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Blizzard Groups Feature
A recent Battle.Net desktop application update added a few more group related strings. Keep in mind this feature isn't active yet.

These groups include channels, roles, invites, moderators, require Push to Talk option, message of the day, profiles, and more.







World of Warcraft - 2017 Year In Review
Blizzard posted a World of Warcraft year in review video! What's coming next? Where can we possibly go after this final climactic battle? We'll find out at BlizzCon!



Senior Client Engineer, Unannounced Project
Blizzard posted a new job listing this week and then removed it shortly after. It calls for an engineer to work on an unannounced mobile MMO RTS project. The most recent earnings call mentioned that there are multiple teams working on new games right now.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an experienced Unity mobile client engineer to work on an unannounced MMO RTS project. The ideal applicant has an unwavering passion for mobile development and solving engineering problems unique to mobile app environments. If you thrive in an environment that values creativity, collaboration, and knowledge sharing, then drop us a line!

Requirements
  • 5+ years of Game Development experience
  • iOS and/or Android development experience
  • Experience with Unity
  • Fluent in C#
  • Capable of working very closely with artists, designers, and engineers to understand and meet their client needs
  • Strong understanding of game assets and handling asset version changes
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Experience with optimizations for mobile platforms

Pluses
  • Experience with code optimization
  • Fluency with C++
  • Avid mobile application user
  • Strong understanding of 3D graphics and shaders
  • CS or related degree
  • Strong data structures, logic, and algorithm skills
  • Strong debugging skills

BlizzCon 2017 - No New Diablo Announcements
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Hey everyone,

BlizzCon draws near, and we wanted to give you an update about Diablo’s presence at the show. Last year at BlizzCon, we kicked off Diablo’s 20th anniversary by announcing the old-school cathedral dungeon (if you missed that the first time around, it’s coming back in January) and unveiling Rise of the Necromancer. This year, we want to give you a heads-up that while Diablo will be on the show floor, we won’t be making any new Diablo announcements. There will be a time for that at some point in the future, but that time is not now.

However, in addition to the special BlizzCon Diablo III in-game reward, we’ll also have Diablo panels for attendees and Virtual Ticket holders, and, as always, we look forward to a weekend filled with fun and revelry with the heroes who call Sanctuary home.

Patch 2.6.1 is on the horizon. Looking beyond that, we’re hard at work on the future of Diablo and exploring what’s next for the franchise. Please be patient. Our passion for Sanctuary burns as bright as the High Heavens and as hot as the Burning Hells—and we’re excited to hunker down and get working!

Until next time,
The Diablo Development Team

In Remembrance: The Harvest Festival Has Arrived
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The yearly Harvest Festival is now underway in Azeroth. This is a solemn time when the Alliance honors Uther the Lightbringer by lighting a candle at his tomb in the Western Plaguelands, while members of the Horde show their respect to Grommash Hellscream by leaving a bottle of spirits at the base of the Hellscream Memorial in Demon Fall Canyon in Ashenvale.

To commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives to help friends and allies, feasts are also held outside Ironforge and Orgrimmar in honor of these fallen heroes.

When: September 29–October 6

Where: Outside of Ironforge and Orgrimmar

This year, worgen, goblin, and pandaren now have unique tributes available to them in the quest, “Honoring a Hero.” All Harvest Festival foods also provide 4% health per tick.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Shadowcaster Voruun
Hey all,

I have some answers on this now - Shadowcaster Voruun will spawn like all other Argus rares - i.e. he has a chance of being a daily World Quest, and he can also spawn as a rare every time the Argus rares cycle (every four hours).

What we resolved with Voruun was an issue that was preventing him from spawning in general, and, now that that is resolved, he will definitely be making appearances in the future. Just to stress this - while he may not be up immediately, he should now be spawning much, much more often going forward.

Thanks for all of your patience while we got this sorted out today! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Human and Blood Elf Shaman
I don't think it's about their culture not being "primitive", it's more that when you play a Human or a Blood Elf, or any other race for that matter, your character comes from a specific "faction" within that race. This lends them the ability to choose what they want to "be" when they grow up, but only insofar as what that particular society offers.

Playable Humans are always from the nation of Stormwind. Playable Blood Elves are always from Silvermoon. While it's possible for there to be "break aways" in the story and for members of those races to join "opposing factions" and learn new skills, that's not something that's on offer to player characters.

If those classes were ever added to those races, I would expect specific backstory to be created for how those races adopted those techniques and rituals, such as with gnome hunters "creating" and taming mechanical beasts. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

MMO-Champion Forums Moderator Recruitment
Good news everyone! We're recruiting moderators for the forums again! Please be sure to read the entire post before applying!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Blizzard Groups, WoW Year in Review, Unannounced Project, No Diablo Announcements started by chaud View original post
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  1. SexyManipulator's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sencha View Post
    Oh this type of game. Right. Looks like they are running out of ideas then.

    Thanks for the answer.
    They're not running out of ideas - they're getting into a very profitable industry.

    It's a business for goodness' sake.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kamuimac View Post
    "iOS and/or Android development experience"

    blizzard woke up after long slumber and realise they are 2-3 years behind competition which has already made/is in process of making their games mobile phone compatibile

    lets bet - is it hearthstone or wow mobile version my bet on hearthstone
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...rthstone&hl=en?
  1. SupBrah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kamuimac View Post
    "iOS and/or Android development experience"

    blizzard woke up after long slumber and realise they are 2-3 years behind competition which has already made/is in process of making their games mobile phone compatibile

    lets bet - is it hearthstone or wow mobile version my bet on hearthstone
    I... What?

