In-Depth: Sams Talks The State Of Blizzard

Paul Sams is the chief operating officer at Blizzard Entertainment, the billion-dollar-a-year developer of the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises.

If Blizzard is seeing any corporate pressures by the higher-ups at the forthcoming new company that bears its name, the studio isn't showing it.

Both of its current upcoming major projects, StarCraft II and Diablo III are exclusive to PC and Mac, and both are ambiguously releasing whenever Blizzard feels they should release - both traits fairly at odds with console-oriented, shareholder-driven Activision.

During the company's Worldwide Invitational in Paris, Sams sat down with Gamasutra for a one-on-one chat, in which he explained why Blizzard will never make a kids' game, why it "absolutely would" make another MMO but doesn't feel much pressure to move over to consoles, and how the idea of a new franchise is "very intriguing" - so much so that Sams states, "I would absolutely say we will at some point."

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