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Nirolak
Mrgrgr
(09-27-2017, 06:42 AM)
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Summary:
  1. Blizzard put up a new job posting for a Unity based iOS/Android MMO RTS.
  2. It's not 100% clear if this is the same game as the Warcraft mobile game they've been making. These new jobs are quite senior, and Blizzard was previously hiring a bunch of non-senior staff to make a mobile title that's seemingly been in development for 18 months or so. Obviously it's a dead-ringer for brand + genre though.
  3. If you're currently sitting there and going "What on earth is a mobile MMO RTS???", then check out this short trailer for Art of Conquest, which is the most likely fit among games that have been called a mobile MMO RTS: https://youtu.be/3gRekVIKgXQ

Job Postings:

Senior Client Engineer, Unannounced Project: https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/ou955fwx

Originally Posted by Blizzard

Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an experienced Unity mobile client engineer to work on an unannounced MMO RTS project. The ideal applicant has an unwavering passion for mobile development and solving engineering problems unique to mobile app environments. If you thrive in an environment that values creativity, collaboration, and knowledge sharing, then drop us a line!

Requirements
· 5+ years of Game Development experience
· iOS and/or Android development experience
· Experience with Unity
· Strong understanding of 3D graphics and shaders

Lead Artist, Unannounced Project: https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/o2Z55fwV

Originally Posted by Blizzard

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an experienced Lead Artist to help us guide the art vision and development for a new game experience for mobile. Your goal is to meld great art with great gameplay by leading the art team, creating production artwork, and actively communicating and thriving on a small team.

You have a passion for Blizzard games and understand the unique approach to creating content for our game universes.

Avid player of mobile games

Unity and mobile development experience

Environment Artist, Unannounced Project: https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/opS25fw8

Originally Posted by Blizzard

Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an exceptional Environment Artist to join us in creating a new gaming experience for mobile.

The environment artist is responsible for modeling and composing 3D game environments.

And for reference, the previous Warcraft job: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1380588

Originally Posted by Blizzard

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented FX artist to help us create exciting visual effects for an unannounced project for mobile.

Passion for creating imagery synonymous with the Warcraft IP

Edit:

I'll also put Art of Conquest in image form, since this will probably help people visualize something that isn't Clash of Clans:



frontovik
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(09-27-2017, 06:43 AM)
Sounds interesting, even though I'm one of those who don't bother with mobile games.
Giolon
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(09-27-2017, 06:43 AM)
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By Mobile MMO RTS, does that just mean Clash of Clans knock off or something more traditional?
Masterspeed
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(09-27-2017, 06:44 AM)
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At this point in time, I trust Blizzard. I loved Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and have been playing Overwatch every day since it released.

I'm excited to see what they can do next.
Mohonky
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(09-27-2017, 06:44 AM)
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Hey Blizzard, how about you know, a Warcraft RTS game......before everything had to be a fucking online mmo / competitive esport

Oh and mobile? Yeh Warcraft is dead to me
Nirolak
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(09-27-2017, 06:44 AM)
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Originally Posted by Giolon

By Mobile MMO RTS, does that just mean Clash of Clans knock off or something more traditional?

I'm guessing something like Art of Conquest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gRe...ature=youtu.be
Renekton
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(09-27-2017, 06:45 AM)
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So they are going for the CoC money using the Warcraft name recognition?

Originally Posted by Nirolak

I'm guessing something like Art of Conquest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gRe...ature=youtu.be

Wow they can easily slap Warcraft assets on that and make bank.
Emitan
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(09-27-2017, 06:48 AM)
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I'm not really a fan of mobile games or RTS but I feel like Blizzard could make it worth checking out. Especially once I replace my old phone with no battery life.
Syf
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(09-27-2017, 06:48 AM)
Very interesting. I love RTS, especially Blizzard RTS, but don't find mobile games very appealing generally. Curious to see how they approach it.

The salt will be real on here though if this is a new Warcraft RTS instead of the WC4 people want lol.
Maintenance
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(09-27-2017, 06:50 AM)
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texhnolyze
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(09-27-2017, 06:51 AM)

Originally Posted by Renekton

So they are going for the CoC money using the Warcraft name recognition?

