Blizzard has announce Warcraft Arclight Rumble, a new fast-paced strategy game that will come out later this year for Android and iOS devices. You can register your interest now to join regional beta testing as it becomes available.
The game has been built from the ground up for smartphone play, but features a large 70-level single-player campaign, co-op play and PvP battling as well. You’ll be aiming to collect the more than 60 characters that have been drawn together from across the Warfcraft world, all rendered in a style that looks like sculpted tabletop miniatures.
The characters will include the likes of Warsong chieftain Grommash Hellscream and Archmage Jaina Proudmoore, who will be early mainstays as you start you collection, while also filling out a roster with Troops and Spells. The single-player missions play out like small strategic puzzles, which have been designed for bite-sized play. These grow into Dungeons, which string together a sequence of challenges, and you have co-op Raids and battles against rival players. Oh, and there’s Guilds for online and socialising with other players.
Warcraft Arclight Rumble has been inspired by the tower defence genre, but blends that with more traditional Warcraft offensive RTS play and auto-battlers where you can throw units into the fray. Here’s Blizzard to break it down:
The drive to keep on playing will be to collect all the characters, keep on earning in-game currency, and work toward collective rewards within a guild. There will be an in-game shop, with pricing and what it will sell to be revealed at a later date.
It’s been a busy few weeks and months for Blizzard. Last week they announced a release date for Diablo Immortal – well, an open beta date – for June, and also revealed that the controversial mobile-first Diablo game would also now be coming to PC. The next World of Warcraft expansion has been revealed, and company has also pivoted the development of Overwatch 2, so that the semi-sequel has been split up, the overhauled PvP coming out separately from the narrative led PvE. Overwatch 2’s closed beta kicked off last week for PC players.
Oh, and there’s the continued Activision Blizzard acquisition by Microsoft, which was recently approved by shareholders.
Source: Blizzard, press release