Blizzard Entertainment COO Paul Sams has said that the company’s next generation MMO, codenamed as “TITAN”, will be the next big thing following the launch of Diablo III.
Speaking to Gamasutra Paul said, “I believe [it’s] the most ambitious thing we’ve ever attempted,” he said to the site. “And I feel like we have set our company up to succeed on that. We have some of our most talented and most experienced developers on that team. Many of the people that built World of Warcraft are full time on that other team.”
Paul insistend that even though key members of the development team are focusing on TITAN, WOW is still very much on company’s radar
“We’ve spent a lot of time over the last number of years transitioning those people off [of World of Warcraft], and having great people below them that were trained up by them to run World of Warcraft. Those people have been doing it for the last couple of years without the assistance of those people that created it.”
Paul further added, “I see World of Warcraft as having many more years in front of it. We have over 12 million subscribers. We’re continuing to grow and we feel very good about them. We’re going to continue to support that product for many, many years to come.
“As it relates to that other [MMO], we think that it’s going to be very impactful in our industry and, we hope, very impactful to the world. We think that that will be, after Diablo III, the next big thing from us. The thing that we hope will happen is that it will not stop World of Warcraft but we believe will eclipse it.”
Blizzard has not yet announced the release date for Diablo III, and previously it was confirmed that Diablo III will not release in 2011.