The subject of this article does not physically exist. It exists only as a rumor or a popular imagination but is discussed often enough to keep track of.
A StarCraft MMO has been rumored/suggested numerous times, and has been brainstormed by Blizzard Entertainment at least once. This page catalogues such rumors, as well as Blizzard's short-lived attempt.
In light of the success of Blizzard Entertainment's MMORPG World of Warcraft series, it became common to question and speculate as to whether an MMO game would be developed for Blizzard's other major franchises of StarCraft and Diablo. In 2008, Frank Pearce commented that while a StarCraft MMO would be "cool", Blizzard's game development staff were (at the time) spread thinly throughout the projects that Blizzard is working on. An MMO for StarCraft was not something that existed on a short or even medium-term horizon. He further stated that the success of World of Warcraft would make it difficult to create a StarCraft MMO because the bar has been set so high, and that it would be a lot of work. However, it was later clarified Blizzard believes the StarCraft universe is deep enough to do whatever they want to do, even if it's an MMO.
In 2008, rumors of StarCraft Online emerged. The name came from the claim that Chinese online games operator NetEase had acquired the rights to make such a game.
|12th May 2009–StarCraft MMO Rumor False|
GameSpot also confirmed the rumor is false.
Project Titan and AftermathEdit
Blizzard confirmed they were working on a new unnamed MMO, however codenamed Titan, as well as a fifth game, which used the World of Warcraft engine for testing purposes. Titan ended development in the summer of 2013. The cancellation of Titan eventually gave way to Overwatch, but in the intermediary period, three separate game ideas were conceived. One of them was an MMO set in a pre-established Blizzard IP. The other was an MMO set in the StarCraft universe, as the team wanted to be able to tell stories in the setting that one couldn't in an RTS format, such as what life was like for civilians on the various planets of the setting. It is known that artwork of one of the characters (see above) was inspired by Prospector Logann (also note the hydralisk and dropships in the picture). Additionally, Team 4 was fond of the StarCraft universe, and was willing to do something similar in regards to how World of Warcraft related to the original Warcraft RTS games. However, neither the supposed StarCraft MMO nor Crossroads (another MMO idea) went through.