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Blizzard's Next MMO to be Different From WoW

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 42 comments

It won't be WoW, but it'll still want your money.

There's no denying the fact that World of Warcraft is Blizzard's cash cow. With the success behind all that, why would a company want to mess with the winning formula? On the other hand, it might also make sense for the developer to make another MMO for it to cash in even further to feed on gamers' massively multiplayer addictions – something Blizzard intends to do, as it is making another MMO.

Whatever the new MMO might be, it'll be "significantly differentiated" from World of Warcraft, Blizzard COO Paul Sams told Wired.

Sams said that Blizzard aims for its next MMO to be distinct enough so that gamers might be interested in investing time into both, but in the end, Blizzard will be happy to grab customers from any of its products.

"And so maybe they’ll split a little over time, or maybe they’ll decide they don’t want to play WoW anymore, and they’ll go and play this other thing. That’s a high-class problem to have," said Sams. "As long as those folks are hanging out with us, which I believe they will be because we’re going to keep providing the best experience you can have. So, while there could be other games out there, if the bad thing that happens to us is that they leave WoW and go to this other thing of Blizzard’s, then we’ll work through that pain."

Diehard Blizzard fans might find themselves with less time to play WoW when StarCraft II releases, something the developer has already considered.

"With Starcraft II, we may have some of that happen, even though they’re different types of games," he said. "The coolest thing about Starcraft II is, if you’re good, it’s a short-session game. You can play that in really bite-size chunks. You can go onto Battle.net and really whoop someone down, and then go get back and raid. It’s one of those things where I think people will mix their gaming pleasures, and hopefully those pleasures will be ones brought forward by Blizzard."

Of course, with StarCraft II pushed until the first half of 2010, there's still plenty of time for Blizzard to rake it in for WoW.

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    Anonymous , September 1, 2009 9:49 PM
    Does it mean we will get World of Starcraft?
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    cryogenic , September 1, 2009 9:44 PM
    Blizzard knows they need another MMO. Wow is the most popular MMO right now, but it can't be refreshed forever, it will eventually die of old age. No matter what new things all those expansions bring, it's still the same core game, core mechanics and core gameplay, and after years of playing its' players will eventually tire of it (I did).

    So yes, they are right to make a new MMO even if it competes with WOW, overall there should be a net gain on player numbers no matter if some migrate away from WOW.
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    Aoster87 , September 1, 2009 9:35 PM
    I thought this was already known.
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    doomtomb , September 1, 2009 9:40 PM
    Good riddens, I'm tired of hearing about WoW but then again, it will just be another MMO by Blizzard.
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    superphrank , September 1, 2009 9:41 PM
    Pretty sure Blizzard told us this a year ago.
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    cryogenic , September 1, 2009 9:44 PM
    Blizzard knows they need another MMO. Wow is the most popular MMO right now, but it can't be refreshed forever, it will eventually die of old age. No matter what new things all those expansions bring, it's still the same core game, core mechanics and core gameplay, and after years of playing its' players will eventually tire of it (I did).

    So yes, they are right to make a new MMO even if it competes with WOW, overall there should be a net gain on player numbers no matter if some migrate away from WOW.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , September 1, 2009 9:45 PM
    ^ yes they did. Old news...

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    Anonymous , September 1, 2009 9:49 PM
    Does it mean we will get World of Starcraft?
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2009 9:52 PM
    World of Starcraft!?!?!?!?
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    ct1615 , September 1, 2009 9:58 PM
    world of starcraft to compete against knights of the republic
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    jecht , September 1, 2009 10:01 PM
    World of Starcraft sounds awesome. I would play that.
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    superphrank , September 1, 2009 10:05 PM
    It won't be World of Starcraft. Blizzard said it would be a completely new universe. So it won't have anything to do with Warcraft, Starcraft, or Diablo.
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    valcron , September 1, 2009 10:10 PM
    Let hope its good. I have said this before but since the Merger with Activision WoW (& blizzard in general) has gone down hill, getting worse with each expansion until the unfinished WOTLK was released. It still doesn't feel like a finished product. Only play it because of my friends now. Even those sessions i dread from time to time.
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    maigo , September 1, 2009 10:12 PM
    Maybe it'll be an original IP, they haven't done one of those in 15 years
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    cryogenic , September 1, 2009 10:19 PM
    krasnoDoes it mean we will get World of Starcraft?


    "Universe of Starcraft" maybe ..., Starcraft is not a World, there are many worlds in Starcraft.

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    Ciuy , September 1, 2009 10:38 PM
    In the end the gaming world will consist of 2 things. Playing WoW and playing BLoW.

    Stop hyping this next gen MMO Blizzard is going to release. Dont you ppl get it???? This isnt going to release in the next 5 years. We`ll all have a loong beard and use a cane to walk . Get over it.
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    eklipz330 , September 1, 2009 10:40 PM
    CryogenicBlizzard knows they need another MMO. Wow is the most popular MMO right now, but it can't be refreshed forever, it will eventually die of old age. No matter what new things all those expansions bring, it's still the same core game, core mechanics and core gameplay, and after years of playing its' players will eventually tire of it (I did).So yes, they are right to make a new MMO even if it competes with WOW, overall there should be a net gain on player numbers no matter if some migrate away from WOW.


    yes they can and they will. addicts will be addicts

    about the news though, they probably will delay it, so i foresee a release date in 2019
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    ssalim , September 1, 2009 11:00 PM
    How about Hello Kitty Island Adventure? lol.
    No, I can't because mmo takes too much time and life.
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    Major7up , September 1, 2009 11:04 PM
    I would like to see them develop some new IP's. Warcraft,Starcraft and Diablo are all fine and dandy, but lets try something different from all of those please!
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    opmopadop , September 1, 2009 11:13 PM
    World of Tekken... PLEASE!!!
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    tektek , September 1, 2009 11:43 PM
    World of lost Vikings? Diablo Den? or Beyond AIUR? so many different names.. same option.. 15 bux a month please and pay it with a smile!!
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    Raidur , September 2, 2009 12:19 AM
    God I hope its different than WoW. Hopefully they make it a little more difficult so all the little kids will stay on WoW.
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