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Blizzard: ‘no plans’ to bring World of Warcraft: Shadowlands to Xbox Series X

World of Warcraft’s 2020 expansion won’t come to consoles anytime soon

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Bolvar Lich King Image: Blizzard Entertainment
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After months of speculation around World of Warcraft: Shadowlands coming to consoles, a representative from Blizzard told Polygon that the developer has “no plans” to bring the MMO and its new expansion to console. But that doesn’t mean it will never appear.

When the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands alpha first began earlier this year, players datamined controller support. This feature originally made players wonder if the MMO would make the jump to consoles as well. Blizzard released a statement on its forums, stating the gesture was to help improve World of Warcraft’s accessibility, and let players use controllers without downloading an add-on.

But a recent rating in Brazil kicked up more speculation about World of Warcraft on consoles.

On Monday, Gematsu tweeted that Blizzard received a rating for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands for both Xbox Series X and PC on the Brazil Ministry of Justice’s rating website. But this rating was an error, according to Blizzard.

“We currently have no plans to bring World of Warcraft or Shadowlands to Xbox Series X,” a representative from Blizzard told Polygon. “The platform was listed on the Brazil Ministry of Justice rating website in error, and the entry has since been updated to reflect that the game is coming only to PC.”

While Blizzard’s statement doesn’t confirm that World of Warcraft, Shadowlands or otherwise, will never come to consoles, it certainly sounds like the MMO won’t make the move when Blizzard launches Shadowlands later this year.