- After 7 years of production, Blizzard’s Next-Gen MMO has been cancelled. Although this is sad, they felt it was best. In an interview with Polygon, Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime said this: “We had created World of Warcraft, and we felt really confident that we knew how to make MMOs, so we set out to make the most ambitious thing that you could possibly imagine. And it didn’t come together.” He also added, “We didn’t find the fun … We didn’t find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that’s the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no.” It is refreshing to see a company have the guts to just say no to a game that’s been in development for so long, but it’s still disappointing to hear, even though it was never officially announced. But where does this leave Blizzard?
- The concern is that essentially Blizzard might have pigeonholed themselves by focusing so much on World of Warcraft, meaning the company could go down in flames. While this is highly unlikely (as Blizzard rakes in millions of dollars per month from subscriptions) it makes one wonder what they might do in 10+ years. With the mounting pressure of next-gen games coming, World of Warcraft will soon be outdated, if it’s not already. Yes, Warlords of Draenor will be adding a lot of new and exciting features, but seeing games like Destiny and even Final Fantasy XIV make it hard to go back to WoW, not just physically but mechanically as well.
- Personally I love World of Warcraft, but as more and more games come out on the PS4, Xbox One, and even PC, I’m finding it harder and harder to go back to WoW unless some serious changes are made. Now I’m not overlooking all that they have done; for ten years Blizzard has adamantly updated their game to the point it’s at today. As a game itself, though, it doesn’t hold up with the quality gamers demand today, and with the cancellation of Titan, Blizzard has no next-gen work to show for.
- Blizzard is likely not giving up though. This is only one of the problems; another problem is that getting people to leave WoW for a new game might be extremely difficult. And maintaining the servers for an old game while trying to promote a new game could compromise the games themselves, and could result in a collapse of both. What Blizzard will do next, no one knows but them. Bear in mind I’m making speculation and simply providing food for thought, but in any case Blizzard is in a corner, and they need to get out if they want to compete with games coming out these days. So, what will Blizzards next move be? Will they even make a move? I certainly hope this doesn’t mark the downfall of Blizzard, but odds are it isn’t.
Photos Courtesy Blizzard, Interview Courtesy Polygon