Blizzard Restoring Classics like StarCraft, Warcraft III, Diablo II “to Glory” with New Team

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We’ve learned (via NeoGAF) that Activision Blizzard has opened up a new “Classic Games” division, in an attempt to restore various PC classics of theirs “to glory.”

The open position for a senior software engineer puts a focus on the games StarCraft (1998), Warcraft III (2002), and Diablo II (2000) as the games which 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 in the posting. “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,” is one of the more bold statements from the posting.

The publisher is likening this new Classic Games team as a smaller one, adding that the successful candidate will need to “wear many hats” and be familiar with “small teams.” You can find the responsibilities for this position, 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.

Blizzard provided an update to GameSpot, stating:

“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.”

In case you missed it, we had a 15th anniversary retrospective for Diablo II, which you can read here. In other news, Blizzard will “consider Warcraft” RTS after their final StarCraft 2 expansion, Legacy of the Void, ships on November 10th.

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  1. Carbon Based Killer Bee
    Carbon Based Killer Bee
    November 5, 2015 at 11:44 am

    So long as they don’t casualize them to the point of modern WoW, I’ll be completely happy with this.

  2. Karo
    November 5, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Please keep Diablo 2’s art style intact. Thank you.

  3. Madbrainbox
    November 5, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I don’t think they plan to change them much.

  4. Amon
    November 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Here’s to hoping that Blizz can simply update warcraft 3 engine and how searching for custom games and forming groups to play em are done. It be great to form a group where you one could simply join in a game and all your party joins in at the same time.

    My biggest fear from this is that they will change the terms and condition for using their tools to make custom maps because of Dota 2.

    I miss the days where you could win by lagging people out in WMW (3v3 or 5v5), Hero line wars and Line tower wars.

  5. Phelan
    November 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    … why not just play those games in current form?

    Those games are fine as they are now, as they aged really well (like wine).

  6. alterku
    November 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Uh oh.

  7. xXMarionoXx
    November 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Diablo 2 could get some better resolution for modern PC.

  8. ashikenshin
    November 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I think what they are trying to do is to make the run on current OSs like win 10 and OSX. I don’t know if they are compatible with them but a lot of older games don’t run anymore on newer OSs. Like mechwarrior 3.

  9. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    November 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    If they could introduce a new campaign for Warcraft III, that will be nice.

  10. Phelan
    November 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Yeah… as a RTS fan I always regreted that WoW was ever created.

    Yeah, it’s opinion. But wouldn’t it be better if all that story presented in WoW would be in W4 instead? Even on the same engine that W3.

  11. No_Good_Names_Ever
    November 5, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Old fans will be fucked, no doubt about that.

  12. Arbitrary
    November 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    “Those games are fine as they are now, as they aged really well (like wine).”

    Ha, ha. No.

  13. Phelan
    November 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Fun fact:

    I still play more RTS games from 90′ and games released soon after 2000… than the ones published recently.

    So with my utmost and deepest respect take your “ha, ha. No” and shove it deep into your ass. That way your opinion will be closer to your hearth than ever before. Maybe that will teach you to respect opinions of others.

  14. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    November 5, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    They don’t support modern resolutions and don’t run natively on Linux or Mac (and Windows is losing backwards compatibility rapidly).

    Also adding IPv6 support is mandatory to ensure multiplayer still works in the future.

  15. Mea K
    Mea K
    November 5, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Rock n’ Roll Racing HD!

  16. JD Fox
    JD Fox
    November 5, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    No one cares what games you played. You’re one of these irritating oldfags who’s trapped in the past getting pissed that people want sensible improvements to games over a decade old.

  17. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    November 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I expect them to censor all of the demon tits and maybe even change some gameplay mechanics

  18. Sakurai
    November 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm


    Well, assuming it is true, too little too late blizzard are you kidding me man. Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 don’t measure in any way to their predecessors. How can I trust someone who buggered both of those up to magically fix things by opening a new studio?

    WoW was a mistake.

  19. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    November 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I hope they just update the games and not change anything.

  20. Farwin
    November 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Oh, I’m sure this will go over well and not backfire in any way


  21. Mr. Snrub
    Mr. Snrub
    November 5, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I hope it’s an update and they don’t change anything.

  22. Mr. Snrub
    Mr. Snrub
    November 5, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    This. Also don’t forget them adding the transblack disabled lesbians.

  23. Neojames82
    November 6, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Hey hey know, let’s keep my secret fetishes out of this discussion please!

  24. Phelan
    November 6, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Oh? I think that you might be too stupid to understand written text. I assume I’m talking to 10 years old kid, am I right?

    Where exactly do you see that I’m pissed that people want improvements?

    And I’m not really pissed about few kids, that can’t respect another mans opinion. I just laugh at you. :* Yeah, you need at least IQ on level of 80 to understand all of this. Someday… maybe even you will understand.

  25. JD Fox
    JD Fox
    November 6, 2015 at 4:18 am

    It’s called reading in between the lines. That’s something you learn to do in high school English literature. You… did pass highschool, right?

    Let me school you since you must have fallen asleep during that lesson. Suggesting these old games get better over time like a “fine wine” is more than enough grounds to accuse you of being anti-progress.

    In other words, you didn’t need to physically type the words. I can perceive your meaning under the words you wrote.

    Sorry if that’s too hard for you to comprehend.

  26. Phelan
    November 6, 2015 at 5:57 am

    “reading between the lines”

    Oh ok… so I’m going to read between the lines of your reply. Hmm… Betwen the lines you just said yourself that you are stupid, insecure and arrogant brat who thinks way to highly of himself. And you are really feeble-minded person who believes that everyone on the the internet is ‘murican.

    You know… I can just perceive your meaning behind your words.

    But enough with joking… “reading the lines” doesn’t mean assuming what another person meant. You can’t make up shit to justify bashing another person.

    Kid, you too are too stupid to even start argument with me. Don’t waste my brat. Gosh, isqus needs ignoring option.

  27. dogmentation
    November 6, 2015 at 6:48 am

    A little late for that, since they took 3 years between Starcraft 2 expansions, and were so busy worrying about microtransactions that Runic beat them to the punch, releasing a better diablo clone than Diablo 3.

  28. Lordlundar
    November 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Translation: shiny it up, scrap everything fun about it and make online mandatory.

  29. JD Fox
    JD Fox
    November 6, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Translation: “If only this guy would just stop making sense, I could feel like I’m the smart one in this argument. I wish he’d just go away!”

    It’s like watching the discovery channel. Here, we have a hypocritical oldfag throwing a tantrum as he chokes on his own pride.

    Yeah, unlike your attempt at perception, mine actually makes sense because wine does become better over time while games these old ass games are still the same old ass games they were 10+ years ago.

    Notice how I actually stay on topic? Wait… do you have ADD? Damn, I must look like a jerk for making fun of a guy with a mental disorder. My bad, bruh.

  30. John Doe
    John Doe
    November 6, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Screw WCIII. Update WC I-II and let III rot. It was where the series jumped the shark into fanfic-ville.