BlizzCon 2019: WarCraft 3 Reforged previews visual updates, gameplay features, and map tools

    
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With all of the things whirring around BlizzCon this year, perhaps some games got lost in the shuffle, like WarCraft 3 Reforged. Just in case other things drew your attention away, there’s a handy video synopsis of the panel that the RTS title’s devs had which offered plenty of tidbits for fans of the venerable RTS.

The video plays like a YouTube stereotype with jump cuts to important highlights, but it also gets to the heart of what fans can expect out of WarCraft 3 Reforged. The devs spoke about the addition of 2,200 unique character models and higher resolution CGI cinematics to give the game some notable visual polish, but also promised that units will still play as they always have. In terms of play, online matches will factor in race-based MMR to let players experiment with different races, while the single-player campaign will have a lower difficulty option for those who want to experience the game’s story but aren’t the strongest armchair commanders.

The panel also offered a number of updates for the game’s map creation tools, including the Hero Skin system, new camera tools in order to help map makers craft their own cinematics, and the use of Tower Defense towers. Players can also look forward to a number of community maps in the 1v1 map pool to be packed in to the game. The video then closes out with a sneak peek at one of the game’s cinematics.

If you’re among those eager to relive the RTS glory days, you can check out the full video below.

source: Twitter
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Minimalistway

The old Warcraft 3 is still popular to this day thanks to map tools, i’m happy they updated these tools, remember DotA was a Warcraft 3 mod, so what will people do with the new tools?

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Bruno Brito

I don’ get it why they didn’t follow with WoW’s artistic direction. It’s not ugly but it doesn’t seem polished either.

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Sorenthaz

Guessing they wanted to do something different and/or follow more with what the original art (concept art/cinematics) was going for.

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Bruno Brito

I guess too, but i don’t know. It feels really off.

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McGuffn

The orcs no longer have Muppet Mouth. This is depressing.

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Neurotic

For me, the good look we got at Reforged is my second favourite thing to come out of this year’s Blizzcon, just after the WoW news and just ahead of the Overwatch 2 news.

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Sorenthaz

Tbh Reforged is what I’m most excited about. The custom map community was one I got into for a good year or two and there are so many great maps out there. The maps have aged pretty well, too, so getting to play through many of them with fancier graphics and whatnot is going to be great.