Rumour: Blizzard has a Warcraft Remaster or WarCraft 4 Announcement Coming Soon

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 9:47 AM
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Update: Earlier this month it emerged that a number of prominent Warcraft 3 players were heading to Blizzard HQ to take a look at a mysterious new project. We now know this is actually a brand spanking new patch for Warcraft 3.

Warcraft 3 patch 1.29 PTR adds in plenty of concessions to modern gaming, including widescreen support, rebalancing the heroes and maps, and even adding in 24-player support for huge custom games. 

Specific Changes & Improvements

  • Widescreen Support
    • Added bookends to the in-game interface
    • Added black pillars in menus to prevent stretching
  • 24 Player Support
    • Game lobbies revised to support 24 players
    • Team colors revised and expanded
    • Color selection is an ongoing effort, feel free to leave specific suggestions with color codes
  • Balance & Map Pools
    • Head here for details and focused discussion: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20762006793#1
  • World Editor Upgrades
    • Head here for details and focused discussion: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20761976724#1

Bug Fixes

  • Clans may now be created
  • Mac clients launch on 10.11 and beyond

Known Issues

  • Unable to change resolutions in native fullscreen
  • PTR only supports English version of the client
  • This will be the last version to support Windows XP

It's not quite the remaster some were hoping for, although it's nice to see Blizzard inject a bit of life into its old game with widescreen support and larger matches. It's also got the benefit of being completely free. 

Blizzard's going to use the patch as a springboard for the world's first Warcraft 3 Invitational. The eSports event will be taking place next week on 27th and 28th February, at Blizzard's HQ in Irvine, California.

Meanwhile, the rumours of a remaster continue to swirl, although it seems an increasingly unlikely prospect after this patch was revealed.

Original Story - 16-Feb-2018 -Rumour: Blizzard has a Warcraft Remaster or WarCraft 4 Announcement Coming Soon

Rumours of a Warcraft 3 remaster are growing in intensity. This week it looks as if Blizzard Entertainment has been inviting a number of community members and professional gamers over to its California HQ for a mysterious get-together.

Blizzard has previous form for this, and it’s usually when it wants to meet and discuss with the community about an unannounced project. While nothing official has been confirmed, no doubt due to the whispered exchanging of Non-Disclosure Agreements, suspicions were raised when a number of ex-Warcraft 3 pros, including Happy and HawK, disclosed that they were applying for US visas in order to travel over from Serbia.

The players heading to America weren’t just limited to those too, with Grubby and Foggy from Ukraine also confirming they’re heading Stateside. All of these WarCraft 3 players, and yet none of them have provided a reason for why they might be heading to the US.

Connect the very obvious dots and it looks as if Blizzard is preparing something Warcraft related. The dreamer in me hopes for WarCraft 4, although the altogether more realistic prospect of WarCraft III: Remastered isn’t too shabby either.

What do you think Blizzard is cooking up behind the scenes? Is it WarCraft 3 Remastered, or it could even be the holy grail, WarCraft 4? Let us know what you think!

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My life for the Horde!

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Weak-minded coward!

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19:28 Feb-21-2018

my life for ire... i mean the ner'zhul

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12:50 Feb-20-2018

How about a WarCraft 1, 2, & 3 remastered combo pack? Now thats dreaming. I do wish for a WarCraft 4 however because I feel the franchise needs some real love besides WoW.

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18:48 Feb-20-2018

I don't believe it is going to be Warcraft 4, due to Battle for Azeroth expansion coming to WoW later this year. WoW has taken the mantle of story telling in this fantasy world, remastered is the most likely option.

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11:01 Feb-22-2018

Yee, definitely re-master, with possible additional story content to align with the future WoW history

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01:24 Feb-20-2018

Just don't make the game worse than the scrap Warcraft (the movie).

