For the Horde! Warcraft 3: Reforged Out Now on PC

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Blizzard Entertainment has released the HD remaster of seminal real-time strategy game Warcraft 3, Warcraft 3: Reforged. It’s available now through the official Blizzard shop (and playable on Battle.net) on PC for $29.99.

“Warcraft III is one of our proudest achievements as a company, and we’re honored that so many players around the world still hold it up as a paragon of the RTS genre,” said J. Allen Brack, president, Blizzard Entertainment. “With Warcraft III: Reforgedour biggest goal was to modernize the game while retaining everything that players have loved about it, and we hope everyone agrees that we’ve done it justice.”

The remaster includes both the original 2002 Reign of Chaos and the 2o03 expansion, The Frozen Throne. The single-player story spans seven campaigns with over 60 missions and four factions, including Orcs, Humans, Night Elves, and the Undead. Every unit, building, and environment has been given a graphical upgrade, as well as remastered audio and improved voice-overs.

The World Editor, which famously gave rise to the entire MOBA genre with the original Defense of the Ancients mod, has also been given a robust upgrade with added tools, and more enhancements planned in the future. Warcraft 3: Reforged is also fully integrated with Battle.net’s multiplayer suite, including voice chat and auto-patching. And in case anyone is still playing the nearly two-decades old original, you’ll be able to play with them online using Reforged.

In addition to the Standard Edition, Warcraft 3: Reforged also has a Spoils of War Edition for $39.99. This special edition features new skins for heroes like Arthas and Jaina, as well as several digital bonuses for other Blizzard games, such as a card back for Hearthstone and a pet for Diablo 3.

Warcraft 3: Reforged is available now on PC (Battle.net). It’s rated T for Teen.

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.

20th anniversary

Celebrate Diablo’s 20th Anniversary in Each Blizzard Game

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December 31 marks the 20th anniversary of the original Diablo. Blizzard Entertainment is hosting a minor celebration across all their games with special events, games, and loot.

“Blizzard Entertainment is thrilled to commemorate twenty years of Diablo,” states the news post. “We’re ready to celebrate our passion for the world of Sanctuary and the brave heroes who inhabit it! Here’s to twenty years of loot!”

Each of Blizzard’s ongoing series is celebrating:

  • Diablo III – The Darkening of Tristram tribute event. The Cathedral levels of Diablo 1 have been recreated in Diablo III, including some “familiar items.”
  • Heroes of the Storm – The weekly brawl will feature a Diablo theme. As with other brawls, playing three games nets you a unique portrait.
  • Hearthstone – A Diablo-themed Tavern Brawl, and a new Diablo card back.
  • Overwatch – Loot new sprays of the Diablo III classes, and a new Diablo player icon.
  • Starcraft II – A new Diablo-themed portrait.
  • World of Warcraft – “Strange things are afoot in the world of Azeroth as denizens of Sanctuary cross over into an unfamiliar world.”

No details on when the Diablo event ends.

As far as multi-game events go, this one is pretty weak. New retro content in Diablo III is nice, but the rest are lame. To be fair, Blizzard is also in the midst of their big Overwatch Winter Event, and other holiday events for various games.

Diablo is widely considered the grandfather of the entire Action-RPG genre. It wasn’t the first to define the genre, but it was the first to popularize its loot-driven, fast-paced gameplay. Decades of games have built upon that solid gameplay loop, from Borderlands to Destiny.

Blizzard’s own Diablo II remains one of their most beloved titles. The very long-awaited Diablo III had a rough launch. It was criticized for some jarring changes. After years of feedback, patches, and updates it has been embraced by fans, and become a worthy successor.