Blizzard cans another secret game after two years of development, this one a StarCraft shooter

    
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Add another game to Blizzard’s development graveyard.

According to Gamespot, the World of Warcraft studio decided to cancel an unannounced game project that has been in the works for two years now. One of the project’s developers, David Gibson, slipped this information into his farewell tweet from the company, saying, “Well, today is my last day at Blizzard. Unfortunately you’ll never see what we made over the past two years — that’s gamedev, but we’ll always have Overwatch.”

Last year, we reported that Blizzard has multiple unannounced games in the works, including several related to the Diablo franchise.

Blizzard has developed a reputation for canning games if they didn’t pass muster, even if they came from a strong IP or had millions of dollars poured into their development. These include infamous titles such as Warcraft Adventures, StarCraft Ghost, and the MMORPG Titan (which subsequently was turned into Overwatch).

Source: Gamespot. Thanks Aimee!
Update
Kotaku now says it has reason to believe it was a StarCraft first-person shooter, “like Battlefield in the StarCraft universe.” There were apparently no layoffs, and the goal was reportedly to focus on the Overwatch and Diablo franchises. “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,” Blizzard told Koraku.

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Xell

Starcraft Ghost?

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Jeremy Barnes

Since Activision took over, the corporatized Blizzard. So now they’re extremely risk adverse. It’s better to take a loss than a risk; thus we don’t get anything innovative from Blizzard anymore. Everything is highly processed cheese that takes no risks.

Then they’re confused about why people don’t like it.

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agemyth 😩

Blizzard was never the “innovative” type. They were great at taking existing ideas and making them into best selling PC games. WarCraft was a Dune 2 clone with Warhammer fantasy skin. StarCraft was iterative of that RTS formula with Warhammer 40K skin. The most innovative thing they probably did in the old days was argue with the Blizzard North team to make Diablo a real-time game instead of turn based as it was.

I assume you know this, but Blizzard has always been the type to notoriously delay things over and over or cancel things that are nearly complete if they weren’t happy with it. This news is entirely in-character for the company as it has always been. Activision’s influence can be seen elsewhere, imo.

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Peter Murphy

The update says there were no layoffs, but the David Gibson blurb is a farewell tweet . . . if he wasn’t laid off, why is it his last day? He just “coincidentally” voluntarily left the company at the same time they announced a game cancellation?

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mysecretid

Hey, I still miss StarCraft: Ghost

It’s a little weird to me that the games Blizzard doesn’t release (including the Overwatch MMORPG) seem to make the top gaming headlines more consistently than the games they do release

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Winter

They really need to actual launch a new game of some sort that isn’t rehashed from something they cancelled (looking at you Overwatch).

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Utakata

Ghost in the machine…

…oh wait, Siphaed-san already beat to that one! o.o

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Siphaed

Another? I mean sure Starcraft Ghost wasn’t really a shooter so much as an RPGish, but it did have Third Person shooter mechanics in it. And yet Blizzard canned it. I once had an XBOX Magazine with a full front page feature of it and article with screenshots.

Added note: The game was cancelled in 2005, well before the merger with Activision in 2008, so this really is a pattern with Blizzard and not so much Activision.

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Lateris

I would have loved to check out a Star Craft FPS. I enjoy my share of FPS’ from Escapee from Kharkov to Overwatch. Which are totally opposite but fun in my mind.

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Crowe

I’d have checked out a Starcraft shooter. I detested the art in Overwatch so that was only minimally playable for me. (I know, I’m in the minority there but the whole look just seeemed childish rather than fun or exciting)

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Mordyjuice

His game wasn’t canned, it was probably appropriated to become the more ‘polished’ competitor to Fortnite (but with enough different elements to be compared to a dead game like the Half Life franchise like they did with Team Fortress/MOBA’s).