Blizzard Updating Older Games for Modern OSes

Blizzard announces they are hiring a Senior Software Engineer to help modernize StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II, as they are "restoring them to glory" (thanks Verno). Here's word on the plan:
Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. 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.

So if you like wearing many hats, know small teams are the most effective, and look forward to challenges that will create millions of new adventures for our players: we would love to hear from you.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Expert knowledge of C / C++
  • A minimum of 5 years’ development experience
  • Experience debugging unfamiliar code
  • Passion for games
  • Excite us

PLUSES

  • Experience debugging Win32 or OS X game software
  • Experience using Visual Studio or Xcode
  • Experience with x86 assembly

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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 21:21:
Well, if they are going to decide to sell these HD/remastered remakes, then they'll make bank. Classy move would be for previous owners to get them for free, but I doubt Activision is down with that.

Honestly, so few people likely have proof of ownership to the classic titles anymore it wouldn't cost them much. It would be a support nightmare though.
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Alamar wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 20:35:
Man... I would kick the shit out of this position... : )
So... Apply?
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Wallshadows wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 17:33:
You get banned if you go online with the screen resolution mod, from what I hear.

Haven't had it happen yet. That's going on near 4 years since I started using resolution mods.
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SirKnight wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 21:51:
For me Diablo 3 was just ok. Diablo 2 is where it's at.

It would be great if they would update Diablo 1 too. Last I tried to play it (which was on Win7) it didn't run very well.

Diablo 2: LOD HD edition? Fuck yeah, I would pay for that. Again.
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For me Diablo 3 was just ok. Diablo 2 is where it's at.

It would be great if they would update Diablo 1 too. Last I tried to play it (which was on Win7) it didn't run very well.
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I don't think they should resell them because it's not really the way to go just for a graphics/OS overall.

If they want to instead draw more interest into future titles by bringing the classics back, that's a great marketing move if anything.
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Well, if they are going to decide to sell these HD/remastered remakes, then they'll make bank. Classy move would be for previous owners to get them for free, but I doubt Activision is down with that.

Diablo 3, for all its problems, has more potential than D2 LoD vanilla though, in my opinion, although I'd definitely like to run through a D2 Aftermath or Median XL with massively improved graphics just for old time's sake.
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Man... I would kick the shit out of this position... : )
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Kxmode wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 18:13:
I hope Blizzard is going to let existing owners download the updated versions for free.

I'm cautiously optimistic on that side. On one hand it would be great fan service for the old school gamers who helped build the company into the giant it became. On the other hand, depending on the level of modernization, the conversions might not be that cheap.

Though I did end up getting a 'free' copy of Brood War when I registered the serial code from my original Starcraft v1.0 disc (from a Protoss box), so generosity is a possibility. But I would also be totally fine paying like $5 for an upgrade patch to my existing product.

I'm also wondering if the reason there's no early Warcraft and Diablo is because of the whole Blizzard / Blizzard North division or if they're just waiting to see the reception the bigger titles of the classic franchises receive.
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I would rather have them "update" the older games than "reboot" them, and I would rather Blizzard do it than some indie team of "fans".

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If they mean Diablo 2 at higher resolutions or Warcraft 3 at higher res and Starcraft 2 interface improvements(hotkeys etc.), AWESOME.
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All those games run fine for the most part on modern OS's. The cinematics on the other hand need to be redone. I am still able to play all those games on Windows 10.
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Bard wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 17:59:
This isn't about 'restoring them to glory' - it's to head off the new rights consumers have regarding abandonware...

Nothing wrong with that. Changing the laws forces publishes to either fully abandon their product or resurrect it. Either case this is a win for the consumer.

I hope Blizzard is going to let existing owners download the updated versions for free.
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This isn't about 'restoring them to glory' - it's to head off the new rights consumers have regarding abandonware...
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Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 17:30:
they don't support higher resolutions without some other things though.

You get banned if you go online with the screen resolution mod, from what I hear.
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ItBurn wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 17:00:
Seems like this is just making them work on new OSes, kinda like GOG. But I can't understand this sentence : Create conditions for experiences that look as good as they play.

I'm not interested in more D2, I want more D3.

They already work on new OSes, they don't support higher resolutions without some other things though. And some of the stuff is very dated especially with the method of sprite rendering they used at the time.
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Cool, I bought WC3 again through Bnet a year back and it's still great. Found it strange that there wasn't a launch icon for it in the Battletnet app though.
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the best old game they've got is probably diablo 2 after all the patches. they really took it from a bad clone of diablo 1, into something really spectacular. it just needs a graphics upgrade (but not a style change)
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Finally, we'll get a decent sequel to Diablo2. It will be called "Diablo2".

ldonyo wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 17:00:
I can say from personal experience that Diablo II works on Windows 10 in single-player mode. The graphics could use a re-rendering at higher resolution, however.

"Runs" and "works" are two different things. Diablo2 has no widescreen support, and all actor movement and animation speeds are messed up, compared to how it used to run on systems it was designed for.
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I can say from personal experience that Diablo II works on Windows 10 in single-player mode. The graphics could use a re-rendering at higher resolution, however.
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