Blizzard have no plans to remaster Warcraft I and II

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Warcraft plans

BlizzCon this year held some good news for fans of the Diablo franchise. New Necromancer class aside, It was announced that the first game, which came out nearly 20 years ago, was being recreated and slotted into Diablo III.

That’s a neat bit of fan service, and one I can’t wait to try out myself (seeing as I’ve never played Diablo I). Will Blizzard be giving the same sort of treatment to their other older franchises, like StarCraft and Warcraft?

The former could happen. At BlizzCon last year, I did ask, and I was told that the original Starcraft could potentially get the modern touch one day.

The latter unfortunately, Warcraft, seems unlikely to get a remaster of any kind. Why? Well, because it was said so at a BlizzCon panel this past weekend. A fan asked the burning question, and was told the following by Frank Pearce, one of the company’s co-founders:

“We are fortunate enough to have all of the original source code and assets to everything we’ve done in the past. But actually, it turns out, it’s really hard to access that stuff, unlock it, and figure out how it all works. Because we’re old, we’ve forgotten.

We had some dedicated folks that were passionate about the idea, dig up the Warcraft 1 assets and code. They got it working and they got it running in a window. And I played it. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans was awesome for its time. I promise you, in today’s world, by today’s standards, it’s just not that fun any more.”

I get that. I played Warcraft I last year this time, and I also said that it was far too old and cumbersome to be enjoyed by today’s standards. What about Warcraft II though?

“We have limited resources with everything that we choose to do. We would much rather work on amazing content for World of Warcraft for you guys, or for Overwatch, or evaluating what a future project pipeline might be and devote our time to that, rather than going back and digging up those fossils.”

Well, fine then. At least Warcraft III hasn’t been written off entirely. I’d love to see that gem remastered!

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Actually, I’d rather just see Warcraft IV to be honest. Maybe we’ll get an announcement next year, hey Blizzard? Don’t let me down!

Last Updated: November 9, 2016

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Admiral Chief – N7

    Well, drat

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I heard they tried, but the Orc yelled “stop touching me!”

  • Dungeon of JJ

    Nothing wrong with that. I think we’ve had enough remasters. Thanks.

  • HvR

    Then pull an EA and …..

    and release it as freeware/open source

    • Dungeon of JJ

      “freeware”

  • Andre Fourie
  • Matthew Holliday

    A remaster just plain wouldnt work, the scale of the game just isnt big enough to have any appeal anymore.
    I mean, in Warcraft 2, between the two factions you have to choose between, there are only like, what? 14 unit options and no hero units?
    Even less in the first game, thats simply not enough content.

    The game needs a reboot, not a remaster.
    Start from scratch and create a story and game that actually fits the current market.
    I would throw my money at that.

  • Shadowblade Tokashi

    You will never see a Warcraft 4 EVER.

    WoW is their big income cashing machine. They wont write a completely new game that directly will compete against WoW.

    Unfortunately, that is how it will be. They might do a prequel but still I do not see why would they put so much effort and money into Warcraft 4 if they already make so much money out of WoW.

    They are better off creating a new IP.

    • Matthew Figueira

      HOW DARE YOU KILL MY DREAMS WITH YOUR LOGIC! 😛

      • Shadowblade Tokashi

        I am so sorry! 🙁

        I too would love to see a Warcraft 4 than WoW (even though I enjoy playing Legion)

        Legion has a very good story, so I am enjoying it.

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