More WoW Expansions On The Cards
World Of Warcraft is undeniably still the quintessential massive multiplayer experience and beats back challenges from upstart MMOs left, right and centre. In the wake of Blizzard's 20th anniversary, however, Chief Operating Officer Paul Sams has dropped a few interesting hints about their next-gen MMO and how it will coexist with their existing wares.
Speaking to VentureBeat, Sams stated that their new project will be "complimentary" rather than "competitive," which we assume to carry an clever double meaning. This might well imply an emphasis on teamwork over PVP... as well as suggesting that it will create its own marketplace niche that'll avoid direct competition with other online experiences. Naturally Sams also predicts that it'll be addictive as hell.
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.
It's an exciting move, but Sams also believes that there's room for their new project and World Of Warcraft to coexist. New WoW expansions are still on the cards, and Blizzard won't throw their existing players out into the cold in order to concentrate on the new game.
We intend to do more [WoW] 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.
That's all well and good, but what do we actually know about Blizzard's next-gen MMO? Well, pretty much its working title for the time being. The existence of Project Titan was embarrassingly outed at last year's VGAs, with the only other details being that we won't be seeing it until at least 2012. Knowing Blizzard, we wouldn't be at all surprised for a 2013 release for this one... and with WoW still going strong, it's nothing to get upset about. We'll keep you updated as we hear more. [VentureBeat]