The upcoming World of Warcraft expansion will introduce controllers, for the first time, to the popular MMORPG. However, according to latest news, controller support isn’t about fitting the game on a PlayStation or Xbox pad. It’s about broadening input options for players with disabilities.
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[Original Post – 23/4/2020] Shadowlands will be packed with an official controller support at the day of it’s release, however the game will not be fully playable on controllers. According to the official post Blizzard does not want to make a full controller support like in Final Fantasy XIV. Specifically community manager Randy Jordan stated that the company’s aim is to help people with disabilities or players that prefer to play the game without keyboard & mouse, by binding some keys to their controllers.
“For a long time, we’ve seen a small number of players turn to 3rd party addons, such as Console Port, in order to work through certain accessibility issues. We always want to make WoW more widely accessible, if possible, so in Shadowlands, we’re attempting to add some support for keybinds, camera, and turning a character on controllers such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller” Jordan wrote. This is a usual occasion where Blizzard absorbs into the game popular addons that the community uses, rendering them useless. The controller support is a useful addition even if it’s not full, but it’s really strange that Blizzard is not interested in making a default setup for World of Warcraft on controllers.
[UPDATE 1 – 13/7/2020] Blizzard gives more info about controller support
According to World of Warcraft’s executive producer, John Hight, controller support isn’t about fitting the game on a PlayStation or Xbox pad. It’s about broadening input options for players with disabilities.
“So what we’re doing,” John Hight told to Eurogamer, “is enabling a lot of the things required for our add-on community to build add-ons for controller support. And it isn’t just controllers: we’re looking at a number of different devices. But our focus was not to try and make WoW feel like a console game but rather for players with disabilities to have more accessible input devices.”
“The first step for us was, ‘Hey, there’s a lot of signals these controllers – or these devices – use that people can’t get at easily so let’s first enable that,’ and we’re trying to work closely with some add-on builders to let them know it’s coming. We feel like what will happen is, as these devices come out – hopefully we’re going to see even more innovative devices so everybody can participate, not just in WoW but in the online community in general – that we’ve provided the sufficient hooks for them to be able to integrate with the game.”
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is the eight expansion of the series and just a few days ago it’s Beta version was released along with the physical Collector’s Edition. In other Warcraft news, Onyxia was killed in Classic by a raid group of totally naked players.