WoW Mobile was in development for three years before conflict over financial terms halted the project.
According to Bloomberg, the World of Warcraft mobile game was codenamed “Neptune” and was intended to be a direct mobile spin-off of the popular MMORPG.
The cancellation comes at an interesting time, as Blizzard is making a concerted effort into the mobile market, developing original games for the platform.
The game is claimed to have been in the works for three years, with a team of over 100 NetEase developers attached to the project before its cancellation.In May, the developer announced Warcraft Arclight Rumble as a “mobile action strategy game,” and in June released Diablo Immortal, whose questionable monetization model doesn’t seem to hinder its popularity.
Blizzard and NetEase have been partners since 2008. The company co-developed Diablo Immortal, publishes Blizzard games like Hearthstone and World of Warcraft in China, and is a shareholder in Blizzard’s Overwatch League, as well as owning the current world champion , the Shanghai Dragons.
Several World of Warcraft projects on the horizon
Last week, the studio confirmed the release date for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic for September 26, 2022.
The upcoming recreation of the game’s second expansion will be free to any player with an active World of Warcraft subscription.
World of Warcraft’s next new expansion, Dragonflight, will also be released later this year.