Wrath of the Lich King logo found and World of Warcraft mobile game news
Dataminers have found the Wrath of the Lich King logo in the Season of Mastery update files for the World of Warcraft Classic. Officially, Blizzard has not announced the development of the classic version of the most popular add-on in the history of MMORPG.
These are not the first files related to Wrath of the Lich King to be found in the files of the classic version of the game. Earlier in WoW: Burning Crusade Classic, the Interface_Wrath folder was discovered, which contains files related to the Death Knight class.
Season of Mastery is a relaunch of the World of Warcraft Classic. Blizzard decided to divide the game worlds in such a way that gamers could choose between continuing the WoW storyline and moving to the days of The Burning Crusade, or staying in the "vanilla" version of the MMORPG, where the content also had to be mastered from scratch. The data miners have noted that there are hints in the files that the classic TBK addon will also receive a "Season of Mastery".
In early March, Blizzard Entertainment announced that one of their most famous and lifelong games, World of Warcraft, is coming to mobile.
What to expect from the World of Warcraft mobile game?
While Blizzard has revealed very little about the upcoming World of Warcraft mobile game so far - here's what we know so far, and what we can expect on launch day.
While we don't have an official World of Warcraft mobile game release date, we do know when the game will be released. Get more info on World of Warcraft mobile in May 2022.
Mobile platforms can be inherently limited due to the screen size and lack of buttons to interpret many of the spells and abilities in World of Warcraft. Sure, some courses can be done with as little as four or five buttons, but even then it's difficult to fit all of them into a handheld device.
Also, it's worth noting that most, if not all, mobile MMORPGs tend to use a few spells and offer top-down gameplay, making mobile translation easier. While we've never seen World of Warcraft top-down, we do see some new changes that the game might introduce.
One possible approach is that Blizzard could simply limit the spells to only include the core spin spells of the class, such as Frost Mages with Frostbolt, Ice Lance, Flurry, and Frozen Orb, although this would trigger some other spell classes like Utility, Mobility, and defenses will work (if any). Since some classes and specializations rely heavily on such spells, the game can be a bit confusing when reduced to limited spells.
Beyond that, regular Warcraft gameplay features like dungeons, raids, and PvP content all fit nicely into the mobile format and probably won't require any major changes to translate.
While World of Warcraft relies heavily on processing power, we expect that World of Warcraft mobile will have the support it needs to be properly optimized for mobile devices. As mobile gaming platforms advance, mobile games may be able to match the graphics of low-end graphics settings on PC, and will likely be stylized into modern Warcraft art like Shadowlands expansions rather than more classic ones.
All the World of Warcraft mobile apps so far
The arrival of World of Warcraft on mobile might come as a surprise, but this isn't the first time the series has launched a mobile app.
Apps like the WoW Companion app, World of Warcraft Mobile Armory, and even Blizzard Mobile Authenticator provide utilities and services for World of Warcraft and its surroundings, and the upcoming mobile game won't be the series' first foray into mobile devices.
Previous releases even offered auction house usage and participation on mobile devices, bringing parts of World of Warcraft to mobile a few years ago.