15 Years Later, Warcraft 3 Gets First Public Test Server Alongside Big Updates

A decade and a half after its first release, Blizzard Entertainment has launched the very first public test realm for Warcraft 3, alongside exciting new updates to the classic real-time strategy game.

The first official public test server went live and brings with it lots of improvements to the game, including: creep camp difficulty balancing from early to late game, start location balancing (for equal access to resources and choke points), tweaked sizing of trees and doodads, new maps, and more.

You can get the full list of changes below:

General Improvements & Gameplay Objectives

  • Balanced creep camp difficulty progression from early to late game
  • Balanced creep drop tables for better item progression from early game to late game
  • Item diversity: Varied Level 1 though 6 charged items and Level 1 through 6 permanent items
  • Balanced all start locations: total amount and starting distance from lumber, equal amount of spacing, equal size choke points, et cetera
  • Balanced expansion distance from start locations
  • Decluttered points of interest to reduce visual competition during gameplay
  • Retextured map surfaces for better visual clarity – both on screen and mini-map
  • Minimized the size of trees and doodads that obstructed player view of points of interest
  • Added cliff lines or deep water to edges of the map – removing hard edges (aesthetic choice for immersion)
  • Properly placed trees and doodads on the pathing grid: full-cell Medium Grid to half-cell Medium Grid alternate
  • Removed the rolling shoreline waves from rolling hills to remove the noise the waves created – remains for cliff shores

New Maps:

Blizzard is planning to further update and expand the game, including:

  • An overhauled matchmaking system
  • Automated tournaments
  • Improved “latency” that is better suited to modern systems

This list of big updates comes after the game was updated to make it compatible with modern operating systems.

If you’re looking to get in on the latest updates, you can download the Warcraft 3 PTR for Windows or Mac.

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