New « mobile Warcraft content » is slated to release sometime in 2022, according to Activision Blizzard’s 2021 fourth-quarter earnings report. While it seems safe to assume it will be a Warcraft mobile game, the exact wording keeps things vague.
« Blizzard is planning substantial new content for the Warcraft franchise in 2022, including new experiences in World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, and getting all-new mobile Warcraft content into players’ hands for the first time, » the report reads.
As for what that « mobile Warcraft content » will actually entail is anybody’s guess. This isn’t the first time Activision Blizzard has discussed Warcraft on mobile during an earnings report. In 2021, an earnings call stated two free-to-play Warcraft mobile games were in stages of « advanced development » and would allow « fans to experience the Warcraft universe in entirely new ways. » It should be noted that the reports specifically refer to the mobile games as « Warcraft » games and not « World of Warcraft, » so don’t expect Blizzard’s MMO to come to phones anytime soon.
Warcraft has technically had « mobile content » before. For the last several WoW expansions, players could use the game’s mobile companion app to earn additional in-game resources or play minigames that involved leveling up followers and sending them out on missions. Hearthstone, Blizzard’s popular Warcraft-themed card game, is also on mobile devices. The Warcraft franchise originally took the form of real-time strategy games, but the most recent game in the series to fit that format was 2002’s Warcraft III. It’s unclear if a Warcraft mobile game would embrace the franchise’s strategy roots or go in a different direction.
Activision Blizzard is currently in the process of being acquired by Microsoft in a $69 billion deal, pending approval by regulators. Microsoft’s buyout of the company comes as Activision Blizzard deals with ongoing lawsuits and investigations alleging a workplace culture of sexual harassment and discrimination.
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