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Blizzard Unveils Warcraft Arclight Rumble, New Warcraft Mobile Game for iOS and Android

Blizzard Unveils Warcraft Arclight Rumble, New Warcraft Mobile Game for iOS and Android - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 May 2022 / 1,849 Views

Blizzard Entertainment announced today a new fast-paced, free-to-play mobile action strategy game, Warcraft Arclight Rumble. It will release later this year for iOS and Android.

Warcraft Arclight Rumble will have a PvE campaign, co-op and PvP modes, dungeons, and raids. There will also be six game modes, over 70 maps, over 60 collectible characters, and more. 

"The Warcraft universe continues to capture imaginations across the globe with enlightening experiences and immersive gameplay, that are the foundation for World of Warcraft and Hearthstone," reads the announcement post. "We are happy to present a new mobile game for the heroes of Azeroth looking to play on the go, and we can’t wait to get it into your hands."

View the Warcraft Arclight Rumble reveal event below:

Here is an overview of the gameplay via Blizzard:

Grab your Miniatures, put them on the battlefield, and GET READY TO RUMBLE in the first Warcraft® action-packed strategy game designed from the ground up for mobile!

This triumph of gnomish engineering has packed insatiable crowds into taverns from Winterspring to Booty Bay and invites players to assemble armies with their favorite characters from the Warcraft universe and battle it out in unique missions designed to test their tactical wits.

Players get to command forces of lovingly sculpted digital tabletop miniatures in multi-lane combat across dozens of unique missions.

  • Level up through an epic single-player campaign with over 70 missions or join a guild and play cooperatively with your friends.
  • Put your army to the test in competitive player-versus-player mode.
  • Engage in a new dungeon each week or take on demanding cooperative raids each month.

Warcraft Arclight Rumble has everything you’d expect in a Warcraft game.

Collect Them All!

Build your Miniature collection from over 60 available heroes, villains, monsters, and more from the Warcraft universe to help you turn the tide of battle. Each Mini comes with unique abilities that can be improved with powerful talents. Each of them has a bigger-than-life personality to match. Have a blast building a brave army of your best troops and leaders, taking advantage of their unique synergies, or simply sticking with a fun theme. 

Grow your Army by completing missions and quests for coins. Coins can be used to purchase more Minis, Talents, experience, and Tomes to help your Army grow stronger—for more enormous chaos!

Families

In Warcraft Arclight Rumble, family is everything—you got their back, and they got yours:

  • The noble Alliance is overflowing with defensive units and spells.
  • The proud Horde is great for overpowering your enemies.
  • The hardened Blackrock will sear a hole in your enemy’s defenses.
  • The Undead deliver a skeleTON of troops to the battlefield.
  • A stampede (literally) of Beasts from the plains and jungles of Azeroth overwhelm your foe.

Undertake Conquest missions to earn bonus rewards by replaying levels with leaders from the five different Families.

Leaders

Someone needs to lead your motley crew of Troops. Leaders are the backbone of a successful army. Use Leaders to help cater your strategy and build a playstyle that suits you. Leader Minis are the linchpins of your Army, and Troop and Spell Minis fill out your force.

Alliance: Alliance Leaders support defense, healing, and stealth tactics, as well as heavy use of Spells. Tirion Fordring, Maiev Shadowsong, and Jaina Proudmoore devote their skills to the Alliance.

Horde: Horde Leaders like Grommash Hellscream, Sneed, and Cairne Bloodhoof encourage building momentum through earning additional gold, fast attacking Troops, and enemy control with area of effect stuns.

Blackrock: Blackrock Leaders including Rend Blackhand and General Drakkisath reward you for playing heavy-hitting flying Troops and searing elemental magic users to burn opponents to a crisp.

Undead: Undead Leaders use powerful necromancy on the battlefield. As Bloodmage Thalnos uses Spells, he grows stronger with each one cast. Baron Rivendare can take advantage of plentiful and disposable undead Troops to drain their health so he can persist on the battlefield.

