Could Blizzard be taking World of Warcraft or Diablo to mobile?

It’s a tantalizing dream for some: A handheld version of World of Warcraft or Diablo that will no doubt spell the end of productivity and free time. And such games might be in the works.

Attentive MOP reader Sallly Bowls transcribed a key part of Blizzard’s recent conference call in which CEO Mike Morhaime hinted at mobile versions of the studio’s properties.

“The second opportunity is to take our very successful PC and console franchises and extend them to mobile,” Morhaime said. “And we think this is the time to do it and it’s an exciting opportunity for few reasons. First, mobile gaming is of course now very much at scale, large and growing with billions of people around the world who essentially have a mini console or PC in a pocket. And kind of the second reason that the technology we feel has advanced to a point where we feel there is a mobile platform now that can fulfill the requirements of our core IP.”

Morhaime pointed to Asia as a primary reason for mobile development, which has taken many popular IPs and brought them over to the handheld space. He said that the studio “obviously wants to get this right” and that we should be hearing more about Blizzard’s mobile projects this year.

Source: Massively OP. Yeah, we sourced ourselves. Thanks Sally Bowls!
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T.S

I believe that Coddy Johnson (President and COO of Activison Blizzard) said “The second opportunity is to take our” quote that is attributed to Mike Morhaime, according to seekingalphas website transcipt of Activision Blizzard’s February 8, 2018 Earnings Call.

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Indigo Salma

If they release something on mobile , it better be buy to play … freemium isnt even considered a whole game unless you pay up …

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Loopy

I think this can mean two things:

1. Expanding WoW-style mobile apps to other franchises. WoW already has a number of mobile apps that act as an extension of the social interaction, such as the guild chat client, work order system, etc., and i’m assuming similar functionality could be extended to things like Hearthstone, HotS, SC and Diablo.

2. Actually developing mobile games. To be honest, i haven’t had much luck in finding a well-developed MMO on mobile platform, but this doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If somebody can do a well polished mobile game, Blizzard would definitely be up to the task. Seeing that they don’t shy from traditional funding models such as subscriptions and B2P, i don’t see why this couldn’t port over to mobile if done right and to a high quality level.

Cyclone Jack
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Cyclone Jack

Seeing as no mobile game has held my attention for more than a few minutes, I’m not getting any hopes up. I’d expect mediocrity, with a bit of extra polish.

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Melissa McDonald

the new Snapdragon 845 chip is being called a “graphics powerhouse”

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/12/qualcomm-snapdragon-845-benchmarks/

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April-Rain

Blizzard want to join the dregs of gaming which is to be found on mobile, the amount of crap to worth playing ratio is about 99.9% to 0.1%

And then the 0.1% is not great and will kill your battery in 2 hours making them, well not mobile as you are attached to the recharge cable.

I am expecting lots of bliz coins, gems and loot boxes.

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Gadgets-4G

Watch as another platform is inundated and over saturated. I’ve been hearing good things about the market but haven’t seen a single product that has really taken advantage of being mobile much less being good at being mobile.

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rahkeesh

Extending the franchise, not actual released games. Hearthstone already extended the Warcraft franchise into mobile. The suggestion here is that something similar may be in the works for Diablo, Starcraft, and/or Overwatch. Something more like Puzzle Quest: Diablo edition or the like.

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Tiresias

What Blizzard needs is a new IP!

I was dramatically disappointed with the use of the Overwatch IP, despite liking the game very much. All of the important bits of lore take place outside of the game!

Blizzard crafts these amazing worlds, and their game development is very Apple-like: they don’t release innovative products so much as they take tried-and-true forms and perfect them — which is fine!

The have a slew of RTS games, which have lost popularity in recent years, an MMO (based on an older RTS…), an ARPG, a MOBA, and an FPS; with the exception of the FPS, the IPs of all of the other games have been around for literally decades (I’m ignoring the MOBA since it’s just a mish-mash of everything else). It’s time for something new! …Or to utilize the Overwatch IP in a much more powerful manner.

You know what would really knock my socks off? A superhero RPG with online elements, even if it’s not a fully-fledged MMO. Heck, the Overwatch IP would even work in that framework, as the characters are all basically superheroes.

Come on, Blizzard, it’s time for something new!

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Melissa McDonald

I would LOVE Diablo on my phone!