Something rather topical and worth posting about today is the supposed leaked internal slide showing Blizzard’s plans for the next five years. Is it real or fake? I think it’s fake simply because of how it looks. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the title is the dead giveaway. Something about it doesn’t quite fit with what I would expect their “product slate” to look like and the title, especially the company name, would be different. I’m also not feeling the whole “here’s our products guys” vibe — even internally, who would have access and leak this and why would it be presented in such a way?
If we assume it’s real, that means WoW will get two more expansion packs… I thought I read that there wouldn’t be more? Maybe I’m imagining things. I felt weirded out by seeing that Diablo 3 had planned expansion packs when the game is so far from release anyway. I’m also reminded of StarCraft 2’s expansions and a little something I forgot all about: The Map market (and what’s this 3rd party thing?).
Most interesting of all is the alleged MMOFPS titled (codenamed?) Titan. It was my guess all along that Blizzard would take their ability to conquer entire video game genres and not only take over MMOFPS for the rest of all time but actually make the first truly successful one that would launch a plethora of off-shoots and copy cats. Planetside can be heralded as the first with moderate success and definitely deserves the accolades, but it will be forgotten entirely if Blizzard pulls off a hit — and they will. If it’s merely a codename then it’s not worth thinking about, but if it is a real title for the game then I’m thinking something Halo-esque or maybe even Gears of War’ish. I’ll go ahead and lock in with that setting.
Even if this is all legit, the dates don’t matter. Add three years to just about everything and you’ll be close to the real date. It is, after all, Blizzard. This entire thing is one big oxymoron.