alphaNoid’s posts were originally published on TitanFocus.info on January 1 2013, and were uncovered by TitanFocus contributor Slayer, who I believe is also credited with all of the sleuthing/background checking on alphaNoid. alphaNoid’s posts fuelled a lot of Titan speculation, and particularly stand out from most other claims to privileged information in that these quotes contain actual assertions about unknown aspects of the game.
alphaNoid I will end with this tidbit though, Blizzard has been on record saying that Titan would be a new IP. Its not, its a spin off of an existing franchise … and they’re playing into that to allude to a new IP. Its going to be what Blizzard fans want.
alphaNoid All I’m going to say is Titan isn’t technically a new IP, it is.. but it isn’t. Its a spinoff of an existing Blizzard IP. Titan is the next Blizzard MMO, but its not Warcraft.
alphaNoid FYI Titan just left the framework stage not long ago. Level designers and artists just got their hands involved recently. You probably won’t see anything Titan related until closer to 2014.
alphaNoid Nobody has dev kits? Thats 100% bullshit, considering my insider at Blizzard who is working on the Titan framework has had access to a near final “next Xbox” dev kit since November. He wont tell me the details, he can’t and even eluding to the dev kit in general was a dog and pony show because he is under NDA personally signed. Next xbox dev kits are in the wild, whether or not they are final and the specs are another discussion but they are out there that I can say.
The above posts first appeared on the NeoGAF forums. Read commentary about the above posts from alphaNoid here (coming soon).
theNoid Also, what I’m getting at in a stealth manner is that the team working on Titan at Blizzard, the successor, the next MMORPG after WoW is now working on writing framework for the next Xbox in addition to PC. The only other thing I was told was that the SDK for the next Xbox is the best SDK they have ever worked with.
theNoid No, incorrect. Starcraft 2 was delayed because they’re reworking the code since they decided to remove LAN play. My coworker lives with one of the programmers at Blizzard, so this is legit info. Blizzard operates like a factory, step 1 in game development is the programmers coming in to build to groundwork for the game. When they’re done, artists, level designers etc.. come in next, and then those programmers are moved to the next project.
In Starcraft 2′s case, programmers were pulled from ‘other’ projects to come back to Starcraft 2 to rework the network design. Its coming Q1 2010.
theNoid I can’t go into too much detail, but a guy on my team lives with a code monkey who’s working on Project Titan at Blizzard. This is their rumored successor to WoW, and is located in the Diablo wing of the building, higher security locked doors. Think Willy Wonka level access. Nobody comes in, nobody comes out.
Anywho, apparently the majority of the underlaying ‘code’ for Diablo 3 has been done for quite some time. Blizzard runs development like a factory line, where programmers hop from project to project as soon as that portion is done. Apparently the design team is now working on Diablo 3, where many of the Diablo 3 programmers have moved into the Project Titan area to begin working there. This means (or so I’m told) that the core work is done, Blizzard is layering in the other teams to finish the game.My coworker told me about Starcraft 2 not having LAN over a year ago, and said the Diablo 3 decision was in place before the game began production. Blizzard is going to give you every excuse they can, but the bottom line is that the purposely left the feature out of the games to combat piracy and FORCE gamers to you know … buy their game.
Also, expect subscription tiers for Battle.net over the next 5 years eventually leading to no free to play model in the far future.
My sources are nothing I can directly link, so don’t believe them if you don’t want to. It doesn’t matter to me who cares, all I know is I haven’t been led incorrectly yet. I’ve met, and shaken hands with the man.
theNoid is another alphaNoid handle, used on community website HardForum. Read commentary about these posts here (coming soon).