GDC 2010 Blizzard Entertainment Schedule

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Developers, Blizzard Games News, Rob Pardo, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Do you have the talent and the passion for games to join Blizzard Entertainment? Do you live near San Francisco? This could be the opportunity of your life. Blizzard Entertainment will be accepting resume and reels at the Game Developers Conference in Moscone Center at the Career Pavilion Booth Number CP 272 through March 9-13, 2010. Not attending GDC? No problem. Go online at http://jobs.blizzard.com

Four Blizzard developers will be attending GDC 2010 as speakers:

Rob Pardo
VP, Game Design, Blizzard Entertainment
Making a Standard (and Trying to Stick to it!): Blizzard Design Philosophies
Date/Time: Thursday (March 11, 2010) 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Location (room): Room 134, North Hall

Brian Schwab
Senior AI/Gameplay Engineer
AI Architecture Mashups: Insights into Intertwined Architectures
Date/Time: Wednesday (March 10, 2010) 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Location (room): Room 310, South Hall

Erin Catto
Principal Software Engineer
Physics for Programmers
Date/Time: Wednesday (March 10, 2010) 10:00am — 6:00pm
Location (room): Room 125, North Hall

Dominic Filion
Senior Software Engineer II
Designing for Performance, Scalability & Reliability: StarCraft II’s Approach
March 11, 2010) 9:00am — 10:00am

GDC 2009: Blizzard’s Pardo: Sony, Microsoft Need New Forms Of Gameplay

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Developers, Blizzard Games News, Diablo 3 News, Rob Pardo, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft: Ghost News, World of Warcraft News

Recently we reported that Rob Pardo confirmed that Blizzard and Microsoft are talking about the Xbox 360 successor.  They want Microsoft to learn from Nintendo. During the Luminaries Lunch at the GDC 2009,  Junction Point’s Warren Spector slashed at Rob Pardo with mockery … “I

Blizzard And Microsoft Talk Xbox 360 Successor For Next-Gen MMO?

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Developers, Blizzard Games News, Diablo 3 News, Rob Pardo, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft: Ghost News, Warcraft 3 News, World of Warcraft News

Rob Pardo confirmed at the GDC 2009 that Blizzard Entertainment and Microsoft are talking about the Xbox 360 successor.  And by the looks of it they want its successor to have a keyboard and mouse peripherals and tools to allow MMO and RTS gameplay on consoles.  The potential is enormous. Imagine World of Warcraft, Starcraft: Ghost, Starcraft II and even Diablo III on PC and Consoles.  It is the culprit of the Next-Gen MMO no doubt.

The future is looking brighter for Blizzard and all its millions of fans if Microsoft can pull the right cards off its sleeve and places them into the table to make it possible.

Blizzard Quote:
Rob Pardo: “There are are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don’t take to consoles because they don’t support the input device, and you end up with crappy ports. That’s why RTS games never do well on consoles,” he said.

“If I was them, I’d be sitting around trying to figure out what’s a cool input device that supports all types of new kinds of games.”—read more

A Fifth Blizzard Game In The Works … An Unannounced Game – March 2009

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Developers, Next-Gen MMO, Paul Sams, Rob Pardo

Update found here

It looks like Blizzard Entertainment got yet another game in early development.  If you are a programmer with awesome skills and experience in the game industry, you have the opportunity to join the best international game studios and all what comes attached to that: good salary, benefits, reputation and access to the in-house gym and cafeteria to boot.

Thus far Blizzard is developing five new games:
1. Starcraft II
2. Diablo III
3. New World of Warcraft expansion
4. Next-Gen MMO
5. A new unannounced game (New IP?)

The fifth brand-new unannounced game surfaced last week.  I don’t recall any executives commenting about the existence of a fifth game before, but certainly two executives have hinted interest in a new IP.

The first time a new IP was hinted was as far back as 2006, when Paul Sams said the following to Gamespot:

Blizzard Quote:
Paul Sams: “I wouldn

GCD 2008 Paris - Rob Pardo Says World of Warcraft Planned Free-Gameplay Originally

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Developers, Blizzard Games News, Rob Pardo, World of Warcraft News

Rob Pardo presented a keynote today at the Paris Game Developers Conference.  The full Pardo conversation at GDC Paris is now available on Gamasutra, including the Blizzard exec thoughts on a whole host of major issues, from user-generated content through the Activision/Vivendi merger and beyond.

He elaborated: “If you make it subscription here, and free to play in Korea, that doesn’t work, because it’s a global community, and the other regions wouldn’t like it, because everyone knows what everyone’s doing. And the game design might not support it.”

Interestingly, Pardo commented on this subject: “When were first going to make World of Warcraft, we wanted to make it free and advertising supported.”

However, the Blizzard exec noted: “We didn’t want to charge a subscription, but as we researched market conditions, we realized that wouldn’t support us.”