Blizzard's Titan to shy away from subscription-model

World of Warcraft

The company's much anticipated follow up to World of Warcraft may go down free-to-play route.

Blizzard CEO Michael Morhaime has revealed that its upcoming secret MMO, codenamed Titan, will likely not be subscription-based.

The title represents Blizzard's first foray into MMO games since the phenomenal success of World of Warcraft, which at its height had over 12 million paying subscribers but has recently slumped to 7.7 million.

Speaking about Titan, Morhaime told investors: “We're in the process of selecting a new direction for the project and re-envisioning what we want the game to be. And while we can't talk about the details yet, it is unlikely to be a subscription-based MMORPG.”

He stressed that the company was in no way ready to make an official announcement or projected release date.

“As we continue our assessment, we have shifted some of the resources from the team to our other franchises, including World of Warcraft and Blizzard All-Stars, which we believe will add immense value to those projects,” he continued.

While World of Warcraft has shown signs of decline, the company boss was eager to point out that the falling subscriber numbers has slowed since the beginning of the financial year, which he attributed to new content.

“Our priority is to continue delivering great content to our players. We feel the WoW continues to be the top most compelling, actually, multiplayer online role-playing game available,” Morahime explained, adding: “We think it still has a very long life ahead of itself.”

Transcript via Seeking Alpha.

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