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Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II

Years after Blizzard ghosted StarCraft: Ghost, Kotaku reports hearing from "sources," about another cancelled shooter in the StarCraft universe. They say "three people familiar with goings-on at the studio" inform them Blizzard has axed a first-person shooter codenamed "Ares" where the player would have been a Terran marine tasked with annihilating the Zerg. They say nobody will be fired as a result, since staff will be reallocated to a pair of unannounced games, Diablo IV and Overwatch II. They have an official response from the company, which sort of addresses the cancellation, but does not confirm the Diablo/Overwatch part of this report. They note they don't generally comment on such stories, except when they do:

We don’t generally comment on unannounced projects but we will say the following:

We always have people working on different ideas behind the scenes – including on multiple projects right now – but the reason we tend not to discuss them publicly is because anything can happen over the course of development. As has been the case at Blizzard numerous times in the past, there is always the possibility that we’ll make the decision to not move forward on a given project. Announcing something before we feel it’s ready stands the risk of creating a lot of frustration and disappointment, both for our players and us, not to mention distraction and added pressure for our development teams.

We pour our hearts and souls into this work, and as players ourselves, we know how exciting it can be to see and know with certainty that a new project is coming. Knowing that changes or disappointments can happen doesn’t make it any less painful when we have to shelve a project or when an announcement doesn’t go as planned. We always make decisions about these things, regardless of the ultimate outcome or how things might be interpreted, based on our values, what we believe makes sense for Blizzard, and what we hope our players will enjoy the most. The work that goes into these projects – whether they ship or not – is extraordinarily valuable. It often leads to great things and helps foster a culture of experimentation here.

With all that said, we’re very much looking forward to revealing other things we’re working on when the time is right.

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23. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 11, 2019, 16:59 Flatline
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 6, 2019, 23:27:
Besides, while it may be true that Blizzard could easy churn out something that is 1000% the game that either Destiny 2 or Anthem turned out to be

I seriously doubt it TBH. Maybe early 2000's Blizzard could, with time, make the ultimate looter-shooter, but current Blizzard couldn't do it.
 
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22. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 11, 2019, 16:56 Flatline
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jun 7, 2019, 04:11:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 7, 2019, 03:34:
Back 7 years ago, I might have cared. I like Diablo 3, but I think they could easily just improve the graphics of that and add new areas, classes, new level range (to 100) new skills and new items and it'd sell like hot butter on a stove. Also I will happily say it again whenever Diablo is mentioned but this game more than anything else needs some emergent dynamic element, like a companion beast you can level by feeding it legendaries and that then goes to fight other legendary enemies.. or whatever. Just something dynamic. The game world in Diablo 1-3 is just way too static.

They will fuck it up. Diablo3 is three steps back compared to Diablo2. I can't see the Blizzard of today capturing the gameplay or the atmosphere of the original two games unless they do a complete 180 and hire a lead developer who actually played and LOVED those games.



This will never happen.

I'll give the dev team for Reaper of Souls some credit they did a lot to right the ship. If they had been given another 1-2 expansions I think D3 would have ended up more solid. However that never happened. I'd be warily interested in that team getting Diablo 4 access but overwatch 2 sounds boring and pointless.
 
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21. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 20:28 shiho
 
Diablo 3's cardinal sin was simplification of dungeon randomization. But then it did many other horrible things too, like getting rid of class-specific items, custom death animations, the Diablo visual theme, removing any meaning from going to Town, removing player agency in every way possible, removing meaningful player cooperation... dumbing down combat in general... necromancer is a melee class... fuck those losers.

Much like WoW Classic is showing people that Blizzard of 2004-2006 was a much smarter company which actually created fun gameplay... if they resurrected Diablo2 with modern graphics, you'd see people waking up to how superior it is in every way to Diablo 3.
 
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20. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 14:55 eRe4s3r
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jun 7, 2019, 06:30:
fawker wrote on Jun 7, 2019, 06:20:
Sometimes some streamlining can be a good thing.

Except thats not what they did. Unless you call gutting the core gameplay features "streamlining":

4 player down from 8 player
Character builds completely gutted since you can change skills on the fly, and most skills useless
Skill trees drastically simplified
No battle.net channels and chat
No named games for hosting, only quickjoin.
Lvls down from 99 to 60. (Don't get me started on the paragon bullshit)
No PvP
No trading (for most items)
No runewords
No mature gothic horror elements, atmosphere and story is bland and made for kids

The only things that are improved are the graphics and the in-game interface. Pretty weak sauce if you ask me.

the actual core gameplay loop of Diablo 2 was loot and slaying stuff though.. what you listed are features they indeed streamlined, but gameplay wise there is no better game for loot/slaying.

Also the game level cap is 70
 
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19. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 14:12 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
MacLeod wrote on Jun 7, 2019, 10:09:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 6, 2019, 23:03:
Overwatch 2 already? Well I guess that's their cash cow now, so not that surprising I guess.

I mean, to be fair, it has been 3 years since Overwatch came out, and they haven't even announced O2 yet, so figure at least another 2 years. 5 years for a sequel isn't exactly a short period of time.

To be faiiirrrrrr...

re: Letterkenny.
 
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18. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 13:00 Nullity
 
MacLeod wrote on Jun 7, 2019, 10:09:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 6, 2019, 23:03:
Overwatch 2 already? Well I guess that's their cash cow now, so not that surprising I guess.

