It’s almost insane to think that Warcraft III originally launched in 2002, more than 15 years ago! It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but perhaps that’s because of all the World of Warcraft we’ve had in it’s place. For those of us who aren’t as big into MMOs, however, we’re getting a chance to see the franchise return to its roots next year with Warcraft III Reforged.
More than just a simple HD remaster, Blizzard stated that Warcraft III Reforged will feature completely remodeled characters and environments. More than that, they’re also tweaking the balancing, systems, and matchmaking to bring everything up to par with what modern RTS gamers are used to. In short, aside from the story (which includes the game’s Frozen Throne expansion), it will feel almost like a brand new, traditional, Warcraft game. I couldn’t be happier.
“Warcraft III is monumentally important to us here at Blizzard, and its influence is evident in everything we’ve done since,” said J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment. “A project like Warcraft III: Reforged isn’t something we undertake lightly, partly because of this legacy, but more importantly, because we know what it means to our players.”
As I said, the game will arrive at some point in 2019, but it’s available to pre-purchase now for $29.99. If you never played Warcraft III, or are just looking for another fun RTS experience, definitely keep this on your radar.