The growing trend of HD remasters brings some of the best classic gaming titles back to life. Publishers get to re-release proven titles and fans get to relive some of their favorites. A great HD remaster is a win-win for everyone.
Making a remaster isn't easy though. Developers have to improve on aspects of the original titles, while keeping the timing, animation, and spirit that players remember. It requires programming and design effort. In some ways, a remaster can be as difficult as making an original title.
It looks like Blizzard is looking to take on the task. A recent job posting from the company is looking for a senior software engineer for "classic games".
"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," reads the job posting. "We're restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done."
The list of responsibilities for the job includes creating "conditions for experiences that look as good as they play" and making "gameplay first again on modern operating systems." I'm sure fans would be happy to have all three titles in full HD glory. Even an update in resolution would be welcome for something like Diablo II.
Blizzard employees have previously noted that the company was interested in the idea of redoing some of its older titles.
"So, we actually have a guy on our team - actually several guys on our team - who are actually working on a side project to do something like that in some form or fashion," World of Warcraft production director J. Allen Brack replied in response to a fan asking about the older Warcraft titles. "We're fans of Warcraft 1, Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, and we'd love to replay those games for sure."
This isn't an official announcement from Blizzard and even if the position is filled, it'll probably be some time before we'd be able to play the remastered titles. The chances are the Blizzard has decided that the side-project is worth a second look. Still, hope springs anew.