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Analyst predicts Titan unveil for Blizzcon

Wednesday, 28th September 2011 10:59 GMT By Johnny Cullen

M2 Research analyst Billy Pidgeon has predicted that Blizzard will left the wraps off its next-gen MMO Titan at Blizzcon next month, despite previous claims from the company it wouldn’t be announced for another year at least.

“If they are holding any juicy details, it’s going to be announced at Blizzcon,” he told VentureBeat. “The big news is probably going to be a Diablo 3 date and a possible new announcement about one or more new properties.”

Not everyone is in agreement that an announcement will take place at Anaheim next month, although one person reckons Blizzard might do something else to counter the now-confirmed December launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic from EA and BioWare.

“I’d want (The Old Republic) to spend something big, drop some cash, and then run right over them and trump marketing dollars with PR,” said AIAS board member Zack Karlsson.

Karlsson also outlined the cons of announcing something as big as Titan, saying that other big news from the event – such as a specific Diablo III date, a timeline for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm or a new World of Warcraft expansion – would be trumped by the announcement.

“The problem with something that large at Blizzcon is all their other news will get lost. And that makes it pointless to have other news, they need a hole in the cycle to drop something like that.”

At last year’s Blizzcon, Blizzard VP Rob Pardon said we shouldn’t expect to see the MMO until next year at least.

Blizzcon takes place from October 21-22 in Anaheim, California.

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  1. viralshag

    I don’t think this guy is right. At all. Diablo will again be the focus for this Blizzcon, that and the SC2 expansions. No one is quite clamouring for Titan just yet and they can easily hold off for a year. I think they would be smart to allow TOR and GW2 continue taking the new MMO spotlight for now, it’s an overcrowded genre already, they will wait for a better opportunity imo.

    Blizzard are smart, and they are gamers. Like they always say, they want to play the big games just as much as anyone else. And unlike a lot of other publishers / developers, they don’t need to get into a pissing contest with release dates and PR grabs. They won’t gain anything more or less by unveiling Titan just because TOR has a release date.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    I reckon you might get the smallest tease. Just the smallest tease of it ever, but only to hype up next year. How it will be teased, I’m not sure. Could be art, could be a ten second teaser video. But I could honestly see that happening. But no big blowout until next year.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    I dont think Blizzard are too worried about SWTWoW. By the time this new MMO hits the market, SWTWoW will probably be very stale whilst others sit around for this to launch. Thats what my crystal ball predicts.

    The true masters of polishing turds will have yet another huge selling turd on their hands.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Judicas

    They have all but confirmed the next wow xpack *will* be revealed at this years blizzcon so d3 isn’t the only big announcement. Sc2 xpack info and project Titan are maybes at this point.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. IL DUCE

    Confirming Diablo III for consoles would be awesome.

    #5 3 years ago