We have known since February 2022 at the latest that Blizzard is working on a mobile game in the Warcraft universe. Now the strategy game Tower Offense has been introduced; The developer is also showing gameplay for the first time. There will be several beta tests throughout the year, and those interested can sign up now.
The second attempt should work
A few months ago, Activision Blizzard’s quarterly report already revealed that the developer wanted to participate more in the booming mobile games market. With the online trading card game Hearthstone, the publisher already has a successful mobile game in its lineup, but the port of a flagship Blizzard brand has sometimes failed to materialize. While many successful PC and console games have long been available for smartphones (e.g. Fortnite, Call of Duty Mobile or more recently Rainbow Six Mobile), Blizzard’s first attempt has received nothing but criticism: Diablo Immortal has was booed at the announcement and eventually postponed.
With a mobile game in the Warcraft universe, however, it should now work. Blizzard announces Warcraft Arclight Rumble with a trailer, gameplay trailer embedded below, and more information.
Arclight Rumble is a tower attack game. Unlike well-known tower defense games, the player’s goal is therefore not to prevent the enemy from advancing with towers and placeable obstacles, but to fight their way through enemy structures with units . At the end of each map, a boss opponent awaits, who will also send their own units for defense during the game. The game is somewhat reminiscent of Supercell’s Clash Royale, but Arclight Rumble not only allows for PVP battles against friends or random opponents via matchmaking, but also a single-player campaign.
Single-player campaign with Warcraft units and heroes
In around 70 missions, players send minions down given lanes and can take control points along the way, including enemy defense towers, for example. Units come from four well-known factions in the Warcraft universe, specifically Alliance, Horde, Undead, and Wild Animals. Additionally, players have around 60 hero characters, which are said to have special abilities and can be collected in gacha style.
Of course, this begs the question of monetization. Warcraft Arclight Rumble will – unsurprisingly – be a free-to-play title, but in conversation with Gamestar, Blizzard reassured that there should be no loot boxes and generally the content will not be for sale. Instead, players can purchase premium currency to use to speed up game progress at different times.
Beta test and release in 2022
Arclight Rumble is due out later this year for iOS and Android smartphones; Blizzard has yet to reveal an exact date. Instead, the publisher promises beta tests in the meantime, for which those interested can already register. However, there is also no specific date for this.