Of all the things that have leaked out of Blizzard in recent years, the mobile game Warcraft has remained a secret. The working title — which is really just a description — is all there is to know, and that’s not saying much. Warcraft can mean a variety of things, from the classic RTS series, to world of warcraft, for Hearthstone. Next week on May 3 at 10am PT, Blizzard plans to finally reveal the game so you don’t wonder anymore.
The announcement tweet comes from the Hearthstone account and continues the illusion. All you need to do is a lightning bolt surrounded by a gear with electricity coming out of it. The symbol could be removed and you would still know the same amount about this game. Warcraft mobile remains the best kept secret.
Join us for the reveal of a new mobile game set in the @Warcraft Universe.📅 May 3 🕙 10am PT🌐 https://t.co/ydd3sO9fTu pic.twitter.com/gyruM9JU8xApril 28, 2022
Warcraft mobile has been on the rise since 2018 as a possibility. The initial suggestion was that it was a game that resembled pokemon go with reasons to go out and participate in battles. Blizzard has since confirmed it’s been working on several mobile games, so it’s unclear whether the Pokémon Go-style game was anything other than what you’ll see in the next reveal stream. I’m not sure releasing a game that encourages you to leave is the decision right now.
Other than that, I can only speculate on what a Warcraft mobile game will look like. Blizzard has just announced that Diablo Immortal, its miniature action RPG, come to the computer in open beta in early June. This game takes most of what Diablo Diablo makes and compresses it into a mobile-friendly format, while adding things like more involved multiplayer and progression systems than Diablo 3. Warcraft mobile is probably not a mobile version of WoW or even classic Warcraft, but something that fits with how people play games on their phones: in bursts and with systems to keep you coming back every day.
This leaves me with questions about monetization and how and why this will inevitably infuriate some of Blizzard’s fans, especially after the Diablo mobile reveal. four years ago. I also want to know how I can play it on PC and maybe my new Steam Deck.