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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!

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  1. OneWay's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by balatro View Post
    If they're letting Diablo "die," then it's for a reason. I suspect they're wanting to take Diablo in a new direction and it involves one of their unannounced projects.
    Its probably going to be something like that.
  1. Vakosametti's Avatar
    I've been listening this whining about D3 now for five years and to put it bluntly I am tired of it. It is you people that discarded the game from the start as a failure and gave it no second thought then or now that don't let the game have its deserved end. If it is so that Blizzard indeed intends to let the game "die", then so be it. What is the problem there? They have put WAAAY too much effort into the game to try to please the elitist jerks you are. Look it up. D3 is probably the most amorphous game in the past 10 years. Because they cared. If you think their direction was wrong then say so and have some ideas to back that up.
    If this is the end of D3, as it would seem, then I thank you Blizzard for the thousands of hours I put into the from vanilla all the way through to the Rise of the Necromancer. I had so much fun with Diablo 3 and I met so many ppl during those hours playing a game that, at first I thought was not something I'd enjoy. You have done so many things to make the game a different experience during this time and I've enjoyed all of them. Still sort of bitter you removed CM Wiz back in the day, but I guess it was "slightly" too good. ;p
    I hope all the best for the future projects and I hope you guys will make good use of all the failures and successes that occurred during D3's life. Thanks for D3 and I hope there's more Diablo in the future!
  1. The Don's Avatar
    Not surprised with the Diablo stuff, you can't build a game from scratch that quickly. I think I will be 2019 Gamescom before we here anything.
  1. Ramz's Avatar
    I just love how Ion is wearing T-shirt with orcs. And in Legion there was close to zero orcish lore development. beautiful irony.
  1. qactuar's Avatar
    It was 12 years between the release of D2 and D3, and it took 8 years after D2's release before D3 was even announced. By that schedule, we've got another 3 years we can wait to hear about any 'big' Diablo news. Just because there isn't a constant stream of news updates doesn't mean something's 'dead'.
  1. Absintheminded's Avatar
    As much as I wish they'd make WC4, I'm certain that the MMO part of that title means it won't be. I'm guessing a "World of Starcraft" where the combat is more strategy based.
  1. Peroxidex's Avatar
    Let's honor Garrosh who tried to destroy basically anything not Orc and was eventually outted as leader instead of Vol'jin who picked up his scraps and ended up dying in battle against the Legion.

    At first I was hopeful there was more to the story, now I'm pretty sure they've already forgotten about Vol'jin.
  1. Vjnzen's Avatar
    Two years of no diablo news? That sucks, man. I would have loved some more content for D3. They didn't even really end the story.

    Oh well, I hope I will at least leave BlizzCon with enough WoW Things to keep me entertained.
  1. Aliven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vakosametti View Post
    I've been listening this whining about D3 now for five years and to put it bluntly I am tired of it. It is you people that discarded the game from the start as a failure and gave it no second thought then or now that don't let the game have its deserved end. If it is so that Blizzard indeed intends to let the game "die", then so be it. What is the problem there? They have put WAAAY too much effort into the game to try to please the elitist jerks you are. Look it up. D3 is probably the most amorphous game in the past 10 years. Because they cared. If you think their direction was wrong then say so and have some ideas to back that up.
    If this is the end of D3, as it would seem, then I thank you Blizzard for the thousands of hours I put into the from vanilla all the way through to the Rise of the Necromancer. I had so much fun with Diablo 3 and I met so many ppl during those hours playing a game that, at first I thought was not something I'd enjoy. You have done so many things to make the game a different experience during this time and I've enjoyed all of them. Still sort of bitter you removed CM Wiz back in the day, but I guess it was "slightly" too good. ;p
    I hope all the best for the future projects and I hope you guys will make good use of all the failures and successes that occurred during D3's life. Thanks for D3 and I hope there's more Diablo in the future!
    While i adore D3 and feel it is far superior that D2 and lightyears ahead of competition and abomination which is PoE im gonna disagree.

    People play what they want. If they dont want play D3 it is because of something. Same as blizz shuting it down - because of something. We also not obligated to say blizzard what we like or dont like within a game, and we are not consultants to give them ideas how to fix their game. Constructive criticism is valuable (and suggesting changes is NOT part of it) but no where near required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vjnzen View Post
    Two years of no diablo news? That sucks, man. I would have loved some more content for D3. They didn't even really end the story.

    Oh well, I hope I will at least leave BlizzCon with enough WoW Things to keep me entertained.
    Well D3 at this moment is self contained game which can provide enjoyable content for ever and ever. Because of greater rifts, which are random dungeons. They will put new items, tweaks etc regularly im sure, even if game hit maintenance mode. Sure, me as a veteran is kinda burned out but new players can hop right in and they have amazing build to be played for years without adding next chapters etc.
  1. Biggles Worth's Avatar
    R.I.P. Diablo
  1. Decyde's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by OneWay View Post
    Its probably going to be something like that.
    Yea but after what they did to Diablo, I seriously doubt people are going to just care about anything they announce.

    They did a horrible job at the start of the game and then fixed it to what it should have been then left the game to rot with just minor changes.

    I get its free to play but when they pulled their devs off Diablo 3 and put them on Wow, it was a sign that Diablo Universe is just dead.
  1. Teri's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by qactuar View Post
    It was 12 years between the release of D2 and D3, and it took 8 years after D2's release before D3 was even announced. By that schedule, we've got another 3 years we can wait to hear about any 'big' Diablo news. Just because there isn't a constant stream of news updates doesn't mean something's 'dead'.
    Exactly this, Diablo 3 is still being patched/PTRed, 2.6.1 is going right now, even if it's a minor patch, it's not dead.

    Even warcraft 3 recently got a new client and a PTR (multiplayer map/item balance), after all this time might mean something bigger is planned.
  1. OneWay's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Decyde View Post
    Yea but after what they did to Diablo, I seriously doubt people are going to just care about anything they announce.

    They did a horrible job at the start of the game and then fixed it to what it should have been then left the game to rot with just minor changes.

    I get its free to play but when they pulled their devs off Diablo 3 and put them on Wow, it was a sign that Diablo Universe is just dead.
    It's not that simple.
  1. Cows For Life's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Teri View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Teri View Post
    Exactly this, Diablo 3 is still being patched/PTRed, 2.6.1 is going right now, even if it's a minor patch, it's not dead.

    Even warcraft 3 recently got a new client and a PTR (multiplayer map/item balance), after all this time might mean something bigger is planned.
    It's been a not too well hidden secret that WC3 is going to be remastered a la Starcraft (via Blizzard job postings, direct words in interviews) so I don't get why there should be any surprise about things happening on that front.

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