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Warcraft 3 is being remastered, coming next year

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Warcraft 3, the seminal RTS that really kickstarted Warcraft as a major franchise and launched a little mod called DOTA, is being remastered. Called Warcraft 3: Reforged, this remaster will be coming "next year" and will feature an all new coat of paint, updating the graphics and animations to look stunningly hi-res (4K is supported) while still retaining that goofy Warcraft charm.

There's some cool new features too, though. Each playable hero will be available as either male or female, and there will be skins to customize their appearance in-game. Don't worry though, as Reforged will also have an editor so you can still make your own maps and gamemodes. 

This was a surprise announcement out of Blizzcon 2018, but we kind of had a hint that this might be coming due to the fact that the original Warcraft 3 received some patches (opens in new tab) in the past year—a surprise, considering how old it is.

You can watch the full trailer below. Warcraft 3: Reforged will be out next year, but we'll have more information about it and all of Blizzard's games coming all weekend, so stay tuned.

With over 7 years of experience with in-depth feature reporting, Steven's mission is to chronicle the fascinating ways that games intersect our lives. Whether it's colossal in-game wars in an MMO, or long-haul truckers who turn to games to protect them from the loneliness of the open road, Steven tries to unearth PC gaming's greatest untold stories. His love of PC gaming started extremely early. Without money to spend, he spent an entire day watching the progress bar on a 25mb download of the Heroes of Might and Magic 2 demo that he then played for at least a hundred hours. It was a good demo.