With Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard still in the “not yet finalised” stages, in a new interview with Wired
, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer made it clear that he’s unable to make any decisions about Blizzard franchises. Currently.
With the interview mostly covering the 25th anniversary of Age of Empires (check out our interview here
), Phil was asked about the potential for the return of StarCraft.
“Not only StarCraft, but WarCraft, when you think about the heritage of RTS games that we’re talking about here, specifically from Blizzard,” Phil Spencer says. “I don’t have any concrete plans today because I can’t really get in and work with the teams. But StarCraft was a seminal moment in gaming, right? From an esports perspective, from RTS on console perspective, and from just an RTS storytelling perspective in the genre.”
Even though he can’t engage with Blizzard on a development level, it’s good to know Phil Spencer would love to see the return of classic Warcraft and StarCraft-style RTS experiences. “I'm excited about getting to sit down with the teams at Activision and Blizzard and King to talk about the back catalog and opportunities that we might have,” Phil Spencer adds. “I will dodge the question [and] say it's not something I can actively work on right now. But the thought of being able to think about what could happen with those franchises is pretty exciting to me, as somebody who spent a lot of hours playing those games.”
And on that note here’s hoping the turmoil over the future of Call of Duty doesn’t derail this little glimmer of hope that we might, one day, get a StarCraft 3.