It has been hinted by the Blizzard team that they are open in creating a new Warcraft RTS right after they finish with Starcraft II.
During a talk at Gamescom with gaming site IGN, producer Tim Morten mentioned that despite Starcraft II still has potential to have more games in the future, it is not the only option available to them.
“It?s very rewarding for us to hear that there?s demand out there for more RTS content in the Warcraft universe so once we?re done with Void I think we?ll get together as a team and talk about what would inspire us to work on next. There?s no question, though, that we?ll consider Warcraft, StarCraft, or even new ideas. Anything is possible.”
A lot of fans are looking forward to the epic conclusion to Starcraft?s decade long story, as fans wanted Blizzard to shift back to Warcraft?s original roots, Real-time Strategy. But Morten said that this is not the end for Starcraft, “This isn?t the end of StarCraft, but it?s the end of this story for these characters,” Morten said. “We don?t have any specific plans, but I?ll say that the universe has so much potential for more stories, clearly other stories could be told.”
The last known Warcraft Real-time strategy game released was Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne in 2003, but the Warcraft franchise was shifted into MMORPG in 2004 with World of Warcraft. Fans have been clamoring for a brand new RTS game in the Warcraft for years and with the hint for a possible Warcraft 4 could bring these fans back. The MMO World of Warcraft has shown signs of losing its fanbase with the continuous decrease of subscribers playing (now currently at 5 million) that almost reached an all-time low since 2004.
Hopefully Blizzard would continue with their interest in developing a new Warcraft game that is not an MMO. But in case Warcraft 4 does not become a reality, Heroes of the Storm game director Dustin Browder teased a new mode in his game where it features a game mode that inspires heavily on Warcraft III.