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Thursday, April 01, 2010
 
Play WoW on Facebook

You certainly already heard about the World of Warcraft Facebook Application (official Blizzard FAQ on that here). But it turns out that this was only the beginning of the WoW Facebook integration. Today it was announced that the upcoming WoW auction house for the iPhone app will also be ported to Facebook. And MMO Champion posted a rumor, and they only post those when they have a really reliable leak, that during the Blizzcon on October 22nd a 2D World of Warcraft client for Facebook will be presented. You will be able to play WoW directly in Facebook on an isometric view Flash client!

Of course functionality will be limited to simple questing, no PvP, no dungeons, no raids, you won't even be able to form a group, only solo. And there will be no addons possible, which will come as a shock to some people overly relying on those. Nevertheless this will allow some leveling during your lunch break at work, if your companies firewall isn't blocking Facebook. That is already quite a feat, no wonder it'll still take them a while to actually implement it.

I think a World of Warcraft integration with Facebook is a great idea. The social network features of WoW are definitively lacking, with you being limited to just one guild, and not able to communicate with friends on other servers. Meanwhile Facebook really needs some more engaging games, and street cred with the gamer crowd. Having WoW on Facebook will prove to everyone that Facebook can do a lot more for gaming than just Farmville.
Comments:
Ha Ha Tobold. My first post to you is on the 1st of April. I know what this post is all about :P
 
Hehe, I love today!
 
Although you are obviously lying, it would still be interesting to be able to access some features of WoW outside of the main game client. Letting players access the auction house in a browser is a good first step, but I think they could do more.

I don't think a MMO will ever do away with its client completely, but that is fine. I think seeing more social integration would not be a bad thing.
 
My Skepticism Shield hadn't reached full power when I first read this as it's still only 10:30PM local time.

Guess it's time to disable my feed reader for the next 24 hours and focus on being productive.

Have fun all and remember, the internet is serious business.
 
Happy April fools tobold!!
 
Damn glad I read comments. You got me there xD. Don't think this would ever be an impossible feat though.
 
It's time to make a facebook account... but wait... It's April 1st... wow...

Happy April fools Tobold!
 
I don't think WOW is popular enough to survive as a Facebook game. Last I heard you need at least 50 million players to have any credibility on the platform.
 
I thought April Fool as soon as I saw the title! Good try though :)
 
Over my dead body! :D
 
Haha :)

Now, can we please put an end to the facebook hype?
 
And I was wondering if its only in the US we're getting World of Warcraft 2 announcement with 3 factions.
 
Love it :D I have a feeling that Blizzard and WoW is going to be the butt of a lot of April Fools jokes today :)
 
LOL!!

OMG!..I just LOL'd on ur blog...:(
 
As an aside, I wonder how much planning and effort you had to put into this post..?? heh
 
OMG!..I just LOL'd on ur blog...:(

Luckily I'm not Gevlon, he guildkicks people for LOLing. :)
 
Good one, but I think Gevlon's was a lot sneakier - I didn't even think of it as a joke until I saw your post :)
 
incidentally on wow wiki, their tooltips are upside down
 
Nice! I think they need to re-look the grouping thing, but they should call them gangs. Or mafias. Then you could just click on a button and have your gang "fight" other gangs online. The fight would be simulated by their servers and you'd only see the results. It could count against your 25 facebook "dailies", and you can only do one every 20 minutes. Also, if you're a gatherer, you could randomly find ore nodes that required you to be on facebook to gather. You could also mine your friend's ore for them! Hunters could randomly find pets! Gah! My mind is blown!
 
Oh how I wish this wasn't a joke. I'd love to camp the AH at work all day.
 
Have you seen the WoW armory btw? We've all been transformed into Tuskarr!
 
Haha, nice one Tobold. But not such a bad idea...
 
I wonder if there's a Farmville addon for WoW. It would be perfect! We could farm gold and trade that for Farm points or whatever they use. Use key remapping to make healer hunt and peck also useful for watering crops.
 
I am so ANGRY that stupid social networking is taking over my life!!!! If someone's not asking me to do some dumb poll to see what color I would be in the blender, or wanting me to fertilize their pot plants or feed their dumb zoo animals (and they aren't really alive, you know).

And now they want to take over my video game??!!

Holy CRAP!

Why isn't anyone else incensed about this!!??

What if the April Fool's joke is that it's really not a joke?

I'm going back to solitaire and minesweeper.
 
You totally got me.

I read your blog this morning, and I was really looking forward to seeing WoW on Facebook.

Later in the evening I realised that today is April Fool's Day and thought, "That's weird, Tobold usually posts a fake story on April 1st".

I came back to review today's post and head palmed myself.
 
Seriously though, I bet Facebook has pitched this idea to Blizz as a way of making some sweet, sweet cabbage.
 
Oh boy. I actually remember April 1st this year and how I somewhat disappointingly went to bed, noticing that no April 1st jokes caught me off guard. I also remember having read this post. And thinking there would be a 2D WoW client for Facebook. So yeah, it took me 2 months+ to realize this was a fool's day joke. I guess that pretty much tops the list and proves the saying "It's hard to screw up when you're not sure. To really screw up, you need to be absolutely certain about something".
 
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