It's been over 14 years since Blizzard's "Warcraft 3" was released, and with the newly released "Starcraft 2: Remastered" there is one thing on everyone's mind. Will we ever see a "Warcraft 4?" The answer, unfortunately, is not a simple one. In an interview with Game Informer, as reported by Gamespot, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said, "I love that there is so much passion and interest around 'Warcraft 4'. I would love to see 'Warcraft 4' at some point in the future, but that is not our current focus." A disheartening statement to be sure. But, if not "Warcraft 4" what, then, is Blizzard planning next?

Mobile games market

It's no secret to gamers around the world, the impact that Warcraft has had on gaming. Not only did the game redefine the RTS genre, but it also helped to lay the structural foundation for the current MOBA genre. Mods for "Warcraft 3" laid the groundwork for DoTA and LoL. So what else could Blizzard possibly do to come close to, if not top, the long influential arm of "Warcraft?" Well, explore the world of Mobile gaming of course.

In a statement made to Game Informer, Morhaime said, "I think that still people haven't really figured out what the killer app for mobile is. I think there's a huge opportunity there." Could Blizzard really be thinking about moving into the mobile gaming industry?

Well sure, why not?

With the success that SuperCell has had with their "clash of clans" and "Clash Royale" games, it's not that far of a stretch to imagine a world where Blizzard has started producing mobile games. Especially for the RTS genre. After all isn't that what "Clash of Clans" is? Imagine "Warcraft" being at your fingertips everywhere you go.

Now nothing is set in stone. However, recently a job hire add for Blizzard was taken down and redacted, but thanks to the internet, the ad has endured. That ad was looking for an experienced person with the Unity engine and development for iOS and Android, as well as experience optimizing apps for mobile platforms. It does seem like Blizzard is going to be getting into the mobile games industry for sure, but what they'll produce will be anybody's guess.

The not so good chances of 'Warcraft 4'

Roughly two years ago at Gamescon in Cologne, Germany, "Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void" producer Tim Morten told IGN, "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." Nothing has been heard regarding the status of "Warcraft 4" since. However, as Morten stated, anything is possible, and they are open to new ideas. Maybe an old idea in the form of new technology? A mobile "Warcraft?" Maybe even a game that can be played fully on the PC, and can be checked on and have partial features and functionality on a mobile device, allowing players to build resources, and prepare for war while at work, and then battle to their heart's content when they get home?

Needless to say, however, these are just wishful thoughts and hopeful dreams at the moment. There hasn't been any movement in the way of a new "Warcraft" or "Starcraft" game in quite some time, and with "World of Warcraft" subscriptions falling, it may still be awhile before they come back to the "Warcraft" franchise. Opting instead to try developing something totally brand new. We will just have to wait and see what Blizzard has in store, they haven't let us down yet, and have been the building blocks for two of the most popular genres today, MOBAs and MMOs.