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Morhaime: StarCraft Ghost canned due to WoW insta-success

Monday, 14th February 2011 22:13 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime has said that StarCraft Ghost was canned in due part because of the overnight success that “exploded” out of nowhere for World of Warcraft.

He told attendees at DICE last week that it was down to decisions regarding resources with the title at a time where the company was working on WoW and StarCraft II.

“We have to choose, we can’t do everything,” Morhaime said during a panel.

“Our vision for what’s possible directs that. We like complex games and we like casual games.

Morhaime went on to continue: “They were working on StarCraft Ghost the same time we were working on World of Warcraft and StarCraft II.

“World of Warcraft exploded and we needed to make some resource decisions. It just wasn’t an environment in which a project like [Ghost] could succeed.”

StarCraft Ghost was a console-based spin-off in the StarCraft universe for PS2, Xbox and GameCube.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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4 Comments

  1. Hunam

    I still want the game. It’s a great concept. Glad they got Nova in SC2 though.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. osric90

    I would like this one to be released as a Vanquish styled shooter but with many, many RPG elements, squads, etc. It would be cool… The character is sexy, the idea is awesome and… with a lot of passion, intelligence and talent, this could be the StarCraft of the sci-fi third person shooters (the best). Still, it would have to TASTE VERY, VERY original due to the existence of Mass Effect now.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    LIES!!! It had nothing to do with WoW, 1st this was aimed for consoles, and second it was an action game probably with 15hrs of gameplay in no position to jeopardize the WoW’s success.

    Let’s be honest the initial out put was not satisfying as they hoped to be, probably shared the disappointment of WarCraft Adventure Game. And they’ll never know our response cause they never released them.

    I don’t know to hate you or love you. I was so hyped and psyched about Ghost, I still know the lines from the trailer shipped in Frozen Throne’s disk.

    “The way of the warrior is the path of shadow. The gift of the warrior is to perceive that which cannot be seen. The spirit of the warrior is to strike in a single moment. The destiny of the warrior is balance in all things. And when balance is lost, all that is left, is the reckoning.”

    PS: You bastards

    #3 4 years ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    I agree, #1. I think there’s definitely a place for Ghost, and a way in which it can be successfully delivered, if the will’s there to see it done.

    #4 4 years ago

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