Warcraft III: Reforged hasn’t received a patch or an official announcement since April 2021, and the game’s handlers at Blizzard have remained eerily quiet about anything previously announced this so-called “remaster” of an RTS classic. Official matchmaking ladders, leaderboards, and user profiles never materialized, prompting the game’s remaining community to do so cobble together your own solution– and that’s on top of the re-release’s total lack of single-player updates. (Custom to this day WC3 campaign files quiet are not officially supported.)
Just as fans previously built their own online gameplay updates in the form of WC3Champions, so has the game’s remaining community bolstered to make the single-player campaign more reminiscent of Blizzard’s initial pitch for the project.
WarCraft III: Reforged is a fan-made project that appears to be led by a single designer who goes by the name of InsaneMonster. It received its second major update on Saturday after its original launch in January 2021 as a downloadable package WC3R campaign files. The project now has up to 10 chapters in the game: the five chapters of WC3‘s Horde-specific prologue, released last year, and the first five chapters of its human-centric first act. You can now access both parts of Re-Reforged as free downloads in the Hive Workshop (part One, Second part).
Like the prologue portion, this week’s fan-made patch features custom camera angles for cinematic in-game content, not just between missions, but for key conversations throughout the campaign. These recordings much more closely resemble the originally teased version of WC3R, and they include pauses and careful camera framing to better showcase Blizzard’s original campaign content. Additionally, InsaneMonster has reshuffled the affected campaign cards without changing their primary objectives or flow. Some changes emphasize a cinematic moment, while others reflect lessons learned from Blizzard’s campaigns StarCraft II and guide brand new players more nimbly through how the game works.
The patches also add instructions and lore as new front and center screen text between objectives. These popups come in handy, especially since WC3 laid the groundwork for years of lore and character-driven storylines World of Warcraft. if you a WC3 For the newbie who wants to see how this game connects to the WarCraft universe in general, InsaneMonster’s patches make significant strides in providing this information.
In a 2021 interview, InsaneMonster expressed his surprise and dismay at discovering how much proper lip syncing was applied WC3Rthe full cast of characters – yet for some reason it was hidden from the obvious view of the players. He didn’t have to create brand new animations with his patch; Instead, he simply encoded custom camera angles and timings. To be clear, InsaneMonster adds custom visual files to its patches, although these revolve around colors and textures that more closely resemble the clearer paths and battlefields in the original game than the retouched one WC3R versions.
The project may well continue beyond these 10 campaign levels, although its creator says this is future progression dependent on Patreon support. You’ll need to follow InsaneMonster’s instructions for the patched campaign to load properly – and put up with pre-rendered cutscenes not playing at the expected times Reforged operates outside of the game’s intended mod ecosystem.
Today’s news follows a Twitter outcry about the other recent major Blizzard Classic release, Diablo II: Risen, as more and more users encounter one of its stranger limitations. The console versions of the game require online check-in with Activision’s Battle.net service every 30 days, even if you only play the game offline.