In a financial call after Activision Blizzard's Second Quarter 2013 financial results, Activision CEO Mike Morhaime said that the secret project "Titan" will likely not be a subscription-based MMORPG.
The news follows a report that the company pushed Titan's launch date back to 2016 at the earliest and "reset" the development, reducing the team from 100 people to just 30. The remaining 70 were reportedly distributed to other projects like World of Warcraft, Blizzard All-Stars and Diablo 3's expansion. Insiders claim that the game "just wasn't up to polish" thus forcing Blizzard to restart from the ground up.
"We're in the process of selecting a new direction for the project and re-envisioning what we want the game to be," Morhaime said on Thursday. "While we can't talk about the details yet, it is unlikely to be a subscription-based MMORPG."
Back in May, Blizzard said that it came to a point where the company needed to make some large design and technology changes to the game. "We're using this opportunity to shift some of our resources to assist with other projects while the core team adapts our technology and tools to accommodate these new changes. Note that we haven't announced any dates for the MMO," the company stated.
In April, a dedicated Titan website leaked what was supposedly actual information and images provided by an insider. The story was reportedly based on Earth's history with heavy use of Greek, Roman and Viking myths, but would also incorporate a high amount of fiction. There would also be a lot of time travel, and a wide range of weapons spanning magic to guns and more.
The source confirmed that Titan was an MMORPG using a completely new game engine. Titan's supposed focus would be the PC platform with eSports in mind, but would likely wander over to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 much like Diablo 3 has done. Other features included clan housing, an Auction House, "Blizzard-style" graphics and more.
With the project "reset", it sounds like all of that may have been flushed down the toilet. Many were expecting to see something this fall during BlizzCon 2013, but fans will likely only get a taste of the next expansion packs for World of Warcraft and Diablo 3. Still, does Morhaime's comment mean Titan could still be an MMORPG? Free-to-play perhaps? We'll have to wait and see.