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Blizzard Open to Licensing Out Warcraft to the 'Right Partner'

Blizzard Open to Licensing Out Warcraft to the 'Right Partner' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 April 2024 / 1,551 Views

John Hight, the Warcraft franchise director, in an interview with IGN said he is open to the idea of licensing out the Warcraft IP to third-party developers if they can find the "right partner."

"Certainly open to people who really get it and have a cool idea about how to express Warcraft and if we feel like aesthetically they're going to be able to hit the bar," said Hight.

"I think if we found the right partner, found the right situation, I think especially if they have a proficiency in a game genre that we really don't, I think that'd be the ideal partner for us to work with and we're open to that, but that's relatively new.

"I'm open to it because I want to have Warcraft out there a little more than it is now, and I also don't want to have us grow so fast that we're no longer able to serve the audiences we have. But I think there's some benefit in leveraging other companies that share our love for it, have a really cool idea, share our belief in quality and have the ability to execute on it. But now that's probably a pretty small list, right?"


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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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8 Comments
G2ThaUNiT (on 02 April 2024)

I would say World's Edge would be the right partner for a new Warcraft RTS ;)

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Mozart1511 G2ThaUNiT (on 02 April 2024)

It makes total sense! I would like Microsoft to invest more in this studio and increase the number of employees.

My dream would be to see Microsoft buy Command and Conquer from EA and give that franchise to World Edge.

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Trentonater Mozart1511 (on 02 April 2024)

If anyone should get Command and Conquer it should be Petroglyph, home of the original developers. Same as how the Homeworld creators still get to make Homeworld at Blackbird with Gearbox,

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G2ThaUNiT Trentonater (on 03 April 2024)

I actually really like this idea. Petroglyph has already had their hands on C&C with the Remastered Collection, which was pretty great even though its modernizations were limited overall. I would love to see them get their hands on it again.

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pokoko (on 03 April 2024)

I'd love to see a Warcraft cRPG from inXile or Owlcat with a serious budget behind it.

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Darwinianevolution (on 03 April 2024)

So we are going to have some sort of Warcraft mobile game in the near future.

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G2ThaUNiT Darwinianevolution (on 03 April 2024)

We already do lol

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smroadkill15 (on 03 April 2024)

Looks like MS wants more Blizzard IPs made without having to wait 10+ years between each release.

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