A Warcraft mobile massive online game from Blizzard and NetEase is reportedly canceled after three years in development.
This spinoff project, codenamed Neptune, was a mobile spinoff from World of Warcraft that took place during a different time period. Blizzard and NetEase scrapped it due to an unspecified financial disagreement This news comes via a report from Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the game’s development. Bloomberg has reached out to NetEase and Activision Blizzard for comment on the status of the project, but neither company has agreed to comment on the matter.
NetEase, a massive Chinese company that publishes and funds many video game projects, including the recent mobile game Diablo Immortal, has reportedly disbanded a team of over 100 developers who were working on the unannounced Warcraft mobile MMO. According to Bloomberg, NetEase did not transfer most of the developers to other places within the company.
What explained Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, this isn’t the first time Blizzard has canceled a Warcraft mobile game. The company had also been working on a Warcraft mobile game similar to Pokémon GO, but canceled it after four years of development. As Schreier points out, these two canceled Warcraft mobile games had much longer development cycles than most mobile games. Another Warcraft mobile game, titled Warcraft Arclight Rumble, is announced and is still in the works for iOS and Android.
Activision Blizzard is constantly making headlines throughout 2022, mostly due to Microsoft’s planned $68.7 billion acquisition of the company. This will no doubt have an impact on future projects as well as games currently in development at Activision Blizzard.