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Blizzard evaluating the prospects of bringing StarCraft to mobile

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Blizzard evaluating the prospects of bringing StarCraft to mobile

VentureBeat held an interview with Blizzard president and co-founder Michael Morhaime, senior vice president and co-founder Frank Pearce, and senior vice president Chris Metzen on the company's plans for future game development, VR, and mobile. While the huge game developer is definitely following virtual reality and all the “funny helmets” that are coming out, it doesn't feel like its franchises are going to benefit much from the 360-degree immersion just yet. Blizzard's games rely more on the social experience, the community aspect, according to Metzen.

However, the company is certainly interested in further tackling the mobile scene and is toying with various ideas. As you probably know, Blizzard's Hearthstone collectible card game is available for Android phones and tablets, iPhone, and iPad, and is quite successful — it still holds a solid spot in the top 40 grossers on iOS.

According to the interview, the company doesn't have another mobile title in the works right now, but is considering on how it could translate some of its popular IPs to the platform. Mobile games need to be fast-paced to allow for play sessions in quick bursts, which is a requirement that often limits developers into building casual, one-tap titles. Blizzard, however, wants to evaluate the possibilities of bringing its “deep heritage” to the mobile platform, possibly in real-time strategy format. And yes, the StarCraft name was dropped, as Frank Pearce said that there is a big opportunity in mobile beyond just casual gaming, but “[StarCraft's] space needs to be reinvented” since people wouldn't be willing to sit down and play 45-minute sessions.

While the latter may sound troubling to conventional console and PC gamers, we're willing to assume that Mr. Pearce was talking about mobile gaming there. And, in that context, it certainly rings true. Blizzard does have a couple of titles that could lend themselves great as real-time strategy or MOBA titles – StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, even the good-old WarCraft, if one is to dream.

Would you be interested in sending out zergling rushes against your buddies in a mobile StarCraft title?

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posted on 16 Feb 2016, 08:03

1. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Do it. My 6S won't break a sweat.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 08:18

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2709; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I wouldn't be so sure about that lol but considering you can use game tuner, you should be able to play any game without a problem.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 08:33

3. Joulukas (Posts: 69; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


I would love it! SC is something I grew up with, and even tho I suck nowadays, my heart still beats to the game.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 08:48 1

4. Chuck007 (Posts: 1147; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Diablo will be more suiting for mobile.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 08:55

5. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Bring WoW to mobile, would probably bring me back (for a month or two at least).

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 09:11

6. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


You know just as well as I do that this will never happen lol. Everyone would die by standing in fire while their phones lag out.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 10:29

9. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2709; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


That's not true there are some GUPs that could handle it bruh.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 10:46

11. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


The 6S lags once in a blue moon playing NFS ever since their new update for better graphics, and it has the best chip in the market. If a game like WoW came to mobile that needs to load/render everything in real time, our phones would burn lol. I also said "most" because I'm bending over to that "most market share" statistic lol, which means most people playing it on mobile would die. Over. And over. And over again. /humor.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 11:39

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2709; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


My iPhone lags.....never but it has a 1080p screen so its not suppose to. I couldn't see anyone playing wow on a sub 6in phone anyway there is some much going on idk how you would be able to see everything on a cramped 4.6-5.2in screen. They could make it a tablet only game and tablets like the iPad air, Surface and if nvidia ever makes an X1 powered tablet could play it easily without getting to hot.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 11:59

13. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Without a doubt. Let alone being able to accurately tap a spell on the long spell bar haha

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 13:15

18. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2709; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


So much*

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 12:14

15. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Step 1: Bring it to Android

Step 2: Google merges Chrome OS with Android

Step 3: I buy the next Chromebook Pixel no questions asked

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 12:59

16. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2709; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


IKR bruh.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 13:05

17. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Lmao. If you think a Chromebook could smoothly run WoW, I want some of that stuff you're smoking lol.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 17:24 1

19. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Yeah, it ran smoothly on my 11 year old mid-range PC so it would OBVIOUSLY suck on an i7 @ 2.4 GHz with 16 GB RAM. What was I thinking...

https://store.google.com/product/chromebook_pixel_2015

(And obviously in this fantasy world of mine they would downscale it appropriately for mobile, as well as optimize the UI. This isn't a straight port after all.)

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 00:45

22. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Hey! Don't use logic here! This is a comment thread of pure hatred towards anything non-Apple. Take your sense elsewhere. Jeez...

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 09:17 1

7. miket1737 (Posts: 2985; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Do it blizz!!!

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 09:52 1

8. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Blizzard's take on mobile strategy akin to Clash of Clans or Game of War is incoming. And I agree on the commenter that mentioned Diablo, I think that would be a better fit for mobile.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 10:33

10. hado86 (Posts: 131; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Please! I'm rocking a 6s plus and iPad pro! Both should easily handle it.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 12:02

14. xq10xa (Posts: 727; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I hope they put alot of time and research into this. The only game I like on mobile is hearthstone. When you have a killer PC ....it's hard to play games on mobile.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 17:26

20. Deadeye37 (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


I'm hoping for a full RTS for mobile. I haven't found any really good RTS that's akin to StarCraft for Command & Conquer.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 19:23

21. chenski (Posts: 446; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


My phone running 810 wont break a sweat

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