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Blizzard Product Release Schedule Leaked: A New Blizzard Game in Tail End of 2014

Normally when I see a report of a leaked document from Blizzard Entertainment who produces the hit games of World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, I’m a little bit skeptical,  but after the recent reported firing of a manager from Blizzard’s Chinese Management team for the leak, I took a bit more notice.

A real product slate projection, or a fake?


The leaked document (courtesy of MMOgamesite.com) is a spreadsheet that claims to indicate the target dates (in terms of fiscal quarters) that Activision-Blizzard is aiming in terms of getting the games actually out to the public. Blizzard, of course, is famous for pushing back the release date of a game, if they feel the game is simply not ready for the masses yet, so it doesn’t mean that these dates are carved in stone, and therefore they may be worthless.

But, in any case, it does reveal two WoW expansions coming in 2012 and 2014, which is not a big surprise. A few years ago a Blizzard upper employee said that they were trying to “target a major expansion to be released every year…” They haven’t been quite able to match that, so it is not a surprise that they are looking at about a two year gap between each major expansion, not including large content patches like the Tournment of Champions patch that kept a number of players satiated for another couple of months in 2009.

Nor is it big news that Blizzard is aiming to have Diablo III released during the fourth quarter of 2011. We’ve known from Blizzcon announcements that they must getting pretty close to completeing the game. What is more interesting is that they intend to have two expansions for Diablo III to be released in the second quarter of 2013, and the final quarter of 2015. 

The biggest news is that there is a completely new Blizzard game, possibly the MMO game that has been rumored to have been in development for at least the past 3 years, code named TITAN, to be released during the holiday season of 2014. If that is true, it would be exciting news. If Blizzard maintains that schedule it would mean releasing a brand new MMO game at the same time as they release a 5th major WoW expansion, which would be quite a feat from a managerial and creative team point of view.

What do you think? Have you tried Cataclysm yet? Do you see WoW remaining relevant in 2014? Will MMO games even be relevant in 2014, or will interest in them have waned after nearly two decades of existence in one form or another?

Are you even looking forward to another MMO game from Blizzard?