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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