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Aug012013

Blizzard's Project Titan Gets Transmogrified

By Josh Wirtanen
Blizzard's Project Titan Gets Transmogrified

Blizzard's top secret, long-in-development MMO Project Titan got some attention today at an Activision Blizzard earnings conference call. The announcement came as a surprise to a lot of folks in the industry because of how little anyone actually knows about the title. In fact, even after the news, we still don't have a lot of details about it except that it's undergone some changes since last time it poked its head above the surface.

Michael Morhaime, CEO of Activision Blizzard, made this statement: "We’re in the process of selecting a new direction for the project and re-envisioning what we want the game to be. And while we cant talk about the details yet, it’s unlikely to be a subscription-based MMORPG. I also want to reiterate there has not been an official announced or projected release date."

That's not really a lot to go on, is it?

Likely, the company had to revise their efforts in an attempt to stay relevant with the rapidly evolving MMO scene. While Blizzard's massively successful World of Warcraft is one of the few MMORPGs that's able to maintain a monthly subscription plan in an industry that's shifting heavily toward the free-to-play model, it's also seeing declining numbers. It makes sense, then, that Blizzard would pursue other options for Project Titan.

So what's in store for the MMO? We can't really be sure, and some people are speculating that it'll be abandoned completely. But since Activision Blizzard made an effort to remind us all that it's still around, they probably haven't given up on it quite yet.

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