The company shared the news on its website on Tuesday, along with several job ads describing the project as, “a world different from any other Blizzard has created.”
“Blizzard is embarking on our next quest,” it said. “We are going on a journey to a whole new universe, home to a brand-new survival game for PC and console.
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“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.”
The company is currently staffing up and seeking to fill art, design and engineering roles on the project.
“For thirty years, Blizzard has been creating universes for millions of players around the globe,” it said. “This requires a diverse team of developers willing to lend their voices, to listen and to be heard. That is our mission.
“Do you like survival games? Do you want to join a collaborative team of experienced developers at the early stage of a new project in a new world…and help write the next chapter in Blizzard’s story? This is your call to adventure. Will you answer it?”
The company is currently facing multiple investigations over alleged sexual assaults and harassment of female employees, which resulted in president J. Allen Brack standing down last year.
Xbox parent company Microsoft announced last week that it intends to purchase Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal – the game industry’s biggest ever by some distance.
The acquisition, which will give Microsoft exclusive ownership of Call of Duty, Warcraft, Overwatch, Crash Bandicoot, Guitar Hero and more, is expected to close by June 2023.