Final week Blizzard introduced a survival recreation set in an entire new universe. There have been virtually no additional particulars about it and it was described as in an “early stage”, however plainly the studio has been engaged on it for nearly 5 years.
Although the announcement did not embody a lot quite a lot of idea artwork, Blizzard workers had been in a position to take to social media to speak about their involvement within the recreation. They’re nonetheless not sharing particulars, however we do know the challenge is being led by Craig Amai, who stated the challenge began out as a “modest pitch deck on my desktop”:
As soon as upon a time, this dream challenge was a humble pitch deck on my desktop. Now it is a staff of caring and passionate individuals who share a imaginative and prescient I could not be prouder to share.https://t.co/dCumH9yoEm
— Craig Amai 💙 (@craig_amai) January 25, 2022
PC Gamer then found that Amai’s LinkedIn account states that he was the challenge chief of the “Unannounced Survival Sport” since July 2017, which is 4 years and seven months in the past. Amai was beforehand Senior Sport Designer and Lead Quest Designer at World Of Warcraft.
5 years shouldn’t be an uncommon or troubling size of time. Video video games take a very long time to make and may stay in pre-production for years whereas a growth staff fleshes out what they create. The current announcement got here together with a name for brand spanking new individuals to affix the staff, presumably indicating some confidence within the course of the challenge. We additionally know the sport is playable in its present state, with Blizzard boss Mike Ybarra tweeting that he is “performed many hours of this challenge with the staff.”
During the last 5 years of growth there was no scarcity of survival video games to function inspiration and 2017 was the 12 months that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite and Breath Of The Wild had been launched. It is simple to be cynical when a studio is late to a gold rush style, however in equity Blizzard has a behavior of constructing room in crowded genres with excellent execution.
It stays to be seen whether or not the studio continues to be ready to do that. Over the previous 12 months, a number of lawsuits have raised allegations of a piece tradition of harassment inside Blizzard Leisure and its mum or dad firm. Add to that the sophisticated matter of Microsoft’s upcoming $69 billion buy of Activision Blizzard.