Developer Blizzard Entertainment cancels 50% of the games it develops and former Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime has finally explained why. For those who don’t know, Blizzard has only released only two major games since 2015 including Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch.
According to Morhaime, every Blizzard Entertainment game that reaches completion results in the cancelation of another.
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.
Project Titan, StarCraft: Ghost, Nomad, Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans and StarCraft FPS are few of the games that Blizzard has canceled.
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.
Morhaime then continued to give an example of the original Diablo. He said that the original Diablo was intended to release for Thanksgiving 1996 (the biggest sales period) but instead, it was delayed until the New Year’s Eve of 1997 thus becoming the best-selling game of 1997. As a result, the developer learned that it’s important for the game to be great and “it’s way less important that you hit the date.”
Former Blizzard boss then talked about World of Warcraft sequel MMO “Titan”, which also got canceled in 2014. He said that Titan was planned to be a next-generation MMO but it turned out to be too ambitious and Blizzard failed to control scope.
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
For those who don’t know, Blizzard’s Overwatch came out of the ashes of Titan. Also, making Overwatch out of Titan was the best decision that the company made, according to Morhaime. Overwatch has been selling like hotcakes and is the continuous source of income for Blizzard Entertainment.
StarCraft is the latest project canceled by Blizzard. According to reports, StarCraft FPS was in development for two years and was canceled so the studio can focus on Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2.
Both Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 have yet to be officially announced. Blizzard Entertainment has already confirmed that more Diablo games are in development so we are expecting Diablo 4 to be announced during BlizzCon 2019. As for Overwatch 2, it’s rumored to release in 2020 or later.