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Nirolak
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(04-24-2017, 12:16 AM)
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This has been implied for a very long time, but this is the first job posting we've seen confirming it.

To be clear, this is in the Incubation department, which is for new games. There is a separate Tools Engineer job for Hearthstone and that explicitly mentions Hearthstone everywhere in it and has different general text.

This is also separate from the new First Person game, which is not a mobile title, and the new Diablo game, which is also not a mobile title.

For the curious, without prompting, one of the top Blizzard executives once talked about how great they felt the StarCraft and Overwatch brands were for mobile, so smart money is for this to be one of those two brands.

I'm personally guessing Overwatch, since my guess is that the first person game is StarCraft given who is most likely directing it, but that is purely speculation on my part.

Job: https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/oMZ64fwF

SOFTWARE ENGINEER (TOOLS)
Incubation • Irvine

Blizzard Entertainment is seeking a talented and enthusiastic software engineer to contribute to Blizzard’s mobile gaming efforts. In this role, you will create tools that will empower our talented designers and artists. The ideal candidate will be self-directed, and have proficiency with developing powerful tools and content creation pipelines.

Requirements
Able to work creatively in a small, nimble team environment

Pluses
Experience developing mobile games
Working knowledge of the Unity development platform
Passion for playing and making games – especially mobile games

RecRoulette
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(04-24-2017, 12:18 AM)
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If this ends up being something Overwatch related, day one, no matter what it is.

Jawmuncher
(04-24-2017, 12:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by RecRoulette

If this ends up being something Overwatch related, day one, no matter what it is.

Seems like their best move. Especially with how much they've been leaning on overwatch to bump HoTs numbers up.
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(04-24-2017, 12:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by RecRoulette

If this ends up being something Overwatch related, day one, no matter what it is.

[IMG]https://media.giphy.com/media/uDwKGxTFrADvO/giphy.gif[IMG]

I could see the two brands pretty equally. South Korea is the market that spends the most money on "more traditional" games on mobile, and both brands are very valuable there.

That said, I guessed Overwatch for the reasons stated earlier.
Bringer Of Bacon
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(04-24-2017, 12:21 AM)
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Hate overwatch. Hope it's Warcraft or Starcraft. The real video games, not for gross casuals
Onaco
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(04-24-2017, 12:22 AM)
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Small team means HearthStone, to me. Maybe mobile ports of Warcraft?
skny
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(04-24-2017, 12:23 AM)

Originally Posted by Bringer Of Bacon

Hate overwatch. Hope it's Warcraft or Starcraft. The real video games, not for gross casuals

I hope this is sarcastic if not drop the shitty elitist attitude
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(04-24-2017, 12:23 AM)
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Lootbox Simulator 2018?
KojiKnight
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(04-24-2017, 12:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by Onaco

Small team means HearthStone, to me. Maybe mobile ports of Warcraft?


It won't be a port of an existing game.
exYle
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(04-24-2017, 12:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by Bringer Of Bacon

Hate overwatch. Hope it's Warcraft or Starcraft. The real video games, not for gross casuals

Lmao
ShadyK54
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(04-24-2017, 12:25 AM)
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Possibly Overwatch related?

Hato-kun
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(04-24-2017, 12:26 AM)
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Originally Posted by Bringer Of Bacon

Hate overwatch. Hope it's Warcraft or Starcraft. The real video games, not for gross casuals

This is such a good post. Also why the fuck didn't call it Overcraft? Idiots.
JesseZao
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(04-24-2017, 12:27 AM)
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As long as it's not gacha, I'm in.

Overwatch tower defense maybe?
RecRoulette
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(04-24-2017, 12:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by Bringer Of Bacon

Hate overwatch. Hope it's Warcraft or Starcraft. The real video games, not for gross casuals

Sorry dude, I got into Blizzard games because of Hearthstone and later Overwatch. You can blame me for Blizzard's appeal to casuals.
Ambient80
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(04-24-2017, 12:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by skny

I hope this is sarcastic if not drop the shitty elitist attitude

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Nirolak
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(04-24-2017, 12:28 AM)
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Originally Posted by JesseZao

As long as it's not gacha, I'm in.

