Blizzard posted a mysterious countdown on their website to generate publicity for the announcement of a new game this Saturday. Against all odds, it worked. This week the internet has been a hotbed of speculation and arguments, breaking its long-standing reputation for patience and level-headed discussion. Is Starcraft 2 or Diablo 3 in the works? Or maybe a new MMO set in either universe? Is it okay to stand at the foot of my sister's bed and watch her sleep? The internet needs to know.
It's impossible for me to cover the announcement itself since this article will be published a few hours before Blizzard's big reveal, but I can use this opportunity to prove how rock solid my industry contacts are.
You see, my sources within Blizzard have been supplying me with detailed notes from high-level production meetings. Tons of project ideas were pitched during these meetings, and while I may not know which one got the green light, I can guarantee that the game that will be announced today is somewhere in these notes.
Also, Starcraft 2. The notes for that game idea were so voluminous and detailed that they wouldn't fit in this article, but I totally have them and I'm pretty sure that's what Blizzard's next game will be.
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