Report: World Of Warcraft Mobile MMO Canceled

Blizzard and Chinese gaming company NetEase have canceled an unannounced World of Warcraft MMORPG for mobile devices, according to a new report.

The news comes from Bloombergwho writes that Blizzard and NetEase couldn’t agree on financial terms and have since disbanded a team of 100 NetEase developers tasked with creating content for the game.

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While the project, named Neptune, was meant to be an MMORPG, it wouldn’t have been a direct translation of Blizzard’s long-running PC MMO, but rather a spin-off set in a different time period. The game was reportedly in development for three years.

NetEase is a long-time partner of Blizzard. The company has been the publisher of WoW and other Blizzard franchises in China for years, and recently co-developed the free-to-play mobile game Diablo Immortal, which has been heavily criticized for its microtransactions. Despite these criticisms, Diablo Immortal is on track to be a financial success, having grossed $100 million so far and recently launching in China, which is expected to be the game’s main market.

It’s not the first Warcraft mobile game to be canceled in recent years. Last year, news broke that Blizzard had canceled a Pokemon GO-style Warcraft spinoff that had been in development for over four years.

A Warcraft mobile game is still coming, although it’s not an MMO. Warcraft: Arclight Rumble, a strategy title reminiscent of Clash Royale, was officially revealed in May.

WoW’s next proper expansion, Dragonflight, is expected to arrive before the end of the year and will introduce a new breed and class of dragons as well as overhauls to evergreen systems like professions and talents. A re-release of the game’s most popular expansion, Wrath of the Lich King Classic, will launch on September 26.

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