After months of speculation, Blizzard has finally unveiled the first Warcraft mobile game he created and it’s been pretty well received so far. The game will be called Warcraft: Arclight Rumble and looks a lot like a clash royale game with a Warcraft attached skin. Besides taking place in Azeroth, the biggest difference between the two titles is that Arclight Rumble will focus more on the PvE side of things while clash royale mainly focuses on PvP.
Warcraft: Arclight Rumble is just the beginning of Blizzard’s mobile plans. Next to Diablo: Immortalthese two titles represent Blizzard’s growing interest in the market, and if both prove successful, more mobile games set in these fantasy worlds will likely be on the horizon. Warcraft specifically has a whole trove of possible mobile games that Blizzard could pursue after Arclight Rumble.
A WoW Pet Battle App
Perhaps one of the most requested mobile titles in the World of Warcraft fanbase is a pet fighting app. World of Warcraft allows players to collect pets and fight against other players, NPCs and pets in a game mode very similar to Pokemon. There are plenty of pets to collect across Azeroth, and Blizzard has even introduced pet battle dungeons to the game. This form of content is entirely optional and gives players something to do while waiting to join a raid or PvP. It also gave collectors a whole new type of collectibles and saw them scour Azeroth to catch them all.
The animal fights in World of Warcraft seem like a perfect fit for a mobile title. Players need to set aside their quests if they want to participate in pet fighting, but a pet fighting app wouldn’t require it. Just like the wow Companion App, a pet fighting app would be directly linked to someone World of Warcraft account and everything accomplished in the app would carry over to the game. It could load a player’s collection of pets and allow them to fight in pet battles against other players or NPCs across Azeroth. He would provide wow players having something to do while away from their computer, and might even attract new subscribers who might be interested in pet fighting.
A Port of Warcraft 1 or 2
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans and Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness launched the Warcraft saga but I’ve seen little love from Blizzard since; the titles aren’t even purchasable on Battle.net. These titles told the story of the first and second great wars of Azeroth which were essential elements of the Warcraft narrative. Modern mobile devices have the ability to run these older titles, so Blizzard should consider porting them to a mobile platform. It would allow World of Warcraft fans a chance to experience these classic titles, and it might allow Blizzard to modernize them a bit.
A port of the first two Warcraft games could be the full experience with touchscreen support. Mobile games tend to focus on monetization, and as such a port would most likely be filled with microtransactions. Alternatively, these games could deviate from the free-to-play model and instead become a one-time purchase. It wouldn’t be the first old school game to be given new life on mobile as titles like RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, Crazy Taxi Classic, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.
A clone of Clash of Clans
Warcraft: Arclight Rumble going to be a Clash Royale style game, but there is another game that Supercell has made that Blizzard could take inspiration from. clash of clans is Supercell’s other mega-popular game, and it already shares some similarities with the Warcraft series. In the title, players build a base and then go to war against other players’ bases. Although the game is full of timers and microtransactions, the gameplay can be quite fun. A Warcraft game in the same style could be just as fun.
The first three Warcraft the games were real-time strategy titles, and clash of clans is considered a strategy game. In Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, players build bases, collect resources, form an army and go to war against their opponents. While clash of clans does it a bit differently, the same basic gameplay exists. A Warcraft mobile title which takes the clash of clans concept but putting it in Azeroth seems like a perfect fit. The title could focus on a PvE campaign going through the greatest hits of Warcraft or tell a whole new story, or it could follow clash of clans and make it a PvP-focused title. Whatever the choice, Warcraft Clash of Clans could be a lot of fun.
An experience similar to League of Legends: Wild Rift
In 2020, Riot Games released its League of Legends mobile game known as League of Legends: Savage Rift. Wild Rift is basically full League of Legends modified experience for mobile. Contrary to League of Legends, World of Warcraft would prove to be a much harder game to mod for mobile, but Blizzard might be able to find a way. Wild Rift had to make some changes due to the platform, such as speeding up game times, and it requires the use of a touchscreen which limits the number of button clicks. A World of Warcraft the mobile title should do similar things, especially when it comes to button clicks.
While everything in World of Warcraft couldn’t just be ported to a mobile platform due to the scale of the game and the type of game it is, it’s not impossible. games like Genshin Impact and Raid: Legends of Shadow succeeded in bringing the MMO genre to mobile, while games like League of Legends: Savage Rift and Black Desert Mobile having successfully modified a PC game to adapt it to a mobile device. It would require a decent amount of overhaul to game mechanics and gameplay, but a World of Warcraft The mobile title could attract a large number of players and make the game more accessible than it is on PC.
Mobile games have only grown in popularity and profitability, and Blizzard is just one of many companies looking to explore this growing market. Warcraft: Arc Light To scold is just the first step on a long journey to deliver Warcraft mobile titles. There are so many other routes Blizzard could take if Arclight Rumble proves to be a success, and it will no doubt offer more mobile titles in the future.
Warcraft: Arclight Rumble is currently in development.
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