Wed. Sep 28th, 2022
Report: Blizzard started making and canceling a StarCraft first-person shooter

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On Wednesday, a vague tweet from a Blizzard game developer hinted at a canceled game project that fans “would never see”, then announced his departure from the company. When questions started flying about what that game was, Kotaku super-reporter Jason Schreier showed up a 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.

In addition to citing “three people familiar with the ins and outs,” Schreier received a lengthy official response from Blizzard on Thursday that did not deny the game’s existence and cancellation. It reads in part: “As has been the case with Blizzard in the past, there is always the possibility that we will make the decision not to proceed with a particular project.”

Codenamed “Ares” within Blizzard according to Schreier, this project began as a Battlefield-style campaign against the series’ Zerg aliens, whose early prototypes put players in control of a “Terran Marine.” The Schreier report says the team planned to put players in control of Zerg aliens as well, but the fact that such content was only suggested, rather than being playable internally, may indicate how far the game had progressed. .

Schreier’s report did not clarify which aspects of the Battlefield series made their way into the prototype, including large vehicles or destructible terrain. But the game is built with the same Blizzard-exclusive engine used to power overwatch

Despite the original teasing of the news as part of a developer’s “farewell to Blizzard” tweet, Schreier sources say no staffers were fired because of the game’s cancellation “a few weeks ago.” Instead, those staffers were shuffled to the internal teams that were working Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2† The cancellation of this project follows reports that Blizzard would focus its development resources on existing IP as opposed to new series experiments. A StarCraft-branded FPS may have fit that plan at the time, but that has clearly changed.

One of Schreier’s unnamed sources expressed “shocked” at the game’s cancellation, while another described the prototype as “looking pretty good.” Neither offered direct comparisons between that game and the infamous StarCraft Spirit project, a third-person shooter that was publicly bullied for years before being formally canceled in 2006.

Schreier took advantage of Thursday’s news opportunity to tease about Overwatch 2, also: that it will feature a significant amount of “PvE” combat. While Schreier mentioned direct comparisons to the co-op shooting franchise Left 4 Dead, we wonder how much of that PvE content will resemble the seasonal overwatch events that have already landed in the existing game.

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