It’s honestly a bit surprising that it took so long for Blizzard to jump on the whole remastered games bandwagon. Better late than never, though. After announcing Starcraft Remastered earlier this year, the company is now (maybe) cooking up a new coat of paint for some of their other titles like Warcraft 3 and Diablo 2. This is technically just speculation at this point, however, a couple of new job listings on Blizzard’s official website suggest that the company is now hiring additional developers for their Classic Games division.
“We’re restoring them to glory,” says one of the ads after listing Warcraft 3, Diablo 2 and the original Starcraft as games with compelling stories, intense multiplayer, and endless replayability. Meanwhile, the other listing mentions that potential candidates should be able to “breathe the original soul of our classics into new forms and experiences.” To that end, Blizzard is currently looking for new Senior Software Engineers to work on server infrastructure and UI Visual Designers able to improve the interface of some of these older titles.
Among other responsibilities, Software Engineers will apparently be working on new features, primarily related to online multiplayer by the likes of it. One would expect that a potential Warcraft 3 or Diablo 2 expansion to be playable via Battle.net (no, nobody calls it the ‘Blizzard app’) so it makes sense to improve the online functionality of these games. We already know that Starcraft Remastered will feature Battle.net support for matchmaking and chat, and we expect all other future remastered games to offer similar features.
Meanwhile, the other listing talks not only about UI development but also about “Champion implementation.” Blizzard games tend to refer to playable characters as Heroes rather than Champions and we can see this is Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and indeed, Warcraft 3. On the other hand, we do encounter plenty of powerful enemies known as Champions throughout the Diablo series. Unless Blizzard is planning a new Diablo 3 expansion, which let’s face it, seems very unlikely, the listing is probably about working on visual improvements for Champions found in Diablo 2.
Warcraft 3 Remastered sounds like the kind of thing we’d hear about at Blizzcon 2017, which takes place between November 3-4. Then again, Starcraft Remastered was announced back in March so maybe we’ll hear more about the company’s plans before the event. Fingers crossed.
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