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02:02 Feb-20-2018

it wasnt so bad

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15:23 Feb-22-2018

it wasn't bad it was awful compared to what the books was about which by the way many WoW fans haven't read mediv being young? storm wind wasn't destroyed? lothar having a sister and kid? orcs source of corruption?
all big plot holes!

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15:25 Feb-22-2018

and that's just a fraction of the problems i mean they didn't even bother to fit the Ogre race in the movie i have no idea where their going with this!

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03:28 Feb-20-2018

I thought it was ok. Kinda entertaining but still, it didn't meet my expectations.

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12:59 Feb-20-2018

Besides Medivh I thought the movie was alright. Just my opinion. Crossing fingers for something glorious from Blizzard related to WarCraft (RTS Style).

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13:20 Feb-20-2018

"Crossing fingers for something glorious from Blizzard related to WarCraft (RTS Style)" what do y meant?

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11:09 Feb-22-2018

why the hell is everyone down-voting you?! You are totally right! The movie was a major disappointment, not to mention so many major plot holes and ignoring the already established story plot flow. As other successful franchises, at some point, they don't do this for the story development, but just for additional fan-art/eye-candy and rank it in from the die-hard fans, without much work

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14:31 Feb-22-2018

Damn right! Makes me feel a little more sadder and dissapointed. :(
It was still enjoyable though.

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08:01 Feb-19-2018

The one game i am hoping Blizzard would remaster is Diablo II because to me that game is still fun to play and would look even cooler with Diablo III type of graphics.
Also the reason why i want a remaster of Diablo II is because the 3 classes i enjoyed playing was the Druid, Assassin and Amazon which i know there is a lot of D2 fans out there that would like to play it on updated graphics and such.

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13:27 Feb-22-2018

They did remaster it, they called it Diablo 3 :^)

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19:02 Feb-22-2018

That is not a remaster and you know that because Diablo 3 has its moments where people comes and goes from it but people always stay on Diablo 2 because it is "Fun" and not treated like a overhead WoW game because in Diablo 2 it was a goal to be able to do 14k damage while on Diablo 3 you get 14k damage at like level 30 (just saying as an example).

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21:02 Feb-22-2018

Dude in diablo 3 numbers are inflated, don't compare them like that... you should really compare how many hits/spells it takes to kill a boss with a perfect rotation, instead of raw numbers.

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02:35 Feb-24-2018

Psychoman Diablo 2 was release 18 years ago and there is still a lot of players on that game which most people i played with on Diablo 3 even with all the updates and such still talks about how Diablo 2 was the better game overall so no matter the numbers you would see on your browser the numbers in the game still prefers the classic kickass version of the game which doesn't feel like a overhead world of warcraft game.

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03:29 Feb-24-2018

Psychoman just sayed how should y compare them they increded dmg bec they incresed hp, and he actually didnt sayed that diablo 3 is better then 2

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21:13 Feb-17-2018

I hope they do both. I would really like to play through all three games again, and would like a continuation to the Warcraft story. I'm kind of burned out of WoW.

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07:36 Feb-17-2018

Just the possibility of WarCraft 4 gives me shivers.... I have played WarCraft 3 for so long when i was much younger...IT WAS Awesome!!
If i remember right it was one of the first games i played so Im all IN for WC4 if its made

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09:46 Feb-17-2018

just saying or mentioning "warcraft 4" makes me go to my happy place.

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11:13 Feb-22-2018

Warcraft orks and human was my first pc game ever. I could barely read back then but it defined my life. I know wow is not the prettiest game but its glorious to me for it had a huge impact on me like WC2 tides of darkness.
With 8x SS and all on max it actually looks real good to me.

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17:35 Feb-22-2018

A beautiful way to start gaming. My first game was Prince of Persia 3D, followed by Warcraft 3 Reign of Chaos, I was less than 3 years old, I could barely play it, but my dad got it on release as he was a fan of Diablo and he really liked blizzard, and well so do I XD

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11:42 Feb-23-2018

Funny thin is i learned tiping with wow. Also wow beta was the reason why i was the best kid in english classes haha

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01:21 Feb-17-2018

Based on the comments, its interesting how everyone was disappointed with the SC remaster. But people like me who watch professional SC breathed a collective sigh of relief after finding out theyll barely change anything for the remaster.

