It is official – Warcraft III: Reforged is in the making. Blizzard confirmed this at BlizzCon that is still in progress and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Well, actually, we could, since the studio revealed that the game will release during 2019, which is still quite far away. Regardless, it sounds intriguing that we will get a remastered version of Warcraft 3 sixteen years after its initial release in 2002.
It seems that W3: Reforged will not be just a graphical overhaul. For starters, we can expect Reign of Chaos to be included, and the likely addition will be The Frozen Throne. Furthermore, some maps you will play during the campaign will be adjusted.
“Let’s take the Culling of Stratholme as an example. Anything who takes a closer look will reveal that we made some considerable adjustments to the layout,” said Nicholas Louie during BlizzCon.
According to Louie, this was done with the goal of keeping things in line with the story flow. It is understandable since the developers were trying to fit things both with the latest events in the lore and the initial story of Warcraft 3. As for the map in question, the developers actually used the Stratholme layout from the World of Warcraft.
Other moves that Blizzard made are quite understandable. They are doing a re-recording of all the voiceovers so that the sound can be of higher quality. The same applies to cut scenes which need to be in line with the current technology and the visual progress the game made over 15 years from the original.
What gathered a lot of attention is the multiplayer aspect. The developers are again being brave while giving their best not to ruin the game. As a result, you could see some changes in ladder systems in Warcraft 3: Reforged.
If you own the original W3 game, you will be able to play against those who purchase the remastered version.
“We are using the same engine which is why the players can test themselves against each other,” said Michael Scipione, the designer of the game.
He pinpointed that some problems may happen with custom maps, but the team will ensure to look into them if and when they occur.