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Three years down the drain: Blizzard cancels mobile WoW spin-off

Blizzard and NetEase have reportedly canceled a World of Warcraft spin-off that would have been released on mobile devices, according to a Bloomberg report. The report suggests that the game was three years in development, and NetEase had more than 100 developers dedicated to creating content for the game. However, this team has been disbanded and most of them were laid off, although some were able to transfer within the company.

The WoW spin-off was code-named Neptune and was an MMORPG similar to World of Warcraft, except set in a different time period. NetEase and Blizzard Entertainment reportedly had disagreements on the specifics of the project before ultimately deciding to cancel it.

This isn’t the first time NetEase and Blizzard have backed a mobile title together, as the recently released Diablo Immortal was another joint project from the two companies. NetEase is also responsible for publishing a number of Blizzard franchises in China, including World of Warcraft, so the two companies have a significant partnership.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight

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This also isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Warcraft mobile game get cancelled, as the company’s Pokémon GO-inspired title never saw the light of day either. At the very least, Warcraft Arclight Rumble seems to be coming along nicely.