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Blizzard Looking to Revive These Classic Games [UPDATE]

[UPDATE] Blizzard issues an official statement.


[UPDATE] Blizzard has provided the following statement to GameSpot on the matter.

"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."

The original story is below.

It appears that Blizzard Entertainment has big plans for its old games. As spotted by NeoGAF, the company has created a new "Classic Games" division and has started hiring for it.

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An open position for a senior software engineer specifically mentions StarCraft (1998), Warcraft III (2002), and Diablo II (2000) as games that Blizzard is looking to "restore to glory."

"Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day," Blizzard said. "Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation.

"We're restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done," it added.

Blizzard's new Classic Games team sounds like a small one, as the developer added that a successful candidate will need to "wear many hats" and be familiar with "small teams."

Job responsibilities for this position are listed below.


  • Make gameplay first again on modern operating systems.
  • Create conditions for experiences that look as good as they play.
  • Own implementation and curation of features new and old.
  • Combat hacking to improve multiplayer.
  • Diagnose and fix all the things: crashes, deadlocks, overflows, heap corruptions, etc.

We've followed up with Blizzard in an attempt to get more details on the company's new Classic Games team. We'll report back with anything we hear.

Blizzard's next major event is BlizzCon, which runs November 6-7 in Anaheim, California. We'll have a team on the ground to bring you all the news as it happens. A new Warcraft movie trailer will air during the event's opening ceremony on November 6, while we're expecting more news as well.

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