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Battle.net Launcher update suggests Warcraft 3 support

Warcraft 3

Blizzard's old RTSes could be readying for a Battle.net invasion. A new update to Blizzard's launcher added backgrounds and icons for Warcraft 3, MMO-Champion report. There's no support for the 2002 fantasy RTS as yet, but it's in there... Watching. Waiting. It suggests that Blizzard is planning a re-release, retooled to work on modern-day systems.

That theory is further backed up by some Blizzcon happenings from last year. During a World of Warcraft Q&A panel, J. Allen Brack revealed that Blizzard had a team working on polishing up their catalogue. "So, we actually have a guy on our team—actually several guys on our team—who are actually working on a side project to do something like that in some form or fashion," he said of a re-release. "We're fans of Warcraft 1, Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, and we'd love to replay those games for sure."

There's no date, price or even official confirmation for a re-release. I would, however, point out that this year's Blizzcon is happening next month, from 7 November.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.