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What Blizzard classic would you remaster? Let’s say a genie gives you one wish and then specifies that you have to use it to pick one Blizzard game to get the remaster treatment. First off, that genie’s a jerk. I mean, I can think of so, so many things I’d rather wish for. But there’s no reason not to use the...

Blizzard revives the Battle.net name, which no one had stopped using In a move that will likely upset no one but quite possibly cause a lot of people to go, “Huh? Oh, okay,” Blizzard has decided that abandoning the “Battle.net” name it had used for over 20 years was maybe not the best move ever. It would be hard to blame you if you’d forgotten, but...




Composer Russell Brower leaves Blizzard after 12 years If you’re a fan of Blizzard’s music (and I don’t know how it’s possible to play their games and not be a fan) then this is some pretty sad news. Russell Brower, who held the position of Senior Director of Audio and Lead Composer for Blizzard Entertainment, has left the company. He explains the change...

đź”’ Is Blizzard too focused on multiplayer gaming? Right now, it’s fair to say that there isn’t a single Blizzard game that doesn’t at the least contain a strong multiplayer component. Diablo 3 is probably the closest we get to a single-player experience from the studio, and even that has multiplayer as a component and it’s fair to say that being able to...

What do you want Blizzard to make next? The rumor mill is swirling with speculation about Blizzard’s next game, which new job postings suggest is a first person shooter. Blizzard is currently looking for programmers to build a new FPS game engine: there are job listings for a lead software engineer and senior software engineer for an “unannounced project.” Both job descriptions start with the...

A CNET retrospective on Blizzard’s 25th Anniversary If Blizzard were a person, it would have been able to vote since 2009 and able to drink since 2011 (in its home state of California.) At 25, the company is a juggernaut — Legion is the most popular World of Warcraft expansion in years, Overwatch debuted to huge acclaim, and Diablo 3: Reaper of...




What’s your favorite Blizzard franchise? BlizzCon is coming up next week and with it, the Diablo 20th anniversary, which got me thinking. Blizzard has made a lot of games over the years, some still going strong or establishing franchises that last to this day. Others (like my old friend Blackthorne) not so much. But over the years Blizzard has racked...

Blizzard rebrands Battle.net to Blizzard Blizzard Entertainment has just announced they will be sunsetting the Battle.net brand in favor of simply Blizzard. Battle.net has long referred to the architecture tying Blizzard’s brands together — it was the name of their online multiplayer ecosystem, the means through which we log into their games, talk to each other, and interact with one...



Chris Metzen’s going away present is this amazing statue Chris Metzen, Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard, announced his retirement on Monday and it turns out it was effective today. To commemorate Metzen’s contributions not only to Blizzard, but the gaming community, a ceremony was held presenting him with a mockup of a statue of him and Baby Winston from the Overwatch recall animated short....

Breakfast Topic: What do you think of the new WoW website? Who would have thought a website would be so divisive? Yet when Blizzard rolled out a new World of Warcraft website and forums this week, it met with some player outcry. The old website may not have been perfect, but we were used to it and change is always hard… even for a minor thing...

Community manager Rygarius leaving Blizzard Chung Ng, better known as World of Warcraft Community Manager Rygarius, has confirmed on Twitter that this week is his last with Blizzard Entertainment. We’ll certainly miss our favorite CoffeeBird and wish him well wherever he might be flying to after this. You can keep up with him on his personal Twitter account, @Kithrak_.

Soon you’ll be able to stream Blizzard games to Facebook Blizzard and Facebook, a match made in social media heaven? The two are currently working together to let you log on to all of your Blizzard games using Facebook Login. For those of you who use Facebook, this means more Facebook-friendly social features in-game, including the ability to livestream directly to your timeline. But how will it work?...

Publishing Lead Micky Neilson leaving Blizzard Micky Neilson has been writing for Blizzard for 22 years, but today he announced in his newsletter that he’s leaving the company. Even if you aren’t familiar with his name, you’ve almost certainly seen the impact of his work: Neilson has served as Senior Story Developer, Senior Writer, and now Publishing Lead at Blizzard Entertainment. Neilson...

Blizzard Sound Designers discuss making games come to life One of my favorite parts of hearing Blizzard speak at BlizzCon and various conventions is seeing just how passionate they are about the games they make and the jobs they have. And while it perhaps goes under the radar at times, sound design in their games is an equally emphatic case of falling in love...

Breakfast Topic: The Blizzard mobile games you’d like to see In an interview last week, Blizzard’s execs talked about the company’s possible future in mobile games — and though they say any plans are a long way off, why not start speculating now? Not everyone is a fan of mobile, but Hearthstone makes a great tablet game (or, when you’re on the go, a great...

Breakfast Topic: What’s your favorite Blizzard music? I’m having one of those weeks where I’m obsessed with a particular piece of music — this time, it’s the soundtrack from Auchindoun, which contains all the sweeping parts of the login screen track along with a lot of eerie chanting. If there’s one thing Blizzard has consistently nailed with every game they’ve put out...