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Blizzard Announces Starcraft 2

May 20, 2007

starcraft2

IGN editor Charles Onyett is at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational and just reported the following:

3:00 – FMV sequence in a spaceship – looks Terran – zooming in on a metal door – door opening – reveals a guy with a cigar in chains – prisoner – door shuts behind him – there’s so much bass the room is shaking – guy steps into some kind of metallic devicce – legs are strapped in – guy rising toward ceiling – Korean text on screen got people very excited – another part of the machine is dropping metal arms on him – machine whirring – applying armor to his torso – extremly detailed visuals here – now guy is strapping on gloves – armor is molding together – seems like a Terran marine – rockets turn on – zerg now onscreen – Marine delivers a line – StarCraft 2 officially announced.

For more on this head over to his blog that he is updating live at the Invitational.

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World of Warcraft Credit Card

May 7, 2007

World of Warcraft Credit Card

A new wave of e-currency is almost upon us with the announcement from Blizzard that they are offering World of Warcraft themed Visa cards that turn real world spending into fake world game time.

The card will take 1% of what you charge and turn it into minutes that you can use to visit Azeroth.

So, if you want to rack up a lot of time, hand this to a big spender.This comes on the heels of The Sims credit card, which will likely be something similar.

MAKE magazine said we’d be seeing something like this a year ago, and it looks like they were right.

Here’s hoping they take our real world purchases and turn them into in game money, because they don’t take credit cards in Ironforge, and some of the stuff we want is pretty darned expensive.

Blizzard: Job Opening for Mobile Developers

May 5, 2007

World of Warcraft iPhone

Apparently Blizzard is looking for a few good people to work on unspecified projects for mobile platforms. Might this have something to do with a mobile WoW-related app? Of course, it could also be something completely unrelated. Still, pretty much ever since the iPhone was announced, there’s been speculation about a possible “WoW Lite” for it that would let you check the AH, maybe chat with your guildies, and so forth. I know I’d certainly be a bit more tempted to grab an iPhone if I knew it was going to have some WoW capabilities.

I think all I’d want in a WoW Lite client would be AH, chat, tradeskills, and maybe a talent calculator. After all, I still don’t think it’d be possible to do much “real” gameplay on a small screen with no mouse/keyboard, even if the platform could handle it. What would you guys like to see WoW Lite include, if such a thing every got made? The job postings are copied after the cut; see if you can make anything of them.

Mobile Producer
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a highly organized individual with outstanding communication abilities to manage the process of bringing Blizzard-IP-related functions into the mobile space. The ideal candidate has experience managing resources and seeing projects from inception to completion. Self-direction and follow-up skills are a must, and experience working within the mobile development space is mandatory. For more information please check out the job listing here.

Lead Mobile Software Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an individual to lead a mobile development programming team. The ideal applicant will possess outstanding communication and coordination skills and be capable of leading a group of programmers in bringing Blizzard-IP-related functions to the mobile space. The candidate would be experienced with web-related technologies, MIDP and CLDC development on the J2ME platform, WAP, and WML. Blizzard offers a fun, creative and technically challenging environment with excellent compensation and a full range of benefits. For more information please check out the job listing here.

Lead Mobile UI Designer
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented, self-motivated individual with experience in UI design and implementation for handheld devices to help lead our efforts into the mobile space. The ideal candidate is a designer with a deep understanding of the unique opportunities and limitations of the platform who can help formulate the strategic design goals of our mobile efforts. The lead mobile UI designer must have the capacity both to create and to direct others to create clean designs that balance the Blizzard art style with the specific needs of the mobile audience. For more information please check out the job listing here.

Blizzcon 2007 Announced

April 23, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. – April 12, 2007 – Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for its second BlizzCon gaming convention. BlizzCon is a celebration of the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises and the players who have helped make them so popular around the world. This year’s event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on August 3 and 4, and will feature various activities for attendees to take part in.

“We were gratified by the response to our first BlizzCon in 2005 and have been looking for an opportunity to hold a follow-up event ever since,” stated Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment®. “With BlizzCon 2007, we plan to deliver another entertaining and informative experience for the attendees, and we look forward to meeting all of them again this year.”

BlizzCon will be open to gamers age 4 and older and will offer a wide variety of activities to help all attendees get the most out of the two–day event. In addition to serving as a gathering place for the different Blizzard gaming communities, attendees will be able to enjoy:

  • Discussion panels with Blizzard developers
  • Artist and developer signings
  • Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
  • World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game tournaments and demos
  • Costume, machinima, and character sound-alike contests with great prizes
  • Commemorative merchandise and other products based on the Blizzard franchises
  • A silent auction
  • Live orchestral performances of music from Blizzard games
  • More exciting activities to be announced

Tickets for BlizzCon will go on sale in the next few months at a price of $100 USD per person. As the event draws closer, further details will be announced on the official BlizzCon website: www.blizzcon.com.