Blizzard Entertainment posted this week a brand-new job opening for the still-unannounced Next-Gen MMO. Based on this job opening for a 3D Character Equipment Artist it might be hard to tell if this fourth game currently in development will be based on one of the existing franchises: Diablo, WarCraft or StarCraft. This is the first time we know anything substantial about the enigmatic Next-Gen MMO, nevertheless. This job opening is for a developers that will be in charge of modeling armor and weapons based on the concept art from Blizzard’s Art Team.
The fifth game in development, not to be confused with the Next-Gen MMO, is still young, but it is confirmed unofficially through Blizzplanet to be a brand-new IP.
The Next-Gen MMO hasn’t been confirmed to be based on a new IP or on an existent IP, but this game is a strong candidate to be revealed at BlizzCon 2010. Personally, I have said it many times in the past couple of years, and still think it is based on StarCraft and StarCraft: Ghost. Only time will tell, and Blizzard fans are know to be loyal and patient.
|| Blizzard Quote:
||3D Character Equipment Artist – NextGen MMO at Blizzard Entertainment
Location: Irvine, CA (Orange County, California Area)
Experience: Mid-Senior level
Industries: Animation, Arts and Crafts, Computer Games, Computer Software, Entertainment
Posted: June 8, 2010
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an exceptionally skilled 3D character equipment artist for a team focused on next-generation massively multiplayer online games. The ideal candidate has extensive experience modeling and texturing a diverse visual range of character armor and weapons. A solid grasp of armor and weapon design, structure, color, and light for the creation of both 2D and 3D art assets is essential. The 3D character/character equipment artist must have a skill in another art task as well (illustration, modeling, texturing, animation, or concept drawing), and be well-versed in related tools — Maya, Photoshop, etc.
- 2+ years game development experience modeling and texturing sci-fi and fantasy character armor and weapons for next-gen art pipelines
- An exceptional understanding of visual design and a keen eye toward form, shape, structure, and silhouette with regard to modeling and texturing character equipment
- Superior eye for light, color, and detail in creating texture maps of different material types
- Self-motivation, good communication skills, and a great team-player
- Skill in one or more of the related creation tasks — illustration, modeling, texturing, animation, or concept drawing
- Have shipped AAA PC or console titles as a 3D character artist
- Experience with Mudbox, ZBrush, (or equivalent modeling program) and the process of converting high-poly sculpted characters into lower poly game models
- Experience with the creation of next-gen shaders and materials
- Strong foundation in the traditional arts, including but not limited to figure drawing and illustration.
- Passionate gamer with experience playing a wide range of games
TeliaSonera and Blizzard Entertainment renewed a two-year contract to continue online services for World of Warcraft and Battle.net servers in Europe. The Chief Operating Officer at Blizzard, Paul Sams, praised the reliability and speed offered by TeliaSonera, and look forward to continue that relationship in the wake of the launch of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the new Battle.net.
TeliaSonera renews IP-transit agreement with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. for online games
Online gamers will continue to enjoy a rich and reliable gaming experience thanks to an agreement struck between TeliaSonera International Carrier and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Recently, the companies agreed to a two-year renewal for IP transit in Europe.
Blizzard Entertainment® is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software best known for its Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, as well as its popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft®. TeliaSonera International Carrier has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Blizzard Entertainment since 1999, providing Internet connectivity for both World of Warcraft and the Battle.net® online-gaming service in Europe.
“Customers are in pursuit of the best online gaming experience, and we are aware of the diverse nature of their needs and priorities,” said Brendan Ives, Vice President and Head of International Sales, TeliaSonera International Carrier. “We are striving to provide complete solutions for our customers, enabling the best gaming experience possible, as we look to become the provider of choice to the online gaming industry.”
“For years, TeliaSonera International Carrier has been providing high-quality, low-latency connectivity, helping us deliver great online-gaming experiences to our players across Europe,” said Paul Sams, Chief Operating Officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “As we prepare for the upcoming launch of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty™ and the new Battle.net, we’re pleased to be working with a carrier that can provide the speed and reliability our European players expect.”
Leveraging experience and expertise in operating a global fibre-based network, TeliaSonera International Carrier has a superb platform in place on which to build its new high capacity and highly resilient network aimed at serving the needs of the professional online gaming industry. The gaming network is fully owned and operated by TeliaSonera International Carrier which means that every link and network element is monitored and managed from a central point.
