We all knew Blizzard was busy on a third title, Project Hydra, which turned out to be Diablo 3 but over the past few months there has also been talk of a fourth title in development. Based on the jobs being posted at Blizzard it is thought to be an MMORPG. Rob Pardo has confirmed that there is indeed a fourth title in the works.

    A few months ago you offered a job on the official Blizzard webpage, Considering a next gen MMO… A community manager added that its about a game that hasn’t been announced yet. Is there any new information on that or is Diablo the mentioned next gen MMO?

    Rob Pardo: No, its obviously not, since it is not an MMO! We have another development team, that is…

    So there is still one project?

    Rob Pardo: Yea, there is still one “unknown” project…

    Combine this quote with another statement made by Blizzards Paul Sams, chief operating officer at Blizzard Entertainment:

    Blizzard has very strong IP, but it also seems like all of it was created in the last century.

    PS: First of all, that’s true that we’ve not introduced any new franchises this century. I think what it really comes down to is, we ask the teams what they want to make next.

    I think the folks at our company are concerned, if they’re going to do a new franchise, that it be worthy – and that it be something that is equivalent or better than what we’ve done before, because they don’t want to do a franchise that’s not.

    These are three of the best-selling franchises of all time, and very well-loved. So you’ve got a pretty high bar of trying to figure out what those franchises might be.

    What I will say, though, is that the idea of a new franchise is very intriguing to employees of the company. Are we ever going to release a new one? I would absolutely say we will at some point. I just don’t know when that day will be quite yet.

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