top developers from the WoW team were invited to this meeting and it was extremely small ... and top secret (of course). Even Blizzard at that time didn't know what type of MMORPG they were going to develop. This meeting was to act as an initial brainstorming meeting where this core group could throw around ideas and see what they would want to develop as a next game. Each member of the team was asked to present their ideas for what sort of new MMORPG they would like to develop that was specifically NOT WoW related.

From that meeting in March they began to start the initial development of this new MMORPG, and have begun work on it since April 2007. Right now they are only in the initial stages of development and are only working with a small group. But from what I know the general concept, genre, and intellectual property have been determined. Now all that needs to be done is to make the game!

And with Blizzard's track record expect to see something sometime in around 2014, and expect it to change multiple times during development. Remember that Blizzard spent seven years developing WoW from start to finish and just the "Friends and Family" Alpha Test for WoW lasted over a year. This game will go through the same spit and polish that WoW had to go through, although they do have considerably more experience this time around and are using the core WoW team to build the game architecture.

Unfortunately even I do not know what game genre they are developing or if it using an existing IP or a new one. That is one secret that nobody outside a very small handful of people know about. But I do know that they are going to be trying something different from WoW and it have a completely new gameplay experience than WoW. I wish I had more to tell you other than this, but as I start to hear more I will let you know. Stay tuned...

Posted by Gaming Steve at 5:30 PM | Comments (22) | Posted to MMORPG | Rumor |  Add this story to  Stumble It!  Submit this story to Digg!

World of Starcraft? World of Diablo?

Something completely new? (Would be interesting)

Posted by Nic at December 12, 2007 6:23 PM

I think we'll all forget about this by 2009 or 2010, then they'll bust it out like it's a new surprise.

Posted by Paroxysm at December 12, 2007 6:24 PM

I doubt it will take that long. Blizzard culture will change and for the worst when the new company goes online. Two different management style, one big mess.

My money is they going to rush this. It won't be like WoW where they had all the time in the word.

Posted by jdun at December 12, 2007 7:53 PM

Just because Blizzard is developing it, don't think it will be part of any series they have made to date.

Blizzard may make a game not related to the storyline of Warcraft, Diablo, or Starcraft.

...or I could be wrong. We may get a World of Vikings

Posted by Met at December 12, 2007 8:00 PM

I'm willing to bet this one will be:

1 - For consoles
2 - Not starcraft

PS. I like the unrelated picture.

Posted by Chris at December 12, 2007 8:47 PM

World of South Park?

just throwing out there

Posted by thefatman at December 13, 2007 12:27 AM

It's going to suck

Posted by Batman at December 13, 2007 9:44 AM

This is basically the MMO that will take the place of World of Warcraft after WoW has lost the majority of its subscribers due to the age of the game. My guess is Diablo, though it pains me to think we will be waiting another decade for the next Diablo.

Posted by Ugg at December 13, 2007 12:47 PM

A new Diablo wouldn't be very different from WoW so why would they do that?

Posted by teo at December 13, 2007 7:18 PM

Maybe world of blizzard ha ?

Posted by Polater at December 13, 2007 7:36 PM

I'm hoping it's geared toward innovating the MMORPG genre...where you don't have to spend an ungodly amount of time grinding to the next level, etc.

Actually, no etc. If they just took out the grinding aspect of it and still managed to make a solid MMORPG experience, I bet it'd be a big hit.

Posted by Hizzah at December 13, 2007 9:01 PM

It will be a Starcraft-based MMO.

1) Starcraft remains one of the best-selling computer games of all-time, having sold close to 10 million copies to date.

2) Starcraft 2 is due to be released "post 2007" (make of that what you will) and will be one of the mostly highly anticipated/hyped games since HL2. Blizzard would be wise to build on this hype, just as WoW was ramped up by the release of Warcraft3 (RoC/FT).

3) Star Trek Online, while still in early stages of development, is already generating a lot of positive buzz and will likely be released in another three years. Blizzard would be wise to have their own "sci-fi" MMO to compete directly with this new game (not to mention the announced Stargate MMO, EVE which continues to grow, and SWG which seems to have survived the near-implosion of NGE).

4) Blizzard is known for a lot of things, but innovation is not one of them. They are far more likely to stick with what has worked in the past: take everything they've learned from WoW, add the enthusiasm for Starcraft (to say nothing of SC2) and they've pretty much got a sure thing. Businesses much prefer sure things.

Game fans might want Blizzard to develop a Diablo MMO or hope they take a stab at something completely new, but neither of these things is going to happen in the near future, at least not until Blizzard has exploited the potential of SC to the fullest.

In short, Blizzard is going to do exactly what they did with Warcraft: release a sequel, keep people hooked with an expansion or two (meanwhile they'll announce a Starcraft MMO).

