Blizzard reportedly cancels StarCraft FPS to deal with Overwatch, Diablo



No layoffs from StarCraft mission or different cancelled cellular recreation, assets allotted to approaching main IP sequels

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Blizzard has reportedly canceled two initiatives, together with a StarCraft FPS, and poured these assets into upcoming main entries within the Diablo and Overwatch franchises.

A Kotaku report says that the StarCraft FPS, codenamed “Ares,” was meant to be “like Battlefield within the StarCraft universe.” The mission was canceled after two years, with one supply saying it had been “trying fairly good” and one other describing its cancellation as a “large shock.”

A second recreation, an unannounced cellular title, was additionally canceled on the similar time.

In accordance with the report, nobody was laid off within the wake of those cancellations and workers had been moved to different initiatives as a substitute. Many had been allotted to the Overwatch and Diablo groups, which can each be engaged on new entries of their respective franchises for announcement at BlizzCon later this 12 months.

Blizzard shared the next touch upon the cancellations with Kotaku:

“We do not typically touch upon unannounced initiatives however we are going to say the next:

“We at all times have folks engaged on completely different concepts behind the scenes – together with on a number of initiatives proper now – however the cause we have a tendency to not talk about them publicly is as a result of something can occur over the course of growth. As has been the case at Blizzard quite a few occasions up to now, there may be at all times the chance that we’ll make the choice to not transfer ahead on a given mission. Asserting one thing earlier than we really feel it is prepared stands the danger of making numerous frustration and disappointment, each for our gamers and us, to not point out distraction and added strain for our growth groups.

“We pour our hearts and souls into this work, and as gamers ourselves, we all know how thrilling it may be to see and know with certainty {that a} new mission is coming. Figuring out that adjustments or disappointments can occur would not make it any much less painful when we have now to shelve a mission or when an announcement would not go as deliberate. We at all times make choices about these items, whatever the final consequence or how issues may be interpreted, based mostly on our values, what we imagine is sensible for Blizzard, and what we hope our gamers will take pleasure in probably the most. The work that goes into these initiatives – whether or not they ship or not – is awfully invaluable. It usually results in nice issues and helps foster a tradition of experimentation right here.

“With all that mentioned, we’re very a lot trying ahead to revealing different issues we’re engaged on when the time is correct.”