World Of Warcraft (WoW), the world’s most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game, could still make its way to Apple’s iPhone and iPad, a senior official at Blizzard has revealed.
A mobile edition of the wildly successful MMORPG, which had 10.2 million subscribers as of December last year and holds a Guinness World Record for that honour, is being constantly explored and could materialise as soon as the developer figures out a way to create an interface that works for touchscreens and portable form factors.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Senior WoW producer John Lagrave explained: "Here's your platform, you've got to put an interface, what do you do? So yes we have [looked into mobile] and we always are. Maybe we'll stumble on the great way to put WoW on the phone - maybe we won't, but we're certainly looking into it.
"We won't do it until we think it's decent. But it's interesting and the world is evolving towards that little handheld device - I'd have fun on it, that's absolutely the case. It would be foolish for any game developer to not be looking at that."
WoW on the go could propel mobile gaming beyond what any franchise – Angry Birds included – has made possible.
The iPad definitely fits the bill in terms of specs and market penetration as a possible debut platform. However, Apple’s demand that developers hand over 30 per cent of everything they make could be problematic, as Blizzard will no doubt want to hold onto most of its profit.
Lagrave said the company has so far only managed to create a “very simplistic” version of the game for mobile devices, but is hopeful it will eventually discover a way to bring a fuller WoW experience that players have come to expect on the desktop.
"When we have an epiphany, everyone will know. But for now, no epiphany!"