‘World of Warcraft’ developer Blizzard Entertainment has just announced that they have cancelled their long awaited next generation MMORPG ‘Titan.’ The cancellation of ‘Titan’ comes directly from Mike Morhaime, co-founder and president of Blizzard.
“We had created ‘World of Warcraft’ and we felt really confident that we knew how to make MMOs,” Morhaime said in an interview with Polygon. “So we set out to make the most ambitious thing that you could possibly imagine. And it didn’t come together.”
“We didn’t find the fun,” Morhaime added. “We didn’t find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that’s the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no.”
Never officially announced by Blizzard, ‘Titan’ was highly anticipated by fans when speculation began back in 2007 when the studio had posted job listings for a “Next-Gen MMO” on their website. The game had been subtly teased by the studio ever since while rumors and fan speculation surrounding the project continued to run wild.
Chris Metzen, Blizzard’s senior vice president of story and franchise development, described the decision to cancel ‘Titan’ as “excruciating.” However, Morhaime reassured that just like in the past when Blizzard had to make the tough decisions to cancel projects like ‘StarCraft Ghost’ and ‘Warcraft Adventures,” that it has “always resulted in better-quality work” from the studio.
Both Morhaime and Metzen alluded to the fact that the cancellation of ‘Titan’ was partly due to smaller scale projects like digital card game ‘Hearthstone’ and MOBA ‘Heroes of the Storm.’ Their success had helped the studio realize that they didn’t need to fit themselves along the lines of projects of a specific scale. Because of this, Metzen stated that the studio instead wants to inspire their employees to be creative and to “think outside the box” with their game ideas, and that not all projects need to be “colossal, summer blockbuster-type products.”
Despite having cancelled ‘Titan,’ Morhaime said that the studio wouldn’t turn its back on making another an MMO someday. “But I can say that right now, that’s not where we want to be spending our time,” Morhaime said.
Metzen then clarified that Blizzard will continue supporting ‘World of Warcraft.’ “My hope personally is that we’ll support it forever,” he said.