Posts Tagged ‘Next-Gen MMO’

Paul Sams Teases Blizzard Unannounced MMO

Blizzard COO Paul Sams was interviewed by VentureBeat’s blog: GameBeat to talk about World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and the Unannounced MMO.

Paul Sams describes in a heartbeat the 20 years worth of experiences that have led Blizzard Entertainment to be successful as a studios.

Something to note is that GameBeat focuses religiously on social games: PC, cellphones, iPad, iPhone, PSP, etc.

I bring it up because the main topic of this interview is the upcoming MMO by Blizzard Entertainment. Paul Sams refrained from dubbing this MMO as Titan, after the interviewer mentioned that name.

VB: What is your thinking about when to do a new game instead of continuously refining your older game? When do you do the next MMO?

PS: We have another MMO that I don’t think we’ve been talking about.

VB: Project Titan, right? Based on the leaked schedule.

PS: We will just talk about “the project”.

VB: Yeah, so how do you decide that?

PS: We intend to do more expansions too. There is no change in our thinking. We intend absolutely positively to continue to support the existing World of Warcraft product. There are over 12 million global paying subscribers that are active in our game. We are not going to turn our back on them and we intend to continue to support that franchise for many many years to come. As to our new unannounced game, we believe that it will be more complementary than competitive. And while people do have a limited amount of free time that they can devote to these types of games, we do think that people will want to check out the new and the old. We think the new one is very compelling and is going to capture a lot of hearts and minds and will be very successful for us. But we also believe that many people will continue playing World of Warcraft because they have such a huge collection of friends and community. We have taken some of our most experienced developers and put them on this project. We believe we have a dream team. These are the people who made WoW a success. We are going to blow people’s minds.”

Blizzard announces new Unannounced Games

Blizzard Vice-President of Business Operations – Paul Sams – told Gamespot that Blizzard is currently working on various unannounced games hinting that Diablo and Starcraft franchises are among them, and a possible new franchise as well.  Read More

Gamespot: ” When asked by GameSpot if the Warcraft universe was all that’s left for the company to mine, chief operating officer Paul Sams said, “No. Absolutely not. We have multiple games in development, currently, they are just not announced? To the outside world—and the reality of it is—we are laser focused on what is the thing right then, but there’s a ton of additional focus being put toward these other [games] that are in development.”

Reflecting on the existing franchises, Sams emphasized, “World of Warcraft and the Warcraft franchise is not the last and the only franchise we are going to operate within. We have two other very, very key franchises to our company’s history and to our company’s future success. The Diablo and Starcraft franchises are of the utmost importance to us as well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new franchise from us at some time in the future; there’s certainly a desire to do so.”

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