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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 4:40PM Seffrid said

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"is just a rumor".

Doesn't have quite the ring about it that "is false" would have, don't you think?

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 4:56PM Space Cobra said

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@Seffrid

The truth would be harder to confess to and Blizzard denies any employees that have died at the hands of Gamma-Radioactive isotopes used in their cafeteria....


;P
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 10:17AM potaco said

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@Seffrid

"Just to be clear, the rumor is false. Please see the previous statement Bashiok provided."
-Nethaera

http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/205635/layoff-rumors

But hey, it's always fun to try to read into things too much...
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 10:41AM Seffrid said

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@potaco "But hey, it's always fun to try to read into things too much..."

Hey, I was just commenting on the quote which formed the basis of Matt's article, no more no less.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 4:43PM Ghostspeaker said

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Definitely glad the layoffs are just a rumor. Good luck to Staats.

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 4:47PM Wild Colors said

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They denied the "rumor" before I even heard of it.

Methinks they doth protest too much...


...though I really doubt they, of all people, are in a position where they need to do layoffs.

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 4:48PM pcgneurotic said

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Do we even know what Titan is yet?

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 5:03PM bobfish said

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@pcgneurotic

I seem to recall reading something about it aiming for a more casual market than WoW and not being made to compete with it.

But nothing solid has been released by them about it.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 5:08PM pvpirl said

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@pcgneurotic

Halo Based MMO set for release 2013 / 2014
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 5:23PM KvanCetre said

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@pvpirl
Its not based on Halo. Its a new IP. Microsoft owns the Halo license.
(Though, with the history of Blizzard, it may very well be Halo "inspired")
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 5:26PM (Unverified) said

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@bobfish

I don't think any reliable news has been released about Titan, much less information as to the type of game it will be. There WAS a widely reported news story by some analyst opining that Titan would be a "casual game," but I would not put much stock in that.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 6:15PM Mynsc said

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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 7:20PM smartstep said

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@bobfish

More casual than WoW? How can it be more casual?

They do next farmville?
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 3:09AM pcgneurotic said

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Yeah, I remember that. Bloody analysts, stick 'em in the ocean with the lawyers, give us a break.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 7:21AM bobfish said

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@smartstep

I don't know, but I wouldn't call the gear grind / raiding grind of WoW casual, easy yes, but not casual.

I can't even imagine what it would be like, anything I think would compliment WoW rather than compete wouldn't really be casual, just different.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 4:59PM (Unverified) said

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There was never a rumour of mass layoffs, only an idiot would think that. It was simply one man, John Staats, who doesn't like the direct Blizzard is taking with Titan, what they have done with WoW, and have they have lost their way from a gaming company to just being Activision cash cow developer. He wanted out, much like many others in the past have, and many more in the future will. If the job market wasn't so horrible right now, you'd see a lot more leaving Blizzard.

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 5:37PM Eamil said

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[Citation needed.]

Seriously, unless he's actually said all this somewhere in an interview, I don't think speculating about his motives and presenting your opinion as fact does any good. People in the gaming industry move to different companies all the time for reasons other than "the company I was working for was the devil."
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 5:44PM (Unverified) said

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The rumor came from the fact that a bunch of Blizzard employees changed their Facebook status to "Worked at Blizzard."

And the fact that he specifically said that "massive layoffs" is a rumor leaves it wide open and doesn't contradict that idea that those people no longer work for Blizzard. Perhaps they all quit at the same time because they objected to something. Perhaps Blizzard doesn't define a layoff as massive unless there are a certain number of people involved. Perhaps they will say "We weren't lying, layoffS -- plural -- was a rumor ... there was just one."

See, there are all sorts of ways that this response isn't a definitive answer other than to say that whatever Blizzard defines as "massive layoffs" has not occurred.

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 5:47PM Sharuk said

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It is all about the phrasing, "layoffs" could have happened. But "mass layoffs" didn't.

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 5:58PM dudes said

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Blizzards subs are down by over a million. Titan may be scrapped at this rate while they concentrate on core WoW. Blizzard might want to thinking breaking away from Activision as well.

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