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Blizzard Set To Debut 'Something New' At PAX East 150

skade88 writes "Ars is reporting that Blizzard will announce a new game on March 22, 2013 at PAX East. They say the new game is not a sequel or expansion. Blizzard is also saying the new game is not the long rumored MMO named Titan. Considering that every game Blizzard released since 1998 has had the name StarCraft, Warcraft or Diablo in it, this is big news. Ars speculates in the article that the new game could be Blizzard's version of a DOTA game. They showed off Blizzard All-Stars at BlizzCon 2010 as a SC2 custom map. It could be ready for launch as its own standalone game. I guess we will have to wait and see!"
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Blizzard Set To Debut 'Something New' At PAX East

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 28, 2013 @01:21PM (#43036227)

    And what exactly is a DOTA game?

  • Aha (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Thursday February 28, 2013 @01:31PM (#43036373)

    I will show "some reaction" when I know what it is.

    Seriously, I mean, I'm used to vaporware and whatnot, but this is getting ridiculous. Are we now supposed to get excited over the announcement of getting "something", they can't even be assed anymore to at least announce it?

  • by Andrio ( 2580551 ) on Thursday February 28, 2013 @01:41PM (#43036553)
    Man, this sucks. I remember when I loved Blizzard, but now I can't even get excited about this news, not even a little bit.

    I know that this new project, no matter what, will (1) Be always online and require an account and (2) Will have its gameplay heavily influenced, driven, or impacted by a means to make money after the initial ($60!) sale, via micro transactions or a monthly fee or whatever.
  • by Ziggitz ( 2637281 ) on Thursday February 28, 2013 @02:02PM (#43036823)

    Blizzard has become the J.J. Abrams of game developers in the last couple years. Nothing they do is risky or ambitious. As a result Diablo 3 turned into a snoozefest with no new mechanics and a loot system that was less exciting than its predecessor. They showed they can't break away from core mechanics in Starcraft 2 that were terrible for the multiplayer scene. If they were to make a DotA style game at this point, I would give an absolute vote of no confidence in their ability to turn it into a quality competitive game. Sure it'll look pretty and it'll run smooth. It'll either be well balanced and boring as hell or broken beyond all belief. They'll ignore player feedback and commit themselves to horrible design decisions.

    The thing I dislike most about Blizzard right now is that they seem to think that they have bottled the formula for fun. They think that they have a perfect statistical method for determining balance while completely ignoring how their games are actually being played. What they've actually bottled is the perfect formula for average clones of prior success. So not really all that excited.

  • by ArcadeMan ( 2766669 ) on Thursday February 28, 2013 @04:23PM (#43038579)

    Finally, another game available for the Mac! We almost have a dozen good games now!

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