Fans of the Warcraft series were delighted to hear that there may be hope for the RTS franchise. In a statement made at GamesCom 2015, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void producer Tim Morten had this to say:
“It’s very rewarding for us to hear that there’s demand out there for more RTS content in the Warcraft universe so 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.”
It has been twelve years since we last got a Warcraft RTS. Ever since World of Warcraft came out and become such a hit, those who preferred the RTS to the MMO began to give up hope of ever seeing a proper Warcraft RTS ever again. This statement, however, at least gives us hope that somewhere down the line, there will be another Warcraft game. That is more than we can say for some series (looking at you, Half-Life).
This makes us wonder about the current state of Blizzard’s cash cow World of Warcraft. The most recent expansion has failed to retain many of the once-subscribers to the MMO. In fact, some unpopular features have been driving players away.
It is no secret that WoW’s subscribers have dropped to 5.6 million, the lowest it has ever been. Could Blizzard be teasing a possibility of Warcraft IV in an attempt to win back the favor of their fans? We will have to see in the years to come.