According to a recent Bloomberg report , Activision Blizzard and its Chinese partner NetEase have canceled development of a World of Warcraft mobile MMO game after three years of development.
The project, which was developed by a team of more than 100 people, is now mothballed, and the studio has been disbanded. The game was supposed to follow in the footsteps of Diablo Immortal by bringing Warcraft to mobile platforms along with Arclight Rumble.
The game, codenamed Neptune, was planned as an MMORPG set in the World of Warcraft universe, but was canceled due to disagreements between the two studios. The game was supposed to take place in a different time period than WoW Dragonflight.
The development of Arclight Rumble was not affected by the controversy.
Although Diablo Immortal received a strong backlash from fans upset by the microtransaction model, the game proved to be a commercial success. Recent reports show that the role-playing game has been installed 30 million times since its launch in China and has raised more than US$100 million from mobile players alone.
Therefore, it is very strange that in the end it was decided to abandon the mobile project. NetEase, the second largest game company in China, also publishes other Blizzard games (including World of Warcraft) in the Chinese market. So far, there have been no serious disputes between the companies, but the main reason for the cancellation of the game is the disagreement between the developers.
Another mobile project in the military craft universe Arclight Rumble should come out as planned.