Wow they can easily slap Warcraft assets on that and make bank.

Sounds like 5 years too late.

But by looking at that short Art of Conquest trailer, it seems different enough.

I think it'll be more like Heroes of Might and Magic but with real-time strategy battles.
Cryxok
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(09-27-2017, 06:51 AM)
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Saw a lot of Art of Conquest ads but were CG-only so I had no interest. Actually seeing those screens and the trailer made me regret not checking it out sooner. Will wait for the possibility of a WC-branded now tho.
KojiKnight
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(09-27-2017, 06:52 AM)
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Blizzard still has the benefit of the doubt with me. I know a lot of people don't like the WoW and Diablo 3 takes (I still enjoy them) but I also still daily play Hearthstone and Heroes so yeah... Definitely in to try. Though a lot of people are going to be upset if this is the new Warcraft game... hopefully they won't try calling it Warcraft 4.


Probably too early to expect it at Blizzcon.
bluexy
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(09-27-2017, 06:55 AM)
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As exciting as any new Blizzard game is, if it's gacha then Blizzard can keep it.
thetrin
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(09-27-2017, 06:56 AM)
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Despite having up to date mobile devices, I really have no interest in playing mobile games most of the time (with a few exceptions). Can't say I'm super excited for this.
HowZatOZ
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(09-27-2017, 06:56 AM)
I feel like mobile games just can't offer the deep experiences that an RTS would need to be afforded for it to be fun but hey it is Blizzard. Maybe it's a mobile counterpart to a mainline MMO title?
Brakke
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(09-27-2017, 06:59 AM)
Job listing superlatives are so silly. The environment artist must be exceptional, but the FX artist need only be talented. I guess they’ve already covered their exceptional FX artist quota.
Giolon
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(09-27-2017, 07:07 AM)
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Originally Posted by Nirolak

I'm guessing something like Art of Conquest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gRe...ature=youtu.be

That looks like something that could potentially be not terrible...but I’m sure they’ll make it terrible with energy systems and boost gems and shit.
Rizific
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(09-27-2017, 07:14 AM)
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not like this. this isnt what people wanted from warcraft.
AnathemicOne
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(09-27-2017, 07:23 AM)
Blizzard, I love you, I didn't ask for this
jabuseika
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(09-27-2017, 07:26 AM)

mobile

QFNS
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(09-27-2017, 07:27 AM)

Originally Posted by Giolon

That looks like something that could potentially be not terrible...but I’m sure they’ll make it terrible with energy systems and boost gems and shit.

Thus far Blizzard has not released a mobile game with F2P mechanics like that. Not say that they couldn't start one, but if Hearthstone is anything to go by they at least attempt to be fair to new players. It's certainly light-years better than things like Clash of Clans.
Sparrowhawk
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(09-27-2017, 07:29 AM)
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I feel like this opens up the potential for their loot crates to be more than cosmetic, and I'm just not ready for that. :\
ISee
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(09-27-2017, 07:29 AM)
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I'm waiting and hoping for a proper Warcraft RTS game now for years.

Lootcraft 4: mobile boogaloo


Abilidebob
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(09-27-2017, 07:31 AM)
OKAY, WHO WISHED FOR WC4 FROM THE MONKEY PAW?
TatteredHat
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(09-27-2017, 07:35 AM)
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It's about in line with what I would expect from modern day Blizzard, they are not going to make any more traditional games like old school Blizzard used to.
Radiant Silvertuna
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(09-27-2017, 07:36 AM)
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I'd much rather have mobile Diablo than an RTS.
Mexen
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(09-27-2017, 07:42 AM)
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Oh, that's clever on paper
Tagyhag
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(09-27-2017, 07:46 AM)
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Not like this...
Mozendo
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(09-27-2017, 08:02 AM)
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Sweet I'll play.
deoee
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(09-27-2017, 08:17 AM)
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Feels like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR4jPtrDCLo
SPCTRE
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(09-27-2017, 08:22 AM)
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Originally Posted by KojiKnight

hopefully they won't try calling it Warcraft 4.

