Blizzard Confirms Unannounced Fourth Game, Next-Gen MMO Not Diablo 3

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Despite ongoing efforts with StarCraft II, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and Diablo III, PC developer Blizzard has confirmed that it has another MMO in the works.

"There is still one unknown project," Blizzard executive VP Rob Pardo revealed to OnlineWelten during the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational. "We have another development team."

Pardo affirmed that Blizzard's recent job listings for an "unannounced next-gen MMO" were not related to Diablo III. The company had previously stated that the project was not a World of Warcraft expansion either.

Fans have long speculated that Blizzard may follow the ultra-successful World of Warcraft with a World of StarCraft MMO. The three-faction scenario and multi-world setting would seem to lend itself well to the MMO format.

Others believe that the project could be a new franchise, as Blizzard has not created a new property since StarCraft's release in 1998.

"The idea of a new franchise is very intriguing to employees of the company," said Blizzard chief operating officer Paul Sams to Gamasutra in a recent interview. "Are we ever going to release a new one? I would absolutely say we will at some point. I just don't know when that day will be quite yet."

And as for a release date on any of the three known titles? "We ship the games when they're ready," Pardo commented. "You guys know this."

From The Chatty

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    July 1, 2008 10:28 AM

    maybe this can be a new franchise? lol

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      July 1, 2008 10:31 AM

      it's a starcraft universe mmo. :(

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        July 1, 2008 10:36 AM

        why sadface? it'll be the first good scifi mmo !

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        July 1, 2008 10:36 AM

        ya, i agree. it seems like with their franchises being so successful the chances of them creating something new look slim.

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        July 1, 2008 10:38 AM

        We can only hope.

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        July 1, 2008 10:44 AM

        if its in the vein of a mega-scale BF game, sign me up

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        July 1, 2008 12:10 PM

        If it's like a polished MMO-First Person Shooter, sign my ass up yo!

        I'll probably play no matter what it is.

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          July 1, 2008 12:25 PM

          MMOFPS will get my subsricption for sure...

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        July 1, 2008 12:14 PM

        Oh noes... It's probably true then. I hope it's actually more action oriented if they do this and not a fucking tank/heal raid yawn fest.

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        July 1, 2008 10:27 PM

        It seems to be really obvious right?

        Diablo MMO would make no sense at all, it would be too close to the actual game series. WoW will live on for some time (with new expansions) and we probably won't live to see a WoW2. They always talk about possible new IPs in the future, but not as if they have one in the works, so it's either a SC MMO or World of Rock n Roll Racing / Blackthorne / 3Vikings-where the last are too small brands actually.

        Blizzard isn't stupid and this way they repeat what they did with WoW, release a new RTS, expansion and once everyone longs for more an MMO.

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      July 1, 2008 11:34 AM

      I think it has to be, personally. They've said it isn't a sequal to WoW, which rules WarCraft out. They have other games slated for the StarCraft and Diablo IPs already. I don't think they will want to release another game with those IPs so quickly after. The only other options are a new IP or Blackthorne Online...

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        July 1, 2008 12:04 PM

        I'm torn on this. I agree that a Starcraft MMO seems like an obvious, safe, profitable plan. However, the proximity to SC2 makes it more questionable. Also, people have been griping for a while now that Blizzard needs to do something new. Maybe they're actually doing that this time? With 2 other "safe" projects in the pipe and WoW still going strong, maybe they feel like they can take a risk with this one.

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          July 1, 2008 3:00 PM

          Well, they create games on a 6 years span, so Starcraft will already be out 3-4 years before.

          They can be only at the design step.

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            July 1, 2008 3:21 PM

            Do we really know how long this next-gen project has been in the works, though? I'd agree that your scenario seems posible or even likely, but I don't know for sure.

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      July 1, 2008 11:49 AM

      One can only hope.