TitanFocus have released a huge amount of rumor about the Blizzard Titan project.

The guys over at TitanFocus have been very busy trying to verify the latest set of rumors about the super-secretive Blizzard Titan project. This secretive game has been subject to a ton of speculation since the leaked project slate in 2010, and GAMEBREAKER recently ran down everything that was out in the world, trying to separate rumors from facts.

And, although we don’t want to take away from TitanFocus’ great work in sourcing these pieces of information, it’s really important not to take this as fact. These are rumors, and should be treated as such. But, as we mention in the video, it’s fun to speculate! Let’s take a look at the TitanFocus points and see what we think.

Game Universe

  • It’s based on Earth’s history, but also includes a high amount of fiction. It will have a “deep history”, just as Warcraft and Starcraft.
  • They’re intending to include many Warcraft elements into Titan’s world. Mostly Easter Eggs, but can also extend to entire characters being ported into the new game, one way or another.
  • There will be a lot of Time Travel.
  • When it comes to weapons, we’ll have almost everything at our disposal, from magic to guns.
  • Heavy use of Greek, Roman and Viking myths.
  • They’ve invited some established writers (Robert A. Knaak for example) to help with the storyline.

Game-play

  • It’s an MMORPG. We’ll play from a 3rd person view, but there will also be a first person view during “events”. No extra clarification as to the nature of these events could be given.
  • TAB targeting in combat.
  • It will benefit from a completely new game engine.
  • Graphics will be in the established “Blizzard style”.
  • Primarily a PC game, but next-gen consoles are still being considered. Probably after launch, as with D3.
  • Expected 12+ PEGI.
  • It’s designed with eSports in mind. They will try to grow it into a successful eSport.
  • There will be “clan” housing. No details on player-housing.
  • Last but not least, the game will have an Auction House. Nothing conclusive about a Real-Money Auction House but it is possible. As an extra tidbit, Blizzard was also considering introducing a RMAH into WoW at one point, but apparently not anymore.

Miscellaneous

  • 150 developers working on it now. Last we’ve been told, in September last year, there were just a bit over 100, so the team is growing at a nice pace, quickly becoming the biggest one. They’re about to bring new Community Managers into the team and some testers that will be needed in the near future. Many of the new team members have come from Blizzard’s other projects.
  • Speaking of inside transfers, Jay Wilson is on the Titan team. Please don’t go overboard with this. ^^
  • English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish localization now. More will come during beta.
  • They were considering implementing easy in-game recording at one point, unsure of the state of this at the moment.
  • BLIZZCON 2013 – Titan Teaser, details on expansions for all other major franchises (SC2, D3, WoW). There will be other small Titan teasers at the event but nothing major. They don’t want to show any game-play until they have a solid date for beta.
  • Speaking of which, current plan is to open Family & Friends testing (Alpha stage basically) in Q1 2014.
  • The game has a name already that has been changed multiple times over the course of the development process. Unknown unfortunately.
  • They’re going full-out when it comes to the soundtrack. Each zone will have its own song, and the songs will vary vastly in type, rhythm. We’ve reported before that Jason Hayes has returned to Blizzard, so this is definitely not surprising.
  • That’s about it. There are no mind blowing statements here, but I think the chances are very high that for the first time since we found out about Project Titan, we have a solid starting platform on which we can base our expectations and speculation.

What’s your take on all this? This runs from the un-surprising, such as there being music for each zone, and there being a “deep history”, as well as existing members of the Blizzard team being drafted in to work on this game, and there now being around 150 people working on the game. Much of this is stuff that, based on what we already know, having heard it from Blizzard’s team, we would either already have guessed, strongly suspected, or considered very likely indeed.

The game setting is also interesting, will it be based, therefore, on the Steampunk genre many had suspected? It seems to us here at Gamebreaker that it’s still pretty vague. The information above doesn’t really give us a firm answer on the overall genre or feel of the game, only talking about time travel, earth’s history and so on. While a Steampunk game would fit well into these categories and story arcs, it’s far from confirmed within the rumors above.

As I mention in the video, the most startling and exciting part of this rumor is that we’re going to hear more come Blizzcon 2013, followed by a family and friends Alpha in 2014. What do you think of this? It seems possible, sure, but as I explain in the video I’m really not convinced. And to also announce a new WoW expansion, a new Diablo expansion and a new Starcraft one on top of Titan? Well, Blizzard’s team has been pushing out the content at a far faster pace lately, but do you think it’s really possible?

  • Michael Washington

    PC as in Windows only? Because Linux rumors have been flying around at Blizzard.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveBigger Dave

      I just hope they don’t multi focus on this too much off the get go.

