Warcraft Mobile Confirmed this 2022 by Activision Blizzard

Warcraft mobile game rumors have been circulating since 2017, and it appears that 2022 will finally deliver. Blizzard has now confirmed the release of a new Warcraft mobile game this year.

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Blizzard stated in its quarterly earnings report that it is "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," and that it is "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."

Activision Blizzard disclosed intentions to release Warcraft for mobile later this year in its fourth quarter 2021 financial results press release. CEO Bobby Kotick told investors a year ago that the company was working on "several, mobile, free-to-play Warcraft experiences" that were already in the works. Blizzard has yet to provide more precise information about the games, as well as a more concrete release date, so it's unknown whether all of those experiences will be available or just a few.

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Since at least 2017, there have been speculations of a Warcraft mobile game. Blizzard announced in 2018 that it was working on a mobile entry for the property that would be comparable to Pokémon Go, implying that it would be an augmented reality game. It was being developed by an "incubation" team that was formed when co-founder Allen Adham returned to the firm in 2016, according to a Kotaku article. The crew also worked on Diablo Immortal, a mobile game that will be released this year.

The announcement of a new Warcraft-themed smartphone isn't the first time they've announced anything for cellphones. The developer announced a few years ago that they were working on mobile releases for all of their major brands, the first of which being Diablo Immortal.

Longtime Diablo fans instantly mocked the announcement for Diablo Immortal, with one fan in attendance at the BlizzCon event literally asking, "Is this a late April Fool's joke?"

Since then, people have been denying the game's existence on the internet.

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While no release date for Diablo Immortal has been announced, Blizzard stated in the same press release that the game's public testing phase was "completed with favorable feedback" and that it is on schedule for a release in 2022.

This would imply that two major smartphone adaptations of two of their primary properties will be released in the same fiscal year. Given the negative reaction to the Diablo Immortal announcement and subsequent responses, it's likely that the developer will release the games fast and quietly to see how they perform.

Keep your expectations low for the remainder of the "major new stuff." It's possible that this just refers to new expansions or big patches, but it's also plausible that the business is aiming to expand Warcraft beyond the MMORPG after its effort at a replica of Warcraft 3 failed miserably. Following Microsoft's announcement that it will acquire Activision-Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal that would close in 2023, no one knows what changes to regular business might be in store.
 

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