Blizzard may have canceled a ‘World of Warcraft’ mobile spinoff

Arclight Rumble should not remain the only upcoming Warcraft mobile game, according to a report. Bloomberg Sources claim Blizzard and NetEase canceled a World of Warcraft Spinoff mobile title that has been in development for three years. Nicknamed Neptune, it would have been a massively multiplayer game set in a different era of the fantasy universe. It wouldn’t have been easy Impressive Telephone port, to put it another way.

While the exact reasons for the cancellation weren’t given, one insider said that Blizzard and NetEase “didn’t agree on the terms” and eventually decided to scrap the unannounced game. NetEase reportedly had over 100 developers involved in the project. The two had previously been rumored to have canceled another Warcraft mobile release, a Pokemon Go-style augmented reality game after four years of effort.

Spokesmen for both companies declined to comment. If the rumor is true, it suggests Blizzard is struggling to adapt to the rise of mobile gaming. While Diablo immortal seems to be a success and fits into the tradition Hearthstonethe developers will still have sunk massive resources into other games that the players never got to.

However, there are strong incentives to take these risks. Mobile gaming can be very lucrative, especially in countries like China — Genshin Impact has grossed $3 billion since publication, according to Sensor Tower estimates. A hit could easily increase Blizzard’s profits, not to mention demand for its existing computer and console games.

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