A new mobile WarCraft game, styled after Pokémon Go, is in the works at Blizzard, according to an article on PC Gamer.
Despite heavy backlash over Diablo Immortal, a massively multiplayer Diablo spin-off for mobile devices, Blizzard developers are apparently still enthusiastic about exploring their franchises on a mobile medium.
PC Gamer reports that “a Blizzard 'incubation team' is currently working on the WarCraft mobile game." WarCraft may prove to be a more suitable IP for mobile than Diablo since the franchise already has Hearthstone, a collectible card game that can be played on iOS and Android devices.
Little information is known about the new WarCraft game beyond its influence and the platform, but given this announcement, it's safe to expect the game to use augmented reality (AR). The game will also likely incorporate GPS and real-world hotspots to interact with the game world. The developer has not yet been announced.
Financially, the “WarCraft Go” concept makes perfect sense. PC Gamer explains that, “Analysis firm Superdata estimated in May (via Eurogamer) that Pokémon Go was making $104 million per month, and it's actually climbed two spots on Superdata's mobile game charts since then.”
Critics have called Diablo Immortal just a reskinned version of Crusaders of Light, another mobile game by Immortal developer NetEase. It has also received criticism for micro-transactions, a common feature among mobile games (note: Immortal's monetization system has yet to be announced), and for diluting the Diablo experience. Fans were also disappointed by the news in light of their hopes that the next Diablo game to be announced would be Diablo 4.
Blizzard is purportedly setting out to delve into the mobile realm with a number of its franchises. There is not yet any news of how Blizzard's other two flagships, StarCraft and Overwatch, will make the translation.
The upcoming mobile game isn't the only news in the WarCraft universe. A remaster of Warcraft 3 called Warcraft 3: Reforged is also in the works.