oh, but imagine if they do, the amount of physical salt that would be generated? hoo boy
Dinjooh
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(09-27-2017, 08:23 AM)
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Blizzcon will be disappointing this year won't it?
CountAntonius
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(09-27-2017, 08:33 AM)
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I love quality mobile games. Bring it on.
Qvoth
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(09-27-2017, 08:39 AM)
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hmm i thought it would be something like each player controls 1 army unit in a battle of multiple players or something grand like that, if in the end it's still 1v1 that's kinda lame
Foxy the Fox
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(09-27-2017, 08:40 AM)
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If this is called WarCraft 4 and is mobile exclusive, people will take the streets :v
Lonely1
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(09-27-2017, 08:41 AM)
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So, Blizzcon reveal?
Neptonic
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(09-27-2017, 08:42 AM)
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Goddamn it
TatteredHat
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(09-27-2017, 09:18 AM)
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Originally Posted by Dinjooh

Blizzcon will be disappointing this year won't it?

Blizzcon has been disappointing for a while now, depending on what you're hoping for. :(
Acidote
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(09-27-2017, 09:23 AM)
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Originally Posted by Foxy the Fox

If this is called WarCraft 4 and is mobile exclusive, people will take the streets :v

Honestly, I'm not one to get salty by many things in life (and certainly not in videogames) but I could see this being one of those things.
BizzyBum
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(09-27-2017, 09:24 AM)
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The microtransactions in this game are going to be glorious.
Zushin
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(09-27-2017, 09:24 AM)
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Wc4 is never happening is it :(
At least AoE4 is a thing.
Giolon
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(09-27-2017, 09:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by QFNS

Thus far Blizzard has not released a mobile game with F2P mechanics like that. Not say that they couldn't start one, but if Hearthstone is anything to go by they at least attempt to be fair to new players. It's certainly light-years better than things like Clash of Clans.

Hearthstone isn't specifically a mobile game. It's a digital CCG, a la MTG online, but you're right in that Blizzard treated players decently respectably with it.
ChaosSmurf
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(09-27-2017, 09:38 AM)
Really weird they put the genre so front-and-center in the job description. IIRC for the FPS it was worked out via past experience sections, but I suppose once people started reporting on it anyway there's not a lot of point hiding it.

Feels more likely they rip off Clash of Clans and slap an MMO meta-game on it, but I like that Art of Conquest thing as well.

I guess this is what (ex-SC2 balance guy) David Kim is on? If he started doing design and then got it approved for real development (and it's a different game from the Warcraft one, like you suggest) it'd make sense they start hiring high-level engineers now.
Lonely1
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(09-27-2017, 10:54 AM)
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Originally Posted by TatteredHat

Blizzcon has been disappointing for a while now, depending on what you're hoping for. :(

Hearthstone Switch!?
Trickster
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(09-27-2017, 10:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by Lonely1

So, Blizzcon reveal?

Lol that would be something else
FairyEmpire
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(09-27-2017, 11:00 AM)
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You had me until iOS/Android. I'm not against mobile gaming, but I see how they work as far as content plan, MTs and progression go. Unless Blizzard reinvent the wheel and release a proper title I'm likely out.
OldMuffin
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(09-27-2017, 11:02 AM)
If it is an Warcraft rts, I'm expecting valve level backlash on the level of them revealing they were working on a new game and it turning out to be a card game.
FairyEmpire
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(09-27-2017, 11:05 AM)
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Originally Posted by OldMuffin

If it is an Warcraft rts, I'm expecting valve level backlash on the level of them revealing they were working on a new game and it turning out to be a card game.

Warcraft 4!
*crowd goes wild*
Exclusively for mobiles
*people mumbling*
Free-to-play
*people discussing*
Inspired by Clash Of Clans
*people start to leave*
Featuring MOBA elements and cards
*guns out*
Bunga
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(09-27-2017, 11:11 AM)
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I would lap up World of Warcraft-lite on my phone any day of the week dependent on the level of microtransactions.

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