Ever since the release of World of Warcraft, Blizzard essentially put its Warcraft RTS franchise on hold. This made sense as we imagine that trying to develop two games side-by-side, especially one that has a dynamic storyline, would be tricky and extremely messy, but the good news is that Blizzard hasn’t forgotten its Warcraft franchise yet.
At BlizzCon 2018, the company has officially announced Warcraft 3: Reforged. This is basically a remaster of the classic designed to be updated for today’s modern PCs. We have heard rumors of a remaster back in 2017, although Blizzard did try to play down expectations by saying that they weren’t quite ready yet.
However earlier this year, the company hosted an offline event where they invited prominent Warcraft 3 players to attend which only served to fuel speculation of a remaster or even possibly Warcraft 4. “Reforged” will be a completely separate launch which will include the original game and the Frozen Throne expansion, and will feature a visual overhaul complete with various social and matchmaking features of Battle.net.
It is expected to see a release in 2019 where it can actually be pre-purchased now for $30. In the meantime you can check out the cinematic trailer above which seems to be a recreation of the original trailer that was released back in 1999 (see below), and also its gameplay trailer (also see below) to get an idea of what the game with its updated visuals could look like (although Blizzard notes that these aren’t necessarily the final effects)..