If you are familiar with Blizzard’s games, then you already know about the company’s notoriety for releasing significantly less titles compared to other studios. Despite the limited number of titles, Blizzard remains to be one of the biggest names in the industry for a long time. And now, former Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime revealed that the studio cancels whopping 50 percent of its games.
Morhaime’s latest comments came during his appearance at Gamelab conference in Barcelona (via Eurogamer). He said, “I’ve gone back every few years and checked the math on that, and it’s pretty consistent. It’s like half the titles we work on never make it.”
While he admitted that the titles were constrained by several limitations such as market demand or budget, the studio always decides to cancel its titles because of its emphasis on putting out the best possible game for its customers.
He added, “There’s a saying that ‘perfect is the enemy of great’, because if you strive for perfection you’ll never ship. But I do think that there’s so much competition out there.”
Afterwards, Morhaim talked about how World of Warcraft sequel ‘Titan’ got cancelled back in 2014. He revealed that the project was supposed to be the next generation MMO but eventually proved too ambitious even for Blizzard.
“We failed to control scope. It was very ambitious. It was a brand-new universe, and it was going to be the next generation MMO that did all sorts of different things, it had different modes. We were sort of building two games in parallel, and it really struggled to come together,” said Morhaim.
However, looking back, it all turned out one of the best decisions from Blizzard as ‘Titan’ went on to become Overwatch as Blizzard released its first hero shooter. Despite Overwatch’s slow content release schedule, the game remains to be one of the most beloved title by the community. Most importantly, the Overwatch League is drawing significant amount of attention among players.
Most recently, we learned that Overwatch 2 and Diablo are in works and will be announced during this year’s Blizzconn. However, both of the titles won’t be coming out anytime soon as reports claimed Blizzard is looking at release dates of 2020 or later. Although we will have to wait to find if Blizzard is indeed working on two titles at the moment, we should learn more as we get closer to Blizzconn.