The console version of World of Warcraft is not in the works

Activision Blizzard recently unveiled the next World of Warcraft expansion Dragonflight, and since then many questions about the ever-evolving MMO have emerged. A thought in the mind of some World of Warcraft fans is whether the game will end up on consoles like Final Fantasy 14.

A lot World of Warcraft fans have wanted the popular MMO on consoles since the beginning, and over the years, despite significant traction, it never happened. Rumors started to spread when gamepad controls were implemented in the game with World of Warcraft: Shadowland‘alpha, but despite some controller support, the game won’t be ported to console hardware. Speaking to IGN, World of Warcraft Director Ion Hazzikostas put the rumors to rest when asked if the MMO will be making the leap to game consoles in the near future.

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During a recent interview with Ion Hazzikostas, IGN asked if the Activision Blizzard game will receive a console port in the future. Hazzikostas spoke candidly about the future of World of Warcraft stating that the game is “designed from the ground up for PC”. Another game problem World of Warcraft on consoles, it’s the MMO’s reliance on add-ons to customize each player’s experience that Hazzikostas talks about. Although add-ons exist for some console games, such as Fallout 4 and Skyrim, there may be issues with add-ons, according to Hazzikostas. “I think we just looked at how add-ons felt more and more needed at times.”



Keeping his tone honest, Hazzikostas admits that World of Warcraft players often recommend others download add-ons to modify aspects of the game, and there are add-ons like Deadly Boss Mods that have become a staple of most raid groups. According to the game director, Activision Blizzard wants to do better for its community, and that’s reflected in the UI changes highlighted during the recent Dragonflight revelation of the expansion. Alluding to add-ons that do World of Warcraft playable with a gamepad, Hazzikostas did not discuss whether the gamepad additions with the Shadowland alpha will be improved in the future.


Most players who have tried World of Warcraft with a controller have done this using add-ons in the past, but some have experimented with the Steam Controller in an effort to find the optimal gamepad for their layout. Hopeful Xbox gamers are spreading rumors that World of Warcraft would eventually come to Xbox in competition with Final Fantasy 14 since Activision Blizzard was acquired by Microsoft, but that’s probably not the case, given Hazzikostas’ statement. However, while Hazzikostas stated that World of Warcraft for consoles isn’t currently in the works, the MMO could still possibly make its way there in the future given its longevity.


World of Warcraft is available now for PC.

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Source: IGN


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