How can you delay a game like Blizzard's Project Titan that no one officially knows anything about?
Update: Blizzard public relations responded to WarCry's inquiries and confirmed the shift in resources away from Titan. The entire statement is as follows:
We've always had a highly iterative development process, and the unannounced MMO is no exception. We've come to a point where we need to make some large design and technology changes to the game. We're using this opportunity to shift some of our resources to assist with other projects while the core team adapts our technology and tools to accommodate these new changes. Note that we haven't announced any dates for the MMO.
It sounds as if Blizzard's leadership is unsure about Titan, and they are taking the time to assess the game and its place in the market. The timing makes me suspect perhaps the shift away from developing Titan full time is due to a new generation of consoles such as Microsoft's recently revealed Xbox One and the relatively large number of MMOs due out in 2013. We will undoubtedly learn more as Titan develops.
Original: Fast on the heels of the recent drop in World of Warcraft subscribers comes a rumor that Blizzard Entertainment has pulled 70 of 100 developers off of the unannounced "Titan" project and placed them on other projects. While we know next to nothing about the supposed "next-gen MMO" other than Blizzard confirming Titan's existence in 2010 and that it will "blow our minds" in 2011, the news the project is losing internal resources comes as a surprise. An unconfirmed source from the Venture Beat videogame beat has said that Blizzard is moving most of the Titan team onto other projects, and we've sent an email asking for a statement from Blizzard on Titan's official status.
"Titan" has been a mysterious object of fascination for Blizzard fans since the first rumors of its creation appeared in 2011. Many are calling this move a "reboot" but with the company facing financial difficulty and an uncertain future for the first time ... maybe ever, it is perhaps more than likely means that Blizzard Entertainment would much rather make sure they bring World of Warcraft back to the reverence it was given at the release of The Burning Crusade.
Project "Titan" has had a very healthy number of rumors and speculative articles. My favorite points have been that the game will include, "lots of time travel" and "be based on actual earth history." Many thought Blizzard would announce Titan at the Blizzcon planned for Oct 2013. Time will tell but until then, the wheels of speculation will turn furiously.
Source: Venture Beat