Blizzard rules out PS3, 360 WOW...again

Speculation that the megapopular MMOG will expand beyond PCs and Macs is shot down yet again.

Back in 2005 when World of Warcraft's population was blowing minds at just one half of its current levels, rumors abounded that a console version of Blizzard's massively multiplayer online game was all but inevitable. Over the years, that rumor reared its ugly head time and time again as the Vivendi-owned publisher/developer posted and reposted job listings hiring for various console-development positions.

Last August, the prospect of a Blizzard-produced console game was seemingly once and for all put to rest with the cryptic announcement that all console development had ceased and those working on console projects had been "redeployed." However, the company later revised that statement, claiming that its console-specific staff was merely evaluating current technology and that "any future console plans we might have will be announced at a later date."

Once again spurred on by job listings posted to the company's site, this April marked the latest expansion of the WOW-on-consoles rumor. According the listings, Blizzard was planning a "next-gen MMO," which led many to latch on to the next-gen buzzword associated with Sony's and Microsoft's latest consoles. Again, however, Blizzard representatives stonewalled the rumor, claiming only that despite having a number of unannounced projects in the works, no relevant announcements would be forthcoming.

With this mysterious "next-gen MMO" that may or may not pertain to consoles still looming in people's minds, rumors of a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 version of WOW persist. Earlier this week, though, Blizzard reaffirmed its position that its MMOG would be staying put on the PC and Macintosh. Posting to WOW's official forums, a Blizzard employee going by the username "Drysc" stated, "We're madly in love with the PC and Mac platforms, and there are no plans at this time to bring World of Warcraft to any other platforms."

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CasaPollo
CasaPollo

Not to take up too much space on the comments, but I forgot to add this: They would need to relaes a keyboard and mouse for 360. Or perhaps make a bundle deal that gets you the game, both expansions, and a WoW themed keyboard, maybe even a Z-board made to work with the respective console.

CasaPollo
CasaPollo

All console bias aside (I like the 360 better, myself), I think this would be a great move for the game. There are so many people that play console games so they don't have to update a PC constantly. My dad, in fact, would play WoW if it were on 360. I have friends that own a PS3 who would most likely play WoW, were it on console. The technology is there, and both consoles have hard drives. The only stipulation for 360 players might be that they need the larger hard drive. While this might slow down initial sales for the 360 version, I don't see it being a major loss. I personaly think it a great idea, and they could even monitor which mods the console users can download. This would greatly reduce the worry for many players, as well as some amount of work for Blizzard. Teaming up with Microsoft and Sony just can't be a bad move.

Igonge
Igonge

If this was relesed on ps3 they wouldn't have to dumb it down as the power of the machine in awesome and the Ps3 blu-ray discs can hold up to 25gb of data on a single layer disc and dual layer discs can hold 50gb! So if they were planning to release a console version it woud be in their best intrests to relese it to PS3.

SwatlordXXX
SwatlordXXX

There is no way you could rework World of Warcraft into a console game without completely ruining the gameplay. This is a game you need a keyboard and a mouse for because of all the different aspects, (Spells, abilties, actions, etc.) thus making the computer it's perfect home.

nev70
nev70

THANK GOD ! thats the last game i'd want on my 40" 1080p screen.

trojans
trojans

I actually gave up PC gaming for console gaming because Im sick and tired of spending $100s every year or so keeping my PC update-to-date to play the latest games. Not saying PC gaming is bad, but console gaming is much cheaper. Its not quite there yet, but eventually PC and console gaming will be one and the same, possibly with the next generation of console. But the PC will always the latest hardware. If WOW comes to PS3, I will buy

fon1988
fon1988

"releasing to consoles only means dumbing down to us pc gamers. stick with your silly pokemons, mario bros' and simplified controls... the pc was, is and will still be the superior experience when it comes to quality games and superior controls and visuals instead of kiddie games. wow is too much of a game to release on consoles. sorry dummies" This has got to be the most ignorant post I've read in a long...long time...

cifru
cifru

Well it would be awesome to have an MMO on Consoles, but my question is, how can you play a game like wow with all those spells and things?

nirvana_2
nirvana_2

releasing to consoles only means dumbing down to us pc gamers. stick with your silly pokemons, mario bros' and simplified controls... the pc was, is and will still be the superior experience when it comes to quality games and superior controls and visuals instead of kiddie games. wow is too much of a game to release on consoles. sorry dummies

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

good we can't allow their filt spread to the consoles.

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

thx god they dont go to consoles then i would have to call an inquisition on them. this is videogame heresy their commiting to keep the game going. IMO get rid of WoW and tell the players to go play something more challenging than this sorry excuse for a game. oh and by the way i care not if your mad at me for saying it.

