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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Blizzard Cancels "Titan" MMO
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 21 comments

In a recent interview with Polygon Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime revealed that the company had cancelled work on its massively multiplayer online game, Titan. After reevaluating their reasons for beginning the project in the first place Blizzard's Chris Metzen said they made the "excruciating" decision to end the project entirely.

"The discipline of knowing when to quit is important," Metzen said. "We were losing perspective and getting lost in the weeds a little. We had to allow ourselves to take that step back and reassess why the hell we were doing that thing in the first place."

As Metzen and Morhaime have looked back on the past decade at Blizzard, a major factor in their decision to pursue Titan was the immense success of World of Warcraft, the company's first MMO and still the most financially successful game ever released in the genre.

"We were trying to do the right thing and build the right, smart product, and keep it all moving," Metzen said. "The opportunity to get that perspective and dust off a little bit, scraped knees and all, stand back up and reevaluate as a team, as leaders, as a culture it was a big blessing."

Metzen spoke of a "sense of inertia and obligation and identity that we hold in ourselves and the community may also hold toward us" that pushed Blizzard to focus development resources on a second MMO. "Is this really who we are?" he asked. "Is this really what we want? Is this really what we want to burn our passion and our work lives, our careers on, for years on end?"

"Are we the MMORPG company?" he added later, in conclusion to that line of questioning.

Morhaime answered that last rhetorical question quite simply: "We don't want to identify ourselves with a particular genre. We just want to make great games every time."

Read more at the link below.

Polygon: Blizzard On Titan Interview
Blizzard Entertainment

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