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Blizzard’s Titan is “casual” MMO, says Sterne Agee analyst

Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:08 GMT By Johnny Cullen

The next big MMO from Blizzard might just be a casual affair, according to one Sterne Agee analyst.

The firm’s Arvind Bhatia has said that he expects “a new casual MMO” to be an upcoming catalyst for Activision within its release pipeline.

Bhatia has since confirmed to Gama that the MMO he referred to in the report was the next big thing from Blizzard, codenamed Titan.

Not a great deal has been heard of Titan since word of the MMO got out, with Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce only confirming its codename, but not much else.

A reveal is not due until next year, according to Blizzard dev boss Rob Pardo at Blizzcon, but don’t be too shocked if you get teased just a bit this year.

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29 Comments

  1. viralshag

    Can you get paid a lot of money for being an analyst? Like, would someone pay me to analyse/guess/state the obvious if I made it look good on some letter headed paper or a nice PDF?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Casual MMO from Blizzard?

    Vg247, who you post this? It’s not even funny.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. viralshag

    @ Erth,

    I think you could class WoW as a “casual” MMO as that is how a lot of people play it. It just caters to more “hardcore” people too. It’s an almost “one size fits all” MMO.

    Unless that’s what you were saying and I misunderstood.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @3, if you can class WoW as a “casual” MMO because of a lot of people play it. Then ok, no compains here.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. viralshag

    @4, It really depends on what kind of context he meant it I guess. I consider WoW as a casual MMO only because I consider(ed) myself as a “casual player” of it towards the end. It was more of social thing.

    Without trying to sound like a fanboy of Blizzard (which I’m not, however, I will accept being an MMO fanboy) but I do think that once Titan hits it will wipe the floor with anything else out there.

    If there is one thing about WoW that Blizzard didn’t directly create is the outside unofficial community that surrounds the game. Blizzard seem to know exactly how far to extend their influence over players and when to just let them go wild.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DSB

    Any good MMO is casual.

    viralshag has it right. People may elect to spend a lot of time on it, but essentially there’s nothing about it that’s very taxing, beyond the initial grinding, and then coordinating those 25 guys (or however many are raiding these days).

    Do this rotation. Stack this stat. Move when he does this.

    Congrats, you’ve won at WoW :P

    #6 4 years ago
  7. MadFingerz

    Won’t be interested in anything Blizzard says until they start talking about WC4. Don’t even play WoW so I couldn’t care less about another MMO.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    This is going to be a next-gen console release.

    I’m pretty sure of it.

    A Microsoft exclusive possibly, too.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. viralshag

    @ 8,

    I think there must be some sort of link to a console about it somewhere as it seems silly for them to ignore such a large portion of the gaming market.

    However, if you mean console exclusive with MS or something I just can’t see that happening. Bliz don’t strike me as a compnay stupid enough to drop their fans/subs like that. I think they will be looking to gain an increase in people playing thier games without losing what they already have.

    I think they know they need to cater to that 11 million or whatever it is these days in order to retain their market share.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    @8 You are not serious ?!
    Game will be probably announced on this BlizzCon but release at 2013/14 for PC only !

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    @8, Microsoft exclusive and next-gen console release shows that someone lives in the world of dream and not the reality.

    MMO’s aren’t popular on consoles and no one is so stupid to make something that massive from Blizzard as exclusive to the next gen console which will have almost zero fanbase.

    PC only game. Someone need to be brain dead if he thinks it will be exclusive to specific platform. Blizzards dev kits in most cases are PC only and thats where the money is these days.

    Even large publisher like Sony have SOE which makes a lot of MMO’s and they are releasing not only for PS3, but for PC too.

    It’s the same thing where you said that to run Crysis 1 on max you need 7900 Geforce and pentium 4. Great knowledge.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. LOLshock94

    @11 seriously calm down you sad cunt

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Lounds

    @12 FU, yes i am trolling but theres no need to swear at Erth, it’s not his fault he’s a nob.

    Actually @12 you’re trolling, so you’re a sad cunt.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. LOLshock94

    @13 ok i think your took one to many there…..

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Lounds

    @14 ^what^?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    PC and ‘xbox 720′.

    Blizzard were admittedly in discussions with MS about their next-gen console ages ago.

    Knowing that and the likelyhood that the PS4 will come after the ’720′, I reckon MS will be desperate to get ‘WoW on console’.

    They’d be stupid not to go for it.

    A huge exclusive killer-app from the get go.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DSB

    At some point someone’s going to have to bring an MMO to the consoles. I don’t think it’ll be Blizzard on the “720″ though.

    At least that would mark a major shift for them. They’ve never really been innovators in the true sense, they’ve just taken what was already there and made it ten times better, all the way from Vikings to WoW.

    I think their return to consoles is going to be in the form of Diablo III.

