Rumor: Is Blizzard working on another shooter game – or an Overwatch expansion?

    
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Strange as it is be to consider, but Blizzard might not be solely satisfied with the rampant success of Overwatch in the shooter market.

VG247 notes that several job listings on Blizzard’s site points to the studio’s intent to possibly develop a new game. Four “unannounced project” posts are listed, with one particularly telling: “Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an experienced engine engineer to work on a robust first-person engine for an unannounced project.”

The same job listing mentions that it is a plus if the candidate has experience working on first-person or action-based games. Another post seeks artists who have worked on first-person perspective titles.

So what does this mean? It’s definitely too early to draw any conclusions, but this raises the possibility that Blizzard could be working on a new FPS game or an expansion for Overwatch.

Source: Blizzard via VG247 via NeoGAF
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Paarthurnax Dragonhearth

OW exp …. C’mon it’s blizz …. $$$ ! And all the sheep will flock and so will their wallets ! New IP to much work …. Lore … new assets …. new art ….. etc ….

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Bullwraith

Looks like confirmation that Diablo IV will be played in 1st person.

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Paragon Lost

Which really sucks for those of us who can’t stomach such game play mechanics. :( My son loves Overwatch but both my wife and I can’t play it. We just never get over the nausea.

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Bullwraith

I’ve heard this from a few other players as well. First person doesn’t bother me, but I cannot image playing a Diablo type game that way. I will always opt for third person in MMO’s and even games like Skyrim.

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Paragon Lost

It’s something that’s really become more of an issue in recent years. I also get sea sick on the ocean now when I didn’t when I was younger. Ah well, what can ya do? :)

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Veldara

Now you didn’t hear it from me and I can neither confirm nor deny, but word is it’s a Gears of War style Starcraft game. Just saying.

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Slaasher

Oh I would be into checking that out. Totally

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Dug From The Earth

Keeping my fingers crossed for a single player/co-op Overwatch action/adventure game done in the fashion of something like Borderlands 2.

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mysecretid

Probably an Overwatch expansion, but I would like to see a single-player (?) game which allows some of game’s lore and story and personality to be engaged directly.

I have played Overwatch, and it has an appeal, but I’m not the kind of gamer who loves competitive team games, so a story-based “cousin” game would definitely catch my interest.

But … the project is probably just an Overwatch expansion. Why would they not build on their success in the most obvious way first?

Cheers,

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BDJ

Im not sold on it being an expac. Why would they put one out. They add new heroes, maps, and modes. What else would go into an expansion other than these things that they already give us?

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quark1020

Short answer: More money

Longer answer: They are adding characters for free atm, but at a pretty slow pace. With an expansion, they can incentivize people to buy it by adding several at once, with maybe an event or theme to go with them.

Hopefully, it will be a new IP or a revisit to a popular one, but like mysecretid said, it would make sense to build upon the success of overwatch.

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RJB

I think they will try to touch every genre so another sole fps is not likely

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quark1020

Shooters aren’t the only type of first person game, but there aren’t many options.

I mean, imagine a survival game in the Starcraft setting. I wouldn’t mind being a worker unit mining for vespine gas. XD

Then again, could be some kind of flight simulator. Not really a fan of them myself, but hey, with the way they design their game for accessibility, maybe this could be the one that changes that.

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Rendy Tobing

First person engine could mean a VR, or at least VR-compatible, game, which Blizzard does not yet have. Maybe their next MMO, finally?

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Andy McAdams

Uff, if their prior release schedule is any indication, and it is an MMO, we might see it by the time I retire :D (for the record, over 30 years from now)

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Danny Smith

I would not be surprised to see a single player campaign, they did do some cross team work with bungie for the taken king a while back. No doubt with exclusive skins for multiplayer.

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Targeter

It’s an Overwatch expansion. Don’t overthink this.

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quark1020

*Looks up at the article name*

Sorry, thought this was Massively overthinking.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

My guess, in line with my opinion that Blizzard has gone all-in for eSports, is that it will be a game built specifically for eSports. If I throw in the kitchen sink, it’s a dungeon crawler PvP based on the Diablo IP.

There, I think that covers everything.