The next World of Warcraft expansion will be the first to have official controller support.
News of this was broken when a programmer discovered strings in a recent patch that reference controller input. Then community manager Randy “Kaivax” Jordan took to the forums to discuss the implementation.
While some MMOs have controller support, like Final Fantasy XIV, this isn’t the intention of the programming team. Rather than replacing keyboard and mouse as the primary setup for playing, Blizzard wants to make the game more accessible to those with disabilities. Allowing players to map certain inputs to a controller will allow a greater range of play.
“For a long time, we’ve seen a small number of players turn to 3rd party addons, such as Console Port, in order to work through certain accessibility issues. We always want to make WoW more widely accessible, if possible, so in Shadowlands, we’re attempting to add some support for keybinds, camera, and turning a character on controllers such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller.”
Considering the number of abilities each class has, a default setup on controller seems out of reach, but allowing more people to join in the joy of Azeroth sounds great. Also imagine a chill levelling day with just your basic rotation bound to a controller? Or just flying / riding a mount while leaning back on your chair.