Blizzard talks about bringing WoW to consoles “all the time”

Tuesday, 9 March 2010 08:19 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Blizzard’s told G4 that the company talks about bringing World of Warcraft to the console “all the time”, but “technical challenges” are standing in the way.

WoW lead producer, J. Allen Brack, said:

In the case of WoW, we talk about it all the time. How would we bring WoW to the console?

There’s those technical challenges, there’s patching challenges, there’s the quality controls that we have vs. the quality controls that say, a Microsoft or Sony or Nintendo has.”

He further added: “All those things sort of raise the bar in terms of the challenges and then specifically in the case of WoW, WoW was designed to be a keyboard game and its control scheme and its camera controls and the number of abilities that you have and the spells and how things work are very keyboard-centric.

The idea of translating that to a gamepad is a very, very challenging proposition.”

The MMO is set to get a new expansion later this year with Cataclysm, although a hard date is yet to be set.

Meanwhile, Blizzard VP Rob Pardo is set to give a speech at GDC on Thursday.