Blizzard isn’t willing to reveal many details about its upcoming survival video game. The only title it has given us for the game is “Unannounced Survival Game.” Enigmatic! It’s enigmatic!

Craig Amai is leading the development of the Unannounced Survival Game. He stated that the game was a “humble pitch” created on his computer. According to Amai’s LinkedIn profile, he quit World of Warcraft in July 2017 and began leading the survival game team seven years and four months ago.

Amai has been with Blizzard for a long time. His resume shows that he started at Blizzard in 2004 as a senior gaming master. He offered various capacities of in-game customer service, primarily for World of Warcraft. Later, he became a senior WoW designer and a lead quest designer. He worked on the MMO until he began to work on the survival game.

Blizzard boss Mike Ybarra stated on Twitter that he has “played many hours’ of the survival game with the dev team. I also noticed that Geoffrey Virtue (executive producer of Teamfight Tactics at Riot) co-led Blizzard’s survival game between 2019-2021.

Virtue stated that the game would have a significant impact on the industry.

Blizzard’s survival-game game has been in development for five years. However, we don’t know how long it took to develop the game. Projects can sit in the development phase for ten years before release. Microsoft recently bought The Elder Scrolls 6. It was teased for the first time in 2018. The Elder Scrolls 6 is currently in design, while Bethesda works on Starfield. Likely, TES6 won’t be released until several years after it goes into full-scale production.

Blizzard’s survival game seems more than just a collection of documents and a prototype. Amai posted a job listing on LinkedIn for a lead content design about a year ago. This is the kind of job title you would expect to see in a game’s production. Blizzard announced this week that the project was in an “early phase” and is currently hiring several artists and level designers to produce the game’s content.

Blizzard’s survival title could be years away. The studio has already released Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4. Still, if Amai wants to embrace online survival, he should release an alpha version now and upgrade to beta six years later after the game has sold 20 million copies. This is the traditional way.

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