Blizzard will be taking a step back after the Starcraft II trilogy is over and explore its options for the RTS genre. Unsurprisingly, the developer has said that it may consider returning to the Warcraft universe for its next RTS game; but it has not ruled out making something completely new either.
The information came courtesy of Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void producer Tim Morten, who was speaking to IGN at Gamescom in Germany. Morten explained that the story for the current batch of Starcraft characters is done, and that his team will be looking at their next step.
He said, “It’s very rewarding for us to hear that there’s demand out there for more RTS content in the Warcraft universe so once we’re done with Void I think we’ll get together as a team and talk about what would inspire us to work on next. There’s no question, though, that we’ll consider Warcraft, StarCraft, or even new ideas. Anything is possible.”
Blizzard has previously said that it does not want to return to a strategy based Warcraft game as it believed that the future of Warcraft was as an MMO. However, World of Warcraft has not been doing all that well and the game has been slowly losing players. WoW has hit its lowest number of subscribers ever, despite the announcement of a new expansion and implementing a way to buy subscription time with in-game gold.
While it is exciting to hear that Blizzard is reconsidering the future of Warcraft, the company has shown that it is again open to new properties. The upcoming multiplayer shooter Overwatch creates a completely new world with new characters, and is a sign that the company is ready to look at new things to try.
On the other hand, Blizzard has been known to take its time making games. Even if it did decide to start making a Warcraft 4, it could be decades before we see the final product.