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Tencent announce World of Warcraft rival Tarisland following Blizzard's split with NetEase

Published: 16:12, 20 January 2023
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Tarisland is a MMORPG coming to PC and mobile platforms
Tarisland is a MMORPG coming to PC and mobile platforms

Chinese tech giant Tencent have announced a new MMORPG for PC and mobile, weeks after Blizzard and NetEase split up, which resulted in World of Warcraft being suspended in China.

Tencent have announced their next big MMO called Tarisland, coming to both mobile and PC platforms. This probably wouldn't be that big of news if not for the recent split between NetEase and Blizzard , who couldn't agree on terms to renew their partnership that would see NetEase continue publishing Blizzard games like World of Warcraft in China. 

Tencent's new game is, as you might have guessed by now, very similar to Blizzard's planetary popular MMO. You'll notice that both games feature a very stylised art direction, the animations are similar too and the characters showcased in the official gameplay trailer above are very reminiscent of World of Warcraft's orcs and night elves. 

Coincidence or not, Tencent seem to be aiming to fill that MMO spot left by the removal of World of Warcraft in China. 

Tarisland reveal could also explain why Blizzard returned to NetEase last week with an offer to extend their partnership for six months, despite their earlier disagreements. 

World of Warcraft studio probably have no intention to give Tencent any of their player base and are looking to strike any type of deal, hence their offer to NetEase. 

Unfortunately for Blizzard, NetEase have rejected the proposal as they seek a longer deal that would cover the entire year. 

Screengrab/YouTube Tarisland Tarisland

Screengrab / YouTube Tarisland Tarisland

Blizzard are reportedly still searching for a partner that would publish their games in China. Whether or not they officially strike a deal anytime soon, remains to be seen. 

In the meantime, Tencent will certainly ramp up the marketing for Tarisland, to try and reach as many Chinese World of Warcraft players as possible. 

Tarisland details are pretty scarce at the moment. We don't know much about the game other than it's coming to PC and mobile. The launch in China is pretty much a lock but it's unclear at the moment whether Tencent aims to bring their MMO to the western audience.

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