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

Studio engineer says it will expand its games to the divisive operating system

World of Warcraft studio Blizzard Entertainment appears to have eased its scepticism of Windows 8, weeks after an exec at the studio criticised the new Microsoft operating system.


The studio's senior software engineer, Darren Williams, confirmed that the MMO would support Windows 8, despite a growing number of PC developers turning against the operating system.

"We put our games on platforms our players are already on, so yeah, it will be available on Windows 8," Williams said in an interview with CVG ahead of today's global release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

He said that the studio has not worked on Windows 8 directly yet, but will expand to it.

"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," he added.

Williams' statement comes in the wake of comments made by Rob Pardo, the executive vice president of game design at Blizzard Entertainment, who appeared to criticise the new PC platform.

Most vocal against Windows 8 is Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, the games industry luminary who appears to have sparked the debate itself.

In July, Newell triggered the debate by declaring Windows 8 "a catastrophe" for people working in the PC space.

It is believed that Newell's specific concern is that the new OS could lead to content update filtering by Microsoft, which in turn could bottle-neck updates on platforms such as Steam.

Microsoft declined to comment on Windows 8 matters when approached by CVG.