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08:37 Feb-17-2018

I'm NOT entirely disappointed in the SC remaster, but it should have been on the SC2 engine instead of just re-textured with a couple new things added, that would have been truly a REMASTER, and NOT a RETEXTURE.

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09:14 Feb-17-2018

This.

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11:43 Feb-17-2018

That would have been a disaster for the competitive scene. Not that it would have mattered. They probably would have chosen to stay with the original SC if that had been the case.
I totally understand that we all want different things. Just wanted to put it out there that Blizzard may have screwed up in a lot of people’s eyes, but for some they made the perfect move.

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15:17 Feb-17-2018

Why would it be bad?

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15:40 Feb-17-2018

Short answer is it would be a totally different game.
Not in itself a bad thing. In the same way Starcraft Brood War is different from Starcraft 2, it might as well have a completely separate competitive scene.
Which is fine. But this way, those of us who like SC BW, now get to enjoy it in HD with HD textures.

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18:08 Feb-17-2018

yes it will be different in only good ways, improved controls, control groups, visually and overall improved everything, while keeping everything the same, will result in slight meta changes, which I think is awesome as SC got too stale and back in the day we went through many metas, as most games in their active life cycle do.

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18:26 Feb-17-2018

i would like warcraft 4 but with wc3 graphics, for some reason i rly like it much more then from modern games

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18:32 Feb-17-2018

At this point we shld just agree to disagree.
There have been entire threads devoted to arguments such as whether improvements and changes brought by sc2 made the game better or not.
The meta change will not be slight, it will be a completely different game.
And while there were definitely instances wherein the game may have gotten stale, even now new builds/timings are being discovered.

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19:00 Feb-17-2018

@David988
well you do NOT like the graphics QUALITY of Warcraft 3, you like the Art Style and Graphics design, which is also what I admire most in graphics as well and yes, I would NOT give two sh!ts if warcraft 4 has the exact same graphics as warcraft 3, I just want the gameplay and mechanics that come with the newer engine and a new huge campaign with a great story and more races with more units and buildings and complexity... drool drool

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19:01 Feb-17-2018

@Penoys
"The meta change will not be slight, it will be a completely different game."
Why???

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00:00 Feb-18-2018

Different engine different micro, which can have a big impact.
Easiest example is muta micro. After mutalisk stacking was discovered, it completely changed all 3 matchups vs zerg.

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10:27 Feb-18-2018

they can still make the mutas stack or NOT you know... just because SC2 is different doesn't mean much, the gameplay is NOT hard-coded... -_-

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11:41 Feb-18-2018

Some things that work in the original simply don't work in the new engine, and vice versa. Some people like that and some don't. Just like you have people that still prefer CS 1.6 over CSGO and Source. There are just some subtle little details which are not replicable in the new engine.

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14:06 Feb-18-2018

All the differences can be mitigated as blizzard's engine is modular unlike valve's source engine...

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14:57 Feb-18-2018

And yet somehow it hasn't been.

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18:38 Feb-18-2018

"And yet somehow it hasn't been."
How come, it HASN'T BEEN? They haven't remastered any old game on the SC2 engine AFAIMA...

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03:30 Feb-20-2018

@Psychoman if SC were to be ported into SC2 engine, it would be a remake not a remaster.

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18:45 Feb-20-2018

Wrong. A remake is to make another version of the game, based on the same principles, ideas and story, but differently with some differences, that's why it's a REMAKE. Of course you can argue that a remake can be 1:1 as t doesn't exclude it, which they took advantage of, but you get the point.


Remaster means to take a game and port it to the newest engine almost 1:1 and gain the advantages of the new and improved engine.