Beast: Beast Leaders like Charlga Razorflank can disable enemy defenses, helping your numerous bestial allies stampede and overwhelm them quickly. Others like Hogger are right at home with a flurry of fast troops swarming your enemies.

Tweak your Leaders and Troops between stages to better address the challenges ahead of you and discover new synergies.

Pro-tip: If you want to play siege units, go for Sneed, who also has a trait called Sneed’s Greedthat makes all your siege units grab extra gold. Want to own the skies with an aerial assault? Go for Ren Blackhand, who makes all your flying units cost one gold less with his Blacken the Skyability.

Maps Brimming with Joyful Chaos

Your Minis need a place to play! With over 70 available battleground maps, the entertainment is never-ending. Progress through multi-lane combat across diverse maps and encounters, facing down foes of increasing difficulty while gaining levels and skill.

When the battle begins, come to the battlefield with your chosen Army, and be ready to assault the boss and defend your base at all costs—if your base loses health and dies, you lose your battle.

Meeting Stones and Towers

Capture objectives like Meeting Stones and Guard Towers. Doing so will allow you to deploy your Minis closer to the boss, giving you a battlefield advantage. Alternatively, if the enemy takes control of the Meeting Stone or Guard Towers, and you don’t have a good defense, it’s curtains for you! Master your Minis abilities to help you succeed.

Gold Nodes and Treasure Chests

You gotta get the shinies! Grabbing the gold is vital for ensuring you dominate the lanes. Gold Nodes and Treasure Chests are ready to plunder, and the more gold you get, the more chaos you can reign upon the battlefield.

Campaign and Quests

While the campaign takes you on tour across the map into more and more challenging zones, you’ll also get to undertake Conquest missions that test your mettle and earn bonus rewards. Winning these takes some strategy and you may have to switch out your Minis to take the win.

Gold Coins and Tomes filled with XP are utilized to strengthen your troops, and both can be procured by completing the Daily Quests with armies of any level. You must be fast because Daily Quests are on a timer and will disappear.

Get Down and Dirty in Dungeons and Raids

Tackle dungeons or engage in demanding cooperative raids.

Competitive and Cooperative Play Modes

Play solo in the single-player campaign or show your mastery of Minis against a foe (or friend) when you go head-to-head in epic PvP battle on a random map. Minis are level 1 but can be modified by available slots and talents. Victory gains you XP to help you continue to advance your troops.

Guilds aren’t just for socializing with your mates—getting into a Warcraft Arclight Rumble guild brings buddies to bond with and enrich your cooperative play. Plan your adventures by chatting with your comrades, and work towards collective rewards.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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13 Comments
Pajderman (on 04 May 2022)

Will keep looking at what Blizz delivers. But The way they killed WC3 still stings. The PC game I played the most hours in by far, not able to play it anymore because of the stupid mandatory downgrade to reforge.

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Chazore (on 03 May 2022)

What really stings, is that WC3 Reforged still lacks the updates it was promised and still needs, and then they come out with this game that screams predatory MT's, and it's also mobile exclusive.

meanwhile the backlash they got for Diablo Immortal now has them porting it to PC with keyboard/gamepad support, so there's virtually no reason why this game cannot also show up on Battlenet.

it's actually rather silly to have to use Battlenet client to pre-register, when you have to use the Apple or Google store to register at the end of the day.

They could have gone with a better idea, like Warcraft, but with Stardew valley, and the mines are dungeons you can gather materials and loot from, while you grow your own farm on Hillsbrad hills, while also defending it from the likes of the Legion, undead, scourge and iron horde, but instead we get the old tried and tested Clash of Clans...

Kinda depressing to see Blizz going full on in with mobile game dev, while Diablo and OW 2 remain on the backburner and we don't even know if the new WoW expac will be any good, Heroes of the Storm is nearing it's death, and Starcraft is in eternal limbo.

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gtotheunit91 Chazore (on 03 May 2022)

This is what I'm hoping will all be corrected when Microsoft does take over.

WC3 Reforged will never reach the updates that were promised from the start under the current leadership structure.

