Warcraft 3: Reforged Releasing January 2020

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War never changes, but occasionally gets remastered. We’ve known since BlizzCon 2018 that Blizzard’s 2002 real time strategy magnum opus Warcraft 3 is getting the HD remaster treatment. Today we finally got an official release date for Warcraft 3: Reforged – January 28, 2020 on PC.

Aside from a full HD graphical overhaul to every unit, structure, and animation, Warcraft 3: Reforged will feature cross-play multiplayer support with the original game, and full integration with Battle.net’s social and match-making features, as well as auto-patching.

Reforged will retain all the original voice recording, but feature a new, expanded World Editor with more tools to create unique scenarios and mods. The entire MOBA genre started with the Defense of the Ancients (DOTA), which was a mod built out of the original Warcraft 3 editor.

In addition to multiplayer support, Reforged features both the original Reign of Chaos campaign and Frozen Throne expansion content. That’s seven single-player campaigns spread over 60 missions. Blizzard has previously confirmed that they’re updating and changing some of Warcraft 3’s story based on World of Warcraft’s retcons, as well as increasing the role of heroes who became more prominent in the series, such as Jaina and Sylvanus.

Warcraft 3: Reforged is available now for pre-purchase from the Blizzard digital shop, for $29.99. A Spoils of War edition is available for $39.99, and features digital goodies for Warcaft, as well as skins, pets, and mounts for other Blizzard games such as World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone.

Warcraft 3: Reforged will release on January 28, 2020 on PC (Battle.net).  It’s rated T for Teen.

StarCraft: Remastered

StarCraft: Remastered Review: Space Wars Nostalgia

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Available On: PC (Windows, Mac)

Blizzard’s online service Battle.net wasn’t quite my first foray into online gaming, but it did solidify my love of computer gaming throughout the late 90s and early 2000s. Many a Friday evening in the early days of high school were spent constructing marines and mowing down Zerg with friends. To say I have deeply ingrained nostalgia for StarCraft is an understatement.

StarCraft: Remastered is a very faithful HD update to one of the best strategy games ever created. It suffers a bit from forgoing any gameplay or UI updates that strategy games from the last two decades have evolved (such as StarCraft 2). But make no mistake, StarCraft Remastered makes a great game better.
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