If there were ever a year to attend Blizzcon, 2018 was it.
For those unfamiliar with the event, Blizzcon is a yearly gaming convention hosted by Blizzard Entertainment to showcase off their latest games, expansions, and updates planned for the following year.
This year did not disappoint. From mainstay games such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch to their popular card game, Hearthstone, Blizzard had a lot to share.
The event’s biggest announcement came with their classic title Warcraft III. Warcraft III: Reforged has been announced and fans around the world will once again be able to relive key moments in the franchise in a time before World of Warcraft existed.
The teaser trailer shows a scene that is very familiar to veteran fans; an orc and human warrior are fighting in a duel to the death, only to be interrupted by a falling green meteor. All the while a mysterious voice is narrating of a foreboding prophecy of chaos and destruction. If you never had the chance to play Warcraft III, which was initially released in 2002, then you are in for a treat.
Warcraft III: Reforged is the remastered version of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and it will feature new updated graphics and animations, a modernized user interface, and an improved world-editor. It is scheduled to release in 2019 and players will have the choice of either buying the regular edition for $30.00 or the Spoils of War edition for $40.00. Spoils of War will grant players a Meat Wagon mount in World of Warcraft, a unique card back in Hearthstone, additional heroes in Heroes of the Storm (an MMORPG created by Blizzard Entertainment), and “other goodies to-be-revealed for StarCraft II and StarCraft: Remastered.”
The game will feature custom maps allowing the potential for players to return to the original custom DotA map, the godfather of the entire MOBA genre, Tree Tag, Castle Fight, and Life of a Peasant. Who knows, someone might create a new custom map that will spawn an entirely new game genre.
If there’s one thing to look forward to in this remastered version, it’s the retelling of Arthas’ rise and fall into becoming the infamous Lich King (also the beginning of misery of Jaina Proudmoore).
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