When Blizzard recently announced a remaster for their legendary real-time strategy game, Warcraft III, many fans wondered just how much of the game was being changed underneath its fresh new coat of HD paint.
Now, we’ve learned the remaster – subtitled Warcraft III: Reforged – will have an online multiplayer component that is fully compatible with the original Warcraft III online multiplayer, among other new details.
Yes, this means users loading up the ridiculous 4K remaster of the beloved RTS will be able to play it online with holdout grognards that are still logging into that same old lions gate portal – for a game that launched back in 2002.
“The idea is that these two groups of players should be able to be friends, and play with each other,” designer Michael Scipione told PC Gamer when confirming both versions of the game are fully compatible in online multiplayer.
Known for pioneering entire genres, the original Warcraft III multiplayer was powered by its powerful World Editor map creation suite (also in the remaster), which enabled fans to build maps ranging from your boring tower defense – all the way to an entire new game like Defense of the Ancients.
The original Warcraft III has been getting lots of updates to modernize the aged yet perfect strategy game, which we now know were all to probably serve the purpose of integrating the original into the remaster.
We’ve also learned the remaster will include the base game, as well as its The Frozen Throne expansion – all with redone cutscenes, and even voice overs, all of which are getting re-recorded.
Warcraft III: Reforged is launching sometime next year, for PC and Mac. The game is up for pre-order over on its official website.