Holy moly it’s a blast from the past! Blizzard is back again with surprising support for 15 year-old games, this time Warcraft III, their pride and joy RTS.
Over a week ago, it was announced that Blizzard had invited several popular Warcraft III community players to a private event. Following an announcement made today, we now know that event is the first ever Warcraft III Invitational!
On February 27 and 28, the players will be gathering at Blizzard headquarters to play free-for-all, 4v4, and custom game competitions. To go along with this, the players will be playing on the all-new PTR version of the game!
Get excited because the PTR version seems to be shaping up to a full “remastered” version of the game. The new PTR version features official widescreen support, upscaling the game’s interface. Even bigger (literally!) is that game lobbies now support up to 24 players, with new team colors to boot. If you were a fan of Warcraft III‘s wacky custom games back in the day, this is the best news to come out of this!
For the more technical side of things, many heroes and maps have been rebalanced. You can read the full balance notes right here. On top of that, the World Editor – the tool used for making custom maps – has received various upgrades as well. Maps can now be much bigger than they were before, and you can add a lot more objects and characters.
So what does this all mean? Well, since we just got a remastered version of the original Starcraft, all of these changes, including the balance and World Editor changes can only mean one thing: an official Warcraft III Remaster is in the works! We’re super excited because we’re big fans of the original game way back during its original release in 2003, and we can’t wait to play those awesome custom games with a ton of players.
Of course, this isn’t set in stone but really, what else could this all be for? Even if there isn’t a big remastered version planned, we can still revel in the fact that Warcraft III has been updated for play on modern computers and we’re more than happy enough with that.