Blizzard game designer Jeff Kaplan finally addressed Titan, the cancelled MMO by stating in an interview with GameSpot that it’s development team “failed horrifically”. Kaplan also went on to say:
“You had a really amazing group that was working on Titan. They were really talented individuals, but we failed horrifically in every way … In every way that a project can fail. It was devastating.You had these people who either came from other companies or from within Blizzard, and were used to working on games that were very successful like a World of Warcraft, for example. To go through such a complete and utter failure is very hard for people who are used to experiencing success.”
Conisdering that one of their most popular games of all time is an MMO by the name of (you guessed it!) World of Warcraft, I can only imagine how devastating it must have been to be unable to translate that passion and knowledge into something well rounded and seamless. However, all is not lost, Blizzard fans. In lieu of the “death” of Titan, arose new hope in the form of Overwatch, which will finish up in two days time. It seemed that from Kaplan’s words the team banded together in order to create a cohesive multiplayer game. A game that heavily involves team-based combat goals and beautifully quirky game characters and graphics.
“I think a lot of us were asking ourselves, on an individual basis, that question. So when it came to move to Overwatch there was an extremely tight bond on the team and a ravenous hunger to show the world that we’re not failures and we can make something really fun.”
There will be an open beta testing phase for Overwatch on May 5th, and I am quite excited to get my hands back on the game. It’s safe to say that Blizzard will bounce back from this failure and continue to develop and release quality games for the foreseeable future. And I can hope that further down the line they will be able to create a well-balanced MMO, since I have such a soft spot for them, and I’m sure many of you do as well!
Feel free to watch the Overwatch trailer below!