A report by Bloomberg states that a Warcraft MMORPG game for mobile has recently been canceled. According to the report, Activision Blizzard and NetEase canceled the mobile title over a financing dispute. Various key details were also mentioned there as well.
Canceled Warcraft MMORPG For Mobile: What We Know
As stated in the report, the game had been under development for almost three years. Over 100 developers were involved with the project before its eventual cancellation. The game’s codename was Neptune, and it was envisioned as an MMORPG set in the same universe as World of Warcraft. However, this would have taken place in a different time period as a spinoff.
As mentioned, the reasoning for the cancellation is said to be purely financial. It seems that Blizzard and NetEase disagreed over financial terms and ultimately halted the development of the game. This casts uncertainty over the partnership of the two companies as NetEase publishes various Blizzard titles in China including World of Warcraft. Additionally, it also co-created the hugely popular and highly controversial online game Diablo Immortal with Blizzard as well.
With this cancellation, it is unknown whether Blizzard and NetEase will continue their long and lucrative partnership.
There was mention of a title related to Warcraft in Activision Blizzard’s Q4 2021 financial results back in February. No specific name was given to the title there. But, it must have been one of many Warcraft mobile games currently in development at Blizzard. Recently Warcraft: Arclight Rumble was announced in May and is due for release soon. Additionally, a Pokemon GO-styled Warcraft game was also canceled at the same time.
World of Warcraft was released by Blizzard in 2004 and quickly became the most popular MMORPG of all time. Its upcoming expansion pack titled Dragonflight is currently in development and is expected for released later this year.
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