Activision Blizzard had its last Conference Call of 2019, the 4th Quarter Earning Call yesterday. The 4th Quarter of 2019 had “Better-than-expected” results, according to the results. World of Warcraft Subscribers doubled in this Quarter thanks to the release of World of Warcraft Classic.
The expected revenue for this quarter was $1.81B but they ended up with 9.9% more revenue, $1.99B. The most successful game of 2019 was Call of Duty, as it had an astounding launch for Mobile and now has more than 150 Million downloads.
World of Warcraft Subscribers
The other highlight was World of Warcraft Classic. Following the release of World of Warcraft Classic, the active player base increased by more than twice compared to the ending of the second Quarter.
According to the Conference Call, Activision Blizzard has more follow-on contents planned for Classic, it might mean the usual phases or something more.
Burning Crusade coming to Classic Servers
The question that comes in mind now is: Is Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King coming to Classic Servers?
Before the launch of World of Warcraft Classic, Classic Developers held an AMA on Reddit. During this AMA (Ask Me Anything) one interesting question was asked:
What are the plans after Phase 6? More content for classic or moving to TBC?
We’ve done most of the hard work by bringing back 1.12 so progressing to Burning Crusade would be a lot easier for us. Our plan is to identify everything we need to do should we ever decide to go this route. We want to be sensitive to the desires of our players. Some may want BC and some may not. We’ll be following the Classic community closely to help determine what our next steps should be.
This means the door to Burning Crusade coming to Classic Servers is open and now with the success of Classic, Blizzard is not only following community closely, but they are also following shareholders closely too.
After this Conference Call, it seems it’s more likely than ever to have Burning Crusade coming to Classic Servers.
Shadowlands Release Date?
In the Conference Call, there was a slight mention of the Shadowlands release date.
- Blizzard has a rapid cadence of follow-on content planned for Classic, as well as the Shadowlands® expansion for modern World of Warcraft, in the second half of the year.
Well since August is in the second half of the year, it is a real possibility for Shadowlands release date to be August 2020. Both Legion and Battle For Azeroth were launched in August.
Although it should be noted that This does not mean Shadowlands WILL launch in August, after all, Shadowlands is coming with features never seen in the game before like Level Squish and Covenants. Warlords of Draenor launched in November and Shadowlands might have late launch too. But most of the clues point to a launch in August.
Future of Other Games
This year despite the “No Major Release” year for Blizzard, it proved to be good, financially. There were a lot of controversies surrounding Blizzard Games this year, especially the delayed Warcraft III Reforged Launch and then releasing it with a lot of bugs and in an incomplete state.
World of Warcraft also had it’s share of controversies, with the unpolished Mythic N’zoth which disrupted Guilds competing for World First N’zoth. Patch 8.3.5 is probably not coming, and there is a lack of content as for the last Patch of Battle for Azeroth.
But the future seems to be bright for Blizzard, with Shadowlands release and possibly more Classic Servers, Overwatch 2, Diablo IV and so on.
Hearthstone also did well with the release of Descent of Dragons expansion and Battlegrounds mode. Overwatch community also had growth with its launch on Nintendo Switch.
Diablo Immortal regional testing will also begin in the middle of 2020.
Overall in 2020, we will be seeing more game releases and Major contents from Activision Blizzard.