Warcraft is one of the most important computer game franchises in history, and for the first time it will make the leap to mobile phones. Blizzard announced last May Warcraft Arclight Rumblea tower defense strategy game for iOS and Android.
This laid-back spin-off will be the only Warcraft game for now to benefit from the potential of the mobile gaming market, a bigger slice of the pie than consoles and PCs. But things could have been very different.
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Of three mobile Warcraft games, only one will see the light
According to Bloomberg account, Activision Blizzard has canceled two other mobile games of Warcraft that was in development.
One of them was being developed with NetEasethe second largest Chinese video game company after Tencent, and was to have been un MMORPG muy similar a World of Warcraftset in the same universe but in another time.
According to Bloomberg, NetEase had working on it three years, with an already dissolved team of 100 people. But Activision Blizzard and NetEase did not reach an agreement and finally the project was cancelled.
The other mobile Warcraft game was going to be a Pokémon GO-style Augmented Reality game, which was in development for four years. Those types of games are certainly not going through their best moment.
NetEase is a key partner of Activision Blizzard in China, where they have published the still popular World of Warcraft since 2009. They have also developed the popular (depending on how you look at it) Diablo Immortal, another mobile game.
But Activision has entrusted another of its most important properties, Call of Duty, to NetEase’s “rival” in China, Tencentwhich has developed the Call of Duty mobile games.
If you often watch series when traveling or in various parts of the house, these tablets can be good companions for entertainment consumption.
These mobile versions are key to expand to a larger audience in China and other emerging markets such as Latin America and the rest of Asiaand may be key to offsetting the poor performance of traditional PC and console gaming in Western markets.
NetEase was also working with Bungie on a Destiny mobile game, another spin-off but with the same ambition and gameplay, which we hope will have better luck.