Blizzard, the developer behind the MMORPG World of Warcraft, announced a new game in a blog post. So far this has no name, just a genre: Survival.
What kind of game is this? Blizzard‘s official blog post states that the new game will be a “brand new survival game for PC and console”. Features are not specifically mentioned, but it should be a world full of heroes, stories and adventures. The focus seems to be on exploration and writing your own story as well as building the world. That sounds like classic survival elements in the style of games like ARK: Survival Evolved or Conan Exiles. In the post, Blizzard is specifically looking for employees in the art and design departments, as well as software specialists for software, servers and audio.
When is the game out? A release date has not yet been given. Since the studio is currently looking for developers, the release should still be a few years in the future. There is very little image material – Blizzard only posted a banner next to cover photo.
“New Universe” at Blizzard – What’s behind it?
That’s what Blizzard says: According to the blog post, Blizzard wants to embark on a “journey into a whole new universe” with the new game. So it won’t be a well-known setting in the popular worlds of Warcraft, StarCraft or Diablo. However, the studio does not go into further detail. The features are still largely unknown. However, the description: “a vast world of possibilities waiting to be explored” suggests some genre-specific content:
- an open world with hidden locations to explore
- Free class and skill system in which everyone chooses what and how to play
- possibly crafting and building to transform the world to your own liking
Since there is also talk of a “place full of heroes”, the new game should be a multiplayer or an MMO. The first teaser image also shows a green landscape with a flying castle in the background, while more modern people with a bicycle are in the foreground. It is quite possible that it is a fantasy setting with references to the real world.
Activision Blizzard recently announced that a possible large acquisition is pending. Microsoft wants to buy the company and would certainly have a hand in the new announcement. So when we talk about “PC and consoles” here, the Xbox could be meant in particular.
It is also exciting that there is the possibility of getting the game in Game Pass. If the purchase is confirmed by Microsoft, there is a good chance that you will receive the survival game in the already extensive game subscription.