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Blizzard talks new MMO, says it’s “new and fresh,” not like WoW

Friday, 11th February 2011 04:59 GMT By Nathan Grayson

World of Warcraft is great and all, but come on: it’s been more than six years. At this point, you’d probably be willing to play a Big Rigs: Over the Road racing MMO. At least it’d be different.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime, though, isn’t going to leave you high and dry. As he put it: “To break the mold, sometimes you have to start over.”

“We’re really trying to leverage all the lessons we learned through the years. Some of which we were able to address in ‘World of WarCraft’ and others that maybe because of the design decisions we’ve made, you just can’t address. So we’re kind of taking a step back with all that knowledge to make something that’s completely new and fresh. We’re not trying to make a ‘WoW’ sequel,” he said while speaking in Las Vegas (via Ars Technica).

The new game, then, won’t rise from WoW’s ashes. Both games will instead share the spotlight – an incredibly frightening prospect if you consider how much of your life one Blizzard MMO can already consume.

The new MMO will also place heavy emphasis on social aspects, with Morhaime citing iPhone phenom Words With Friends as an inspiration, explaining how much of a kick he gets out of playing the game with, you know, friends – instead of nameless strangers. As a result, friends, finding new friends, and guilds will all be major factors in the new game.

All told, it sounds different. Also, not Big Rigs! And for that, we are forever thankful.

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10 Comments

  1. back_up

    nothing impossible for blizzard they are very high quality developers

    #1 4 years ago
  2. GwynbleiddiuM

    yo forgot to say Evil, very Evil high quality developers. cuz they develop’em games for PC ya’know. They’re hackers too, they hack you in a way yo’mama wouldn’t recognize ya.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    @back_up, they are PC devs and hackers!!!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. back_up

    @3
    they are PC developers don’t know if they are hackers
    blizzard never cry/complains about PC piracy like other publisher nor they delayed/canceled PC games because of piracy
    in other words PC gamers buy their game and support them but same cannot be said for other developers/publisher

    #4 4 years ago
  5. back_up

    @2
    you are the hacker whose has no mom so no need to recognize idiot like you

    #5 4 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    …and others that maybe because of the design decisions we’ve made, you just can’t address. So we’re kind of taking a step back with all that knowledge to make something that’s completely new and fresh.

    I wonder if this is the project that they were talking with Microsoft about…

    Maybe by design decisions, he’s talking about the inability to play WoW with a m/k.

    That would be really interesting if they really were working on a day 1 MMO for the next xbox.

    It would be even more interesting if it was an exclusive, too…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    ^^

    That first paragraph was supposed to be a blockquote, which doesn’t work any more, apparently…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    I’m beginning to wonder if back_up is a real person, or just a MegaHAL-based bot.

    That said… this is mostly a good choice. Though I hope Blizzard doesn’t think that the lack of innovation is in the fantasy genre, as it rather isn’t. You can have boring humans doing boring things in any setting. It’s all a matter of tapping a setting to its best potential.

    I still think that Guild Wars 2 has gotten this right. It uses a fantasy setting but it’s innovating the hell out of it. My favourite part of that is the Charr. Normally in a fantasy game you’ll have a beast race (Tauren) that are essentially just a poor tribal pastiche (Tauren), and not much else.

    The Charr? Their culture is a mix of Roman and Mongol, and more than that they’re actually really efficient. They were the first in their world to create typing devices for documenting experiments (the news press in Destiny’s Reach is based upon that), but they’re also leading industry in their world, they’re the heads of pretty much any real Science and they have no peers.

    They’re also pragmatic, and they’re the closest thing to atheists you can get in a game. They realise that powerful beings exist, but they don’t call them ‘Gods’, they don’t attribute creation to them, and they think that these are just creatures to be challenged if they screw around with Charr affairs.

    The bizarre thing with the Charr is that I’ve never really seen anything like them before. Not in fantasy games, films, and rarely ever in books. It takes balls to just make the beast race superior to humanity in all Scientific fields – but that’s what they did.

    The other races are just as interesting too, but it’s the Charr that really stand out to me thematically. I’ve never seen anything like them in an MMO. Not ever. The thing is is that you could have a Sci-Fi setting but you could then have marines and space-tribals (Warhammer 40k) which aren’t that different than paladins and orcs.

    So I’m kind of hoping that Blizzard’s innovation isn’t just a change of setting. I’m really worried about that.

    Still, they’ve now got a challenge, and a standard by which all other games will be judged. I’m not bothered whether Guild Wars 2 isn’t released this year or the next, because the high-concept ideas within it give other developers something to judge themselves by. To realise just how different their game could be.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    „We’re proudly going to release it in 2020 … Probably.”

    #9 4 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    I am moving on to Rift, WOW can entertain the chinesse gold farmers and account thieves.

    #10 4 years ago

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