Okay, so maybe I was wrong about Blizzard wanting to use the natural lull to wrap up WoW and hype their next game. In usual Blizzard fashion, Titan is rumored to be delayed until 2016. And by delayed they mean 70% of the team is reassigned and they are starting over. Didn’t we all see this coming? Pretend you did. This reminds me of Ghost; when Blizzard was going to release the console game at the end of the original Xbox’s generation (not to be confused with Xbox One) but decided not to at the last moment and completely cancelled the game. Most of the reasons why Titan is delayed are likely technology based, but part of me hopes deep down they want to make a truly different game. They probably realized there’s no such thing as a WoW killer, and the more people try and label the next game a WoW killer, the more it solidifies WoW when players come running back to resubscribe.
But really, what the heck are they going to do with WoW?! Now I’m positive they’re going to really mix things up and go F2P or some new hybrid model. Do they need to? No, but people are realizing that WoW is old and they’re wanting to move on and do something new. Blizzard has to provide their players with a reason to keep playing, or create a new reason to attract large numbers of players. Either some amazing changes to WoW gameplay, and amazing expansion packs (*cough* Burning Legion *cough*), or a shakeup. WoW still has millions of people more than the next game, but I can’t imagine they’re really okay with the numbers dwindling without a plan to gather them all up and funnel them into a new game.
The only thing I know with absolute certainty now is that World of Warcraft is going to get bigger before it gets smaller (google: define escalation). I was looking forward to a conclusion rather than the temptation to return when the next huge evolution of WoW inevitably drops.