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Blizzard Planned, But Then Canned, A StarCraft First-Person Shooter

Blizzard Planned, But Then Canned, A StarCraft First-Person Shooter

A new report on Kotaku has revealed that Blizzard Entertainment was working on a new first-person shooter set in the StarCraft universe, which was apparently going to play like Battlefield. Its code name was Area, and prototypes were described as "looking quite good".

You'll note a lot of past tense, there. And that's because said shooter - development on which kicked off in 2017, with StarCraft II's lead designer Dustin Browder heading it up - has been cancelled. Kicked into the can. The dust, it has bitten it. And all those other expressions that fit the situation.

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Now, it's very common for studios big and small to have a number of projects on the go at once, many of which never make it, and most of those never reach the public anyway. So it's no surprise that Blizzard's been spinning a few plates behind closed doors, alongside beavering away on Diablo 4. And Kotaku received a fairly matter-of-fact statement along these lines from Blizzard, concerning the kiboshed StarCraft FPS.

StarCraft Remastered / Credit: Blizzard Entertainment
StarCraft Remastered / Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard said that it "always [has] people working on different ideas ... including on multiple projects right now". (Oooooh.) And added that, "there is always the possibility that we'll make the decision to not move forward on a given project".

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One project that the studio certainly is moving forward with is a sequel to its phenomenally popular 2016 shooter, Overwatch. Or at least, that's heavily implied in the Kotaku report - whereas the likes of PC Gamer are sticking with it being a rumour, for now. They add that Overwatch 2 - assuming that's the title it's given - will include a PvE mode that's comparable to Left 4 Dead. Into it, frankly. (Albeit with the caveat of: how the heck will that work, then?)

If Overwatch 2 is happening, in lieu of Blizzard's StarCraft spin-off going any further, no doubt we'll see and hear all about it at 2019's BlizzCon, starting on November 1. And, in before you moan about Diablo Immortal again: shut up.

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Topics: video games, Blizzard, overwatch, gamingbible

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Former gigs include VICE Gaming, BBC Music, BBC Gaming Show. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016), 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016), 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games' (2019). Contact: [email protected]