Overwatch tower defense maybe?

...The last three games Blizzard made have gacha mechanics, so I suspect you'll be disappointed.
styl3s
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(04-24-2017, 12:37 AM)
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My guess is Clash Royale but with Blizzard heroes.

take all my money
JesseZao
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(04-24-2017, 12:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by Nirolak

...The last three games Blizzard made have gacha mechanics, so I suspect you'll be disappointed.

I'm deep into Hearthstone, so I'm not completely against collecting random loot, but I loathe the traditional gacha standards.
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(04-24-2017, 12:39 AM)
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Originally Posted by JesseZao

I'm deep into Hearthstone, so I'm not completely against collecting random loot, but I loathe the traditional gacha standards.

Oh, I wouldn't expect it to be a traditional Japanese style gacha setup. That's not really Blizzard's style.
Renekton
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(04-24-2017, 12:40 AM)
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Hmm incubation, so they are just lab-ing new stuff out like Hearthstone?
Tenki
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(04-24-2017, 12:42 AM)
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Overwatch date-sim, here we go.
Fix-It Felix, Jr.
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(04-24-2017, 12:43 AM)
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Hoping this will be Overwatch related! I don't play OW anymore because it feels really competitive nowadays (and my skill level is too low to keep up) but I still love the characters, so getting to play with them to some capacity in a different setting would be pretty awesome.
Leafhopper
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(04-24-2017, 12:43 AM)
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Originally Posted by Bringer Of Bacon

Hate overwatch. Hope it's Warcraft or Starcraft. The real video games, not for gross casuals

Aren't you also apart of the same people that complain that mobile games aren't real games?
jon bones
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(04-24-2017, 12:43 AM)
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i'm down for this, hopefully the gameplay is meatier than Hearthstone
Spukc
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(04-24-2017, 12:44 AM)
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Originally Posted by RecRoulette

If this ends up being something Overwatch related, day one, no matter what it is.

no
petethepanda
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(04-24-2017, 12:44 AM)
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Overwatch visual novel / dating sim.

Edit: Unsurprisingly, beaten :lol
Spukc
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(04-24-2017, 12:45 AM)
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Originally Posted by Leafhopper

Aren't you also apart of the same people that complain that mobile games aren't real games?

count me in most mobile games are shit
WaterAstro
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(04-24-2017, 12:45 AM)
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Hearthwatch Overstone

They'll probably copy those Japanese gacha games and throw in Blizzard characters.
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(04-24-2017, 12:45 AM)
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Originally Posted by Renekton

Hmm incubation, so they are just lab-ing new stuff out like Hearthstone?

They basically officiated the department for unannounced projects when they brought back Allen Adham.
PepperedHam
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(04-24-2017, 12:46 AM)
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Originally Posted by Spukc

no

If most mobile games are shit why do you care if it's Overwatch related?
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(04-24-2017, 12:47 AM)
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Overwatch meets Puzzle Quest
JesseZao
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(04-24-2017, 12:47 AM)
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Originally Posted by Spukc

count me in most mobile games are shit

It's pretty easy to ignore things you don't like. No reason to waste time on a crusade against mobile games anyway. Their market will only grow.
Spukc
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(04-24-2017, 12:48 AM)
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Originally Posted by PepperedHam

If most mobile games are shit why do you care if it's Overwatch related?

i have about 500 dollars lib on my iphone.
and yes i stand by the fact most mobile games are shit,
i only own premium games.

Originally Posted by JesseZao

It's pretty easy to ignore things you don't like. No reason to waste time on a crusade against mobile games anyway. They aren't going anywhere.

i agree
Leafhopper
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(04-24-2017, 12:49 AM)
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Originally Posted by Spukc

count me in most mobile games are shit

Well it's okay if you don't like em (I don't like most but I got some I like) I just find it ironic that they hope it's Starcraft or Warcraft rather than Overwatch because those are "real" games even though the same kinds of people would say mobile games aren't video games lol.

