Warcraft began life not as the ultra-popular online RPG most people know it as, but as a real-time strategy game. The first Warcraft game hit in 1994, but we haven’t seen a real entry in 12 years – since Warcraft 3′s Frozen Throne expansion in 2003. It sounds, though, like Blizzard might be thinking about jumping back into the version of Warcraft that doesn’t have a whole world associated with it.
Talking to IGN, Blizzard’s Tim Morten said a new Warcraft game is a real possibility.
“It’s very rewarding for ust o hear that there’s demand out there for more RTS content in the Warcraft universe,” said the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void director. “Once we’re done with Void, I think we’ll get together as a team and talk about what would inspire us to work on next. There’s no question, though, that we’ll consider Warcraft, StarCraft, or even new ideas. Anything is possible.”
Warcraft was Blizzard’s first breakout hit, spawning 3 main entries and a bunch of expansions of the RTS series before finally becoming an MMORPG.
With World of Warcraft declining in popularity, a new entry might be a way to infuse some fresh material into the franchise and bring some new players in. If we were to see a new entry, though, it’s likely it would be at least 3 years out considering not just what Blizzard is already working on but how long they usually take making games. The studio currently has a new World of Warcraft expansion and a Hearthstone expansion on the way, its free-to-play shooter Overwatch almost ready to go into beta, a new Diablo project brewing, and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void rapidly nearing release. They’ve got plenty going. Legacy of the Void is set to come out this quarter.