Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind some of the biggest games and gaming franchises anywhere, may be working on a new massively multiplayer online real time strategy games. That is according to a job posting which states that Blizzard is looking for a “Unity mobile client engineer to work on an unannounced MMO RTS project.”. The listing calls for experience with Unity, as well as Android & iOS development experience.
There is nothing to indicate what the rumored game will be beyond and MMORTS. Nor is there any indication as to which (if any) famous Blizzard franchise it will feature. One possible answer would be that this will be a new Warcraft RTS, as there has not been a new Warcraft strategy title since 2003’s Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne expansion. That is of course, just speculation.
Blizzard Entertainment’s last strategy game was Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, which came out in 2010, and had two standalone expansion packs. Since then they have released the first person shooter Overwatch, Diablo 3, MOBA game Heroes of the Storm, the card game Hearthstone, and various expansions and content updates. Hearthstone is the only game Blizzard has released on mobile platforms, and it also uses Unity.
Unity 3D is the most popular game engine for Android right now. According to AppBrain, Unity is used in about a third of the strategy games on Google Play. Its popularity is partially a result of the fact that Unity is free for designers and companies who fall below a certain revenue or crowdfunding threshold. That makes Unity an easy starting point for many people who are just trying to make their first game.
Unity’s popularity also means that there are a lot of absolutely terrible games that are made with Unity. Most super hero clone games (think “Green Monster versus Red Spider Person”), and Grand Theft Auto off-brands (with titles like “Great Theft Auto: Crazy Gangster City”) that get published on Google Play on a daily basis are made using Unity. As are many games that work, but have a ton of performance issues. Given that this rumored MMORTS is being made by Blizzard, it is hard to imagine that Unity will be a detriment.