Warcraft III receives surprise update 16 years after release


Blizzard EntertainmentA promo image for "Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos", released by Blizzard Entertainment on 2009, showing Arthas before his fall. And after almost 16 years and some mild recent-ish updates, Blizzard has seemingly decided that rather than give us Warcraft IV, they're going to keep iterating on III - and honestly that's ok with me for now. A Warcraft III: Remastered Edition, along the lines of what Blizzard similarly achieved with Starcraft, has always been rumored.

The Patch 1.29 brings much quality of life improvements such as 16:9 widescreen support, 24 player limit, mana bar display, hero balance changes and much more. The map pool was also revised along with the game's map editor with promises to take into account player feedback. Anyway, in a surprise move Blizzard has reinstated the Warcraft III PTR (Public Test Realm) alongside a huge new patch. Many took this as a hint that the remaster is on the way following last year's revelation that a number of Activision Blizzard's classic titles are due for an overhaul.

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One that makes several balance changes to a wide range of units, as detailed in the latest Patch Notes. The exhibition's matches will include Free-for-All, 4v4 and other competitions - one hopes that it might include some old-school Defense of the Ancients, the map mod that inspired the MOBA genre.