World of Warcraft Shadowlands Controller Support Confirmed For Accessibility

Controller support is coming, but only to make Shadowlands more accessible.

The largely popular MMO from Activision Blizzard World of Warcraft has always been religiously tied to PC. While that probably won’t ever change, there has been some information from a datamine that has come to light which seems to indicate that players will be able to use a controller with the upcoming World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. Blizzard has confirmed this is true in a forum post.

On Twitter, Martin Benjamins shared a screenshot of some strings of code apparently datamined by a user in a Discord they’re in. The code shows various inputs that all relate to different controller bindings. This, of course, led users to believe that either it was going to be support for controllers on PC, or perhaps World of Warcraft Shadowlands meant that it was heading to console.

Thankfully, community manager, Randy “Kaivax” Jordan jumped onto the official forums to address the situation and clear up any speculation. “For a long time, we’ve seen a small number of players turn to 3rd party addons, […] in order to work through certain accessibility issues.”

“We always want to make WoW more widely accessible,” he continues, “in Shadowlands, we’re attempting to add some support for keybinds, camera, and turning a character on controllers such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller.”

Adding official controller support is a fantastic move, especially considering new players may not be knowledgable in how to install third-party addons. So having the option to assign some inputs to controllers is great. It does seem as if the controllers will only act as an extension to the keyboard and mouse seeing as Randy Jordan only mentions keybinds, camera, and turning a character. Hopefully, the actual customization is a lot more advanced than that.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands was revealed at Blizzcon 2019. When it launches sometime this year on PC, players will get to explore a new starting area.

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Ben Bayliss

Based in the UK and adores venturing through FPS horrors and taking photos in pretty much anything with a functioning photo mode. Also likes car games.

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