- World of Warcraft exec says Blizzard is constantly discussing a console port.
- She makes it clear that a console version is not a priority yet but it is being seriously considered.
- The exec also reveals that such plans are being made following the Microsoft-Activision merger.
Holly Longdale, the Vice President and Executive Producer of World of Warcraft has hinted towards a potential console port of the popular MMO in an interview. She acknowledged that the studio frequently discusses the possibility. Ever since Blizzard’s acquisition by Microsoft, the questions surrounding an Xbox release of the RPG are getting louder, and it appears they may be seriously considering it now.
Speaking to GamesRadar during BlizzCon 2023, Longdale was asked a series of questions regarding World of Warcraft’s console version. She starts off by revealing that the studio “talks about it all the time.” Longdale was then questioned about any possible hurdles that could impede the title’s release on consoles, to which she said that the studio is fairly ready to take up the challenge.
Well, it depends on who you ask. I don’t think it is, frankly. I think we’re pretty well positioned, which is kind of why we talk about it.”
Moving forward, Longdale makes it clear that a console version of World of Warcraft is not a priority for the studio yet, especially with the upcoming trilogy of expansions, The Worldsoul Saga. However, touching on the recent merger with Microsoft, she shares that the studio is very definitely considering the said possibility especially when they “are Microsoft now.”
Right now, we’re focused on the Worldsoul Saga. But if that comes up then we’ll reexamine things but, man, we’ve got enough to deal with right now. We’ve got these three expansions and we are so excited about them. But, yeah, of course. It would be very insincere to say that we’re not, like… of course we’re talking about that. We are Microsoft now.”
Lastly, GamesRadar, in a very straightforward question, asked Longdale to comment on the possibility of World of Warcraft coming to Xbox Series X and Game Pass, in light of Blizzard’s latest acquisition by Microsoft. In response, she reveals that they “haven’t actually had a conversation yet” with Xbox Game Studios. However, for Longdale it would be “cool” for World of Warcraft to open itself to new audiences with its 20th anniversary approaching.
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In other news, Blizzard revealed on BlizzCon 2023 that World of Warcraft is gearing up for a trilogy of expansions, collectively called The Worldsoul Saga. The first one, The War Within will be released in 2024, and will allow players to venture into subterranean territories beneath the world of Azeroth. The second and third are called Midnight and The Last Titan respectively.
World of Warcraft was released in 2004 and has since been confined to PC and MacOS. As for the console owners we are hoping for a piece of good news from Blizzard soon.
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