An iPad Version of World of Warcraft Could Pull Me Back In After Three Years

MICHAELSD

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Let's face it. World of Warcraft is old, it feels old, and it looks like an older game with a good art style. But still, the game is addicting and pulls together well. I was an avid subscriber three years ago, and lost interest. I've tried getting back in, but I realized how much I'd rather be playing WoW in a new way, on a new platform. The iPad could be that platform.

Not only is there huge potential for a really great interface and control method, but Blizzard's huge budget for optimization could lead to really good graphics and smooth gameplay. Practically every iPad owner who plays WoW would pay for this, and many WoW players would buy an iPad just to have a nice portable tablet to play it on. I'd much rather pay $x (x could be 0) for the iPad game and pay the $15/month for access on the iPad and Mac.

Storage could be an issue, but I do remember when WoW was 4GB, so good optimization of this as well, could work to bring the size of the game down for iPad owners to play, maybe even with good streaming technology of resources as the trial and streaming client use.
 

Jarmel

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Please god no. I wouldn't stop playing. That's like waving an endless bag of cocain in front of a recovering addict.
 

badmac78

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Let's face it. World of Warcraft is old, it feels old, and it looks like an older game with a good art style. But still, the game is addicting and pulls together well. I was an avid subscriber three years ago, and lost interest. I've tried getting back in, but I realized how much I'd rather be playing WoW in a new way, on a new platform. The iPad could be that platform.

Not only is there huge potential for a really great interface and control method, but Blizzard's huge budget for optimization could lead to really good graphics and smooth gameplay. Practically every iPad owner who plays WoW would pay for this, and many WoW players would buy an iPad just to have a nice portable tablet to play it on. I'd much rather pay $x (x could be 0) for the iPad game and pay the $15/month for access on the iPad and Mac.

Storage could be an issue, but I do remember when WoW was 4GB, so good optimization of this as well, could work to bring the size of the game down for iPad owners to play, maybe even with good streaming technology of resources as the trial and streaming client use.
$9.99 seems to be the number that folks like to charge. If WoW could pull of something like OnLive ... and maybe include wii like controls through the iphone. Would be interesting (ok .. too far).
 

MICHAELSD

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I'm sorry to hear this. My condolences.
I'm a little confused :p.

I haven't played WoW for three years and still don't, in case I need to reiterate that. It would just be cool on the iPad.
 

Swampthing

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Warcraft will never happen on the iPad, for the same reasons Blizzard has ruled out console versions.

So I suggest you try POCKET LEGENDS, a 3D MMO for the iPad and iPhone. It's even free.
 

Wimmachine

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I've been playing since beta, raid ICC 3 nights a week, and follow the game and development very closely. I can say with certainty that this will never happen.

The only WOW-related app that will appear on the iPad is the Armory app.
 

nasa25

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Nothing like the ol' $14.99 per month to preserve your virginity.

World of warcraft and dungeons and dragons threads in the same day......WoW!
 

ob81

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I've been playing since beta, raid ICC 3 nights a week, and follow the game and development very closely. I can say with certainty that this will never happen.

The only WOW-related app that will appear on the iPad is the Armory app.
You spent a down payment on a house on games. Awesome or? You decide.
 

boss1

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my undead rogue has been wielding an iPad in the off hand for quite some time now.


Going to make this a blue post for kicks even though it's not an official blue post :p

While I would love to see the game ported, The game is wayyy to complex for a handheld device without a keyboard or mouse. And Blizzard would never condone it simply because players using an iPad would have either an unfair advantage or be at a disadvantage when playing. Everyone knows how sensitive Blizz "attempts" to be when it comes to game balance.



That said, I do think that Blizz is at a loss if they don't jump on the iPad band wagon and develop a game specifically for it. (not WoW) . They are already exploring the possibilities. They have developers who are familiar with the iPhone OS as they are currently finishing work on the Armory App.

So the possibility of a full fledged game is certainly being looked into at the least.
 

Viper2005

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I've been playing since beta, raid ICC 3 nights a week, and follow the game and development very closely. I can say with certainty that this will never happen.

The only WOW-related app that will appear on the iPad is the Armory app.
Yes but just think soon we will be able to manage auction house transactions away from the game.. It is one of the things Blizzard is working on.
 

Wimmachine

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Yes but just think soon we will be able to manage auction house transactions away from the game.. It is one of the things Blizzard is working on.
Yup. I know many people who are waiting for this. Running the AH while you are at work, on the bus, etc is going to be crazy. However, the last rumor I heard was that this functionality might not be free...
 

ZombiePete

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I was thinking about this the other day. I wonder if we'll start to see big-time games like this ported over at all? I can't imagine how you'd control it properly, but it would be an interesting experiment.
 

Zepaw

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I finally tried WoW last week and gave up a half hour in. so boring to me. It is probably because I am burnt out on repetitive MMORPGs from many years of RuneScape.
 

nsorrelle

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The game would have to be redone, as there's no way it could run in its current state on the iPad, especially in highly populated areas.
 

boss1

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Well one could:
1. technically port over the Mac version of WoW to the iPad ( not sure if that's even technically possible)
2. Jailbreak it to install the app
3. Create a private WoW server to host the users.
4. And somehow layer controls over the app or allow for external controllers

Then you could have a WoW iPad server .... Call the server "Tichondripad"
 

PDelahanty

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I just want Starcraft II on the iPad. That would be AH-MAZING!

(I'd settle for being able to use my beta key for an actual Mac version of the beta.)
 

Swampthing

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Well one could:
1. technically port over the Mac version of WoW to the iPad ( not sure if that's even technically possible)
2. Jailbreak it to install the app
3. Create a private WoW server to host the users.
4. And somehow layer controls over the app or allow for external controllers

Then you could have a WoW iPad server .... Call the server "Tichondripad"
Keep in mind the current WOW gameplay folder size is almost EIGHTEEN GB.
 

H00513R

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I have zero interest about ever going back to WoW, but I think it would be too hard to play it on the iPad. At least on PvP servers. You would have to somehow macro it out IMO.
 
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