Hopes For 360 Version on WoW Dashed

With Square-Enix porting current MMO Final Fantasy XI to 360, many believed that the hugely popular World of Warcraft, which currently boasts 5.5 million subscribers, was a certainty for Microsoft’s machine but all hopes seem to be dashed as MCV have reported that an Xbox 360 version of World of Warcraft is most definitely not in the works.

We do not have any plans to take WoW to Xbox 360,” Blizzard COO Paul Sams told MCV. “WoW is built as a PC gaming experience. Porting PC games to console often compromises games, and we’d never allow the WoW gameplay experience to suffer.

“Also, it’s important to us that the entire player base is able to play together. Microsoft’s Xbox Live architecture is very protected from all sorts of outside influence, so shared play between 360 and PC owners would be very tough. We wouldn’t even consider WoW for 360 unless we could overcome that hurdle.