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According to a new job listing, Blizzard is working on a mobile open-world RPG shooter.
The job description mentions a mobile open-world RPG game and the ideal candidate should have experience working on FPS online/multiplayer games.
Unannounced Project Job Title:
Associate Content Designer Requisition ID:
R008740 Job Description:
Blizzard Entertainment is seeking a talented and passionate associate content designer to collaborate with our design team for an unannounced project. As an associate content designer, you will foster Blizzard’s core value of “Gameplay First” as you collaborate with a team of designers, engineers, and artists responsible for crafting this unannounced project's world.
We are a team of passionate developers that highly values open-minded collaboration, direct, objective feedback, and the eagerness to grab and drive a feature to Blizzard quality. As an associate content designer on the team, you will collaborate closely with design to fill our gameplay spaces with exciting content, while also seeking to match look and feel alongside environment and concept artists. You will be reviewing feedback from playtests and collaborate with your teammates to decide what actions to take. When particularly hard problems arise, you will draw upon the team's collective creativity to finalize a design that meets the project’s needs.
COVID-19 Hiring Update: We’ve transitioned to a work-from-home model and we’re continuing to interview and hire during this time. This role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.
Design and implementation of new events and open world content from conception to the final stages of polish Technical implementation and maintenance of existing events and open world content, ensuring the game’s creative pillars are captured Support other disciplines in their integration of events and open world content Embrace Blizzard's core value of "Every voice matters," creating a safe space for collaboration, communication, and creativity across all disciplines and departments Requirements
Demonstrable experience designing and building game content Technically savvy, with an understanding of tools like Unity, UDK or similar proprietary tools Understanding of RPG reward mechanics Excellent communication & problem-solving skills Self-motivated with strong initiative Able to work to maintain a positive attitude in a creatively driven, highly collaborative, and iterative team environment Pluses
Experience working on an FPS game Knowledge of scripting languages Previous design experience for Online / Multiplayer games Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work / life balance. We’ve worked hard to foster an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Join us!
Source: Game Centric
Chacko Sonny, the Executive Producer of Overwatch 2, announced he's leaving Activision Blizzard on Friday, according to Bloomberg.
Activision Blizzard has lost an executive in charge of one of Blizzard's biggest upcoming titles -- Overwatch 2, while the company is grappling with the ongoing lawsuit and an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Chacko Sonny will be leaving the company on Friday. He has not disclosed the reason for his departure. You can read the full post over at Bloomberg.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) has launched "a wide-ranging investigation into Activision Blizzard", including its handling of the sexual misconduct and workplace discrimination accusations.
The report is based on the word of people familiar with the investigation and documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal and claims that Activision Blizzard, as well as several of its senior executives (including CEO Bobby Kotick) have been subpoenaed by the SEC. The main goal of the investigation is to determine "whether Activision and its executives properly disclosed allegations of workplace harassment and gender-pay issues, and whether any of that information should have been shared earlier with investors and other parties". The agency is asking for documents - minutes from Activision Blizzard board meetings, personnel files and separation agreements, as well as CEO Bobby Kotick's communications with senior executives within the company in relation to the sexual harassment or discrimination complaints by employees.
The investigation itself has been confirmed by an Activision spokesperson, saying that it concerns “the company’s disclosures regarding employment matters and related issues,” that the subpoenas are for current and former employees, and that the company is cooperating with the investigation fully.
This comes following the recent lawsuit by the California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which accuses the company of discrimination, sexual harassment and more after a 2-year long investigation, and was recently amended by adding temporary workers and claims of investigation tampering.
You can read more on the story over on the Wall Street Journal, although it requires a subscription.
Update: Activision Blizzard has responded to the new allegations, as a spokesperson replied to IGN's request for comment:
And later added:
California's Department of Fair Employment & Housing has expanded its lawsuit against Activision Blizzard to include temporary workers and accusations of tampering with the investigation, Axios reports.
According to Axios, the ongoing lawsuit (filed in late July) was amended this Monday to redefine the group that was allegedly wronged by Activision Blizzard:
The new additions also allege that Activision Blizzard interfered with the lawsuit, via NDAs that require employees to talk to the company before talking to the DFEH, and via its involvement with the law firm hired to investigate the issues internally:
You can read the full story over at Axios.
We have some more news from the new Blizzard co-leader, as Mike Ybarra has actually been streaming lately and got some +20ies done, offered up some opinions on certain game mechanics and even suggested to play WoW's biggest competitor, Final Fantasy 14 with Complexity-Limit's GM Max!
We already knew Ybarra was an avid and pretty serious WoW player, but now he's sharing some of that with the community as he streamed a gameplay session yesterday and also mentions he will be doing Q&As in future streams. First off we have this interesting little detail, as he (very quickly) comments on the AoE cap in one of the Mythic+ runs (as spotted by RoundFriend8529).
He actually took a look at chat before saying it, so it might just be one of those "please say uncap AoE" chat moments, so perhaps there's not that much to read into the clip. But just in case he really does dislike the cap, despite him not being directly involved in the actual hands-on development of WoW, having the boss of the entire company disliking a feature that a lot of the community also isn't a fan of might add some more weight to it. But it's certainly not a definitive "AoE cap is gone soon" type thing, so don't get your hopes up too much.
Then we have this really cool offer to play Final Fantasy 14 with current world no.2 WoW guild Complexity-Limit GM Max, in response to Max's comments on not wanting to spoil the FF14 raids for himself:
And finally, if you want to check out the Blizzard co-lead's entire stream, where he goes through not only some +20ies, but also some Diablo 2: Resurrected beta action, here's the full thing. D2R starts at 23:31, but we skipped to the first +20 directly below:
While this may not seem too spectacular or impressive to some, it really is very nice to see the new co-leader of Blizzard actually playing some games, and on a pretty high level as well, not to mention the offer to play FF14! Hopefully we'll see more of Ybarra's stream in the future, with the mentioned Q&A sessions, as it really might bring Blizzard closer to the community (although that first Q&A might be a little rough, presumably).
Also, he will be streaming Diablo 2: Resurrected and Death's Door sometime today.