Why World of Warcraft is not released on Xbox 360 or PS3

30 March 2009
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World of Warcraft NOT for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Bummer

World of Warcraft for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3? Not bloody likely says Blizzard’s vice-president of game design, Rob Pardo.

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  • Although it would seem to counter-productive to not release the best-selling MMO for this generation’s current consoles, Pardo says that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 simply are not built to support the kind of games Blizzard makes, due to lack of input devices.

    Speaking at GDC 2009 during the Luminaries Luncheon, Pardo was asked what he would do if he was in charge of developing the next-generation of consoles.

    “If I was them,” Pardo concluded, “I’d be sitting around trying to think of ‘What’s a cool input device that allows all types of new of games that are really fun to play?'”

    “There are so many games, like we make at Blizzard, that we don’t take to the console because they don’t support input devices,” Pardo told the attendees.

    He says that the lack of “device diversity” would only lead to ‘crappy ports” of Blizzard’s titles on consoles.

    So it looks like WoW won’t be hitting consoles anytime soon. Which is a shame if you ask me. Consoles already support keyboards, and some support USB mouses, so how hard would it be to make WoW for Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii?

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    • Wii Will The Hard Console To Make WoW On

    • kyle

      Crappy Input? There are more intensive games running on the consoles. That’s an excuse. Plus the game is run off their servers. Just make it happen.

    • guest

      uhh… Wii graphics at best, no problem for the consoles. Input excuses are just being lazy. Blizzard comes out with a game like every 3-5 years now. so wtf?

    • JarrettWilson54

      I am a computer programmer and I design console games as well, OH also ex-blizzard employee if that matters.

      These are excuses, and very very bad ones? Ports? Input? They are talking out their asses. They should come out and say that because the game on pc features so many different commands it would be very complex to integrate them properly but as any programmer knows this can be counted with a secondary control or even a Xbox 360 numerical pad device or some.
      Can it be done? In simple terms YES! I have even taken the liberty of coding it all down for them too.

      But seeing as I got bored of the stupidity of programmers in the IT field I switched to the Medical Field.

      Anyone interested in how to get this game programmed on an Xbox 360 contact me Jarrettwilson54@yahoo.com

    • Hardman8706

      Ummm dc universe….

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