    With XboxLive you have the element of double subscription. I don’t know, but that’s definitely a tougher sell, not something you’d want to go exclusive on while 99% of your current fanbase are on PC.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. viralshag

    @ 16 & 17,

    I think that’s correct. It seems logical and probable that someone will have to make a decisive move to capture the MMO genre on the console market. Blizzard have the experience of the MMO market and Activision have the console marketing power to make something work.

    ^KAPOW, that was my first attempt at my Viralshag: Analytical Services bollock talk. Feel free to quote me on that VG247. This one’s on the house. :)

    I still think the control and communication options of the console is what really hinders it from being a viable platform for an MMO. Saying that, if OnLive can really produce a service like it says it can, I see no reason why they could not offer keyboard compatibility that would enable an easy way for people to play an MMO without a PC.

    ^BOOM.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. OrbitMonkey

    MMO? Consoles? You’ve all played COD right? I mean Blops was £40 on release, with what 4 map packs planned? So that’s £80/90 over the year a COD player has forked out & that’s without the upcoming Elite service sub.

    How far of is that from what a Warcraft player spends on their game per annum?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. viralshag

    “The basic one-month subscription plan costs €12.99 per month (£8.99 in the UK).
    The three-month plan costs €11.99 per month (£8.39 in the UK).
    The six-month plan costs €10.99 per month (£7.69 in the UK).”

    So at a max £107 a year sub, it’s not that far off tbh and I’m sure they could work it to being a little bit cheaper.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. thols

    I think Blizzard will play it safe and follow the overall WOW model. They’ll target PC/Mac and charge a subscription fee. They may provide some access to the game from mobile and integrate it with social networking somehow but the core will be a basic PC MMO. They’ve made too much money on WOW not to use the same basic approach….just my humble opinion.

    You can find all currently known Titan information laid out nicely over at http://www.titanwatch.net and then judge for yourself.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    Everything we know about the game hints at it being prepped for console IYAM.

    “Casual”? Does that mean we don’t need complicated m/kb controls? Can we use a controller, perhaps?

    It won’t “compete with WoW”? Surely that means it won’t be focussing on the PC MMO crowd?

    Why in the world would they put the WoW brand to one side when they could just release another version, or a WoW-lite?

    I could be wrong, but I can’t see MS and Acti-Blizz not trying to take advantage of a potential money maker like this.

    I don’t know how they’d do it with the subscription issue, but with all that money to be made, I’m sure they’d be able to work something out.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. StolenGlory

    @22

    I’m not sure. Lest we forget that Bungie’s Activision published forthcoming MMO is console bound sometime in late 2012/early 2013 and as such, I just don’t see Activision canabalising themselves in that way.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    It depends on a number of things.

    It wouldn’t be a problem to release them both in the same year, two quarters apart.

    Also, if one’s an MMOFPS and one’s a traditional MMORPG, they wouldn’t be competing.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. GwynbleiddiuM

    Blizzard and casual gaming just wont fit in a sentence. If titan was a casual mmo, why would blizzard make so much effort in bringing as many as ppl into wow. Titan wont be a casual MMO otherwise blizzard wouldn’t give its subscribers free friend invites with a free classic wow and 30 days of gametime with no restrictions whatsoever. It wouldn’t make a f2p till lvl 20 thingy that is going on right now.

    WoW is not a casual MMO either, it’s a game that has so many content for so many people and everyone can find something to like in it. At the release of each new content they’re targeted for the core crowd, nerfings happen when a new content is set for release to make the core crowd move onto new things and make things a bit easier for those who found those stuff difficult give it a shot again.

    So, in my expert analysis, TITAN wont be a casual call from blizzard cuz it’s unlike blizzard and they currently have a good thing going with all sort of players in World of Warcraft.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. ultramega

    AHAHAHAHAHA.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. StolenGlory

    “Also, if one’s an MMOFPS and one’s a traditional MMORPG, they wouldn’t be competing.”

    Not in the traditional genre sense perhaps, but I know that as a console gamer at least, I would only have time for one and not the other.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. silkvg247

    My theory is it’s going to be their own version/take on the “real life” mmo theme. Like playstation Home, second life.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. G1GAHURTZ

    @27:

    They’re different markets though.

    It’s like when EA release NFS, FIFA/Madden, and an FPS every Q4. They all usually end up shipping millions of copies even though they’re released weeks from each other and aimed at a similar demographic.

    #29 4 years ago

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  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

    Why blind ‘em with science when you could kill ‘em with dance moves? revelations raid When I say Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly, I’m not being figurative. If you finish the first chapter of Revelations 2 you can unlock Gina for use in Raid Mode. All characters can use gestures […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

    Destiny players willing to faff about with their system clock can solo the Weekly Nightfall if they prefer. The Weekly Heroic is one of Destiny‘s toughest challenges. Responding to player feedback Bungie implemented matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic, but there are players who genuinely prefer to go it alone. There’s now no legitimate way to […]

  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]