World Of Warcraft Developers Have 'No Particular Fear' Of Windows 8

Windows 8 doesn't officially launch until October, but the dramatic changes to the OS most gaming PCs use have already proven quite controversial.

Earlier this year, Blizzard EVP of game design Rob Pardo echoed Gabe Newell's sentiments about Windows 8. Newell had called the OS a catastrophe, and Pardo replied via Twitter that Windows 8 was "not awesome for Blizzard either."

It seems, however, that not all minds at Blizzard are particularly worried about Windows 8. In an interview with CVG, Blizzard senior software engineer Darren Williams spoke briefly about Windows 8 and the future of Blizzard games going forward.

Discussing tomorrow's Mists of Pandaria expansion for the venerable World of Warcraft, Williams confirmed that WoW will run in Windows 8, saying, "We put our games on platforms our players are already on, so yeah, it will be available." Given that Windows 8 does have reasonable backwards compatibility with Windows 7, Vista, and XP software, hearing that World of Warcraft will run on the new Windows is no surprise, though the confirmation is no doubt comforting to WoW fans.

As to the future? Blizzard hasn't "worked with Windows 8 directly yet, but we'll certainly switch over to it," Williams said, adding, "I think that we'll go with the platforms that the most people are on. There's no particular fear we have of Windows 8."

Blizzard certainly should be wherever the players are. Will the players be flocking to Windows 8? Only time will tell.

Blizzard backs Windows 8 - has 'no particular fear' of the OS [CVG]


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    As he mentions.. Windows 8 is backwards compatible with Windows 7 etc etc. it's only the Windows RT that isn't.
    Games will indeed have to be rewritten to work across Windows RT and Windows 8 (Windows Store Apps) But for heavy duty gamers, they'll still be using a big grunty x86 computer with windows 8/7, so no problems there. That being said, It will be nice to get some High Level games onto the Windows RT tablets, that's for sure

      Exactly right. Gabe's words are due to him having a vested interest, namely having the Steam store be the go-to place to buy pc games rather than the Windows store.

        Last time I checked, Blizzard also has a store, and besiders, Gabe wasn't the only critic. He wasn't even the most vocal.

        Ohh for christ sake, its mainly because the way its going, Windows 8 is looking to be a closed platform like Xbox Live. That's what the catastrophe is, because Microsoft will be able to filter through programs that THEY want. Microsoft built its success off having a open platform that any developer could use without input from Microsoft, and with Windows 8, they are looking to close it off completely, like Apple currently does. We already see how horrible it is for developers on Xbox Live and for developers using Apple products and you want to give them more power?

    I think the choice about windows 8 just comes down to the company.
    Blizzard has one massive game, It doesn't really matter how it gets installed on the PC, it's a single game instance they have to worry about. So not really a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

    But Valve on the other hand, has to worry about their entire Steam platform working on the OS, including all the individual installs of each of games that have been added to steam over the years.

    I mean, I'm sure the sentiment would be reversed if Valve only really had to worry about one massive Juggernaut of a game to deal with. And Blizzard were the ones with the Game distribution platform.

    I'm not too worried about windows 8. Not going to buy it. Not even pirating it. Don't know anyone who will be.

      Same. Wouldn't bother if it was free.

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