Blizzard Has Experimented with World of Warcraft for Mobiles

Developer says, "We’ve experimented with different things with tablet," but explains user interface is "very challenging" for mobiles.

Blizzard Entertainment has “experimented” with adaptations of World of Warcraft for mobile devices, but isn’t actively pursuing bringing the MMORPG to new platforms, production director J. Allen Brack told GameSpot today at BlizzCon.

“Mobile is something I think we’re all excited about. We all have mobile devices. We all have tablets. It’s a pretty ubiquitous experience at this point,” Brack said.

“We’ve experimented with differents things [for World of Warcraft] with tablet; we don’t really have ‘this is the thing that we think is the right thing for tablet.’ We kind of keep our eyes open for what the right experience is,” he added.

One of the main challenges with bringing World of Warcraft to mobiles is adapting the interface, Brack said.

“The experience of interface is very challenging on tablet, or very challenging on phone. The game was not made to play on a phone or play on a tablet,” Brack said. “So it’s more of an opportunistic thing that’s going to come up than actually thinking about hey we’re going to recreate the World of Warcraft experience on a tablet.”

World of Warcraft may not be coming to mobiles anytime soon, but another Blizzard game-HearthStone-will be released on Android and iOS in 2014, the developer confirmed today.

Blizzard announced World of Warcraft’s fifth expansion today: Warlords of Draenor. For more on the expansion, check out GameSpot’s breakdown of the upcoming add-on.

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