Yesterday we highlighted
some of the issues plaguing the launch of Warcraft III: Reforged
, which saw community backlash over missing features and the move away from re-done cinematic sequences reach Chaotic proportions. In response Blizzard
has posted a new statement relating to the launch and its plans to support the release moving forward.
The team is excited that Warcraft III: Reforged is finally upon us and we’re fully committed to supporting the game for a long time to come. The next few patches and updates we’ll discuss below are just part of our ongoing plans. This game is an integral part of the Blizzard DNA, with a team that loves Warcraft III, and we’re looking forward to pouring our hearts into Reforged and the Warcraft III community for the long term.
You can read the full statement here
, but here are some of the highlights. First, in response to the scaling back of redone cinematic sequences - this was done to preserve the look and feel of the original release.
As we talked about last year at BlizzCon, we did not want the in-game cutscenes to steer too far from the original game. We went a little deeper into the thought process behind that at the show, but the main takeaway is that the campaigns tell one of the classic stories in Warcraft history, and we want to preserve the true spirit of Warcraft III and allow players to relive these unforgettable moments as they were (albeit rebuilt with new animations and the higher fidelity art).
The team is also working to address issues players are having with Classic mode looking and behaving differently after the Reforged patch.
One of the concerns with Reforged that we’ve seen are the visuals when selecting Classic Mode. We’ve identified the bug causing the colors and shading to look different from the original Warcraft III, and we’re testing a fix that will be incorporated in a larger patch addressing this issue and others. We expect to release that late this week. The patch will also address many other known issues, such as fixing some portrait animations and audio bugs, implementing some UI fixes, and more. Please keep an eye out for the patch notes for a detailed list of all the bug fixes.
Blizzard also notes that leaderboards and clans will return in a planned major patch for Reforged, with the first big patch coming this week. Not addressed in this update is how Reforged treats Custom Games and issues players have been having with player-created content disappearing after being there for over a decade. That said, it's great to see Blizzard come out and address concerns and re-iterate that the team will be supporting Warcraft III for the foreseeable future.