Blizzard eyes mobile development, player-created content, and faster updates for the future

    
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So perhaps some clothes?

When you think mobile gaming, chances are that super-casual (and extremely cheap) titles come to mind. Blizzard might be looking to change that stereotype, as its execs are publicly mulling over future mobile development with deeper, more serious titles.

In an interview with Venture Beat, President Michael Morhaime, Senior Vice President Frank Pearce, and Senior Vice President Chris Metzen hinted at some of the paths that the studio might take in its upcoming titles. The execs said that “conscious evaluation” was being given to bringing deeper titles like StarCraft to mobile platforms.

“I feel like there’s still a big opportunity in mobile beyond just casual games,” Morhaime stated. “I’m not sure we’ve figured out what that is yet.”

As for its existing line-up, the studio has an ongoing challenge to deliver new content regularly to a voracious audience. “One of the important challenges for me is to figure out how we can do more with less manpower,” Pearce said. “The World of Warcraft [core development] team is 250 people, and they’re able to create a tremendous amount of content. But all of us would still like to get more content into the hands of the community, more quickly.”

Blizzard said that some of its future goals include “dominating esports,” developing for all six of its current franchises, fostering a friendlier player environment, striving for diversity, and making it easier for players to create and share content. One thing the studio isn’t pursuing is virtual reality — at least for the time being.

Source: Venture Beat via Ars Technica. Thanks to Serrenity for the tip!
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ArbsX The new expansion is taking a different route than the traditional expansion/update cycle by focusing on much smaller, faster content updates that are primarily story focused.
And the reality is that yes, SWTOR has released more content in the past year than WoW has. Between 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 4.0/4.1, SWTOR has released more content than WoW has in 6.1/6.2. And this is a game with a fraction of the subscribers and a much smaller development team.

ArbsX
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ArbsX

Hounddog74 We all know Blizzard will never achieve fast updates, the old saying of it’s done when its ready.

ArbsX
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ArbsX

Greaterdivinity Armsbend Swtor has meaty patches? All their new expansion was rehashed all the content & give you story chapters that last maybe an hour. 
I don’t even think GW2 has had much either.

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KalaMona

“I feel like there’s still a big opportunity in mobile beyond just
casual games,” Morhaime stated. “I’m not sure we’ve figured out what
that is yet.”
That is what EVERY developer in the world is thinking, but none of them managed to really grab that PC experience. Deep games in mobiles constantly struggle with the bad interface problems (no right click, no mouseover, your finger blocks the view what you are selecting currently, there is a little delay, and it is generally more exhausting to the hands instead of a mouse, etc.). I am wondering how Blizzard will tackle these.

KalaMona
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KalaMona

mysecretid Absolutely true, but with good moderation and some kind of voting system, the 10% can be quite good.

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Leviathon_lx

I really wonder if there’s anyone left that actually falls for the ‘we totally are trying to release content faster and will next time we swear!’

MetaDune
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MetaDune

So they don’t know their own mobile game hearthstone? Lol diablo type game will work well on mobile too

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bfleendini

luxundae I have a feeling the large team of 250 has something to do with it. That is A LOT of people all concentrating on various aspects of the same game. 
I’d wager Communication between departments and individuals is where a lot of time is wasted. Can’t have one group stepping on the other toes or doing something that will have to be re-done because of a small change they weren’t aware of.

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Blizzard saying they are “hoping to increase update speeds” is like that fat guy who every january swears “this time im going to get in shape” starting with a diet coke with his burger king meal. They arent even fooling themselves at this point, surely.

Ironwu
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Armsbend
King made over 2B in the past.  They not making that now.  Have not even seen an ad for King products in months.
Folks keep trotting out that ‘separate entity’ gag.  That is such a fiction, as anyone that has worked in corporations with separate divisions can tell you.  If division ‘x’ gets 1 million extra development dollars, that is money that the other divisions will not have access to.