StarCraft Dev Moves On To Another Project Inside Blizzard

Lead game play designer David Kim wants to 'branch out' a bit.

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With the StarCraft series now in a bit of a lull - not counting the remastering of the original game - lead game play designer David Kim has decided to move on to a new project. The good news is that he will be staying within Blizzard's hallowed halls. The bad news is the project is still unannounced.

"I’ve reached a point in my career where I’ve decided to branch out to a different project, to explore, learn, and grow as a game designer," Kim said in a post to the community on the official forums. "This other project will be right here at Blizzard, so I hope working on this next game will be as awesome as my experience working on SC2 and with the community. The rest of the SC2 balance team will continue to make updates, and communication with the community will not be interrupted."

Kim didn't go into any details on the new project, but considering that Dustin Browder, former game director of Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft 2, also left his post in December for presumably the same unannounced project within Blizzard, one has to wonder what new magic Blizzard has up its sleeve. The company has expanded its portfolio outside its previous tentpole franchises of WarCraft, Diablo and StarCraft with Hearthstone in 2014, Heroes of the Storm in 2015, and Overwatch last year. Diablo 3 in 2012 was the last new progression to an existing franchise, not counting expansion or the oddity of the StarCraft 2 "trilogy." 

After the success of Overwatch, Blizzard could be looking to move into another new IP, perhaps an RTS given that both Kim and Browder have expertise there. One can't really argue with Blizzard's Midas touch when it comes to games, aside from the occasional misstep with a World of Warcraft expansion and the Diablo 3 auction house. Whatever it is, the Blizzard faithful likely will gladly open their wallets to support the new endeavor.

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    April 10, 2017 11:00 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, StarCraft Dev Moves On To Another Project Inside Blizzard

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      April 10, 2017 12:51 PM

      His name is David Kim, not Brian

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      April 10, 2017 1:27 PM

      "The good news is that he will be staying within Blizzard's hallowed halls."

      Uhhhh if you say so...

      q ["aside from the occasional misstep with a World of Warcraft expansion and the Diablo 3 auction house."]q

      Which wow expansion was a misstep?

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        April 10, 2017 3:13 PM

        While I played them all, I felt that everything between Lich King and Legion were lacking. The others weren't terrible, but Legion shows just how off they were.

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      April 10, 2017 1:27 PM

      D3 xpac then?

      • Zek
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        April 10, 2017 4:02 PM

        No way, that well is dry. Too much time has passed, I think the Necro is just one last fan service cash in. I imagine either D4 or some other Diablo franchise game is in development though.

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          April 10, 2017 6:09 PM

          World of fucking el diablo

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            April 10, 2017 8:55 PM

            Man, I would love a Diablo MMO!

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            April 10, 2017 9:05 PM

            One only has to take a look at Lineage Eternal or Lost Ark to know exactly where Blizzard should be steering the Diablo ship. They would be insane not to. So yeah. World of fucking Diablo :)))))

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      April 10, 2017 5:00 PM

      Zombie survival game.

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      April 10, 2017 6:07 PM

      World of Starcraft?

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        April 10, 2017 6:13 PM

        Shit, I'd play it.

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          April 10, 2017 9:53 PM

          Shit, a lot of WoW players would probably sub to both.

          It could be interesting...but who has time for MMOs anymore. :(

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      April 10, 2017 9:59 PM

      Honestly, I'm not sure what Blizz could do to get me back into their games. It's not for a lack of trying by both parties. Tried Hearthstone for like an hour but it didn't really grab me. Overwatch is cool I guess but I already played a bunch of TF2 in my life. I bought the PS4 definitive version of Diablo 3 but bounced off it because I couldn't stand how shallow of a loot treadmill it felt. Starcraft 2's WoL story pissed me off so much I never bothered with the other two expansions. I haven't bothered with WoW since 2004.

      Like... I can't think of anything Blizz could possibly do. They're gonna have to step far outside their comfort zone to get me to try something again. I'm kinda burnt out on Blizz.

      • Zek
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        April 10, 2017 11:15 PM

        I dunno man, all of their games are pretty exemplary in their respective genres. Sounds like you'll just need to wait for another new franchise or spin-off.

        I wish they would do original mobile games. Just one team, give them creative freedom and see what they come up with.

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        April 11, 2017 1:32 AM

        Heroes of the Storm?

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        April 11, 2017 1:35 AM

        Same their modern games do nothing for me. I've tried them all.
        Starcraft 2 was food, but after that none of their games have had any depth to them. They're so polished but all the edges are sanded off.
        Hots is a fun diversion, but just has no lasting appeal