Rob Pardo hinted a Warcraft RTS is next after Starcraft II ships to stores. You can read the full interview at GameDaily.biz. This is a strong indication that the franchise doesn’t end in the MMORPG, as many fans thought. There is still lore to be told. A Warcraft IV game wouldn’t ship before 2010 probably. I can imagine two things could happen in Warcraft IV. A stage to introduce lore of what happened in World of Warcraft, Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King; and new lore pointing to the seven new worlds planned through the lifespan of World of Warcraft, as hinted by Metzen at Blizzcon 2005, accessible via portals created by Ner’zhul 20 years ago.
Another possibility could be Warcraft some years in the future. After all, there is a few years between Orcs and Humans and Warcraft II. And many years from Warcraft II to Warcraft III. Four years from Warcraft III to World of Warcraft. From the lore we know there are new possible young heroes: Rhonin and Vereesa gave birth to twins (Warcraft: War of the Ancients Trilogy). Anduin Wrynn (the child), acting King of Stormwind. Metzen speculated of an offspring of Thrall and Garona at Blizzcon 2007, something not written on stone. There is an interesting relationship going on between Tyri (blue dragon) and Jorad Mace. In the Manga, Jorad Mace seems attracted to her. When I asked Knaak about plans for a blue dragon/human offspring, he offered no comment, however.
World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred mentions a family member of Sir Anduin Lothar living at Theramore, and that Aegwynn lives in Theramore disguised as a councilor to Jaina Proudmoore. There is also the new lore to be introduced in the World of Warcraft DC Comic Book with the mysterious new human character. The upcoming World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Manga with Tyri and Jorad. And the World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon novel (2008).
Rob Pardo: “Why are you doing another Warcraft RTS, shouldn’t you be doing StarCraft?” Well Warcraft was what the team wanted to make, they were burned out on the StarCraft universe, that was the game they wanted to make and as far as Warcraft goes, we love the universe – it’s an amazingly successful universe. If we want to go back and do it, maybe we will, maybe we won’t.”