Whether you are a casual or hardcore gamer on the PC, you will have no doubt heard or played World of Warcraft (WOW). Undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best MMORPG in existence, World of Warcraft at one point managed to reach 12 million subscribers which is definitely an impressive feat. Now according to a head honcho of Blizzard, the company is still looking to have the popular PC game ported into the iPhone.
Gaming blog Eurogamer spoke with Senior WOW producer John Lagrave and learned that Blizzard is still pretty much determined to port the game into the iPhone. But according to Lagrave, it is not without its challenges easy to overcome.
Here's your platform, you've got to put an interface, what do you do? So yes we have [looked into mobile] and we always are. Maybe we'll stumble on the great way to put WOW on the phone - maybe we won't, but we're certainly looking into it.
Typical of Blizzard's standards (the company is notorious for not releasing games until they are nearly perfect), Lagrave claims that they will not do it until it is completely decent. This stance is very understandable because WOW is such a behemoth of a game so porting it into the iPhone (or any other mobile platform for that matter) will naturally present quite a big challenge.
Take for example the controls. With a plethora of items and skills that can be assigned to various keys on the keyboard, how will they be able to integrate it into the iPhone without compromising the experience? With the iPhone's tiny screen, perhaps the much better option would be to optimize the game for the iPad (or any tablets) mainly due to the larger screen real estate.
So we certainly look at that, but we just haven't solved it. What we've done with WOW on mobile devices is very simplistic: view the armoury, you check your auctions - not just on mobile but also on web.
As of now, Blizzard hasn't come up with a way to effectively port WOW into the mobile platform. But this is certainly a very exciting news for World of Warcraft fans and iPhone owners alike. [via RedmondPie]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback