Blizzard have confirmed that Warcraft will finally be coming to mobile this year in some capacity. Rumours about Warcraft mobile stretch back to 2017, but things are finally moving forward. In addition to mobile content, both World of Warcraft and Hearthstone will also receive “substantial new content” this year.
In their quarterly earnings report, Blizzard confirmed that they are planning “substantial” new content for World of Warcraft and Hearthstone in 2022, which also includes Warcraft coming to mobile.
Blizzard’s full statement on their plans reads:
“[We’re] 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.”
This isn’t the first Blizzard franchise that is making its way to mobile, as many gamers know of the infamous Diablo: Immortal mobile game, which is expected to launch sometime in the first half of 2022. However, reception has mostly been positive on that title based on early previews last year.
Microsoft and Xbox recently announced their plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for almost $70 billion, making it the largest gaming acquisition in the industry’s history. This will include several Blizzard IPs under Xbox’s banner, including Warcraft, Diablo and Overwatch, among others.
The deal has yet to be finalized, though this could mean exclusivity to Xbox for several of these household franchises in the future. In the meantime, Activision Blizzard continues to operate as usual, with several announcements for projects to be made in the coming months. Blizzard confirmed that we’ll receive news for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV relatively soon.
With the mobile market being as massive as it is, Blizzard (and many other companies) have been branching into mobile gaming, and getting Warcraft onto phones will certainly be a big push and gamble by the company.