Austin GDC is a great convention for the game industry. It affords game developers a meet and greet opportunity with other members of the industry, the chance to see the latest and greatest technology that will drive MMO's and games in general into the next generation and of course the panels that everyone enjoys sitting in on, as veterans in the industry are able to offer sage advice to up-and-comers.
But that's not all Austin GDC is good for. It's also good to spark some discussion on things coming in the future, like say... Blizzard's un-announced project. The Inquirer is reporting that the previously un-announced project at least has a codename within Blizzard: Hydra. Now I'm not one to jump on speculation, but does anyone else see a stark resemblance to the codename used for StarCraft II? It was Medusa, for those not familiar - and that was because of Kerrigan, whom closely resembles the mythological creature.
So then, what exactly is project Hydra? If Medusa is a good indication, it's definitely something related to StarCraft. Hydra... Hydralisk... well, you get the idea. It's also not a secret that Blizzard is hiring for their secret project - just check out their job opportunity page and you'll see a slew of Next-Gen MMO positions open.
Hydra plus hiring for a Next-Gen MMO... StarCraft Universe, anyone?