Warcraft 3: Reforged, announced at BlizzCon 2018, is a complete remaster of the great Blizzard RTS Warcraft 3, built from the ground-up with new art and animations. It was expected to be out sometime before the end of 2019, but as the year wore on that started to look increasingly doubtful. Today Blizzard confirmed that it’s going to miss that target, but just barely: The full game is now set for release on January 28, 2020.
The overhauled game includes the full Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos campaign and The Frozen Throne expansion, adding up to more than 60 missions across seven singleplayer campaigns. Characters, structures, environments, animations, and visual effects have all been redone, but the original voice acting has been retained in order to preserve “the authenticity of the Warcraft 3 experience.” (Also, the fans got mad when Blizzard talked about changing it.)
Warcraft III: Reforged takes you back to a tumultuous time in Azeroth’s history, when a dark shadow eclipsed a peaceful land, the world trembled before the coming of the Burning Legion, and heroes risked it all to prevent the death of their world.
Soon you’ll be able to relive the definitive real-time strategy classic, with revitalized visuals, an epic single-player campaign spanning over 60 missions, rebalanced online play, a suite of contemporary social and matchmaking features, a vast universe of player-created games, and more.
The Reforged edition will also include a new World Editor with an array of new tools (and plans for more in the future), and in a very nice touch it will also be fully multiplayer compatible with the original release of Warcraft 3.
Warcraft 3 follows in the footsteps of other Blizzard titles such as Starcraft that have also gotten a modernising remaster. As a recreation of the original 2002 strategy game, “Reforged takes you back to a tumultuous time in Azeroth’s history, when a dark shadow eclipsed a peaceful land, the world trembled before the coming Burning Legion, and heroes risked it all to prevent the death of their world.”
Warcraft 3: Reforged is available for pre-purchase on Battle.net in two editions: The $30 (£35), or the $40 Spoils of War edition, which includes hero skins for Thrall, Jaina Proudmoore, Arthas, and Cenarius, plus a Meat Wagon mount for World of Warcraft, icons and sprays for Overwatch, the Mal’ganis pet for Diablo 3, a Third War card back for Hearthstone, and other in-game swag for Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft 2, and StarCraft: Remastered. Details are up at blizzard.com.
See below for all the bonus items included in the Spoils of War Edition:
Warcraft III: Reforged
Champion of the Horde Thrall Hero Skin
Daughter of the Seas Proudmoore Hero Skin
Fallen King Arthas Hero Skin
Emerald Nightmare Cenarius Hero Skin
World of Warcraft
Meat Wagon Mount
Player Icons: Human, Orc, Undead, Night Elf, and Lich King
Animated Sprays: Footman, Grunt, Ghoul, and Archer
Third War card back
Heroes of the Storm
Alliance Console Skin
Horde Console Skin
Sentinels Console Skin
Scourge Console Skin
Spoils of War Console