#299 Blizzard Returning to their Roots

One of the other bit of news that came out from last week’s BlizzCon was the announcement that Blizzard is working on adapting the first two Warcraft games for the modern operating systems

I wonder if they will follow the way of Steam and port it to Linux while their at it

I wonder if they will follow the way of Steam and port it to Linux while they’re at it

Between that, the reveal of their newest game, Heroes of the Storm, the launching of the Hearthstone trading card game and the release of Starcraft II and Diablo 3 (each with their own expansion packs) from the past few years it looks like Blizzard is trying to go back to its roots.

If you need to look any further just look at the new Battlenet launcher. Its an all in one stop for all your Blizzard games

If you need to look any further just look at the new Battlenet launcher. It’s an all in one stop for all your Blizzard games

One of the complaints that I heard people had with Blizzard was that since they launched their MMO in 2004, it was slowly becoming a World of Warcraft company while ignoring their other projects.  It looks like Blizzard heard those comments and are willing to make a change in direction by supporting all of their three well established games and at the same time put effort in creating new games as well.

Twelve years between the newest addition Diablo and Starcraft games. What is this Valve?

Twelve years between the newest addition Diablo and Starcraft games, why would they start now?

If I was a cynical person, I would say this change in company behavior is because they saw the number of players leaving World of Warcraft and this is their attempt to stay afloat after WoW eventually sinks below the point where it can not fund the entire company.

I do wonder if this means if we will be getting Starcraft III and Diablo 4 sooner rather than later and possibility some band new independent IPs to boot.

What do you think; Do you think Blizzard is changing their business ways for the new decade or am I just reading too much into it? and if so, what are you hoping for from Blizzard in the future?


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  1. I loved Blizzard back in the day. I played the original Warcraft, then Warcraft 2 and it’s expansion (which included the World of Warcraft “preview”), then picked up WoW not long after it released, and played the hell out of it. I played Starcraft and Diablo 2 and still consider them great games… but the reality is, Blizzard is nowhere near where it use to be. They really did turn into World of Warcraft, Inc. and enjoyed the high they were on.

    But now, I agree, they may still hold a gigantic number of subs, the envy of any other game, but they are no longer king. As such, they’re diversifying their portfolio, which is smart. However, I was so burnt from WoW, I have no interest in Blizz’s other holdings. A remade WC1 and 2 do sound fun, though… but then I already have both of those games, and they already work. :)

    • I was going to make a comment on how Blizzard’s Warcraft mind set influenced the game development of their other IP (see D3′s auction house) but I never played the old games enough to feel comfortable making that claim, although many others have.

      As for the remakes I don’t really know why Blizzard would remake them unless they are planning to make an HD re-release and/or retcon some very old plot holes

      • Oh absolutely I think Warcraft mechanics are seen in their other games now (D3 being the biggest example), but really, the entire market is doing it, too. You’re seeing more multiplayer and MMO elements being put into all kinds of games these days, so in that respect, it isn’t just Blizzard. :)

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