Is it a Hearthstone sequel?
As Blizzard fans wait (im)patiently for the company to announce Warcraft IV and/or World of Warcraft II, it seems the developer has different ideas for its biggest franchise.
If a recent job posting is anything to go by, then Blizzard is working on a new mobile game set in the Warcraft universe. As NeoGAF user Nirolak first noticed, Blizzard is searching for an FX Artist to work on “an unannounced project for mobile,” and one of the job requirements is having a “passion for creating imagery synonymous with the Warcraft IP.”
It’s important to keep in mind that just because Blizzard is seemingly staffing up for a new mobile Warcraft game, that doesn’t necessarily mean that one will ever see the light of day or even get announced. Unless Blizzard publicly announces and subsequently releases a game, there are no guarantees that it will move beyond a project that could become a full-blown game.
Still, it wouldn’t be the first time that Blizzard brought Warcraft to mobile. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft released in 2014 on mobile devices to high praise and quickly assembled a user base counted in the tens of millions. Just this month the game surpassed the 70 million players milestone.
And yet, in February Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce suggested one of the company’s other franchises was perhaps best suited for use in the company’s next mobile game. “If you look at Overwatch and Starcraft, we have multiple franchises that would potentially lend themselves to [mobile],” Pearce told GamesBeat at the time.
It now seems that Pearce was either intentionally throwing smoke, or that Overwatch and Starcraft will just have to wait their turn for mobile entries of their own after Warcraft gets its second.