From Project Titan to Overwatch

The year was 2007, that is when the rumors started. A new game being worked on in secret by Blizzard, the company that brought World of Warcraft to life just a few years earlier. When the massive Warcraft MMO on the rise and not yet at it’s peak it was hard to believe that a company that had it’s hands so full would be at work on something else as ambitious and what would become known as Titan would come to be.

It was tipped off by a couple published job listings by the video game powerhouse for character and environmental artists for work on a “Next-Gen MMO Project” that was later to be revealed as “Top Secret.” Naturally fans thought the project to be a new World of Warcraft expansion to bring the ever popular game further into the lime light. It wasn’t until representatives brought to light that the project was not for an expansion to any of their current titles but a new ground breaking MMORPG that speculation began to run wild.

A year later the news was confirmed by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, Blizzard COO Paul Sams and Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. It wasn’t until 2 years later that anyone knew it’s name though thanks to a project timeline link that caused Blizzard China’s general manager to be terminated after the controversy.

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In 2011 it was revealed that the game actually had a playable version compiled and was “still growing strong” and in ten to twenty years would have “set a new mark in the industry.” By 2012 their was a team of over 100 people on the working title and their progress had been reported as “middle of development” by a high ranking member of the team. He as claimed that what they were working on was a “very big project that’s got a long ways to go”.

Almost 2 years later it came to be know that the project was taking a new direction with 70 percent of the team moving on to other internal projects and that Titan was in the process of being re envisioned into something that would not be a previously thought, and planned subscription based MMO. No released date was either expressed or given for the project.

After a long period of no news on project Titan, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime on September 23, 2014 confirmed that Titan had in fact been canceled. After the cancellation it seems more info on the project was dumped into the public that revealed more on the secret failure.

In an article by game news website Kotaku shortly after the announcement Titan was described as “a massive multiplayer PC game in which players could both maintain non-combat professions and shoot their way through death-matches on a sci-fi version of Earth.” The information, apparently sourced from employees who were working on the project claimed that Titan took place on a near-future Earth where players had “mundane jobs” during the day while adventuring at night. The scope of the game apparently got too big to even be a game and thus imploded.

It would seem all was lost and over seven years of hard work gone for Blizzard and it’s employees until November 7, 2014 when the Company announced Overwatch, a new title and first ever for Blizzard to venture out of their 3 created universes which include Diablo, Warcraft and Starcraft since their days of games like The Lost Vikings.

Overwatch Logo

Overwatch is Blizzards first multiplayer first person shooter. It contains maps, skins and character models and the likes from the now imploded Titan project but is emphasized by Blizzard that beyond that the two are not related. Like a phoenix this game was born from the ashes of another and actually looks to be a promising new genre for Activision Blizzard.

With a TBA release date and slated for Windows and OS X releases the game features squad-based combat against two teams of six players each. With several different character to choose from and four character role types the game seems to have more variety than your typical first person shooter and almost a Team Fortress vibe. Being able to choose from attack oriented, defense oriented classes as well as a buff type and a full on tank seems like this title might have a little more than Blizzard wants to admit of Titan in it’s blood. There are currently two types of game modes. Payload is a type of bomb placement match not unlike Counter-Strike and point capture, which seems to be similar to Domination in the Call of Duty series which is also published by Activision Blizzard.

The plot is also, Like the Titan project, set in a near-future version of Earth. Apparently years after the resolution of the global-scale “Omnic Crisis”. The Omnic Crisis was a battle against robots powered by AI created by humanity that was eventually won by the formation of an “Overwatch”, that was created to protect humans. After the war ended Overwatch was retained to keep the peace until it became filled with corruption and faded away.

Blizzard Co-founder Michael Morhaime states Overwatch is intended to “create an awesome FPS experience that’s more accessible to a much wider audience while delivering the action and depth that shooter fans love.” It is not yet stated whether Overwatch will be free to play although a micro transaction setup which has become popular among game makers is a strong possibility.

Below you can find the Cinematic trailer for Overwatch followed by another video including gameplay footage, enjoy!

Cinematic Trailer

 

Gameplay Trailer

 

 

 

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