Unfortunately, it looks like recent rumors regarding World of Warcraft jumping the PC ship have been greatly exaggerated. We've reached out to Blizzard, and they've confirmed that their legendary MMO won't be making the leap to Xbox Series X after all.
Where did this World of Warcraft confusion come from?
Rumors started flying when gaming news site Gematsu spotted a Brazilian listing for World of Warcraft. The listing was for the game's new expansion Shadowlands and listed a 2020 release date for both Xbox Series X and PC. On both platforms, the game was listed at an advisory age rating of 12 for "violence" and "animated violence". It turns out that the Xbox Series X listing was made in error. You can take a look at the original erroneous listing below:
Blizzard has been pretty adamant in the past that World of Warcraft wouldn't come to console, so the listing came as a bit of a surprise. As expected, Blizzard public relations coordinator Aramis Ramirez told us that the company "currently has no plans" to bring World of Warcraft or Shadowlands to Xbox Series X. Ramirez says the platform was listed "in error", and that the entry has since been updated to reflect that. True enough, the Brazilian World of Warcraft: Shadowlands listing now only points to PC instead of Xbox Series X as well.
Will we ever see World of Warcraft on console?
This news may come as a blow to those who have been hoping for World of Warcraft's console debut. In an interview with Eurogamer regarding controller support in World of Warcraft, Blizzard's John Hight says if the game ever does come to console, it would need to "[feel] right" and the world would need to be "visually as enticing as [it is] on PC". Looks like there aren't any plans to bring World of Warcraft to console right now, but it does remain something that Hight is interested in, so never say never.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is the MMORPG's eighth expansion pack. It will introduce a "level squish" to the game, with players currently at level 120 dropping to level 50 and a new level cap of 60 being introduced. The expansion will invite players to explore the Shadowlands, World of Warcraft's afterlife, and will introduce more customization options for characters as well as new dungeons and zones. Shadowlands is also introducing Torghast, a roguelike-style endless dungeon for solo and group play. You'll be able to get your hands on Shadowlands some time this year.
Would you like to see a console version of World of Warcraft? Let us know in the comments below!