Blizzard Entertainment have confirmed they will not be changing the lore in Warcraft III: Reforged to reflect changes in lore from World of Warcraft. In addition, the game’s beta is available now.
Back in November 2018, Senior Producer Pete Stillwell stated the team wanted to bring “parity” to Warcraft III and World of Warcraft, the latter having undergone several lore changes over the years.
He also stated the team wanted to “do more” with the game, such as giving “renewed focus” to major characters “that we thought deserved a little bit more time in the limelight.” This was being done by writer Christie Golden, an author that worked with Blizzard on multiple Warcraft novels.
Now, Blizzard executive producer and vice president Robert Bridenbecker has told Polygon that will no longer be the case, due to fan-feedback.
“[Blizzard] got a lot of really great feedback [post-BlizzCon] where the community was like, “Hey, hold on. We love this story. Maybe don’t tinker with it too much.” So we actually veered away from doing that as much. Fundamentally, it was an amazing story, and everybody agrees it was an amazing story we don’t need to break that.”
Bridenbecker also stated the change in plans was “just a natural part of development.”
Warcraft III: Reforged is coming soon to Windows PC. The beta is available now to those who pre-order the game, with those who order the Spoils of War Edition getting priority access.