Update: Earlier this month it emerged that a number of prominent Warcraft 3 players were heading to Blizzard HQ to take a look at a mysterious new project. We now know this is actually a brand spanking new patch for Warcraft 3.
Warcraft 3 patch 1.29 PTR adds in plenty of concessions to modern gaming, including widescreen support, rebalancing the heroes and maps, and even adding in 24-player support for huge custom games.
Specific Changes & Improvements
- Widescreen Support
- Added bookends to the in-game interface
- Added black pillars in menus to prevent stretching
- 24 Player Support
- Game lobbies revised to support 24 players
- Team colors revised and expanded
- Color selection is an ongoing effort, feel free to leave specific suggestions with color codes
- Balance & Map Pools
- Head here for details and focused discussion: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20762006793#1
- World Editor Upgrades
- Head here for details and focused discussion: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20761976724#1
- Clans may now be created
- Mac clients launch on 10.11 and beyond
- Unable to change resolutions in native fullscreen
- PTR only supports English version of the client
- This will be the last version to support Windows XP
It's not quite the remaster some were hoping for, although it's nice to see Blizzard inject a bit of life into its old game with widescreen support and larger matches. It's also got the benefit of being completely free.
Blizzard's going to use the patch as a springboard for the world's first Warcraft 3 Invitational. The eSports event will be taking place next week on 27th and 28th February, at Blizzard's HQ in Irvine, California.
Meanwhile, the rumours of a remaster continue to swirl, although it seems an increasingly unlikely prospect after this patch was revealed.
Original Story - 16-Feb-2018 -Rumour: Blizzard has a Warcraft Remaster or WarCraft 4 Announcement Coming Soon
Rumours of a Warcraft 3 remaster are growing in intensity. This week it looks as if Blizzard Entertainment has been inviting a number of community members and professional gamers over to its California HQ for a mysterious get-together.
Blizzard has previous form for this, and it’s usually when it wants to meet and discuss with the community about an unannounced project. While nothing official has been confirmed, no doubt due to the whispered exchanging of Non-Disclosure Agreements, suspicions were raised when a number of ex-Warcraft 3 pros, including Happy and HawK, disclosed that they were applying for US visas in order to travel over from Serbia.
The players heading to America weren’t just limited to those too, with Grubby and Foggy from Ukraine also confirming they’re heading Stateside. All of these WarCraft 3 players, and yet none of them have provided a reason for why they might be heading to the US.
Connect the very obvious dots and it looks as if Blizzard is preparing something Warcraft related. The dreamer in me hopes for WarCraft 4, although the altogether more realistic prospect of WarCraft III: Remastered isn’t too shabby either.
What do you think Blizzard is cooking up behind the scenes? Is it WarCraft 3 Remastered, or it could even be the holy grail, WarCraft 4? Let us know what you think!