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Chazore gtotheunit91 (on 03 May 2022)

I think it's safe to assume that WC3 R isn't ever going to get the treatment it deserves, mostly because of the whole sunken cost outlook for it.

The game itself is around 2yrs old at this point and you'd think it would have been patched proper by now, but Blizz seems to have shifted more focus towards mobile gaming (Made even more evident by that chan-type post that told us about Blizz wanting to shift their future towards mobile gaming instead of AAA stories).

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gtotheunit91 Chazore (on 03 May 2022)

That's very true, but with Acti-Blizz as a whole reporting directly to Phil Spencer after the purchase is completed, and how he plans to talk to each individual team to see what they want to work on, he can change that mobile first mindset very quickly. Even though it'll be sometime before we actually see the fruits of that labor lol.

The thing that made Acti-Blizz really push towards CoD /mobile focus titles was trying to bring in as much revenue as humanly possible to appease shareholders. As well as fat bonuses for executives. But under Xbox that is now getting a tooooooon of investment and support from Microsoft, revenue won't be the biggest focus for the company now. Still important of course but not the one all be all focus. There's already those heavy rumors that CoD 2023 will be delayed after the acquisition was announced, so things can definitely change, and that's what I'm hoping for. I want those Blizzard glory days back again!

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Chazore gtotheunit91 (on 03 May 2022)

Aye, I just want them to put the love in their OG IP's that made them great, rather than wasting it on making mobile crap going forward.

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Imaginedvl Chazore (on 03 May 2022)

How is "Diablo" / "Overwatch" on the backburner?

  • Diablo 4 dev. is going on at full speed; getting quarterly updates, company-wide beta going on right now...
  • Overwatch 2 beta; was a huge success and there is nothing showing any slow down in the dev. (other than those delays 'created' by fans based on assumptions).

    It is sad to see that you are dismissing everything just because a company is ALSO focusing on mobile which makes a lot of sense even if you personally do not like it. It is not all or nothing... Businesses are smarter than that.

    And I'm not saying W3R could have not gotten more support but saying that Blizzard is going full-on mobile is just wrong.

    And the backlash for Dia Imo. was just showing how gamers this day are completely out of touch and really one of the worse communities out there.

    People playing/liking Diablo are PC gamers for the majority. So of course they wanted Diablo 4 to be shown during Blizzcon and the reaction (like this moron and his joke about Apr. 1st and the disrespect to all those devs working their ass off) was really out of place. And then "the so-called backlash" is simply because this is the Internet where 90% of the people are offended just because others are offended too.

    If anything Diablo Immortal shows that a "mobile" first game can actually be really good and on par with a PC AAA (Diablo 3 for instance in that case) with an even better end game.

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Imaginedvl Chazore (on 03 May 2022)

"it's actually rather silly to have to use Battlenet client to pre-register, when you have to use the Apple or Google store to register at the end of the day."

The battle.net pre-register is to get a chance to be selected for the beta...

The "pre-register" on iOS and Android are just to auto install the game WHEN it will be ready and send you notification, nothing to do with the beta (and they actually do not any access to the user data to actually select them from both platforms).

Not silly, just technical.

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Alistair Chazore (on 03 May 2022)

Warcraft 3 should have been remade in the Starcraft 2 engine. That would have got us all excited. W3 reforged as is, is just over.

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Chazore Alistair (on 04 May 2022)

Heroes of the Storm was made using the exact same engine as SCII, so it is entirely possible for them to have done that, but no idea why they decided not to.

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SuperNintend0rk (on 03 May 2022)

"Do you guys not have phones?" :P

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gtotheunit91 (on 03 May 2022)

Geez, if only Blizzard put this much effort into Warcraft III: Reforged!

Personally not into mobile games, but it's got some meat on its bones. Can't say that about many mobile games.

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Imaginedvl gtotheunit91 (on 03 May 2022)

Blizzard are really serious about mobile games so far. Diablo Immortal is a full fledge AAA game with full campaign and Diablo 3 level of graphics (it looks like end games content is also better) and this one looks amazing too (maybe more on the lighter side tho).

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