Activision Blizzard revealed plans to release Warcraft for mobile sometime this year in its press release for its fourth quarter of 2021 financial results.
Company CEO Bobby Kotick told investors a year ago that the developer was working on “multiple, mobile, free-to-play Warcraft experiences” that were already in the works.
Blizzard has yet to reveal more detailed information about the games, as well as a more concrete timeline, so it’s unclear whether its release plans include all of those experiences or just a subset of them.
The only part of the company’s earnings results that mention the franchise on mobile reads, “Blizzard is planning substantial new content for the Warcraft franchise in 2022, including new experiences in World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, and getting all-new mobile Warcraft content into players’ hands for the first time.”
Since at least 2017, there have been rumors of a Warcraft mobile game. In 2018, it was revealed that Blizzard was working on a mobile entry for the franchise that would be similar to Pokémon Go, implying that it would be an augmented reality title.
It was being developed by an “incubation” team formed when co-founder Allen Adham returned to the company in 2016, according to a Kotaku report. The team was also responsible for the upcoming mobile game Diablo Immortal.