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Blizzard and Netease cancel mobile World of Warcraft after failing to agree on funding

Activision Blizzard has canceled World of Warcraft, a mobile game that was developed in collaboration with Netease, the company's Chinese partner, for three years. The reason was the conflict related to the terms of financing the project, according to Bloomberg.

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The halt in development caused Netease to disband a team of over 100 people. Only some of them have offered other positions within the company, sources say.

The canceled unannounced title was in development under the name Neptune. It was planned to be an MMORPG set in the World of Warcraft universe, and it would not be an exact retelling of the events of the PC game, but rather a spin-off set in a different time period.

Neptune is one of several mobile games that Blizzard has recently developed. In May, the company announced Warcraft's Arclight Rumble, a mobile action strategy game that also takes place in the world of Warcraft, and Diablo Immortal was released in June. Not all projects are going well: Blizzard previously canceled another unannounced project called Orbis, which had been in development for over four years.

Blizzard has been working with Netease since 2008. Netease released World of Warcraft, Hearthstone and other Blizzard franchises in China, and was involved in the development of Diablo Immortal. She also owns the Shanghai Dragons esports team, the current Overwatch League champion.

World of Warcraft was released in 2004 and remains one of Activision Blizzard's most popular games. Her next expansion, Dragonflight, is expected later this year.

Author: Michael Zippo
2022/08/04

https://linkedin.com/in/michael-zippo-9136441b1
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