World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has suggested that a fully-fledged mobile version for iOS could be a possibility.
Smartphones are becoming more powerful all the time, giving games developers more mobile gaming options to explore.
And as smartphone power grows, so does on-the-go gaming. Sony has shown just how good a dedicated portable console can be, with the PS Vita.
Popular titles like GTA3, LA Noire and Call of Duty (the Zombie version at least) have all been well-received on mobile platforms.
Other titles have struggled to come to terms with the touchscreen controls, and have not translated well – with a certain football game springing to mind.
WoW on mobile?
But would current smartphones really have the ability to support a MMORPG? It’s all well and good putting a ten-year-old Rockstar title on the iPhone, but the vast complexities of WoW? We’re not so sure.
It seems that Blizzard is unsure at the moment too, but is certainly open to ideas and inspiration, as senior producer John Lagrave told Eurogamer.
“Maybe we’ll stumble on the great way to put WOW on the phone – maybe we won’t, but we’re certainly looking into it,” he said.
“We won’t do it until we think it’s decent. But it’s interesting and the world is evolving towards the iPhone. It would be foolish for any game developer to not be looking at that.”
There is currently a Wow app, but it only lets you manage auctions and view a character’s armour – not very exciting.
A fully-fledged version is probably still a while away. But as long as developers are keeping their options open and looking into the possibilities, it’s only a matter of time.