Blizzard Reportedly Cancelled Starcraft First-Person Shooter
According to reports, Blizzard has cancelled an unannounced StarCraft-themed first-person shooter that had been in development for the past two years so that it can focus its efforts on Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2.
On Wednesday a tweet (Below) from a Blizzard game developer hinted at a canceled game project that fans would “never see,” then announced his departure from the company. As questions started flying over what that game was, Kotaku reporter Jason Schreier showed up one day later with the scoop: the canceled game, which had been in development for two years, was a first-person shooter set in the StarCraft universe.
Well, today is my last day at Blizzard. Unfortunately you’ll never see what we made over the past 2 years-that’s gamedev, but we’ll always have Overwatch. 🙂
I get 6 weeks off(I need it) until my next gig starts,info soon.
And one last time, my OW Reel:https://t.co/2b7J88Gysw
— David Gibson (@PoodleTime) June 5, 2019
Those projects are reportedly a sequel to Overwatch and Diablo 4, which Blizzard considers higher priority. Diablo 4 was reported last year to be pulled from Blizzcon 2018, which Blizzard replaced with a showcase of the mobile title Diablo Immortal, much to the audience’s distress. Seemingly both Diablo 4 and a new Overwatch are being saved for Blizzcon this year to avoid a repeat of the kerfuffle from last year.
A new Overwatch is not particularly shocking, as Blizzard has been struggling to keep up with the demands the player base has for update speeds. Kotaku states a new game would focus heavily on a PvE element, which Blizzard already experiments with during Overwatch Archives events. Considering yearly Call of Duty releases are credited with keeping that series’ tournament scene booming during financial calls, Activision-Blizzard may be considering that a new release may act as a booster shot to the somewhat ailing Overwatch League, which is failing to command nearly as much attention in its second year as its first.
This just does not seem like the Blizzard we once knew. There was a time, a few years ago even, when half my gaming time would be spent on some Blizzard game or another, but now, I haven’t touched one in ages. And nothing I’m hearing about short of the perfect execution of Diablo 4, feels like it’s going to bring me back.