Blizzard Warcraft III: Reforged live at Battle.net
Source: Blizzard Entertainment

Warcraft III: Reforged, the modern reimagining of the classic real-time strategy game, has released at Battle.net. Blizzard rebuilt the game from the ground up. There has been a complete refresh of the graphics and rebalance of gameplay, as well as a new multiplayer matchmaking system in use at Battle.net. Reforged includes all the content of the base game and its expansions, Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne.

Community-driven content

Along with its built-in game modes, Blizzard will be supporting a community of custom game modes for Warcraft III: Reforged. Warcraft III has a rich history with custom game modes. Competing esports franchise Dota started life as a custom game mode in Warcraft III before being bought by Valve. Players can play and create tower defense, MOBA, APRPGs, and survival games. Players can use the World Editor to build new game modes.

The potential impact of Warcraft III: Reforged

This is the first game release from Blizzard since Overwatch. Also, it is the first RTS game from the company since StarCraft II. While in the Warcraft franchise, the gameplay of Warcraft III is very different from its MMO counterpart. In Warcraft III, you take control of a faction such as the Alliance, the Horde, the Undead Scourge, or the Night Elves. The player commands the faction’s units to gather resources, build buildings, and make more units.

Players of other Blizzard titles can get in-game rewards for buying the Warcraft III: Reforged Spoils of War Edition. Some of the digital goods include a “Third War” card back in Hearthstone, animated sprays in Overwatch, new heroes in Heroes of the Storm, and more.

Blizzard is building a Warcraft III esports scene through ESL, which will run the events. The game will be included in its “Pro Tour.” This is a different strategy for Activision Blizzard, which has done most of its esports in-house with the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League. There will be a prize pool of $25,000 for the open tournaments at DreamHack and $100,000 for the Challenger 2020 event.

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