Horde and Alliance fans can rejoice over the news that Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is being remastered as Warcraft III: Reforged. As a remaster and not a remake, you shouldn’t expect Reforged to completely reimagine the original game. However, this remaster will upgrade Warcraft III‘s graphics to 4K, will feature enhanced interface options, completely reworked character animations, and an enhanced world editor. It’s likely that the final version of the game will feature more upgrades, but we’re still waiting to hear all of the details.
This remaster will also include all of the content from Warcraft III‘s exceptional Frozen Throne expansion, so you should expect it to feature quite a bit of content regardless of how much new material – if any new material – we get from Reforged.
If you’re really into the idea of a Warcraft remaster, you can pre-order a very special edition of the game from Blizzard’s website. The Warcraft 3: Reforged Spoils of War Edition includes all of the content in the base game, as well as some free Warcraft-themed gifts in other Blizzard titles. The highlight of those gifts seems to be a Meat Wagon Mount for World of Warcraft. At present, the special and regular editions of Warcraft III: Reforged are expected to be released sometime during 2019.
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Anyone who grew up on Warcraft III knows why this is a big deal. If you’re not a member of that group (or just want to bask in some fond memories) let’s just say that Warcraft III is arguably the greatest (or certainly the most important) RTS game ever made. Not only did it lay the foundation for much of World of Warcraft‘s mythology, but it helped re-shape the RTS genre with its smooth interface, incredible story, and fantastic customization options that eventually led to the birth of the MOBA genre (among other innovations).
We’re thrilled that Blizzard is revisiting this classic, and we hope to bring you more information on Warcraft III: Reforged as it becomes available.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.