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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 8:36AM RaQin said

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Glad to hear it...it would be a knee-jerk reaction to give away Titan info now.

Posted: Sep 29th 2011 10:33AM yeppers said

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@RaQin

That's a pretty delayed knee-jerk... didn't they "announce/leak" it over a year ago?

Blizzard is notorious for their leaks and announcements followed by no news for years, promising all will be revealed ... "soon".

I wish all developers would just keep their mouths shut until they're ready to enter their marketing cycle.
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Posted: Sep 30th 2011 6:11AM Mynsc said

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@yeppers
It was discovered through the Product Slate leak (for which their Hong Kong / China director got fired) and through the job listings...

They never announced anything.

Also, a lot of confusion in these comments, check this FAQ I wrote specifically to clear things up a bit: http://titanfocus.info/faq
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 8:41AM Verus said

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They got enough to talk about with new wow expansion, diablo 3 release date, next starcraft expansion.

I´m sure "Titan" will be out in another ten years or so..

Posted: Sep 29th 2011 8:43AM avaloner said

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Strange that a senior analyst predicted that Blizz would talk about Titan, I mean me as a casual observer knew that it would be highly unlikly they would. I mean Why would they make a big deal about Titan when it likly would overshadow anything they say about the next WOW xpack (that will likly be annouced), Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 stuff.

They would be stupid if they did annouce Titan at this Blizzcon, next year maybe, but they already have to much on their plate without Titan for this years Blizzcon. Not sure why that guy made that call when you think about all the other stuff happening.

Posted: Sep 29th 2011 8:56PM Fabius Bile said

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@avaloner
I suppose the point would be overshadowing the looming competition, which by the looks of it (SWToR, GW2, TSW) will be FIERCE.

WoW is an old game that is probably at the last stage of its life cycle, so no point in protecting it much more.

D3 and SC2 are an entirely different animal (single player, RTS ) so once again I doubt the audience of both franchises would find Titan's news (apparently an MMO for casuals) more appealing or interesting.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 8:45AM dudes said

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Probably be about the next WoW expansion then.

Posted: Sep 29th 2011 8:53AM Malagarr said

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Blizzard's long term projections showed "Titan" coming out in 2015. So with that in mind, they'll announce it in 2014, tease it in 2016 and release it in 2018. ,-)

Posted: Sep 29th 2011 8:57AM Deadalon said

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@Malagarr

I highly doubt it will be released in 2018 - considering it usually takes them 10 - 12 years to release a decent game. And those games are just the same as the prequel with very few new features anyway.

I say 2025 - and they gonna be drawing funds from WOW subs until then to fatten their growing list of incompitent and lazy designers and coders.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 9:20AM Malagarr said

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@Deadalon

lol, that's true. But keep in mind, they started work on "Titan" back before they launched Wrath. So who knows?
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 8:54AM Deadalon said

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Blizzard can't afford to promote Titan considering the junk that WOW has been releasing in Cata (specially 4.1). Everyone knows WOW is paying for Titan and instead of improving WOW - Blizzard is taking most of the senior designers away from the game and move them over to Titan.

WOW is a game of millions. Its a sub based game that requires much more attention from Blizzard than we have seen last few years. WOW is a test for EVERY MMO game - if it can truely evolve with the playerbase and become a livelong online game with evolving world. Blizzard is not treating it as such atm. For a 11 million subs - thats simply not acceptable.

But.. you can expect less and less from the future WOW expansions. They add 5 lvls and few new zones at most. And its Blizzard that is killing the game - Noone else.

Posted: Sep 29th 2011 10:56AM Lucidus said

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@(Unverified) I think what he's saying is that of the vast amount of money WoW takes in, an extremely small amount is reinvested back into the game -- which gives players terrible ROI for their monthy "investment."
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 10:59AM avaloner said

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@Deadalon

Not that I play WOW anymore but I find the statement that "everyone" knows blizz has the A team working on Titan and the B team working on WOW is a load of crap. People seem to forget that Cata was not just the 80-85 content but the almost total revamp of 1-60, most of which is very well designed (for a themepark MMO) that made leveling in the old world of WOW far more compeling and logical.

I think the designers who designed this content where pretty "A" grade, atleast in regards to theme park MMO development.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 12:06PM Deadalon said

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@avaloner

If you dont know that Blizzard has put their Ateam on Titan and C team maintaining WOW - then go and read few posts.

Im sorry if I offended some1 when I said everyone knew. Obviously there are few ignorant ppl out there that hanv't been following whats going on.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 12:16PM Deadalon said

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And those that dont know whats going on. WOW has lost close to million subs in past 8 monts. No.. thats not a sign of Blizzard doing their job in WOW. Its a sign that they have failed to create a solid and innovative game with new and strong features.

And no... its not because lack of funds. Its because Blizzard do not show WOW the respect that 11 million ppl expect from them.

What has this all has to do with Titan? Its a MMO game that same company is creating. And that game is drawing more and more resouches from WOW. Thats just not acceptable cause WOW should be growing based on the success - thats what sub money should be going to. IMO ofc.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 12:44PM Seldra said

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@Deadalon
I agree with a lot of points you make, the problem I see is the core gameplay. What you want is a sweeping change in making the world into a living persistent place. I just don't see that happening with the archaic foundation that WoW is build on. It was built as an EQ grind treadmill pure and simple.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 2:03PM Deadalon said

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@Seldra

Tbh I dont want sweeping changes. I just want the game to keep supporting the game and adding new features to the game. Features that would make it fresh and at the same time keep those ppl that are bored of the same old abit more intrested.

For example. Maps with player housing (not just 1 house per map) that would build on the features already in the game. For example it would be a place where you could store your stuff - inside you see a random pet running around - outside you have mounts and pets roaming - You have garden to grow diffrent stuff (you guy the seeds from flowerpickers). Professions like tailors would create new cymbols on cloth - Armorers add features to current armors - Gemcutters create gems that change the glow of gems in gear. And dyes ofc..

The possibilites are endless - It would not take that much from the game as it is. But it would add new features to it. What about guild castles for examples? Other games are doing it and its populare.

Blizzard has already made fundemental changes to the game in the past 6 months like threat generation and CC pulling. And now when they finally wake up when RIFT is offering huge amount of Armor custimization without it affecting the gameplay (like it mattered at all in PVE anyway) they throw in rushed solution based on outdated armor looks cause they didn't bother rebuilding the Armor engine that was much needed 2-3 years ago.

But its to late for BLizzard to go back now. They had their chance to keep the game growing. They did not and instead desided to go for Titan instead. Leaving 11 million subs playing an oudated mmo game - the only MMO game that could reinvent alot of new features every single year based on income.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 3:52PM Oskari said

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@Deadalon

Honestly, I would probably come back if they made some of those changes.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2011 9:00PM Fabius Bile said

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@Deadalon
WoW is a test for every MMO? someone call Blizzard, they got it all wrong all this years.

WoW doesnt innovate before others do, WoW has been assimilating what others innovated since its inception.
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Posted: Oct 4th 2011 11:32PM (Unverified) said

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@Deadalon I'd like to clarify the fact that they didn't "just" add 5 zones. They revamped the old world's geography for each zone, redid all quest chains in the old world, retuned dungeons, etc. Then they added 5 player levels and 5 new zones, along with 3 raids and heroic instances. I wouldn't sell Cataclysm short for content delivery.

That said, it does feel Titan is getting the lion's share of internal attention.
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