Retrospect on Diablo III. Codename: Project Hydra
This thing has returned to bite me once more in the—err— where sun doesn’t shine. The first time you probably heard about Project Hydra was when I posted here on Blizzplanet a rumor from a anonymous source that reached me via chat. I usually don’t listen to hearsay, or anonymous “I have an uncle that works at Blizzard and told me ... this and that”-kind of breaking news. That’s why I go straight to the source myself, be it writers, editors, voice actors, music composers, or else.
However, this guy really made me wonder if it was or not fake—about two years ago. Right before StarCraft II was officially announced, 1up.com had seen a Medusa codename on the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals itinerary (schedule sheet). I posted about it on May 18, 2007 at 3pm EST, and twenty minutes later, this guy contacted me to let me know Medusa was the codename of Starcraft II and that it would be announced at Seoul during the 2007 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals—here is the archived post. Few hours later, it happened. Starcraft II was announced, which made me wonder if the anonymous source wasn’t fake after all. He also mentioned Project Hydra and Project South Seas.
On September 7, 2007, barely four months after I first posted about Project Hydra, TheInquirer posted to have heard codename Project Hydra at the GDC.
Last week, Kotaku was not allowed to take photos of three locations within Blizzard Entertainment’s Headquarter. One of them had a sign titled ... Project Hydra. Check out Kotaku’s article.