World of Warcraft mobile game scrapped following financing dispute, many players not too bothered.
Many players are not too concerned that World of Warcraft’s mobile game has been discontinued due to a financing dispute.
After three years of development, Blizzard has canceled a World of Warcraft game for mobile. This was due to a dispute over production terms.
This title, which was supposedly an MMORPG set within the WOW universe, has been dropped. Questions have been raised about the relationship between these two companies.
However, not all of the intended audiences of this abandoned release seem to be too upset by its fate.
Fans feel they may have missed a pay-to-win bullet when the news of cancellation breaks.
The game was originally planned to be a World of Warcraft-based spinoff. This is not surprising considering the backlash Diablo Immortal has received for its monetization practices.
Despite criticisms, the Bloomberg report shows that Immortal is still on track for commercial success. However, YouTubers and streamers who spent large amounts of money either to show how predatory its microtransactions are or to be unable to obtain matches after spending PS100k on enhancing their characters seem to have affected the public’s perception of Blizzard mobile gaming.
For instance, Twitter users reacting to the news in the replies to a post from popular news aggregator @Nibellion generally seemed unfazed by it, with @BrytonRobinson sarcastically declaring: “bummer, was hoping to drop $100k to play with no one because I’m so powerful” and @ivan_lesan saying: “if the idea was to (produce) another game monetized like Diablo Immortal, this is good news.” A similar reception greeted the announcement on Reddit, with a thread on r/GamingLeaksAndRumours featuring analogous comments, such as user VinceMcVahon musing: “boy, I (can) only imagine the hooks they’d try to (screw) people over within this one compared to Diablo Immortal” and SplaTTerChef adding: “and nothing of value was lost.”
However, some users did not forget to think of the over 100 developers working on this game. Bloomberg reports that some of them are receiving internal transfers. Starcitizen987 said: “I don’t consider myself a game developer, but I have had a web application project go out of business after close to a decade of work, and it feels pretty terrible, even though it’s not. Something you love.”
Blizzard isn’t the only one to cancel this mobile game. Another WOW-based augmented reality project codenamed Orbis was also canceled after more than 4 years of development.
The publisher hopes this doesn’t become a common practice. Bloomberg mentions Activision Blizzard’s exploits within the mobile gaming space to be one of the main reasons Microsoft decided to buy the company.
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