Blizzard Considers Bringing World of Warcraft to Consoles, Discusses with Microsoft
Blizzard, the renowned game developer, has expressed its ongoing consideration of bringing its popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft, to consoles. In an interview with GamesRadar during BlizzCon 2023, Holly Longdale, the vice president and executive producer of World of Warcraft, revealed that discussions with Microsoft about expanding the game to other platforms are happening “all the time.”
Since its release in 2004, World of Warcraft has remained exclusive to PC and Mac, unlike other games in the genre that have made the leap to consoles. When asked about the reasons behind this limitation, Longdale stated that it’s not primarily due to technical constraints. In fact, Blizzard believes they are well-equipped to port the game to consoles.
However, Longdale acknowledged that bringing World of Warcraft to consoles is a complex endeavor, and the approach for console audiences may differ. While no concrete decision has been made yet, Blizzard’s discussions with Microsoft indicate their serious consideration of expanding the game’s availability.
Despite these discussions, Longdale emphasized that Blizzard’s current focus is on the three expansions announced recently, collectively known as the Worldsoul saga. The development team is fully committed to these expansions and has enough on their plate at the moment. However, Longdale hinted that if the decision to bring World of Warcraft to consoles is finalized, they will reassess their priorities.
As part of Microsoft’s team, Blizzard’s collaboration with the tech giant opens up new possibilities for the future. Longdale expressed excitement about the potential expansion to consoles, stating that it would be disingenuous to deny the ongoing discussions. With a smile, she added, “We are part of Microsoft now.”
While Blizzard fans eagerly await further updates on the potential console release of World of Warcraft, the game’s current focus remains on the captivating Worldsoul saga and the thrilling expansions it promises.