WoW Box Art1 Project Titan stealing World of Warcraft developer talent

Blizzard, the game studio behind the popular Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo series, has revealed that its Project Titan massively multiplayer online (MMO) game is taking developer talent away from its highly-successful World of Warcraft (WoW) title.

Blizzard, the game studio behind the popular Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo series, has revealed that its Project Titan massively multiplayer online (MMO) game is taking developer talent away from its highly-successful World of Warcraft (WoW) title.

 
“There are people that had worked on the ‘World of Warcraft’ team that now work on [Project Titan] where we’ve had like a slow trickle of expertise,” said Tom Chilton, game director for World of Warcraft. “Meanwhile, we’ve also hired people and trained them over the last four to five years to take the place of some of the people that have gone to work on the other games.”
 
Blizzard's MMO remains the global leader with over 10 million players at the end of 2011. However, it has been steadily losing subscribers since its peak record of 12 million in 2010, with rival games like Star Wars: The Old Republic likely to blame.
 
WoW Box Art1 Project Titan stealing World of Warcraft developer talent
 
Despite work on its top-secret Titan MMO, which some believe could be a “World of Starcraft” or perhaps a new franchise altogether, the studio remains committed to World of Warcraft, with plans to release another expansion, Mists of Pandaria, some time in the future, most likely this year.
 
“I do believe there’s room for us to have two highly successful MMO games,” Chilton added. “I don’t feel like there’s going to be a time where we just say ‘OK, everybody on the WoW team, pack it up you’re moving over to the Titan MMO.’ I don’t see that as being a realistic probability. I think we’re going to try to staff up both teams and actually end up with two large, strong MMO teams.”
 
The problem with running two MMOs is that it might end up competing with itself, with many veteran World of Warcraft players likely willing to try something new. Since MMOs take up a huge amount of time for gamers it can be difficult to juggle both, so the success of Project Titan may come at the expense of its existing flagship game.