Warcraft 3: Reforged is expected to be released in 2019. Blizzard does not want to be dissuaded of that. Meanwhile, more elaborate and previously announced changes are being dropped. In any case, these parts have not arrived well within the community.
The adherence to the original release plans, which provide for a release before the end of the year, was confirmed, among other things to the colleagues of 4Players. In this regard, it received the commitment of Executive Producer and Vice President of the Classic Games Division of Blizzard Robert Bridenbecker at the Blizzcon 2019.
No custom story, re-dubbing and improved cut scenes
For a release in November, it is too close, especially since the multiplayer beta of Warcraft 3: Reforged only started one and a half weeks ago. As a release month, therefore, only December is in question, the Activision Blizzard accordingly called in the course of the recent investor conference as those.
So that the planning can be maintained at all, the red pencil was applied at several points. Ideas and more time-consuming changes have been eliminated, as Bridenbecker told polygon.com. There will be no deviations from the original story, although it was promised along with the original announcement. This should bring the story of Warcraft 3 closer to World of Warcraft. Characters like Jaina and Sylvanas, for example, should get more attention. It has also been adopted by the planned new dubbing of voice recordings.
However, both are a reaction to feedback from the community, as Bridenbecker reports. Story changes and new admissions had met with little love and were therefore discarded. It is questionable whether it was the same with the originally planned, improved cutscenes, because even those have fallen victim to the red pencil. The fact that Blizzard now draws more strongly to the original, could have other backgrounds. Speculation is about possible budget cuts by the parent company.
After all, not everything seems lost. For example, the idea of "easy difficulty" for the missions of the campaign remains. Even the revised optical assets are preserved. They were completely rebuilt for Reforged and not simply taken from the original and polished. In terms of content, players away from the multiplayer can look forward to more than 62 missions spread across 7 single player campaigns.
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New content could be added after the release. At least the developers could imagine that. However, a new race or campaign is excluded. The beta of Warcraft 3: Reforged continues to pick up speed and has not yet reached its full extent. Extensions are planned for the next days and weeks. Recently there was a new playable faction in the form of the undead.
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