So, for any of you who were hoping for World of Sanctuary (the pet name we've all given to a hypothetical MMO installment in the Diablo series), this won't be it.Quote fromThe unannounced MMO in development by World of Warcraft creative studio Blizzard will not be based on one of its established franchises, a representative iterated today.
"We've already stated it'll be a brand new franchise, which means the lore, art, and game play are being developed entirely from scratch," said Blizzard community manager Zarhym on the World of Warcraft forums, in a post noticed by Worldofwar.net
Zerhym referred to the new MMO as a "shell of a game thus far." Blizzard has previously said that the title is being developed using the World of Warcraft engine for testing purposes.
"It's an overwhelming process, but a process through which we excel," added Zerhym. "Our track record supports this."
While not particularly Diablo-related, it is in Blizzard's realm. I'm curious to see what will come out of this MMO- if it will be a reliving of WoW or something new and fresh. I wouldn't put it past Blizzard to make good on this opportunity for an MMO with better graphics, better questing, and just about anything else.
They've also explicitly stated some things that they are going to be working on with the new project- particularly the lore of whatever game this might be, artwork, and gameplay. It will be interesting to see how they are going to redo the age-old MMO gameplay style.
(This was a tip-off from milanv, if anyone wants to pay him a rep point or two for the find )