Blizzard Cancelled A Game 2 Years In Development

Blizzard Cancelled A Game 2 Years In Development

David Gibson, an animator that worked on Overwatch, has revealed via his Twitter account that he no longer works for Blizzard and mentioned a game he has worked on for the last 2 years that will never see the light of the day:

Naughty Dog’s Jonathan Cooper and Kotaku’s Jason Schreier have made appearances in the replies alongside a variety of Blizzard employees to participate in the following exchange:

Update: Jason promises, and Jason delivers. Check out Kotaku’s article dedicated to the cancelled game.

In 2018 Blizzard’s executive producer Allen Adham participated in an interview with GameInformer in which he revealed that roughly 50% of the games in development never take off:

“We have roughly a 50-percent success rate,” he says. “I do a presentation internally for Blizzard and for the Activision companies at large, sometimes our brothers and sisters at King or Activision, Treyarch, Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward, they’re curious to hear how our incubation process works. I have a slide where it shows a curtain, you know, and how does Blizzard consistently make great games and it shows a picture of Blizzard covered by a curtain, and the next slide is this terrifying-looking clown. The truth is, behind the curtain, it’s a horror show. But most people outside of Blizzard don’t realize around half of our titles don’t see the light of day. So, people who think we’re a consistent company, we’re only consistent in that we only release the really amazing games.”

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3 Comments

  1. Was he “let go” because the project was cancelled? Cancelling projects in software development shouldn’t be considered a surprise. Now, not being able to shift people around to something else is a different discussion.

    • No idea but he also made a bunch of animations for Overwatch. I especially like the one with Sombra bowing!

    • In Kotaku’s article dedicated to the canceled game (according to it, it was a StarCraft-themed FPS), it was said that no developers were let go due to it, so there is the answer.

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