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

If blizzard update the visual quality they could well alienate some of their market so that ain't going to happen , they really need to make a new game from scratch but i bet their waiting to see how warhammer does before doing anything

jknight5422
jknight5422

Bringing WOW to the platform games is certainly a novel idea. One problem, at least on the 360, is that they won't be able to build such a game without an hdd. As I understand it, there is some restraint that any games designed on the 360 have to run off the DVD, perhaps this just can't be done with WOW. Plus the game itself & most updates take up several gigs of space, so you would have to get a bigger drive for the 360, assuming you can run the game off an external usb drive. Other than this, I'd love to have a decent MMO running on my 360. I guess we'll have to wait & see who will bring one. I wish City of Heroes would also port to the 360.

BL1NDS1DE
BL1NDS1DE

I'd so buy WOW for 360 or PS3 if they were to release it.

Ultima90
Ultima90

I am first and foremost a true PC gamer and console gamer second therefore I am most happy that Blizzard has in the past and still today does continue to support the PC first. Whether or not porting WOW to another platform is a good or bad tactic I cannot say but I am sure that when the time is right Blizzard will branch out and explore more options. (A mouthful was this? :-))

bourne2083
bourne2083

why oh why is blizzard aginst console wow's if WoW was on the xbox 360 i'd actually play it more i'm not a pc fan

Kenzo287
Kenzo287

i'd personally love a WoW on Wii, the wiimote is perfect for it. But then you need a keyboard and a hard drive. and now with wotlk a headset. but still... i'd love some WoWii. and a Metroid RTS. but I might be alone there.

ziyad888
ziyad888

nah ... its just a dream

Lee_Stricklin
Lee_Stricklin

There are currently more console players in the U.S. than PC ones (we don't really use PC's for much more than stealing music and watching videos). I know pitting a bunch of new players against the ones who already established themselves on the PC version of this game would be slaughter (that would only happen if it's cross-platform), but I think Blizzard should really consider doing an XBox Live version.

merriman56
merriman56

they are saving peoples lives by not making that game available on console.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

Rufrgt2001 "yeah well i would make a PS3 version with updated graphics, pretty much the only difference maybe better/more sounds. Probably not on the xbox cause of the live thing, i don't think most people would want to pay twice. Especially since the only difference would be graphics. Maybe it wouldn't bring in much more if any more customers, oh well. Oh next gen better not be " " of Starcraft." it doesn't work like that for mmo's you only pay for the mmo cause live is free(silver)

tegororn
tegororn

I will never ever play WoW

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

I don't care if there is console WoW. I have never played WoW.......:)

silentGENOCIDE
silentGENOCIDE

they need to update the graphics for the PC/Mac version before they even think about a console based WoW... In my opinion.

Rufrgt2001
Rufrgt2001

yeah well i would make a PS3 version with updated graphics, pretty much the only difference maybe better/more sounds. Probably not on the xbox cause of the live thing, i don't think most people would want to pay twice. Especially since the only difference would be graphics. Maybe it wouldn't bring in much more if any more customers, oh well. Oh next gen better not be " " of Starcraft.

revczar
revczar

hey mkurts i can say one thing thats different between EA and Blizzard at least Blizzard had great games in the begining i know World of Warcraft is a great game but im paying for the MMO part thats BS i just hate that blizzard has changed their ways on online games but the reason i think blizzard isnt making WoW on consoles is cause FFXI sucked so badly i was going to buy FFXI til i found out the price of playing i mean i pay $50 a year to play every LIVE game online $50/12 = 4.17/22(the LIVE games i own)=0.19 a month $50/12 = 4.17/77(the LIVE games i known of)=0.05 a month so paying less then $0.20 a month compared to $15 a month which would anyone choose

a_rabalais
a_rabalais

I have read many articles on hints of what blizzard plans to do next. This isn't the first time they have hinted in making another MMO. They have made their point in claiming that they are still in love with and going to revisit their 3 major titles. but they also claim that they are planning to make a new universe and in claiming that they have sorta hinted it towards the next MMO they are planning to release. but who knows.. All I know is if they are planning to release it for the 2 next gen systems then they should already be hard at work with it cause if they wait to start the project then it may not be released till the next system gens are released.

Rentago
Rentago

I WANT MY STARCRAFT: GHOST!! I can't stand how many people play that. Its as pointless as myspace. WHY would people pay monthly fees for a game like that?! mkurts, is completely right on, if your playing WoW, your being milked of your money. They suddenly realized that their life force sucking game with no apparent ending to it works, it attracts idiots into its evil trap. I have never seen so many people flock to a game with no purpose, no story, repetitive adventuring, and 10 hours feeling like 10 minutes. It is the work of EA and their Sims! JangoWuzHere, I don't understand what your getting at, a 120GB or even 60GB is more than enough, it will take about less than 20GB for the game to be on console hard drives. It isn't that big, and your leaving a mental gap that they use compression on consoles and PC rarely utilize compression on their games making it take much more space. None the less, I pray to god they don't put WoW on consoles. Its like that abomination thingy in WC3. I'd vomit.

fullmetalsonic
fullmetalsonic

no fare why not if blizzard trys to put this game on the xbox 360 and the ps3 more player next gen + this game = more players + online = more money!!!! + the wii = big time MONEY!!!!!!!1!!!!

