After months of criticism of the remake of the real-time strategy classic Warcraft 3, developer Blizzard Entertainment finally breaks the silence. The remake for Reforged will be released later this year and should really satisfy all fans.
What has the community cursed about Warcraft 3: Reforged since its release in January: The graphics are too confusing, there are numerous crashes and disconnects, the servers are too slow, not to mention many features that were present in the old Warcraft 3 and were not included in the remake. Even WC3 legend and Back2Warcraft co-founder Janne’s “Neo” Tjarks recently got fed up with the many shortcomings of the remake and let his emotions run wild on Twitter and Twitch.
The game will be titled “Warcraft 3: Reforged: Relaunched” (WC3RR) and is already available for pre-order. The Standard Edition is available for a fair 30 Euros, while the Deluxe Super Fan Edition is available from an unbeatable 60 Euros.
Blizzard takes fans seriously
To make the best possible game and give people what they loved about WC3, Blizzard has gone back to its roots. “We took any criticism to heart and worked hard over the last few weeks to come up with a new concept for the old game. I think players will realize how much passion we put into the project,” said CEO J. Allen Brack. After the Reforged debacle, he has made the game his top priority. This time everything is going to be different.
“For Warcraft 3: Reforged: Relaunched, we did a lot of market research,” adds Activison’s top guru Bobby Kotick. “We now know exactly what people want and we’re going to give it to them!”
Back to Warcraft – again!
For WC3RR all newly designed models will be reworked once again, in order to raise the nostalgia factor. Instead of the alienated, low-contrast graphics that the community has been so impressed with, color accents will be added to make it easier to follow the confusion on the battlefield.
In addition, 2D instead of 3D models are now used, which means that even older computers can start the game again – as long as they have a hard drive that can hold the 50 gigabyte patch.
Blizzard also wants to make the server structure more stable again. “Coincidentally, we found some old servers from the 90s in the basement. These are perfect for ensuring a satisfying online experience,” Brack says.
To address the much-criticized cutscenes, WC3RR’s team came up with something special: “We simply deleted them completely. That’s what people want. We also merged the peoples so that there are only two parties left,” explains Senior Producer Pete Stilwell in an interview. “The fact that we now only have two almost identical races makes balancing a lot easier. That helps everybody.”
The beta of the game is scheduled to take place one week before launch in mid-December. When asked if this schedule was not too tight, the responsible persons laughed and said that one week would be enough to iron out any mistakes. Well, we are reassured.