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Blizzard responds to backlash over Warcraft 3: Reforged

After widespread grievances from players, Blizzard has released a statement to address what they are (and aren’t) planning to address in Warcraft III: Reforged.
Blizzard responds to backlash over Warcraft 3: Reforged
  • Warcraft III: Reforged has outraged players over the removal of certain features and false promises
  • Blizzard has released a statement reinforcing why they didn't include certain components previously shown
  • Some players have claimed you can apply for a full refund if you're particularly disgruntled
  • Warcraft III: Reforged’s release has faced many reasonable complaints from players, ranging from the removal of remastered cutscenes to false promises of campaign adjustments. 

    You can check out a comprehensive list of grievances on the Warcraft 3: Refunded website, although Blizzard has now responded to the growing community outrage over the release.  

    In a statement on the official forums, Blizzard outlined what they’re planning to fix in the title; including a patch this week which will solve visual issues in Classic Mode, along with fixes for online features like leaderboards and clans.  

    The developer, however, isn’t planning to change its position on including the remastered cutscenes shown at Blizzcon 2018, after they announced last year scope of the new edition had changed.  

    “As we talked about last year at BlizzCon, we did not want the in-game cutscenes to steer too far from the original game,” Blizzard’s statements reads.

    “We went a little deeper into the thought process behind that at the show, but the main takeaway is that the campaigns tell one of the classic stories in Warcraft history, and we want to preserve the true spirit of Warcraft III and allow players to relive these unforgettable moments as they were (albeit rebuilt with new animations and the higher fidelity art).” 

    They also confirmed they aren’t planning to bring back tournaments or the Reign Of Chaos ruleset, due to them being “underused elements” in the original release.  

    “We know this update doesn’t address all the questions, but we’re committed to the development and support of this game. We hope you’ll keep an eye out for this week’s patch and future updates and let us know what you think as we continue fine-tuning things. 

    “Until then, thank you as always for your support and passion for Warcraft III. We appreciate all your feedback and will continue to keep the Warcraft III community updated on everything we’re working on.” 

    If you’re particularly peeved about Warcraft III: Reforged, some players on the game’s subreddit have claimed Blizzard are dishing out automatic refunds for anyone unsatisfied by the release. You can check out the link here.