Warcraft 3 Reforged: Fans Unhappy With Launch Version

Warcraft 3: Reforged was released earlier this week, but it appears to not be meeting the expectations of fans. The classic strategy RPG is under fire by the Blizzard community for a variety of different reasons compounded by how it’s no longer possible to play the older, beloved version of the game.When Blizzard announced Warcraft 3: Reforged at BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard was promising an extensive retooling of the original 2003 title. Instead of just a visual upgrade, Blizzard announced that it would dive into the mechanics and expand upon them.

Balance changes, additional voiceovers, redone animations, an expanded custom games creator, and more were all on the table for Blizzard. The company even showed off a cutscene from a playable demo of Warcraft 3: Reforged that showed off the redone graphics and new camera angles for cutscenes.

But Warcraft 3: Reforged is out now and fans have discovered that the “reimagining” has fallen short.

Immediately, players have discovered that Reforged just doesn’t look as good as it was promised. While the graphics are upgraded, cutscenes don’t feature the cinematic camera work that was previously advertised. You can see the comparison between the 2018 version that was playable at BlizzCon with the launch version below.The issues are more than just surface-level, however. Players on the Warcraft 3 subreddit and forums are complaining about the connectivity issues, lack of a competitive ladder, and wording in the End User License Agreement that grants Blizzard the rights to any Custom Games created by players. Presumably to prevent another Warcraft 3 mod like Dota from spinning off into a successful, non-Blizzard game.

IGN has reached out to Blizzard for a statement regarding some of the online criticisms, but haven’t heard back in time for the publication of this news story.

Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.




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