Blizzard Entertainment is the company behind popular games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch and more. However, it seems that Blizzard Entertainment is looking to increase its portfolio as the company is working on multiple new IPs along with supporting the existing ones.
Speaking during Activision Blizzard’s earning call, president and co-founder Mike Morhaime talked about the future of the company. According to Mike, a bulk of developers at Blizzard Entertainment are working to support the already existing franchises, however, he added that Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham has returned to head up the incubation teams working on new projects.
In addition to supporting all of our live games, we’re committed to incubating new initiatives. And we’re also thinking about different platforms, especially mobile. In terms of new IP, our pipeline is in a better position than ever before in our history. So we now have multiple dedicated incubation teams that are being led by some of our most experienced game designers at Blizzard.
In related news, Blizzard has shut down a fan-run, legacy World of Warcraft server just after few hours it went live.
The legacy World Of Warcraft server in question is the “Felmyst” server which went live to emulate the game’s first expansion pack, Burning Crusade, which launched back in 2007. This legacy World Of Warcraft server was run by Reddit user, Gummy52, who wanted to set a “new standard in Warcraft emulation”.
Also, Blizzard has finally explained why player’s progress from Overwatch PTR does not carry to the main game. According to Blizzard, it will take time and effort for the team to improve the PTR experience but, they decided to put that time on the main game.
The difficult part for us is that the same time and resources we spend improving the PTR experience could go towards improving the core game. For that reason, we usually favor the latter.
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