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.
In its quarterly earnings report, Blizzard said 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.”
Blizzard previously disclosed that as of August 2021, it was working on various Warcraft mobile experiences that were in “advanced development.” More formal specifics, such as genre or what part of the Warcraft universe this would cover, have yet to be revealed, however, it’s plausible that one of the games in the works is a suspected Pokemon GO-styled augmented reality game.
If a Warcraft mobile game gets released this year, it won’t be Blizzard’s sole mobile game; Diablo: Immortal is also set to be released in the first part of 2022.
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.