Blizzard Clarifies That WoW Isn't Coming to Consoles

Blizzard Clarifies That WoW Isn't Coming to Consoles

WoW Shadowlands's rating for Xbox Series X is not that serious… X.

Earlier today, Gematsu found a rating for World of Warcraft in Brazil, showing the upcoming Shadowlands expansion as appearing on Xbox Series X. This threw open the floodgates to further speculation that World of Warcraft might finally make the console transition like its rivals Final Fantasy 14 and Elder Scrolls Online.

Blizzard immediately shut down that speculation, reiterating earlier statements that controller support was aimed at accessibility. "For a long time, we’ve seen a small number of players turn to 3rd party addons, such as Console Port, in order to work through certain accessibility issues, " writes WoW community manager Randy 'Kaivax' Jordan in a post on the official WoW forums. "We always want to make WoW more widely accessible, if possible, so in Shadowlands, we’re attempting to add some support for keybinds, camera, and turning a character on controllers such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller."

The more fervent part of the WoW community went through this speculation back in April, when gamepad support was first datamined. Back then, Blizzard admitted that there was no intention for a console release, with controller support aimed at accessibility options. Shadowlands technical director Frank Kowalkowski told USgamer the same thing in an interview earlier this month.

"Not a lot of people know that we're adding controller support to World of Warcraft. That comes on the heels of what I just mentioned about accessibility," said Kowalkowski at the time. "It's not just about the variety of hardware, but the variety of peripherals we can provide to people who may not have the capability to play the game as effectively with mouse and keyboard. We made the decision to try and bring that controller support native and we're definitely hearing a lot of good feedback so far on that."

So no, World of Warcraft is still not coming to consoles anytime soon. That said, you will be able to use standard controllers to play the game, like the Xbox One controller or the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is currently in beta, as Blizzard tests out leveling experience and new endgame features. The studio is being very open about development this time around, hoping to prevent the mistakes of the last expansion, Battle for Azeroth. One of the features being tested is Torghast, a roguelike dungeon that's a first for the veteran MMO. Shadowlands is planned for a 2020 release.

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