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Old 02-12-2009
 
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Jeff Kaplan bids aideu to massively multiplayer money-minter to work on Blizzard's top secret Next Big Thing.

In December 2007, Blizzard Entertainment CEO Michael Morhaime confirmed rumors that his company had begun work on a top-secret massively multiplayer game. Since then, the publisher has released almost no information about the project, other than it would be so different from World of Warcraft that the two could not be considered competitors. This led to further speculation that the unnamed MMORPG might be coming to consoles.

"We definitely aren't adapting World of Warcraft to the console at this time," Blizzard lead designer Jeffrey Kaplan told MTV. "But that's not to say that other MMOs couldn't [work well on consoles]. And we have a pretty savvy group of console developers--a lot of the guys we inherited from [Starcraft: Ghost developer] Swingin' Ape really know what they're doing on next-gen consoles. So we might have a few tricks up our sleeves in that regard."

This morning, Kaplan stirred up more headlines about Blizzard's mystery MMORPG. He did so by announcing that he is leaving his post as game director of World of Warcraft and its Wrath of the Lich King expansion to work in the same capacity on the new unnamed game.

"I wanted to take a moment to let the community know that I've switched roles here at Blizzard to work on our upcoming, unannounced MMO," he declared on the official WOW forums. Kaplan will be succeeded by game director Tom Chilton and production director J. Allen Brack.
 
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Source please.

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World of Blackthorne imo.
 

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Source please.

And if it's MTV I don't buy it.
Always remember to cite sources properly kids!

I wonder what's the next-gen MMO is going to be about. I hope its something refreshing new, but I don't mind if it's StarCraft or Diablo.
 
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Maybe Blizzard's master Plan is to release an MMO of the World after the 3rd installment of each series...World of Sanctuary?
 

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Maybe itll be an FPS MMO. I wouldnt mind one made by blizzard if they do it right, and that would easily allow it to work on consoles I think.
 

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Hm.

I'm not too sure what to make of this. In any event, it won't be around for 5-7 years, anyways.
 
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I'm already smelling the fail.
 
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Maybe itll be an FPS MMO. I wouldnt mind one made by blizzard if they do it right, and that would easily allow it to work on consoles I think.
Maybe, but it wouldn't work very well actually. It'll depend on the infrastructure of the networks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network to determine if they can reach to a relatively high player cap. Of course, the MMO would probably be saved for the 8th generation (we're in the 7th gen). Capacities would have been improved over there.
 
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saw this on the WoW forums a few moments after he posted. Interesting.

Though I'm gonna assume that it's either WoW II (for whatever reason -- knowing what they know now, and the tech they have, seeing a whole new wow might be cool)... or a new IP.

To create a world of starcraft would be sort of... iffy. While you get fans who'd really be into it, the truth is that Starcraft is the quintessential RTS game, it's not supposed to be an RPG. The only other choice would be for them to do a world of diablo type of MMO. While it works and makes sense, it would seem sort of funky considering D3's announcement and it being worked on.

But knowing Blizzard we wont know anything anytime "soon", that's for sure.

EDIT: By the way, I'm still pissed at blizzard for scooping up Swingin' Apes before they rolled out Metal Arms II. If this is a console game of some kind (mmo console really? :\) then it would have to be really good. Personally I don't see how an MMO could work without a computer, not having that kind of control would just really piss me off. But Blizzard's pulled off the incredible before
 
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Blizzard stated that the mysterious MMO will be something non-related to WOW, StarCraft or Diablo game, it suppose to be a new game.
However I don't belive Blizzard they are full of lies about their games anyway.
Two years ago we heard rumors about StarCraft 2 game, Blizz said it was BS rumor but then at WWI in Korea the rumors were right.
I hope for World of StarCraft or something StarCraft related.
 
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woot, maybe they'll continue the metal arms series!

...i know, that's crazy
 
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Heh World of Vikings?
 
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