World of Warcraft and Mortal Kombat – or Street Fighter, or any fighting game you can think of – probably aren’t games you’d usually think of mixing. Venturing out into the fantasy land of Azeroth to tackle raids and best bosses has a pretty different feel to battering an opponent one-on-one, inflicting fatalities and finishers before a timer runs out. However, one creative Redditor has imagined what a WoW-fighting game crossover might look – and the result is awesome.
Artist Lloyd Hoshide has posted an image he’s created called “‘The Duel’ WoW as a fighting game” on the WoW Subreddit, which you can check out embedded below. The picture creates an idea of what a WoW showdown between Ogre Arngrimm and the monstrous Atreyu might look like as a 2D fighting game, complete with healthbars, timer, and other Azeroth-inspired NPCs adorning the background and edges of the battle stage, cheering the fighters on.
The scene shows the Ogre getting ready to slam his axe – what looks like an Arcanite Reaper – on his foe, who himself conjures a spell in retaliation as the clock ticks down from nine seconds left.
The result, apart from being an impressive piece of artwork, has a certain authentic feel, lending credence to the idea that a crossover might just work should developer Blizzard ever decide to bring the universe of WoW to the fighting game format.
Judging by the community’s responses to the picture on the post, it looks like the idea is a popular one. Multiple users love the concept, saying they’d play a WoW fighting game if one ever came about.
Whether Blizzard might ever be tempted to create a WoW-inspired fighting title is anyone’s guess, but for now you can check out Hoshide’s impression, plus his other WoW and fantasy-inspired art which you can find on his Art Station page.