A former Blizzard developer says that Warcraft 4 was likely developed thanks to Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard was a hot topic with gamers last month, and the details of the deal won’t be clear until it’s finalized next year. However, a former Blizzard developer has speculated about their future projects, saying that Warcraft 4 could now be a special project likely to be developed after the company is taken over.
A developer named David Fried started at Blizzard as a QA analyst for Warcraft 2 and Diablo 2, a lead campaign designer for Warcraft 3 and later worked on World of Warcraft first. when leaving the company. A vocal and approachable developer that always provides transparency in the world of game design, he recently did a Q&A stream to answer questions for fans about the future of game design. his old company.
The answers he gives are speculative, but revolve around his solid knowledge of Blizzard, Microsoft, and the gaming industry in general. When it comes to the potential revival of old projects, many wonder if Blizzard has made something new about Warcraft, its classic fantasy game franchise. Although many developers have left Blizzard over the years, several of the teams responsible for Warcraft 3 are still there, including Samwise Didier who is Senior Art Director at Blizzard. According to Fried, Didier will almost certainly be involved in making Warcraft 4 if given the opportunity, and that opportunity may only come after the acquisition is complete. Fried went on to say that he would return to the project immediately if Didier asked him, and that he hopes that Chris Metzen, the creator of the Warcraft series, will do the same.
Fried talked about some of Blizzard’s other projects during the stream, while also speculating about their future. He believes that Warcraft 3 Reforged may have a chance to make good on the promises it failed to deliver in the past. Other abandoned projects, from projects like Heroes of the Storm to canceled projects like Starcraft Ghost, are all likely to be considered resurrected, though Fried remains a bit skeptical about it. that work.
Fried was also outspoken about Activision Blizzard, saying that Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard was the “best thing possible” that could happen to the crumbling company. He believes that next year they will focus on reorganizing everything, including the removal of CEO Bobby Kotick, after which Blizzard will see rapid and hopefully positive change.
However, many gamers still wonder if it is worth hoping in Blizzard after its countless lawsuits and controversies. Fried has urged fans not to give up on Blizzard entirely, specifically because there are still good people working there. While critical of Blizzard, he believes it still has a chance to redeem itself in the future, even if it can never regain the golden years of its past.
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