Factor-Zer0
Factor-Zer0

NeoNavarro, Sony already has a mouse and keyboard.

ocdog45
ocdog45

they are saving lives by not making that game avail on console.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

Sony and Micro$oft need to make a mouse and keyboard for WoW if it where to be released on their councels because on a controller it would be almost impossible to to control. But, who knows knowing Blizzard they go something nice planned for the PS3 and 360 it will just take ten years for it to come out given there game release reputation.

Dan41
Dan41

@mkurts i totally agree with you although id sure love to see a Diablo3

richard2day15
richard2day15

It would probably be pretty cool to have it on a consol but the controler would be way to hard to control your character and other stuff.

darkmoney52
darkmoney52

i dont see why anyone would need a console version, even a piece of crap pc like mine can play wow.

mkurts
mkurts

Who other than rabid fanboys would care ? All Blizzard does now is release sequels and employ cash cow exercise like EA Games, and they deserve no respect at all. Maybe its time for something other than WOW spinoffs or WOW expansion packs, but Blizzard no longer has the creativity or mental capacity to do so. Sad really.

decoy1978
decoy1978

I dont see a reason why Blizz would go console. They tried console Diablo and that was quite horrible. Some games were just meant to be on PC.

valcrist09
valcrist09

oh well it doesnt matter, i dont care about Blizzard anymore, after wow came out, i felt blizzard lost what blizzard made itself so fantasic. WoW is just a life sucking peice of crap, that is making blizzard billions. I remember the good old days of diablo and warcraft and starcraft, not this MMO crap, and No finally Starcraft 2 which will take a million years.

4quarters
4quarters

Give us some PS3 love........

j3v1zzle
j3v1zzle

No reason for them to port it to consoles when they're doing extremely well with the PC and Mac. Besides, not like I would buy it anyway; WoW is complete and utter garbage.

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Blizzard is making enough money off WoW as it is, and the game can run quite well on even a mediocre PC. Blizzard has no real reason to port the game to the 360/PS3.

mismajor99
mismajor99

WoW would not work well with a controller. MS and Sony would have to allow for k/m, still, Blizzard would have to allocate a ton of resources to the console development and support, which thankfully they don't. If you want to play blizzard games, buy a video card. Plain and simple.

JangoWuzHere
JangoWuzHere

"Surllio Its too harddrive reliant to put it on consoles. Final fantasy 11 takes up nearly 6 gigs of information, and its not nearly as big of a game as WoW is. " i had wow once last time i remember thoe it was about 5 gigs

malmeid2
malmeid2

it only takes an entry level pc to run WOW. It might not look that pretty but it is still playable. I don't know ANYONE who owns a 360 or PS3 that doesn't own an entry level pc...

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Ha ha the PS3 does not have enough power to emulate windows XP on Linux then have CPu power left over for WOW do not even try. linux does not even run decent on PS3 with out trying to emulate another OS. On top of that if you are using linux 80% of the ps3 hardware does not have drivers and those would be the parts you would be using to have any hop of doing that. And window XP would take up at least 256 MB of the PS3 512mb of memory and it only get half of that since the the other 256mb is only for the GPU. You wil never fit WOW windows XP, linux into the PS3's 256mb of main system memory. A mid range quad core PC with about 2gb ram can pull this off not a PS3, it is funny to even bother trying console are much weaker than PC's that is why PC CPU's cost so much more and some are more money than the PS3. If you want WOW so bad buy a PC or use the PC you are using now to get on the internet. Wow has extremely low system requirements it is old and not that pretty anymore get a pc from a trash can somebody threw out and play.

Atarii
Atarii

This game should stay on PC and Mac's, there's no need for a console version. If you truly NEED to play it, play it on a PC or Mac. Leave the console games to others other then Blizzard.

froidnite
froidnite

majin_vegeta300 There is a XP emulator on Linux and it works on PS3. There is youtube video showing this. But it runs real slow........

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

WHo would want to play a MMO Made for a pc on A console anyway? There is no mouse no keyboard, and tons of suck. playing PC games with a game pad is always one of the worst things I have ever done and playing with console people online is almost as bad. and when they do support at least keyboard I still get people hunt and pecking with controlers because " I don got keybrd, K U got mic?" it takes forever So i just leave them there hunting and pecking words out on phantasy star universe. Who does not have a keyboard? they throw the things out all the time people give them away, people have boxes full of them They make them for PC's tons of them you cant get rid of them. then they would suck in your party because they have no mouse to pick spells or do anything in a decent way. Said keyboard is gone so they have no Quick keys or macros. Console people are sad and lack control inputs, they don't need a MMO from a PC we don't want them in our way.