Loved playing Warcraft 3? Hoping for a sequel? The official word from Blizzard seems like you’ll have to wait a very long time.
In an interview with Gamespot, Blizzard senior producer, Pete Stilwel confirmed that there are currently no plans to make Warcraft 4. This however, does not necessarily mean that the game won’t developed later on. At the moment, Stilwel noted that the Warcraft team is focused on the remastered Warcraft III: Reforged saying:
“I mean, I wouldn’t rule anything out, but we don’t have any plans around (Warcraft IV) at this point. Getting (Warcraft III: Reforged) right, I think, is our priority first and foremost.”
Given that each successive World of Warcraft expansion furthers the Warcraft story, it would be tricky to release Warcraft 4 in parallel as the events transpiring in both games would have to be related. The only way to bypass this is by making Warcraft 4 take place in the alternate timeline version created in the Warlords of Draenor expansion, though this would undoubtedly make maintaining the authenticity of the lore much more complicated, as well as making the story a lot more difficult to follow for casual fans.
Due to these problems, the easiest way for Warcraft 4 to get the green light is if World of Warcraft ends – at least in the sense that no new expansions get released.
Ultimately, the likelihood of the game being made probably has a lot to do with how successful Warcraft III: Reforged performs. It’s been more than 16 years since Warcraft III first came out, and a lot has changed in that time. RTS games these days aren’t nearly as popular as they used to be. Reforged has to gross massive sales to show that there is still a big enough market for RTS games to warrant a Warcraft 4.
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