Originally Posted by JesseZao

It's pretty easy to ignore things you don't like. No reason to waste time on a crusade against mobile games anyway. Their market will only grow.

Yep.
Speely
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(04-24-2017, 12:49 AM)
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Blizzard could print all the money with an Overwatch mobile game/app. All the money.

It HAS to be that. If it's not, then it's a tester to prepare the way for that.
Pinko Marx
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(04-24-2017, 12:49 AM)
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I hope it's an Overwatch Idler.
idlewatch
PepperedHam
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(04-24-2017, 12:50 AM)
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Originally Posted by Spukc

i have about 500 dollars lib on my iphone.
and yes i stand by the fact most mobile games are shit,
i only own premium games.

What
Professor Lich
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(04-24-2017, 12:50 AM)
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Lost Vikings endless runner?! Never played though, so not too sure how it would work, I just know each Viking has a different ability.
Nirolak
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(04-24-2017, 12:52 AM)
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Originally Posted by Professor Lich

Lost Vikings endless runner?! Never played though, so not too sure how it would work, I just know each Viking has a different ability.

Think less "mobile game" and more "mobile game that someone could imagine making $200-$500+ million a year".
JSoup
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(04-24-2017, 12:55 AM)
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I'm generally of the mind that mobile games are....'shit' is too strong a word. Let's say 'less than amazing'. But there have been some pretty good time wasters and adaptions of popular franchises over the last few years, so I'm more than willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Originally Posted by ShadyK54


What's that gif from again? I'm drawing a blank.
Speely
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(04-24-2017, 12:55 AM)
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Imagine this:

A mobile game that, with more modest assets, added some of the social, persistent aspects of the universe that Project Titan had and were scrapped to make the more streamlined, polished Overwatch.

I want that a great deal.
Spukc
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(04-24-2017, 12:55 AM)
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it sounds very boring but i would love blizz to make starcraft 1 work on mobile.
just make the UI work do some blizz magic.

no port begging just straight port loving
Professor Lich
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(04-24-2017, 12:56 AM)
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Originally Posted by Nirolak

Think less "mobile game" and more "mobile game that someone could imagine making $200-$500+ million a year".

Hard for me to imagine numbers that high, so I'll have to put a little bit more time into it.
AlexFlame116
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(04-24-2017, 12:56 AM)
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I can just see the Overwatch dating sim. People can finally fulfill their fake and dying dreams of Pharmercy.

Originally Posted by Spukc

i have about 500 dollars lib on my iphone.
and yes i stand by the fact most mobile games are shit,
I only own premium games.

i agree

See I'm confused by your first paragraph and then suddenly you agree with the second one since it kinda contradicts it.
Last edited by AlexFlame116; 04-24-2017 at 12:59 AM.
Renekton
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(04-24-2017, 12:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by Nirolak

They basically officiated the department for unannounced projects when they brought back Allen Adham.

Veliii interesting, so that's where they keep veterans from burning out and pulling a Pardo.
Zackat
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(04-24-2017, 12:58 AM)
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if it is OW it will be huge


and of course I am in.
PantsuJo
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(04-24-2017, 12:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by JesseZao

It's pretty easy to ignore things you don't like. No reason to waste time on a crusade against mobile games anyway. Their market will only grow.

It's not a crusade, we just like to explain our negative opinions about mobile gaming.

The grow rate doesn't change our idea.

Anyway, I think it will be something Overwatch related.
JigglesBunny
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(04-24-2017, 12:59 AM)
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As long as it isn't a card dueler, I'm in.
Doubly so if it's Overwatch related.
Spukc
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(04-24-2017, 12:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by AlexFlame116

See I'm confused by your first paragraph and then suddenly you agree with the second one since it kinda contradicts it.

i only said the overall quality control for mobile games is poor.
I don't hate them chill :)
Icolin
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(04-24-2017, 01:02 AM)
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Originally Posted by JSoup

What's that gif from again? I'm drawing a blank.

Dazed and Confused.

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