Tuesday, Feb 08, 2022, 14:40 iOS: Software

Is Warcraft Coming To iOS & Android? – Blizzard Hopes To Renew Enthusiasm In The Brand

Warcraft is easily one of the most recognizable brands in the gaming industry. The video game broke onto the market in 1994 only to be followed by two extremely popular successors – "Tides of Darkness" in 1995, and 2002's "Reign of Chaos" (including the 2003 "Frozen Throne" expansion). What was initially purely an RTS (real time strategy game) with a focus on tactics would later evolve into the most successful MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) in history come 2004. WoW (World of Warcraft) ranks number 6 in the list of top selling computer games and with the release of WoW Classic (the original version of the game) and Blizzard yet again reaffirmed popularity for all things Warcraft with the surprising hit that was "WoW Classic" – which wasn't only a one-hit wonder amongst nostalgics. Other popular additions to the Warcraft universe have included titles such as the popular card trading game "Hearthstone" and "Heroes of the Storm" – a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) with some playable characters from the Warcraft universe as well as Blizzard's other franchises.

More Problems Than Simple Scandals
Blizzard has come under a bit of fire lately, particularly for a series of scandals involving sexual harassment so severe that it may have even led to the suicide of one female employee on a company trip. Many of the complaints are lodged against the company's CEO, Bobby Kotick, who allegedly concealed many of the instances of sexual harassment and may have even threatened to kill one female employee. The allegations are so great in number, from both men and women, that over 2,000 company employees staged a walkout, multiple heads of development were fired, and Activision Blizzard is now being sued by the state of California.

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Problems Carrying On With Normal Development
Apart from scandals, the company has also come to face many other problems not faced in the past, such as in the case of Warcraft: Reforged's massive quality control problems – which is largely a novelty in sight of the Warcraft franchise's almost flawless history. Many customers were heavily disappointed and rumors have even begun to circulate that the Warcraft universe is beginning to stagnate or even falter. Although the most recent WoW expansion "Shadowlands" did witness record sales, there was also a record drop in players directly following its release.

Warcraft Mobile In 2022 – More Warcraft Content
Now, Blizzard has finally announced intentions to focus on some new material and is promising the release of a Warcraft mobile game. The game will be for iOS and Android and Blizzard has stated explicitly that it will possess "entirely new content". Although Blizzard has yet to provide much more detail about the upcoming handheld smartphone game's content, the company has provided a rough, approximate date of release – sometime within the rest of 2022. The announcement took place at Blizzard's quarterly conference which also included some vague information concerning other Warcraft titles. Both Hearthstone and World of Warcraft should soon focus on "entirely new experiences" – for WoW, this presumably means a new expansion (Shadowlands has been out for almost 15 months now).

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