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Blizzard may have canceled a ‘World of Warcraft’ mobile spin-off

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Arclight Rumble wouldn’t be the only upcoming Warcraft mobile game, according to a report. Bloomberg sources claim that Blizzard and Netease canceled one World of Warcraft spin-off mobile title that had 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 just one Wow telephone port, to put it another way.

While the exact reasons for the cancellation were not disclosed, one of the insiders said Blizzard and Netease “didn’t agree on terms” and ultimately decided to cancel the unannounced game. NetEase supposedly had more than 100 developers attached to the project. The two had previously been rumored to have canceled another Warcraft mobile release, a pokemon gostyle augmented reality game, after four years of effort.

Spokespersons for both companies declined to comment. If the rumor is true, it suggests that Blizzard is struggling to adapt to the rise of mobile gaming. While Diablo Immortal proves to be a success and joins the established hearthstonethe developers will still have massive resources sunk into other games that players never reached.

However, there are strong incentives to take these risks. Mobile games can be very lucrative, especially in countries like China — Genshin impact has pulled in $3 billion since release, according to Sensor Tower estimates. A hit could easily boost Blizzard’s earnings, not to mention demand for its existing computer and console-bound games.

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