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9-29-2008 @ 2:39PM
Blizzard's next MMO is no mystery at all. Simple logic reveals what it is (at least the way I see it). The first question to ask is: - Will it be a new IP? Simple answer is, absolutely not. Not for an MMO, an MMO is a huge production and the financial risk to bring a new IP to an MMO is definitely not going to be taken by Blizz.Next question:- Which IP will have the MMO? Obviously Warcraft is out. Which leaves Diablo or Starcraft (I wouldn't count a Vikings MMO :). Diablo is too much like Warcraft, which leaves Starcraft.Now assume it is Starcraft:It is a sci-fi IP so does not directly infringe on WoW and may possibly bring others to the genre who otherwise dislike high fantasy. It will probably be ready about 2 or so years after the release of Starcraft II which follows a somewhat similar patter of Warcraft III followed by World of Warcraft. And finally it would out sell anything on the planet if made.Anyway, that is how I see it and I don't expect to be wrong (though I would be disappointed if I were).
9-29-2008 @ 2:41PM
Why wouldn't it end up being WoW 2?
9-29-2008 @ 2:46PM
it cant be WoW 2 because they arent still finished with the expansions they promised... not even finished with Wrath -.- and they will jump so fast into WoW 2 -.- that is just stupid
I don't see a WoW 2 with how development goes into the expansions nor with the talk of future graphic engine updates. The question about WoW 2 is why? WoW is still doing incredibly well. And what would they do differently? A new graphic engine? They can do that without a completely new game. New lore? They can do that in an expansion. New content? They can do that in an expansion. Why would it possibly be a WoW 2? Especially considering all the sequels that have failed in the MMO industry. WoW 2 would be lower on my list than Lost Vikings :)
9-29-2008 @ 3:16PM
Zan - while you make that sound like Blizzard could do anything with an expansion, as you pointed out WoW 1 is quite successful - and there is no way they would kill the goose that laid the golden egg.However there is a ton of stuff that could be advanced: completely different set of races, and race alliances, totally new set of classes and dump some existing ones, new graphic engine, no one wants to level to 110+, old world content is a wasteland, etc.So at that point they could do an EQ2 and hit the big reset button. I don't think EQ2 necessarily failed, you just have to remember that WoW came out around the same time and stomped it. Next generation to Blizzard I would guess would actually be years from now. I don't think Starcraft could have the same mass appeal as Warcraft, however it's quite possible that Blizzard would be alright with making only half of the gigantic mountain of cash they currently sleep on.
9-29-2008 @ 4:16PM
If it is a new MMO its probably either World of Starcraft... i think blizzard should release a new warcraft rts game b4 they launch WoW2...
9-30-2008 @ 12:09AM
I pretty much guarantee it's WoW2. I give WoW two more expansions before the level cap becomes too high that it starts scaring off new players and Blizzard feels it's time for a restart. That should be 4-5 years from now, so it'd be the perfect time for them to release WoW2.I'm also 99% sure that we'll never see another Warcraft RTS. I think Blizzard wants to make Warcraft their MMO IP and let StarCraft be the RTS IP.World of StarCraft? Never going to happen.
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