Blizzard COO Paul Sams was interviewed by VentureBeat’s blog: GameBeat to talk about World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and the Unannounced MMO.
Paul Sams describes in a heartbeat the 20 years worth of experiences that have led Blizzard Entertainment to be successful as a studios.
Something to note is that GameBeat focuses religiously on social games: PC, cellphones, iPad, iPhone, PSP, etc.
I bring it up because the main topic of this interview is the upcoming MMO by Blizzard Entertainment. Paul Sams refrained from dubbing this MMO as Titan, after the interviewer mentioned that name.
“VB: What is your thinking about when to do a new game instead of continuously refining your older game? When do you do the next MMO?
PS: We have another MMO that I don’t think we’ve been talking about.
VB: Project Titan, right? Based on the leaked schedule.
PS: We will just talk about “the project”.
VB: Yeah, so how do you decide that?
PS: We intend to do more expansions too. There is no change in our thinking. We intend absolutely positively to continue to support the existing World of Warcraft product. There are over 12 million global paying subscribers that are active in our game. We are not going to turn our back on them and we intend to continue to support that franchise for many many years to come. As to our new unannounced game, we believe that it will be more complementary than competitive. And while people do have a limited amount of free time that they can devote to these types of games, we do think that people will want to check out the new and the old. We think the new one is very compelling and is going to capture a lot of hearts and minds and will be very successful for us. But we also believe that many people will continue playing World of Warcraft because they have such a huge collection of friends and community. We have taken some of our most experienced developers and put them on this project. We believe we have a dream team. These are the people who made WoW a success. We are going to blow people’s minds.”