While there are many who are looking to games like Star Wars: The Old Republic or Blizzard’s own upcoming MMO, “Titan” to dethrone World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s cofounder and EVP of product development Frank Pearce seems to think it might actually be Diablo 3 that accomplishes the task.
When asked by Gamasutra if he thinks Titan will cannibalize WoW subscribers upon its release, Pearce stated, “It’s hard to say. I think even a shorter-term concern is whether or not we might see cannibalization of WoW players from Diablo III when we launch it, because it’s a similar type of experience. Not exactly similar, but it’s that RPG feel.”
Pearce continues, “it’s better we cannibalize them ourselves than let someone else do that, because if we cannibalize them ourselves, they’re still a Blizzard customer.” I can’t say I disagree with his logic, but I’ve never felt like Diablo was a similar experience to World of Warcraft. Unless, of course, there are drastic, heartbreaking changes coming to Diablo 3 that have yet to be revealed.
Also, to state the obvious, Diablo 3 still has no release date.