This year might bring about a shift in how new video game announcements are made. Usually, big publishers and developers will wait until E3, or GamesCon, or The Game Awards to make their new announcements, but leave it to Blizzard Entertainment to try something new. Coming off the recent Microsoft acquisition news, Blizzard announced that they developing a new survival game, in a new world, and it’s coming to both console and PC.
This will be the first new IP Blizzard has announced since Overwatch in 2016 which is incredibly exciting for those of us who have been vocally urging Blizzard to pull away from their tried and true franchises. The news came via a blog post that gave little details about the game but served as a recruitment post for newly opened positions.
“Blizzard is embarking on our next quest. We are going on a journey to a whole new universe, home to a brand-new survival game for PC and console. A place full of heroes we have yet to meet, stories yet to be told, and adventures yet to be lived. A vast realm of possibility, waiting to be explored,” – Blizzard (via blog)
The Unannounced Survival Game, as it is being called, is being headed by Project Lead Craig Amai (World of Warcraft), Lead Producer Sean Gibson and Senior Level Designer Damarcus Holbrook (World of Warcraft). After the announcement, several Blizzard employees tweeted out their excitement about the new game even in light of everything that is going on at Blizzard. The enthusiasm for this game brings a bit of hope that conditions are improving. We can only keep our fingers crossed.
There is no release date as of yet, of course, but we can assume that this game will be released in a few years. Mike Ybarra, the current head of Blizzard, tweeted out that he “played many hours of this project with the team and I’m incredibly excited about the teams vision and the brand-new world it presents for players to immerse themselves in together.” Sounds promising.
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