Wednesday, June 29, 2011

You May Soon See World of Warcraft On Your iPad

Blizzard's Greg Street recently spoke with popular gaming site Eurogamer about the company's thought on porting the hugely popular MMORPG to devices running on Apple's iOS.

"Everyone I know here has an iPhone or an iPad so we're huge fans of the hardware," Street said. "If we could make the right game changes to make that work, it's something we'd be interested in. It's not something you're going to see in the next week or two, but it's the kind of thing we're always looking at."

It appears as though some of the current focus is around the hardware requirements. Anyone that has played the game knows WOW is designed for use with a mouse and a keyboard. Currently they are facing similar issues with finding a console solution that lets could replicate keyboard and mouse input easily. Finding a viable solution for a touch based device might prove to be a much great challenge.

A second major issue would be the need to use an optimized, scaled-down version of the game with lower-resolution graphics in order to fit within the limited mobile hardware environment. This may also mean that the MMORPG would require its own servers to keep the gameplay experience even. A possible solution would be using a solution similar to that of David Perry's Gaikai service which has already proven that World of Warcraft can be streamed inside an Internet browser.

For gamers it should be interesting to see where Blizzard heads with this. The iPad is undoubtedly one of the most popular tablet platforms out there and WOW is by far one of the most popular games to date. If they can work out the interface its possible that we could see many more of our favorite games being shuffled over to tablets.

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