With two huge fantasy and sci-fi themed MMOs on the go (and all the cross-promotion that will go along with it) Blizzard will cement themselves as *the* MMO provider for another decade or two.

The only thing (in relative terms) that could derail this would be if SC2's reception and sales are less stellar than anticipated -- an occurence that seems highly unlikely.

Posted by Thanatoz at December 14, 2007 11:33 AM

It will not be a Starcraft MMO. Not only would...all of Korea riot, but it would fail. Just like every other Sci-Fi MMO that's ever been made.

Posted by Sander at December 14, 2007 1:05 PM

Silly people. Blizzard doesn't DO new IP's.

Expect World of Starcraft and the starvation of thousands of Koreans in a few years.

Posted by Malt at December 15, 2007 1:16 PM

Although i don't agree that it will take blizzard forever to make a new MMO, the reason WoW took so long was becauase of the fact that blizzard had never made a game like that and i believe the only frame of reference was EQ. Now that blizzard is pumping out an expansion a year, this is what they hope to do but stated they will not rush things, i think they will atleast have this new MMO ready to show atleast by the end of 2008, beginning of 2009. Keep in mind blizzard is also working on Starcraft II and WoW: WOTLK.

By the way, if you check out Blizzard's job oppertunites page theres a bunch of things for "Next Gen MMORPG Whatever" and its listed as a top secret project.

Posted by Chris at December 20, 2007 10:08 AM

Sci-Fi MMOs don't fail because they are Sci-Fi MMOs, Sci-Fi MMOs fail because they aren't produced by Blizzard... Yet.

As for the Koreans, a SC MMO would be like getting their MMO-obsessed peanut butter mixed up with their SC-Freak chocolate: what could be better? The only rioting and starving they'll be doing will be in the 100 mile long line-ups outside BestBuy prior to release.

I'm no Blizzard fanboi, I just know there's WAY too much money to be made for Blizzard to walk away from combining:

a) Their most successful IP/franchise, Starcraft.


b) Their most successful genre, the MMORPG.

Sooner or later (and I'm guessing no later than 2010) it's going to happen.

We know Blizzard is developing another MMO. Hate all you want, but I have yet to read a compelling argument why it won't be a SC MMO --people would sell their soul to play a SC MMO game and Blizzard knows it.

Posted by Thanatoz at December 25, 2007 3:42 PM

If it isn't Diablo 3 I'll be very dissapointed. The Diablo series was the best thing Blizzard ever made.

Posted by xFayte at January 1, 2008 11:06 PM

When they announced that they were making a new MMORG the interviewie said that 'Blizzard is not in the habit of repeating itself or others. The MMORG will be completely new'. So no it will not be a Diablo or Starcraft MMORPG no matter how much you may want one. Though for the record, people still play Diablo 2 even after Blizzard stopped supporting the online tournaments.

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Posted by Shelley-mm at January 16, 2008 2:31 PM

"'Blizzard is not in the habit of repeating itself or others. The MMORG will be completely new'."

Sorry, but this is exactly the kind of vague and ultimately meaningless chum that developers throw to the reviewers and fans alike when they have nothing of substance to say.

Depending on how you define "repeating" and "new" this statement means little. In any event, at this very early point in development anything anyone says = less than zero.

Companies are in the business of making as much money as possible for the least amount of investment and risk. In Blizzard's case this means a SC MMORPG based on everything they've learned in the last few years from running WoW and developing SC2.

And for those of you holding out hope for a Diablo MMORPG -- Blizzard already has a swords n' sorcery fantasy-themed MMORPG. It's called WoW.

It's going to be a SC MMORPG because based on everything we know about Blizzard and their track record, that's where the big money is most likely to be, period.

Posted by Thanatoz at January 17, 2008 4:32 PM

they still have one more expansion for WoW left so im sure that will drag the game out a couple more years. But i definately the game is winding down. I am looking forward to having them release something to replace it.

As for remaking things, blizzard does have the tendancy to recreate things or make sequals to them. Diablo was a game if its time, people are still playing that game to this day. If they made a III i think it would have a massive following. It would have to be alittle different and change some things up to make it unique but still be diablo but it would be a huge money pit.

But, i dont think they are doing that. I think they are prolly making something new. But i will stake money on maybe not now, but in the future... They will bring diablo back.

Posted by Juice at January 31, 2008 10:42 AM

Really? A new MMORPG? from blizzard? wow, didn't see that coming. Honestly I'd rather have it be diablo. Diablo's story was better than starcrafts and warcrafts combined althought I'm a huge fan of all 3. Then Again I wouldn't mind a starcraft. It'd be about time someone came out with future MMOrpg. Don't say star wars galaxy that game was a joke. Mass Effect was such a good rpg, that i think starcraft would be a great MMOrpg

Posted by oh really? at March 8, 2008 11:36 AM