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.
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).
Here’s everything else we know about the game…
Warcraft 3 Remastered Release Date
Warcraft III: Reforged has been delayed to 2020. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait too long as Blizzard has said that you’ll now be able to play the full version of this remaster on January 28, 2020.
Warcraft 3 Remastered Beta
If you can’t wait until launch day to get your hands on this remaster, you may be in luck if you score an invitation to the Warcraft III: Reforged multiplayer beta, which began on Oct. 29. In order to get an invite to the beta as soon as possible, you need to pre-order the Spoils of War edition of the game, although invites to those who pre-ordered the standard edition will go out at a later date.
Beta testing features 1v1 and 2v2 matchmaking, and you can play as the the orc and human races right now. More classes and modes are coming soon.
Warcraft 3 Remastered Trailer
The latest Warcraft 3: Reforged trailer focuses on the remastered campaign. Watch it below:
And here’s the announcement trailer from BlizzCon 2018:
Warcraft 3 Remastered Gameplay
We went hands-on with Warcraft III: Reforged and loved the remastered gameplay. Here are our hands-on impressions.