While the news that Blizzard is working on a new MMO isn’t exactly ‘news’ since rumors have been rempant ever since they posted new job offers for a “new MMO project” about two years ago.
However yesterday we got news that Jeff Kaplan, the lead designer on World of WarCraft, is effectively moving on to this new project. He will still keep an eye on his 11 million subscriber baby though.
No one knows exactly what the new project will be about since Blizzard has denied numerous time that it will be a World of StarCraft, or a project related to Diablo. Now I’d love to see Blizz try their hand at a Sci-Fi themed MMO and the potential battle between Star Wars: The Old Republic and World of StarCraft could be a fun one but aside from another brand new license there are still some old franchise that could fit the bill.
Lost Vikings is the first that pops to mind but I don’t see it and the protagonists would be too similar to the WarCraft Dwarves. One that could be really is Blackthorne, an old awesome game that came out on the PC and 32X. It was modern/futuristic, dark…in essence very different from WoW.
Anyway at this point it’s all wishful thinking so let’s wait and see…
Back from Holidays in France and I have a sad news. Electronic Gaming Monthly, which launched in March 1989, will stop production.
This month’s January issue will be the last published, stopping short of their 20th anniversary. Ziff Davis, their publishing company, sold the 1UP Network to Hearst Corporation’s UGO Entertainment but EGM wasn’t part of the deal do to overlapping of staff.
EGM isn’t the first to end though. In 2004 Ziff Davis ended publication of XBN, in 2006 they stopped the Official US PlayStation Magazine and last year Games for Windows Magazine (former Computer Gaming World) went under.
These are grim times and it’s sad to see all these old publications from our youth disappear. The Internet will not be denied.
Birth: May 1989 Death: January 2009
I recently came up on this gorgeous, amazing replica made by Epic Weapons. The infamous cursed sword (no not Stormbringer) which corrupted the good Arthas and made him “succeed” his father and betray all humans….and more.
The gorgeous piece is officially licensed by Blizzard and comes at a nice 47″ and 16lbs. The blade is made of stainless steel (sadly it doesn’t have a blueish hue around it) and the grip is wrapped in leather.
Of course such quality comes at a price, namely $379.00 through Weapon Masters.
Right on time for Christmas right?
Blizzard has always been an amazing company delivering quality title after quality title. Not even mentioning the great series like Diablo, WarCraft and StarCraft, games like The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne were great games in their own rights as well.
But then four years ago things changed, World of WarCraft came out and took the world by storm, I know, I barely slept for two weeks. The game now claims more than 11 million players! When The Burning Crusade came out it sold 2.4M copies on day one! And it’s happened again, The Wrath of the Lich King, which came out last week, sold 2.8M copies on its first day making it the top-selling PC title of 2008….in 24 hours.
Moral of the story? What is happening? “Succeeding you…father”!