Blizzard announces its next game for PC and console, set in an “all-new universe”

Blizzard has announced its next project

Concept art for Blizzard's new IP, a survival game

Blizzard has announced a new survival game in development for PC and console that will be set in an “all-new universe”. Aside from those few details and a couple of small bits of concept art, information on the game is light. It looks like it’s very early in development, too, as today’s announcement comes alongside a hiring push for the project.

“Blizzard is embarking on our next quest,” the company says in the announcement. “We are going on a journey to a whole new universe, home to a brand-new survival game for PC and console. A place full of heroes we have yet to meet, stories yet to be told, and adventures yet to be lived. A vast realm of possibility, waiting to be explored.”

Job listings for level designers of various levels of seniority ask for someone who can create “immersive and explorable environments that you might find in a AAA game”, as well as folks who can demonstrate “mastery of level design processes including, but not limited to, level flow, engagement design, pacing, storytelling, PVP, et cetera”. Another listing for a server engineer suggests an online component, which should come as little surprise for a Blizzard title.

This is the first major game announcement from the company in some time, and the first since Microsoft announced its intent to purchase the Activision Blizzard conglomerate. Blizzard boss Mike Ybarra teased some “exciting” announcements last week, and it looks like this is the first.

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