    • http://twitter.com/RichardIRL Richard Elder

      Probably Windows and Mac initially like the majority of their releases. With the Diablo console stuff I wouldn’t be surprised to see Titan on the next-gen consoles. Linux is doubtful because the WINE people do a good job of making WoW run on Linux and will probably quickly jump on Titan when it comes out.

  • Templar

    Excuse me, the site is TitanFocus not Titan Info. Please remedy your mistakes – Templar, proud member of TF. Hamster rock, squirrels suck

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandeep.shaji Sandeep Shaji

    one question- is it subsciption based?

    • http://twitter.com/Merex760 Chris

      I believe it will be. The model is still tremendously successful with WoW this far into its life cycle.

      • http://twitter.com/SallyBowls Sally Bowls

        My complete guess is it will not be subscription-based. I think SWTOR was the last sub based MMO. I don’t think GC is involved with Titan but did you see his comment in the latest interviews.

        MMORPG: How can anybody fault you for that? My next question then, with the wave of F2P games, and WoW being one of the last bastions of the subscription. Where do you see the industry headed, and do you ever see a time when WoW opens up more F2P options.

        Greg: I think WoW’s in an unusual place. In that it’s had a subscription and people are used to it. If I was working for a different company, or making a new MMO, I’m not sure I’d try for the subscription model. It seems a really risk proposition to jump into that nowadays.

        • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

          I’m guessing ESO will have a subscription. (Has anyone heard it will be f2p/b2p?)

          • http://www.facebook.com/miljan.stanojevic.503 Miljan Stanojevic

            for me best option is B2P for all games, so I hope that ESO will be B2P too. But WoW F2P, some day…hmm I think that will never happend, maybe B2P from next expansion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.fountain.79 Michael Fountain

    i hope jay Wilson isnt on the titan team, he should be fired for what he did to diablo 3

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.rodriguez.31521 Alan Rodriguez

    Robert Knaak? Maybe Richard Knaak?

    • http://twitter.com/RichardIRL Richard Elder

      Maybe. It happens. I was Robert to a teacher of mine for years.

  • http://twitter.com/crocodilius ryan phillips

    if this is true, this could be why everything for WoW is “so expensive”, they seem to be just dumpin the cash into this project; could be why jay wilson said it was his dream project when he quit D3.

  • http://twitter.com/Luke_Malcolm Luke Malcolm

    Oh god Jay Wilson :(

  • Mokenuf

    Jay Wilson in the team ? We’re doomed…

  • http://twitter.com/arsenicspritzer ArsenicSpritzer

    Just curious if D3 turns out to be a road map of sorts for how they’ll want to monetize all future games, complete with RMAH-dependent character progression. My guess is the most innovative features of Titan, will be those used to separate subscribers from their money.

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      You have to suspect Blizzard is tracking all their latest tech and designs for Titan. Seem Blizzard wants to do some type of cash shop for Titan, will be very interesting to see which way Blizzard goes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Dobalina/100002971552895 Bob Dobalina

    Project Titan is The Secret World 2?

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      Sounds more like a Stargate SG1 MMO. With the reference to Greek, Roman and Viking myths.

      Stargate Command = Clan Housing
      Stargate = Time Travel Gate

      • DildozerMk9k

        I know this is late but really, how is the stargate a “time travel gate”? There has been like less than a dozen of times in the various series that it has been used to travel time, dimensional travel is way more usual.
        Other than that the teaser image with “The end” written on it looks an awful lot like atlantis to me, but that might just be wishful thinking with the whole no more stargate kicking in for real.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Demon.Hunter.BR José Astolfo

    Jay Wilson?
    F*** that loser!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stuart.chafin Stuart Chafin

    I like her shirt.

    • JJversion1

      I like her…:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/PaulRice123 Paul Rice

    Sure it seems like a lot to announce at one Blizzcon, but you have to remember there was no Blizzcon last year. So they are taking all the info that’s still relevant and bringing over to the 2013 Blizzcon.

  • Krzysztof Kotarba

    “TAB targeting in combat.”
    no thanks…

    • KitrinaRose

      I agree. If this is true, they haven’t evolved/progressed much.

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      Glad to hear it’s not a MMOFPS. But then, you shouldn’t be using tab targeting now for all WoW targeting.

    • http://twitter.com/grizzlyGummy Gummy

      Many of the action combat games still have ways to tab target. These days tab targeting just means an easy to keep track of one particular enemy’s health.

  • Ixtyr

    Not to be THAT guy, but..it’s Richard A. Knaak. Just a minor correction.

    • http://twitter.com/mynsc Gabriel Buta

      My bad, fixed.

