A new mobile game from the popular World of Warcraft franchise is being developed, marking this as the first time that a Warcraft game will be officially ported to mobile platforms.
Warcraft has been one of the most popular massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) of all time, but has largely enjoyed its popularity on desktop PC platforms. Now, though, the natural evolution process for most popular game franchises is mobile, so its no surprise that Warcraft is also going the same way.
The news was confirmed by Activision Blizzard in its latest earnings call, where it described its Q4 2021 performance to shareholders. Blizzard, the developers of the Warcraft title, confirmed that the game will be made in 2022 itself. However, they have so far failed to confirm when might it be released, and the prospective release date of end-2022 is as much detail as we could gather.
There is so far no information in terms of what format Warcraft would offer in its mobile avatar. The title could likely rival clan-based battle games such as Clash of Kings and League of Legends. The latter two are regularly among the most popular mobile games of all time, so it’s unsurprising that Activision Blizzard is looking at this segment to offer one of its most popular games of all time.
Activision has already seen reasonable success with its mobile port of Call of Duty Mobile, which took on the battle royale category and is today one of the popular offerings here – alongside other titles such as Genshin Impact, Garena Free Fire and Battlegrounds Mobile India, the India-specific port of PUBG Mobile.
It is likely that we will be hearing more about the World of Warcraft title in the coming months. It is also likely that unless they run into regulatory issues in terms of the anti-competitive laws, the World of Warcraft franchise will be a Microsoft property by the time it launches. It remains to be seen how the title fits into Microsoft’s mobile gaming plans, which we’ll also likely hear more of in the near future.