Blizzard is giving some love to its classic games

    
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A new job listing for a senior software engineer at Blizzard revealed that the studio is looking to bring back its classic games catalog in some way. One of the key goals of the job is to make Blizzard’s older games playable on modern operating systems.

“Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made [Blizzard’s older games] more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation,” the studio posted. “We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.”

That set rumors flying about what precisely Blizzard might be working on (and whether it might translate to more than just updates for oldies). Blizzard subsequently told PC Gamer, “We need engineers to help maintain our legacy games. We have a history of maintaining our games for many years. Our earlier games are still played and enjoyed today, so we want to continue to maintain them for those communities. We don’t have anything else to share at this time.”

What classic Blizzard game would you love to play again — or for the first time?

Source: Blizzard via PC Gamer
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C4de
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C4de

I would love an updated Warcraft 2.

Styopa
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Styopa

Skyewauker Styopa rottenrotny Oh I understand your point, and yes they are stonewalling on the subject….I simply don’t believe them.

I simply do not believe that while everyone ELSE hacking away in their basement can gin up vanilla WoW server code, that Blizzard ITSELF can’t manage to find an actual copy lying around somewhere.  Seriously, it’s a “dog at my homework” excuse that isn’t credible at all.

Nope, it is “absolutely not possible” unless they change their minds, and then they’ll ‘magically’ find some code.

Skyewauker
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Skyewauker

Styopa Skyewauker rottenrotny I just said what I said because Blizz has been non moving on the whole “run 2 separate code bases” ideals.  If you got a vanilla server, it would be how it currently is, just locked to 60 and the raids would be tuned for lvl 60s.  You will never see the old school abilities / talent trees / game again… unless you play on privates.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Styopa snafucit I did always say if they made a World of Starcraft I’d be so there. Assuming it was properly Starcraft-y and not literally WoW with a skin.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

D2 was good fun but after a while I found I could only play in shot bursts before I got bored. The original Starcraft now… The sheer variety of scenarios, especially when you added in the custom maps, and the custom map maker itself, provided so much content. I played absolutely shitloads of online games through Battlenet, and at LAN parties. Loved that game to death. 
If they remake Starcraft with new graphics and cutscenes, and scenarios of course, but keeping the gameplay and mechanics exactly the same, you’d have to prise me away with a crowbar :p

housemaster
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housemaster

A Diablo 1 with run-in-town feature would be nice

ashfyn
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ashfyn

I could really go for an updated Diablo 2 LOD.  But, honestly, since I stopped playing D2, I’ve gotten lazy.  I like shared storage, force movement keys, endless portals and every other QoL of the modern age.  D2 is creaky now, graphics are dated, options are non-existent, and resolutions are poor.  But I don’t imagine Blizzard is looking to do anything more with it’s old games than keep them functioning.

Caec
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Caec

They’d probably be better off just letting GoG handle it.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Coldrun_MN If they actually made the graphics 3d so it was playable that would be cool.

yocraigst
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yocraigst

Most of the old Mac versions of their games stopped working when Rosetta was abandoned by Apple. I wonder if they will work on those too. Diablo I and II, Starcraft I, all three Warcrafts could use some love.