Each fibre connection is fully redundant and individual streams are monitored and managed continuously. In the unlikely event of significant signal degradation or failure the network will instantaneously switch to an alternative path, without impacting quality of service to the end consumer.
29 June 2010 is a big day for the Diablo franchise and all its fans. Three major anniversaries come up on the same day, the biggest of which is of course the ten-year anniversary of Diablo II. Incidentally, 29 June is also the nine-year anniversary of Lord of Destruction as well as the two-year anniversary for the Diablo III announcement.
In order to give due respect to this big date in the Diablo community, the most recognized Diablo fansites have joined up together to create a big mosaic compiled of photos of the fans, similar to the Blizzard-run “I <3 SC" event from last year.
Each site will collect images from their visitors, which will be merged together into one massive image of Big Red himself. It’s now up to YOU to show the world just how much all of us in the community loves Diablo by sending in your Diablo-inspired photos.
The photos should be themed with Diablo or his birthday and can be as simple as a shot of yourself posing with your Diablo I or Diablo II game box, holding a print saying “I <3 Diablo", someone with a Diablo shirt, a creatively decorated birthday cake, writing a massive "Diablo" in the sand on a beach or perhaps a shot of yourself summoning demons in your weekly Cultist rituals (joke! Please, it's definitely a joke!).
Each of these images will help build up a very small part of the mosaic, showing our combined appreciation for the dark Action RPG franchise and each participating member will forever be part of the final picture.
Two rules to enter:
– Submitted images needs to be 800×600 pixels (4:3 aspect ratio).
– Images needs to be submitted before 26 June 2010 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET).
We encourage each individual fan to upload as many funny/interesting/thoughtful/cool photos they can before the time runs out. The more pictures available when the mosaic is made, the better it will render the pictures into a cohesive whole.
– Diablo3-esp.com (main organiser)
– Diablo: IncGamers (formerly: Diii.net) (assistant organiser)
For a limited time, you can get 25% off of your entire order when you enter the promotional code: MINIBOSS. Now is the perfect chance to snap up those World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo tees you’ve been eyeing! Sale ends Wednesday (11:59pm EDT).
The Anniversary of the Diablo franchise is drawing near, and several Diablo fansites are uniting as a single community to celebrate this anniversary in the same flavor as the Battlecry Mossaic: Blizzplanet, Diablo3-esp, Diii.net, Diablofans, D2Mantix, Diablo-3.net, Diablo3.cz and Diablo-Source.
We will celebrate on June 29 the following anniversaries:
- 10 Years of Diablo 2.
- 9 years of the launch of Lord of Destruction.
- 2 Years of Diablo 3 announcement.
We encourage Blizzplanet visitors to submit a photo of yourself holding a Diablo product.
All images should be cropped to 800 x 600 (4:3 aspect ratio.). The deadline is June 26th, 2010, at 18:00 CET.
BlizzCon 2010 approaches and you would want to stock up on comfortable T-Shirts to spend the summer and the days in Anaheim, CA. Browse through the available World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo III T-Shirts:
Activision Blizzard issued a press release announcing the integration of Battle.net and Facebook, feature that will be part of StarCraft II beta testing in an upcoming patch, and extended to other games at some point.
|| Blizzard Quote:
||Battle.net and Facebook Integration Announced Blizzard Entertainment’s Next-Generation Online Gaming Platform Will Integrate with Facebook to Enhance Social Gaming Experience
IRVINE, Calif., May 05, 2010 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that its Battle.net gaming service will integrate with Facebook, linking the world’s premier online gaming platform with the world’s most popular social platform. The first step in the integration will enable StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty players to quickly add Blizzard gamers who are friends on Facebook to their Battle.net friend lists, facilitating their social gaming experience on the service.
“We’re pleased to be working with Facebook to integrate their platform with Battle.net to enhance the social-entertainment experience for our players,” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “This new functionality will make it easier than ever to connect with friends on Battle.net and play StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games together.”
The new Facebook functionality in Battle.net will be tested in the near future via the ongoing StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta test and will be available to all StarCraft II players when the game ships later this year. Information about other Facebook-related features on Battle.net will be announced at a later date.
Blizzard has revealed a preview of the Real ID feature introduced in Battle.net 2.0 as an optional way to keep track of your friends regardless of which game, realm, or character they are playing.
