Leaderboard: Is a ‘WoW Immortal’ a very real possibility?

    
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During this week’s podcast, Justin made a joke about the potential for a “WoW Immortal” that… doesn’t seem like such a joke, especially given Allen Adham’s comments about working on more mobile games at BlizzCon. We’ve been debating Blizzard’s next moves in the MMO space and with its franchises over the last few months thanks to some intrepid readers urging us along in the discussion, and a month or two ago, we were pretty confident that Blizzard would eventually try again. I think I even said I would be shocked to find out that Blizzard doesn’t have some sort of Overwatch ORPG or World of Warcraft 2 in its design incubators somewhere, even if they never make it to a playable stage.

But with the added context of BlizzCon’s mobile Diablo Immortal, as well as moves by MMORPG companies like CCP Games and NCsoft in the mobile space, we have to wonder whether Blizzard is eyeing a mobile version of WoW too – not just a mobile game set in the Warcraft world, but a WoW Mobile specifically. Let’s see what you think in today’s Leaderboard.

Leaderboard: Will Blizzard make WoW Immortal?

  • Yes. I'm confident this will happen. (22%, 89 Votes)
  • I think Blizz is at least thinking about it. (30%, 118 Votes)
  • The reaction to Diablo Immortal will influence whatever Blizz is up to. (14%, 55 Votes)
  • WoW 2 will happen, but it'll look like something else or won't be on mobile. (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Warcraft Mobile will happen, but it won't be WoW or WoW 2. (14%, 57 Votes)
  • Nah, Blizz will never make another WoW MMO. (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Nah, Blizz will never make another MMO period. (4%, 17 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments!) (1%, 3 Votes)
  • No answer / view tally / night elf butts (5%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 346

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Person Dude

I can imagine Blizzard would make a Clash of Clans type thing but with Warcraft assets.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Ryan Allgood

If they put out a good Warcraft themed movie game, I’d play it and I’d be happy.

Unfortunately, unless Diablo: Immortal is the exception rather than the rule, they’ll instead just reskin some Chinese shovelware game with Warcraft art assets, layer on incredibly unforgiving monetization mechanics, and then rake in the money.

There are good mobile games out there, I play a few as much as I play MMOs. However, what they’ve shown so far is that their foray into mobile is exclusively as a quick and easy cash grab.

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donvweel

I think that mobile gamming is somthing Activision is pushing, same as other big companies like WB. They prob use same or similar consultants and get the same outlook on the future. In my opinion this ivory tower outlook is distorted, Look at the difference between Turbine and Standing Stones as Turbine went mobile under WB and sunk while Standing Stones is doing fine.

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styopa

I honestly can’t understand why they haven’t made a world of starcraft? Granted, Wildstar wasn’t far off, but ricocheted into goofy-country.

Then again, Kandy World of Krushcraft isn’t far from there, so I fear that a WoS would be pretty terrible. My bar-of-expectation from Blizzard (which used to be nearly the highest in the genre) really is just lying on the floor now.

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Pandalulz

I can’t decide if there is more of a chance that they make a WoW mobile game or instead a HotS gacha character collectathon. I honestly would’ve expected the latter to come before a Diablo centric game.

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Utakata

It wouldn’t really matter if they made this WoW Immortal. As WoW is currently getting enough love that the related audience would likely shrug it off as a side project. As I think there is so much going on with WoW currently for good or bad, that no one is likely waiting around for a WoW 2. I mean it would be a nice surprise if there was next gen WoW in the works, but no one is really expecting it at this point I don’t think…

…unless of course, Blizz announced WoW 2 for mobile platform exclusively. That’s when they’ll likely get into trouble over that. /monkaS

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Utakata

“You do babble on sometimes, Uta.”

…well, yeah. :(

Polyanna
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Polyanna

If you mean will they puke up a cheap reskin of the same shitty NetEase game with WoW inspired visuals at some point? Of course. It’s inevitable. They’ve said as much, and I’m sure that they don’t even remotely give a damn about the outrage over Diablo mobile in continuing with the plan they certainly already have in place for this and other permutations of it. It will cost next to nothing to make and they’ll be swimming in loads of cash like Scrooge McDuck. This is their life now.

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Serrenity

Wait – super important question. Are they puking up the reskin, or shitting it out? It seems like an important distinction to make ;-)

(I think I’m funny)

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Bryan Correll

First one, then the other. I won’t discuss what happens between.

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Armsbend

Blizzard/Activision’s work ethic is to do the least amount possible for the highest amount of return. I am confident this will happen to all of their IPs.

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kalech

It would be silly to not look at the mobile market, it’s a huge market. I don’t think it will be a WoW mmo, but definitely something WoW/warcraft themed. I’m a-okay with a Warcraft mobile game, but I would prefer if it was not an mmo. Its just not very fun to play on a small screen. However, a different type of mobile game would be fine. Like something along the lines of Dragon Age Heroes or Onmyoji. Something where you do levels, perhaps put together a team. (running dungeons with your own party members that you gear up could be fun)

I think they’re daft if they go for a mobile mmo though.