Over the last couple of years, there have been a few reports surrounding remasters of classic Blizzard games. It all kicked off when Blizzard announced that it would be endeavouring to ensure Starcraft, Warcraft III and Diablo II all continued to work on modern PCs. Since then, the initiative has expanded, with Starcraft HD coming out this year. Now, a new job listing at Blizzard seems to indicate that Warcraft 3 and Diablo 2 will also get the HD treatment.
Right now, Blizzard is looking to hire a Senior Software Engineer to help restore StarCraft, Warcraft III and Diablo II to their former glory. Here’s the full project description from the job listing:
“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.”
We already know that Starcraft’s own HD remaster is coming over the Summer. However, Blizzard has not formally announced HD remasters for Warcraft 3 or Diablo 2. This job listing seems to indicate that the company is working on it though and with Starcraft HD now official, the precedent is certainly there.
There are some other job listings for the project, seeking UI/UX designers, and networking engineers, indicating multiplayer and interfaces will be brought up to modern standards.
KitGuru Says: Blizzard hasn’t outright said that these games will get HD re-releases but it sounds a lot like they are working on it. Still, with Starcraft up first, it could be a while before we see the other two come to fruition.