Blizzard Working On An Original IP


Posted May 13, 2009 - By Jake Gaskill

Blizzard's Next Game To Be A Brand New IP

I really feel bad for diehard Blizzard fans, who are looking beyond the WoW horizon. As if counting the hours between now and whenever Diablo III will be released wasn’t torture enough, StarCraft II continues to be as elusive as ever, and now Blizzard claims to be working on an entirely original IP. I can just hear gamers screaming, “Please just give us at least one new game before you start thinking about another one!”

A community manager for WoW dropped the news over at WoWBlues:

“We have nothing to advertise for the new MMO because it's a shell of a game thus far. We've already stated it'll be a brand new franchise, which means the lore, art, and game play are being developed entirely from scratch. It's an overwhelming process, but a process through which we excel. Our track record supports this.”

The real dagger to the heart though is the paragraph just before the previous one, which unsympathetically states, "Games take years to develop from concept to release. Diablo III was in the works for years before being announced. StarCraft II was announced two years ago and isn't even in Beta yet.”

I bet SC fans love hearing that. Honestly, haven't Blizzard fans suffered enough? With no official release date for Diablo III or SCII, it looks like gamers will just have to continue imaging what a great time they’ll be having at some uncertain point in the future. Sweet deal.

Is Blizzard asking a lot from gamers, or does the quality of their games soften the sting of their lengthy development cycles?

Source via Kotaku

Blizzard Working On An Original IP


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