    Hearthstone is already on mobile devices, and has been since 2014.
  1. VyersReaver's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Daveon View Post
    This is hilarious... Blizzard realizes if they say nothing about Diablo at Blizzcon, that people will cry and say that they're letting Diablo die, so they announce beforehand that there's not going to be any announcements... and people cry and say they're letting Diablo die. They can't win.

    You can infer from their message that they're working on something Diablo-related, but it's too soon to say if they will consider the project successful enough to release it (re: Titan). Hopefully it's not a Diablo mobile app, but they're clearly keeping whatever it is a secret for now.
    If they are dropping fucking Diablo in favor of HotS and HS, they don't deserve to win.
  1. Teri's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tupolew519 View Post
    i hope it'll be warcraft 4.
    Probably higher chance for Warcraft 3 remastered as they got a Warcraft 3 PTR still running, despite it being obscure and not updated/advertised very much.

    It still is a big overhaul to get new life into the game, they rebalanced a lot of the maps and items.

    Also Warcraft 3 and TFT recently got a new installer, so they might eventually put it on the bnet app, and you can also swap from Reign of Chaos to Frozen Throne in 1 button press in game.
  1. DTJames's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kamuimac View Post
    "iOS and/or Android development experience"

    blizzard woke up after long slumber and realise they are 2-3 years behind competition which has already made/is in process of making their games mobile phone compatibile

    lets bet - is it hearthstone or wow mobile version my bet on hearthstone
    Do you not bother to think before you make a stupid comment? We already have Hearthstone on mobile.


    I really hope they're working on new Diablo 4, or at very least new D3 expansion. Long overdue for one.

    AND FOR LOVE OF GOD PLEASE ADD Warcraft/Diablo/Starcraft skins to OverWatch!
  1. SupBrah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VyersReaver View Post
    If they are dropping fucking Diablo in favor of HotS and HS, they don't deserve to win.
    It's obvious they've put Diablo into Maintenance mode. TBH they doomed D3 with that horrible, horrible release, delayed PVP, RMAH, etc. Yeah, D3 got much better later on, but the damage was already done. If you screw up badly on release, then it doesn't matter what you do to fix it as the player base will have already moved on.
  1. ZwuckeL's Avatar
    group.warning.appearOffline - You are currently appearing offline.

    Appear offline coming!
  1. Marrilaife's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by balatro View Post
    If they're letting Diablo "die," then it's for a reason.
    You mean they didn't manage to monetize it unlike the other games? Even Starcraft got monetized with paid coop commanders & Nova covert ops dlc. WOW has sub + cash shop with mounts, pets, services. Hearthstone has card packs. HOTS & Overwatch has loot crates. Diablo managed to get a one-time necromancer dlc, doesn't have a sub or cash shop with cosmetics, guess it's not milkable enough.
  1. Dejo93's Avatar
    Oh man, I'm so freaking stoked for this year's Blizzcon
    My littlest complain is the Destiny 2 avis included. Considering how much of a fail D2 is
  1. Sorrowful Gondola's Avatar
    I bet those icons cost us 20 raid tiers!
  1. Kenny McCormick's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dejo93 View Post
    Oh man, I'm so freaking stoked for this year's Blizzcon
    My littlest complain is the Destiny 2 avis included. Considering how much of a fail D2 is
    How is Destiny t 2 a failure lol, reviews are pretty good and it's been selling really good so far...
  1. morph4037's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny McCormick View Post
    How is Destint 2 a failure lol, reviews are pretty good and it's been selling really good so far...
    The only problem with Destiny 2 that I have is having to wait till Oct to play it.
  1. arandomuser's Avatar
    Hopefully there not just workign on a new d3 expansion, but a new diablo game altogether,
  1. mlwhiteley's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dejo93 View Post
    Oh man, I'm so freaking stoked for this year's Blizzcon
    My littlest complain is the Destiny 2 avis included. Considering how much of a fail D2 is
    You do know Destiny 2 is not a Blizzard game right? They have nothing to do with it besides hosing it on the Blizzard launcher. No reason, other than the launcher, for it to be at BlizzCon at all.
  1. Plehnard's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by arandomuser View Post
    Hopefully there not just workign on a new d3 expansion, but a new diablo game altogether,
    Yeah. D3 was terrible. Hope they bury everything they established with that shit and make a clean cut for 4.
    Also an HD version of D2 would be nice. I still play that from time to time with mods like PlugY.

    Edit:
    And please no more of this nephalem/chosen crap.
    A good hero doesn't need to be some crazy demon- angle- hybrid bullshit but a normal man who overcomes his limits.
    I really hate this "it's your destiny" nonsense.
  1. Kuja's Avatar
    we’re hard at work on the future of Diablo and exploring what’s next for the franchise
    That makes it sound they don't even know what big thing they will develop next, meaning the next D3 expansion or D4 would be in 3-6 years at the earliest.
  1. Vutar's Avatar
    When I hear something about WoW 2 then I'll be interested in what Blizzard has to say. Until then, I have no interest in anything they are working on, including more dated WoW xpacs.
  1. Krasomir's Avatar
    Diablo 4 can be in development for 2, 3, 4 years? So certainly will not be in 2018 and they have no reason to announce two new games during the blizzcon. WoW expansion this year, D4 maybe next year
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DTJames View Post
    Do you not bother to think before you make a stupid comment? We already have Hearthstone on mobile.


    I really hope they're working on new Diablo 4, or at very least new D3 expansion. Long overdue for one.

    AND FOR LOVE OF GOD PLEASE ADD Warcraft/Diablo/Starcraft skins to OverWatch!
    thought it only work on tablets not on phones. dont play it so dont really care about it.

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