Warcraft 3: Reforged – Trailer: First quest game "The Culling of Stratholme"
The biggest surprise of Warcraft 3: Reforged is how much it really has changed. Many developers simply rely on slightly higher resolution textures in reissues of their classics – but Blizzard actually makes all models and maps new! And the graphic improvements are just the beginning, Reforged also spoiled the original content. But do these changes make the game better? We played the iconic Stratholme mission at BlizzCon to find out.
Warcraft 3 in new splendor
Already in the first scene, the more detailed models stand out: in Reforged, we suddenly see details as individually designed shield plates, which at the time were just a single muddy texture. Class! Developers, in turn, make full use of newly cut cutscenes in the game. Arthas places a finger on Uther's chest as he orders Stratholme's purge, Uther blinks and shakes his head – the old models were not capable of such animations.
Along with the new models, there is a slight stylistic change. Warcraft 3: Reforged looks a lot less comic juice like the original. Still colorful, but the characters seem more realistic. We really like that, because in-game sequences and rendering videos now fit much better together. In the original, figures such as Lordaeron's soldiers made a far more impressive figure in the film's excerpts than their counterparts in the game. Now they look like one piece. It does not seem like a break with the original, but rather as if the new technology better captures the atmosphere already intended.
Warcraft 3: Reforged – Cinematic: The Original Intro Graphically Reissued
Speaking of rendering videos: The intro sequence also not only rendered Blizzard again in HD, but really made it new. And she looks fantastic! Whether this is planned for all the old scenes, the developers did not want to confirm us in an interview. At least they owe all but one higher resolution – which in itself would be a big step, because visually they still do a lot.
Scratches in paint
Now you should not expect a completely dewy RTS here. Warcraft 3: Reforged is still running on the original engine. The Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void game scenes look more impressive, their characters more alive. And in the real game, much more detailed units and buildings occasionally bite with relatively shallow cards. They were also aufgehübscht, but not consistently to the same extent.
However, the BlizzCon version is not yet complete. The game will be released in 2019. While the models are all new, we recognize many special effects directly from the original again. Blizzard promises, however, that all graphics must be renewed for release. And with all the details, the show on show is a very impressive step.
Warcraft 3: Reforged – See remastering screenshots