World of Warcraft continues to be a massively popular game, even with its 20th anniversary approaching, and the recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard has gotten players asking the age-old question about the seasoned MMO: Will World of Warcraft be coming to Xbox Consoles in the future?
Could We See World of Warcraft Playable on Xbox Consoles in the Future?
Put simply, there is no confirmation that World of Warcraft will be making its way to Xbox consoles anytime soon. However, that doesn’t mean the teams over at Blizzard aren’t talking or thinking about it.
In a recent interview at Blizzcon 2023, WoW’s vice president and executive producer Holly Longdale spoke to GamesRadar about all things WoW, including the possibility of the game making its way to consoles, and Longdale made clear that the team “talk about it all the time.” She also jokingly said, “We are Microsoft now,” and discussed the likelihood of the MMO coming to Xbox.
Longdale stressed that the teams have only had limited interactions with Xbox as of yet, and stated that they “haven’t actually had a conversation yet” regarding a console or Game Pass release. She further said the team is focused on the recently announcement Worldsoul Saga storyline coming in the next three expansions. Still, Longdale feels they are “pretty well positioned, which is kind of why we talk about it,” regarding the subject. That said, they also stated it may be a different answer depending on who you ask, that it is “a complicated question” and that for console users, “the approachability is likely going to be different.”
So, it’s not a no, but we shouldn’t hold our breaths for the moment.
Is There a Demand for WoW on Consoles?
The topic of WoW coming to consoles has been around for a long time and it’s one that players have consistently bought up over the game’s nearly 20-year lifespan. As of now, it is exclusively a PC title, and whenever the topic is raised, you have to consider some of the hurdles of getting a game like WoW to work on consoles, especially in terms of controls and accessibility.
That said, it’s something players have been asking about for years, and the company has had a bit of an odd track record on the subject. While Longdale seemed more optimistic about the idea, even as early as 2022 we saw the games director ion Hazzikostas dismiss the possibility. But at the same time, it is now possible to use a gamepad with the game, albeit with a few add-ons to adjust UI and other elements.
but with Microsoft now owning the company and Blizzard seemingly having more freedom than in previous years, it could be a possibility over the next few years that WoW does make its way to console, much like its competition, Final Fantasy XIV and Elder Scrolls Online. However, for now, we will have to wait and see.