I mean, to be fair, it has been 3 years since Overwatch came out, and they haven't even announced O2 yet, so figure at least another 2 years. 5 years for a sequel isn't exactly a short period of time.
That's short for Blizzard though, which makes me think O2 was primarily Activision's decision. They seem to be getting more involved recently, which is certainly not a good thing.
 
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17. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 10:09 MacLeod
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 6, 2019, 23:03:
Overwatch 2 already? Well I guess that's their cash cow now, so not that surprising I guess.

I mean, to be fair, it has been 3 years since Overwatch came out, and they haven't even announced O2 yet, so figure at least another 2 years. 5 years for a sequel isn't exactly a short period of time.
 
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16. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 08:01 TheEmissary
 
This is like the second attempt to make a StarCraft FPS I think they should give up that idea.

I do however think that they could make an RPG (not an mmo) out of the StarCraft universe. The lore of the game is pretty interesting and would be cool to see from a different perspective.
 
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15. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 06:30 VaranDragon
 
fawker wrote on Jun 7, 2019, 06:20:
Sometimes some streamlining can be a good thing.

Except thats not what they did. Unless you call gutting the core gameplay features "streamlining":

4 player down from 8 player
Character builds completely gutted since you can change skills on the fly, and most skills useless
Skill trees drastically simplified
No battle.net channels and chat
No named games for hosting, only quickjoin.
Lvls down from 99 to 60. (Don't get me started on the paragon bullshit)
No PvP
No trading (for most items)
No runewords
No mature gothic horror elements, atmosphere and story is bland and made for kids

The only things that are improved are the graphics and the in-game interface. Pretty weak sauce if you ask me.
 
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14. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 06:20 fawker
 
They will fuck it up. Diablo3 is three steps back compared to Diablo2. I can't see the Blizzard of today capturing the gameplay or the atmosphere of the original two games unless they do a complete 180 and hire a lead developer who actually played and LOVED those games.

RMAH aside, believe it or not, not everyone wanted the same thing with better graphics. Sometimes some streamlining can be a good thing.
 
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13. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 04:11 VaranDragon
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 7, 2019, 03:34:
Back 7 years ago, I might have cared. I like Diablo 3, but I think they could easily just improve the graphics of that and add new areas, classes, new level range (to 100) new skills and new items and it'd sell like hot butter on a stove. Also I will happily say it again whenever Diablo is mentioned but this game more than anything else needs some emergent dynamic element, like a companion beast you can level by feeding it legendaries and that then goes to fight other legendary enemies.. or whatever. Just something dynamic. The game world in Diablo 1-3 is just way too static.

They will fuck it up. Diablo3 is three steps back compared to Diablo2. I can't see the Blizzard of today capturing the gameplay or the atmosphere of the original two games unless they do a complete 180 and hire a lead developer who actually played and LOVED those games.



This will never happen.
 
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12. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 03:57 Luke
 
Manga shit 2 for everyone.........  
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11. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 03:34 eRe4s3r
 
Back 7 years ago, I might have cared. I like Diablo 3, but I think they could easily just improve the graphics of that and add new areas, classes, new level range (to 100) new skills and new items and it'd sell like hot butter on a stove. Also I will happily say it again whenever Diablo is mentioned but this game more than anything else needs some emergent dynamic element, like a companion beast you can level by feeding it legendaries and that then goes to fight other legendary enemies.. or whatever. Just something dynamic. The game world in Diablo 1-3 is just way too static.  
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10. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 01:55 Osc8r
 
How about a really, really, really shallow battle royale game? One that everyone can play... and that works on your mobile and in your browser?!?!
 
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9. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 7, 2019, 01:38 El Pit
 
I hope they streamline D4 even more make it feel even more like an MMO. Actually, make it a "free" mobile game. It's what NuBlizz really wants to do anyway.  
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8. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 6, 2019, 23:55 Mordhaus
 
Probably less chance to put in microtransactions when it would just be an FPS with some multiplayer.

Unfortunately, every game company now wants the multiplayer moba or fps with the capability to sell skins and other fluff.
 
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7. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 6, 2019, 23:38 Cutter
 
I'd wager it was management not wanting to take any kind of a risk on something unknown. That's Actiblizz's MO.
 
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6. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 6, 2019, 23:27 Jivaro
 
If you took a vote among Blizzard's customer base, I would put a confident bet on O2 and D4 being much more of a priority then a SC FPS. Not that fans wouldn't lose their minds over that, but given the choice I think they would pick the course Blizzard appears to be taking. Give the people what they want right? (I do say that with a hint of sarcasm)

Besides, while it may be true that Blizzard could easy churn out something that is 1000% the game that either Destiny 2 or Anthem turned out to be, it may simply occur to Blizzard that now might not be the time to be pushing a new FPS out the door given the sales failures of those other games.

 
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5. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 6, 2019, 23:03 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Overwatch 2 already? Well I guess that's their cash cow now, so not that surprising I guess.
 
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4. Re: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft FPS, Reportedly Working on Diablo IV and Overwatch II Jun 6, 2019, 22:47 Darks
 
heroin wrote on Jun 6, 2019, 19:41:
*yawn*

My thoughts exactly I mean seriously, why not cancel OW2 and keep Star Craft FPS, something that would absolutely be kick ass. Fricking Blizz, they really dont have their priorities right.
 
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