The article said that the cancellation of the project led to the disbandment of a team of 100 employees at NetEase, only a few of whom were transferred to other positions within the company. The cancellation of this potential project appears to be due to a disagreement between Blizzard and NetEase over financial terms. Some people who have worked on the project said that this MMORPG is codenamed Neptune and is set in the same universe as WoW but focuses on a different time period.
NetEase is the publisher of World of Warcraft and other Blizzard titles in China and the co-creator of the mobile game Diablo Immortal. This isn’t the only Warcraft-based game project to be cancelled. According to Bloomberg, another project is a Pokemon Go-like AR game codenamed Orbis that was in development for more than four years before being shut down.
In 2022, Activision Blizzard announced plans to bring the Warcraft franchise to mobile devices. Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said the company is working on “multiple free Warcraft experiences on mobile devices” and that the titles are in advanced development. Mr. Kotick said the games will provide an opportunity for new and existing players to experience the Warcraft universe in ways never seen before. One of these is Warcraft Arclight Rumble, where players assemble armies of characters from the Warcraft universe and undertake a variety of quests.
Warcraft Arclight Rumble will offer a single player experience with over 70 quests, as well as weekly and monthly challenges in the form of multiple dungeon levels, raids, and more. Players can play with other players in competitive or cooperative mode and join guilds.