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Blizzard is making a survival game

Blizzard Entertainment is doing one thing new: The studio revealed today that it is engaged on a brand-new survival game set in “a entire new universe,” and it is searching for assist to make it occur.

“We are happening a journey to a entire new universe, house to a brand-new survival game for PC and console,” the studio stated. “A spot filled with heroes now we have but to satisfy, tales but to be instructed, and adventures but to be lived. An unlimited realm of chance, ready to be explored.”

The job listings cowl artwork, engineering, and design roles, and the person job listings reveal a little extra about what’s in retailer. It’s a “new AAA survival game,” and never a spinoff of an present Blizzard game however a “new IP for PC/console,” set in “a world totally different from every other Blizzard has created.”

We’re constructing a survival game in an all-new universe.Join us in writing our subsequent chapter: https://t.co/yf7W5p9ERQ pic.twitter.com/vWtkDYh1kXJanuary 25, 2022

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A brand new Blizzard game is large information—it has been constructing on previous glories for years—however what makes this notably attention-grabbing is the timing, which comes only one week after Microsoft introduced its intention to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 million. The deal might not shut for greater than a yr, however there isn’t any ignoring the truth that sooner or later, Microsoft will formally take the lead within the decision-making course of.

The announcement consists of two pictures, neither of which (to my eye, no less than) say a lot about what’s coming: A few children in a park who come upon a portal to a unusual fantasy world (full with floating fort) and an elfin character sporting some sort of large hen costume, who might or might not be making ready to spring towards a magic mirror hanging on a tree.

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While it is nonetheless early within the improvement course of, it is apparently not that early: Blizzard chief Mike Ybarra stated on Twitter that he is already “performed many hours of this challenge with the staff.”

I’ve performed many hours of this challenge with the staff and I’m extremely excited concerning the groups imaginative and prescient and the brand-new world it presents for gamers to immerse themselves in collectively. Join us to assist make it a actuality! https://t.co/pLhijX2Li9January 25, 2022

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The hiring announcement emphasizes that Blizzard needs “a various staff of builders prepared to lend their voices, to hear and to be heard.” It stays to be seen how properly Blizzard’s groups and Activision Blizzard at massive comply with by way of on such commitments, which come amid turmoil following months of allegations of sexism and harassment in Blizzard’s previous and current. Ybarra commented final week about efforts being made to rebuild belief in Blizzard, together with the addition of full-time management positions specializing in tradition, human sources, and variety, fairness, and inclusion, and a rise within the measurement of Activision Blizzard’s compliance and investigation groups. 

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