Future of WoW TCG (Update)

The Future of World of Warcraft: TCG

Quote from: Zarhym (Source)
As some of you may already be aware, we will not be renewing the World of Warcraft: The Trading Card Game license with Upper Deck. We want to assure you that we are committed to supporting the TCG, and players can look forward to new content and strong organized play support in the near future. We will share additional details about the game’s transition to a new partner as soon as possible. For those awaiting tournament prizes, we will ensure you receive them.

What might sound as horrendous news to  to WoW:TCG fans should, in fact, sound more like joyous trumpets.

On its face, this announcement spells the death of the WoW-themed trading card game Blizzard’s built up over the past few years. But after Boubouille did some digging, he uncovered that Slouken- an ex-UI designer/forum mod- was working on a project related to digitizing the TCG. This is the route most card games are taking, and Blizzard seemed keen to act on this before UDE. Hence the parting of ways.

I dabbled in the TCG for a bit, but keeping bundles of cards with me was always a negative side-effect of playing the game. Ultimately I gave up the hobby as I realized finding a new TCG community while moving around job hunting- much like uprooting yourself from school to school when you’re a kid- wasn’t too feasible or fun. With Blizzard porting this game online (possibly even in-game), this just re-entered my radar.

Battle.net integration a’la FFXI’s card game? I’m practically sold- especially if I can get e-cards with special prizes. I’m a sucker for shiny things in WoW.

UPDATE: And right on the heels of discovering MMO-Champion’s story, WoW.com sheds some light on the situation. UDE was simply Blizzard’s printing house, with Blizzard designing the game & producing the card art for the franchise. Looking back on Blizzcon when I met some QA testers, I noticed quite a few I met had their names listed in the TCG’s “Special Thanks” section as Testers. Now it all makes sense.

Blizzard isn’t going to let this money-printing machine die. No sir.

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