Bringing WoW to Your Pocket

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Pet Battles. WoWkémon. Waste of time. Whatever you want to call it, it’s taken a good portion of the WoW community by storm. Either by an additional source of Lesser Charms when dailies and killing mobs just isn’t your cup of tea any longer, extra achievement points, or an actual mini-game within WoW to spend time on, there’s something missing…

Don’t get me wrong, I do love pet battles myself, but I don’t really find the time for it as much as I did when it first came out. I haven’t even completed the Beasts of Fable quest line in order to finish off The Longest Day achievement. I loved Pokémon, but I feel that it’s largely because of the portability of it that still makes it attractive to me. What if Pet Battles could extend from our desktops to our mobiles? Blizzard are already entering the mobile platform market – easily the largest segment for games today – with Hearthstone. Although it’s another WoW-related product to enter that platform, I don’t see anything from the Starcraft and Diablo universes hitting there any time soon (and Lost Vikings is certainly a no-no).

What could the limitations be? Obviously we won’t be able to go out into the world (of Warcraft) and find wild pets to fight, but then the opposite end of the spectrum would be to limit it to PvP Battles, and make it a pure mini-game to battle against other people’s teams. If it were to be implemented, knowing Blizzard to always try to make an extremely high quality product, we probably wouldn’t see the latter.

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There could be both a PvP and a PvE side to the app, of course, ideal candidates for the PvP side of things would merely be an extension to the PvP Pet Battles we already see ingame. Rewards could get sent to our characters’ mailbox from the Postmaster or something, to ensure we don’t miss out there. For PvE, it gets a little more challenging – as I said we can’t go out to the Wild Pets on a mobile app, so how else can we implement PvE into it? Grandmasters, perhaps? Maybe the Beasts of Fable, and the Spirits of Pandaria? Probably the Celestial Tournament of next patch would be ideal content for it? What if there was a simple “Find Battle” button, and it would get random 3 pets of similar level to your team, and you could include capturing new pets through it?

Plenty of things to consider, but it’s certainly content that could easily be played on the porcelain throne or during a lunch break – AND Blizzard gets to expand further onto gaming platforms outside of PCs, which seems to be their business plan lately. All I know is that it would certainly peak my interest to turn WoWkémon back into the platform I originally fell in love with: mobile platforms I can take anywhere with me. Having said that – an offline/airplane mode would have to happen. But the demand is there! Ever since their implementation bloggers, podcasters and forum posters have been asking for this to happen!

What are your views? Would you be more inclined to take part in Pet Battles, if you could sit on the bus and earn a few extra Lesser Charms in a random pet fight? Would you pay to install it? Or prefer a free version that has no impact on your own pets – with the paid version to link it up to your account? Maybe have it free as an absolute, considering we already have our own accounts to pay for, with micro-transactions for extra pet battles, or to unlock certain tournaments, etc?

Also, unrelated: Morning post or afternoon post? I’m going to try and finish these posts early and have them scheduled to post, would just like to know if you prefer to read these during the day or when you’re home from work. So while this one is a morning post, if you guys prefer afternoon posts I’ll revert to the old format.

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4 thoughts on “Bringing WoW to Your Pocket

  1. If i’m perfectly honest pet battles has never really been that big of a deal for me. I have my 3 level 25 pets and I used them to get my charms a few weeks but truth be told I never really wanted to spend my time in game which is limited enough to playing pet battles which aren’t that much fun for me (then again, I despise LFR and hc’s are laughable at this point in the expansion cycle so I’m left with HC Scenarios and raiding..). If however there were to be an extension on to the WoWarmoury app I would definitely check it out. Mainly due to sheer boredom of work and the fact its a time sink without going onto random game websites on the internet whcih is much easier to get caught on. (Hopefully nobody at my work reads this). I guess for those people who love pet battles and have hundreds of pets at 25 it would be a big thing but how many people would realistically play it and would it be worth while for the dev’s to devote the time required to implement it?

    Also keep it to mornings!! I like to read these during my morning coffee.

  2. Id definitely see the pet battles on a mobile platform. Id be much more inclined to even try. Maybe have some in-game purchases as the ress off a shorter cd etc or a subscription like the old wow armoury app used to be. It should definitely be linked up by default though!

    For now Ill just keep playing Plants VS Zombies on my phone 🙂

  3. I would definitely be interested if it was put on a mobile device and linked to my main account.

    The main problem I find with pet battles, is that once you’re ingame it almost feels like a slog? like a grind? and that you could be doing something alot more worthwhile with your time (for me this is standing in shrine at the moment), whereas if it was put onto a mobile device you could maybe play a game when u woke up, play a few games before u drift off to sleep, that kind of thing.. I know I would have definitely played when I was in college also…

    I think the main problem would be keeping people entertained like they have done, the wow community seems to be obsessed with rewards, and once they attain those rewards they are no longer interested… I’m not sure how to fix this

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