A New Way to Connect With Your Friends on Battle.net
One of our goals for the new Battle.net is to create the framework for an online gaming experience that is even more accessible, more engaging, and more entertaining than the previous Battle.net. Our new Real ID feature is an integral part of this effort, providing you with advanced ways for forming and maintaining meaningful relationships with your friends on the service.
Real ID is a completely voluntary and optional level of identity that keeps players connected across all of Battle.net. When you and a friend mutually agree to become Real ID friends, you’ll have access to a number of additional features that will enrich your social gaming experience in new and exciting ways.
Read the Real ID FAQ for additional details.
Real Names for Friends
Your Real ID friends will appear under their real-life names on your friends list, alongside whatever characters they’re playing. Gone are the days of having to remember which of your friends is which. You’ll also see your friends’ real names when chatting, communicating in-game, or viewing their character’s profile.
With Real ID, friends can now chat cross-game, cross-realm, and cross-faction across all supported Blizzard games. In World of Warcraft and need more players for your Icecrown Citadel raid? You check your Real ID friends list to see if anyone’s available, and sure enough, a couple of guildmates are playing a 2v2 ranked match in StarCraft II. Real ID makes it easy to ask them to come along.
See additional information on your friends list about what your Real ID friends are up to. Find out what your friends are doing and which games and modes they’re playing in real time. Invite that buddy just sitting around in Dalaran to play some StarCraft II with you without fear of interrupting a raid or a heated Wintergrasp match.
Broadcast a short status message for all of your Real ID friends to see, whether you want to issue a call-to-arms or let your friends know about an important change of plans. You can also read your friends’ broadcast messages on the “Recent Broadcasts” feed on the Battle.net welcome page — kind of a “corkboard” to leave messages to your friends when offline or busy.
Friend Once, See All Characters
When you agree to become Real ID friends with another player, both of you will automatically see all the other’s characters on your friends list. You’ll even see any characters your friend creates in future Blizzard games, carrying your social network forward and helping you stay connected with the people you enjoy playing with most.
It is that time of the year when fans love to see Mike Morhaime (Blizzard President & CEO) stand on stage to talk about Blizzard Entertainment’s finances, but more importantly where he makes announcements about the current status of games in development, release dates, and future plans. Last time we heard Morhaime was during the 2009 Fourth Quarter Investors Conference Call held the past February 10th.
In the previous conference call Morhaime announced StarCraft II Beta would start at the end of February 2010, and the introduction of the new Plush Pets with a key code to redeem an in-game facsimile pet.
Expectations for this new conference call is high with the recent announcement of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector’s Edition and the second half of 2010 drawing near, which means this might be the stage to announce its official release date.
On the other hand, World of WarCraft: Cataclysm closed beta is unofficially rumored to start around May-June, thus this conference is suitable for a announcement, and of course, any plans for the upcoming BlizzCon and a possible date for a Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals. The last one was held on June 28-29, 2008 in Paris, where Diablo III was officially announced. Stay tuned for our coverage of this conference event.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 23, 2010 — Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) intends to release its first quarter 2010 results after the close of the market on Thursday, May 6, 2010. In conjunction with this release, Activision Blizzard will host a conference call that will be broadcast over the Internet.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
1:30 pm Pacific Time (4:30 pm Eastern Time)
To listen to the call, please log onto:
The Video Games Live (VGL) is coming to Louisiana on April 1 to perform music themes of several video games with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kenner Pontchartrain Center for a nationwide television special which will start airing July 31, 2010 on PBS as well as a companion DVD, Blu-Ray and album. It’s advertised to be the biggest Video Games Live production ever staged, with more special effects, screens, and special guests.
Among the special guests invited to the event is no other than Blizzard Entertainment’s Director of Audio/Video Russell Brower, to play World of Warcraft music themes on-stage at the Video Games Live event.
If you got your copy of the Echoes of War music discs, it would be a great opportunity to get the cover signed by one of your favorite Blizzard music composers. Send us your photos and video if you go to the event to post them in the front page.
Video Games Live (featuring the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra)
Thu, Apr 1, 2010
You can get tickets to this event here
THE KENNER PONTCHARTRAIN CENTER (Map)
4545 Williams Boulevard
Kenner, LA 70065-1449