Blizzard needs a software engineer to fix its classic games
The success that Blizzard has seen with its latest StarCraft games, World of Warcraft, and Diablo III, has been built from a base of players who loved the older games in each series. These classics may be getting a little long in the tooth, but that doesn’t make them any less fun to play. The problem is, playing them on modern hardware and the latest operating systems throws up a bunch of problems.Blizzards knows this, and is attempting to do something about it. Evidence of that can be found on its recruitment page, with a listing for a “Senior Software Engineer, Classic Games.”What Blizzard wants is for an experienced engineer to come and work for them in California where they will spend their time restoring these older games. The titles that need some love include Diablo II, StarCraft, and Warcraft III.The responsibilities of this role suggest that Blizzard not only wants the games to “just work” again, but for the graphics to be improved and new features added. Multiplayer is also a focus, with combating hacking listed as a task that needs completing. This should ultimately lead to a much better Battle.net experience.If all goes to plan and Blizzard finds the right engineer, we will eventually be getting updated versions of all the games mentioned on Windows and OS X platforms complete with multiplayer support. Blizzard will certainly want to charge for these updated classics, but then I’m sure there’s going to be thousands of gamers out there willing to pay for a faultless experience on Windows 10 and OS X 10.11.Let’s not forget that Blizzard’s games development isn’t limited to just Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft. There’s also a number of add-on packs for those games, so whoever ends up getting this job is going to be very busy for the foreseeable future.