Blizzard has announced Overwatch, a sci fi FPS. I’m not sure how you do Overwatch:TF2 :: WoW:EQ, given that TF2 is already a cartoony FPS minus the parts you hate, but let’s not dwell on that.
Our friend Keen says it will almost assuredly be something he’ll enjoy, but he’s a bit grumpy about it.
Our friend SynCaine is just grumbling about interns and “where’s the real Blizzard?”
And that’s not unfair. Is the current Blizzard “the real” Blizzard? I played Torchlight instead of Diablo III largely under the premise that the key people behind Diablo II made Torchlight as the spiritual successor, and Diablo III went in a bit different direction in terms of many game design decisions. Hasn’t WoW had something like 100% turnover? How much developer continuity do we have from WC3 to SC2 to WC4?
There is something to be said for perpetuating corporate culture so that the company can be consistent even if the staffing differs. I just don’t know.