Sadly nowadays remasters have become retextures, remakes have become remasters and reboots have become remakes(for the most part)...


Re-Texturing =/= Re-mastering. And remastering =/= remaking

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12:51 Feb-22-2018

In other words, just modding the original (something for which a lot of free mods are out there already) xD
Glad to see people giving money away for this

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14:50 Feb-22-2018

I agree but remasters does not need to be ported into a new engine. A remaster is done to retain the original feel of the game while updating its graphic so that it doesn't feel outdated. A retexture of the game still can be called a remaster, technically speaking.

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19:30 Feb-16-2018

We Need a D2 Remaster!

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21:05 Feb-16-2018

we don't need remasters, we need an amazing D4 and WC4!!!

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21:22 Feb-16-2018

I'd buy both.

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21:30 Feb-16-2018

guilty as well, I buy anything that blizzard releases, except Overwatch, love the game, but it's too teamwork based for me...

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09:02 Feb-17-2018

we don't need remasters, we need remakes

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09:44 Feb-17-2018

we do NOT need re-textures, we need remasters -> a.k.a taking an old game and upgrading it to the newest available engine.


Nowadays remasters have become re-textures, remakes have become remasters and reboots have become remakes(for the most part).

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14:01 Feb-17-2018

Maybe...however the mechanics of D2 need to be maintained, that is why the game is loved...to be honest, if the game textrues are more detailed - with a couple UI convenience changes (auto gold/potion pickup, multiple stash tabs etc) I would be ecstatic.

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15:18 Feb-17-2018

Changing the engine doesn't NOT require you to change the gameplay mechanics at all, but it can add a lot of "convenience"(as you call them) things, while making the graphics look more natural and a lot better, while being smoother at the same time and overall the same, but better.

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17:43 Feb-16-2018

This has made my day a lot better!! :D
If it's a remaster it better not be like the Starcraft one...

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16:42 Feb-16-2018

Ow YaaaaaaaaaaY!!! :D

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16:40 Feb-16-2018

F*CKING FINALLY! Just remake the warcraft trilogy and all expansions already blizz! People want it badly!

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16:39 Feb-16-2018

Since we are in the lazy period of gaming, I'd bet my left testicle its gonna be a re-master (with possible added/changed story content to fit most of the paradoxes)

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16:31 Feb-16-2018

Question is. What will be the story of warcraft 4?!!

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17:19 Feb-16-2018

each of the books(that has NOT been covered) can be it and there are plenty of them with plenty of side-stories and stories NOT covered by World of Warcraft.

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04:27 Feb-17-2018

Shouldn't that be an expansion on Warcraft 3 and not warcraft 4?

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08:35 Feb-17-2018

Am no...
by that logic warcraft 3 should be an expansion of warcraft 2.

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13:40 Feb-17-2018

Foxtrot2novembr by your logic the witcher 2 and 3 sould be expansions for first game

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16:23 Feb-16-2018

It better be Warcraft IV!!!


I've been waiting for so long, please blizzard, give me a reason to ditch life and embrace the warcraft epicness once more XD

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16:11 Feb-16-2018

I never got into this series...

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16:06 Feb-16-2018

Warcraft 3 is one of my fav games of all time, but honestly, if it’s a half assed remaster like Starcraft was, then I’m gonna have to pass. I was very disappointed with the how little they did to remaster that and it doesn’t make me feel excited for another one when mods already make Warcraft 3 look good. I’m down like a clown if they put some effort into it this time though. And no way Warcraft 4 comes out with BFA already in open beta.

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15:41 Feb-16-2018

I've been waiting for this since 2003. Anything will do for me. WC is the first strategy game I've played, and still one of the best I've played so far.
Just give me anything strategy related with the Warcraft universe. I'll take it in a heartbeat !
I was never a fan of MMO's and I could never invest time in those game. So to see WC switch to an MMO kinda broke my heart back then.
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15:46 Feb-16-2018

same, wc3 is first game i ever played and still my number 1 game

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