  • http://twitter.com/ToeKnee_G Tony G

    I wonder how many dailies this game will have, haha

  • http://twitter.com/QuietNine Quiet

    Titan “rumors” on Camelot Unchained Kickstarter launch day? What a bunch of trolls.

    • lilmissy4205

      Because it’s not like we had an interview with Mark Jacobs about Camelot Unchained after this was posted or anything…

      • http://twitter.com/QuietNine Quiet

        perhaps you misunderstand. im not knocking gamebreaker, im knocking Acti-blizzard’s knack for leaking information whenever they want to steal someone else’s thunder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/C4darkmane Andrew Clive Early

    i could buy the BlizzCon ideas. seems apropriate to release info then

  • http://www.facebook.com/stradus.woods Stradus Woods

    Titan isn’t real tell we see it. Fun gossip however thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/unikage.streaming UniKage

    Well the video audio is in sync this time, good work.

    • http://twitter.com/oliviadgrace Olivia Grace

      it is?! YAAAAAAAAY

      • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

        Way to go! Was glad to see you worked out the technical issues.

  • http://twitter.com/cipero Matt Cipriano

    jay wilson and real money auction house..please no

  • Revanhavoc

    A Titan teaser would be outrageous if it had no gameplay or even CGI!

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      Well considering this is not a Blizzard sneak peak article. I suspect Blizzcon will simply be an announcement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754168227 Len Hobbel

    It wont be wow I wonder how WOW players will deal with another MMORPG nothing can beat WOW we know this…but will WOW players NANANA it down or will they love it because it is blizzards baby… I think WOW players will be really confused and upset…

    I am confused…how can anything ever replace wow…wow is GOD WOW started the entire universe I mean WOW was there at the big bang

    WAIT WEAK GRAPHICS ?? ohh yeah for those 8+ year old dual cores that should be retired….Sigh….I want a blizzard game with blistering graphics…not muck kids graphics.

    • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

      It will be interesting to see if Blizzard having a second MMORPG cause any confusion in the market.

      But, considering it’s a all new IP, Blizzard may avoid the whole WoW vs WoW2 debate you have for other MMO franchises.

      You also seem to be confusing art style with 3D graphic modeling. Let’s hope Blizzard doesn’t try to support in the new engine all the older PCs that can still run WoW.

  • Bob

    Titan teaser and WoW expansion details in November. Oh my… I think I’m in love with this lady.

  • cowman

    I have not been on GameBreaker in the past few months and i now think who is this girl? You need to work on eye contact with the camera and not being looking off in to space. I like the news but i am sad on the delivery.

    • John Doe

      She is doing that so you don’t get charmed by her blue eyes.

  • Girmonstr

    At least if they announce something at Blizzcon 2013 it wont be as back as PAX.

  • http://twitter.com/Hagg3r Michael

    Jay Wilson on the Titan team….DOA? I am not totally turned off to “tab targetting” as people are pointing out as it does not mean the combat is is not vastly different then WoW. The thing is though that they claimed this game would be a completely different audience. To me, a game up until this point, that has tab targetting is very similar to WoW. I mean GW2 is by far the biggest different game from WoW but I still consider it the same audience. If they are actually targetting just the MMORPG crowd who jump from game to game they are not gonna do so hot especially if the game is P2P. I am willing to bet it will end up being B2P though.

  • Ravenstorm

    This will be Mr Wilson’s redeeming comeback or crushing defeat. At least he’s in a veteran team with Titan, but I can’t hold back a shudder of dismay.

    It’ll take more than a teaser to reinstate my confidence in Blizzard. I’ll be sitting on the fence, watching.

  • Bebo

    All of the supposition around this game is hillarious.
    As for Jay Wilson I hope he has learnt from previous mistakes he made with other games he was involved with or Titan will be renamed Titanic very quickly by all, if the game is a flop it will be the start of the end for Blizzard.

  • Jado Cast

    No matter how great this game may be, I will not play it if it has a RMAH. Period!

  • YouWish

    3-factions clash on new dimension, Earth. Warcraft vs. Diablo vs. Starcraft.

  • Stevo

    I’m worried that blizzard are pumping out too much content (diablo
    expansion, StarCraft expansion, wow expansion, All-stars, and titan teaser) for
    this Blizzcon (if it is all true) I mean as much as I love Blizzards work I
    would rather have quality of quantity.

  • Huhba bub

    If they require more cpu power or graphics power to play Titan of whatever its called. Then they will lose 7 million subs that play on dinosaurs and dial up. Those people are keeping Wow alive not the game being great it lost its greatness with last 2 expacs.