World of Warcraft mobile game reportedly canceled by Blizzard after financial dispute

World of Warcraft mobile game reportedly canceled by Blizzard after financial dispute

A World of Warcraft mobile game has reportedly been quietly canceled due to financial disputes.

According to Bloomberg, the upcoming smartphone game was in development for three years, but has now been canceled due to a dispute between Activision Blizzard and NetEase.

“The two companies disagreed on the terms and eventually stopped the project, which had been kept secret,” a source close to the deal said.

The project, referred to as “Neptune” by those working on it, was said to be a Warcraft spin-off, set in a different period than World of Warcraft. Whether it would have been directly related to Warcraft, Warcraft II, or Warcraft III is unknown.

The good news is that it is No Warcraft Arclight Rumble – The upcoming “tower attack” mobile game to be released later this year.

Back in February of this year, Activision Blizzard revealed that it was working on several Warcraft mobile titles, and this was thought to be one of the main reasons behind Microsoft’s $69 million acquisition of the company earlier in the year. this year.

Now, it looks like those mobile games may be up in the air; after all, the extent of Activision Blizzard’s working relationship with NetEase following this high-profile cancellation is uncertain. Another of Activision Blizzard’s mobile games, a Pokemon Go-style AR game, was also cancelled.

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NetEase currently publishes World of Warcraft in China and is also behind the popular but controversial mobile game Diablo Immortal, which has been criticized for its microtransactions. Despite this, Activision Blizzard is ready to go on a killing spree with the game, which made $24 million in its first two weeks.

Whether Activision Blizzard and NetEase will continue to work on mobile Warcraft titles remains to be seen. But for now, Warcraft Arclight Rumble is still going strong. And it looks like the popular Warcraft franchise is poised to continue making them big bucks.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow him on Twitter.

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