Blizzard Entertainment has given fans a small update on the possibility of the popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft, coming to consoles. This follows a leak from Windows Central’s Jez Corden all the way back in 2021 who claimed that the leaked store listings for the Complete Edition of the game launching on consoles could be real. We’ve heard no updates from Blizzard since then but now, we have somewhat of a confirmation that a console port is at least being considered.
Speaking to GamesRadar at BlizzCon2023, vice president and executive producer of World of Warcraft, Holly Longdale, said that Blizzard talks about a console version of World of Warcraft “all the time”, though a busy schedule prevents the company from moving forward with it – at least for now.
Longdale’s response to the long-rumoured console version of World of Warcraft reads:
“It’s a complicated question. For a console audience, the approachability is likely going to be different. Right now, we’re focused on the Worldsoul Saga. But if that comes up then we’ll reexamine things but, man, we’ve got enough to deal with right now. We’ve got these three expansions and we are so excited about them. But, yeah, of course. It would be very insincere to say that we’re not, like… of course we’re talking about that. We are Microsoft now.”
Last month, Microsoft officially completed its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard with the promise of adding several of the publisher’s titles to Xbox Game Pass sometime next year. While it’s entirely possible that PC Game Pass users will at least get World of Warcraft on the subscription service, Xbox could also push for a console version of the MMORPG now that Blizzard games previously exclusive to PC (like WoW) can now flourish on other platforms.
Judging by the sound of Longdale’s reply, console players might have to wait a lot longer before World of Warcraft can find a home on Xbox consoles.