Warcraft III: Reforged was released on January 28, the latest release from Blizzard Entertainment, and a re-release of the real-time strategy game Warcraft III, which sold 1 million units within the first month of its release in 2002. Announced by Blizzard in November 2018, the remake aimed to recapture previous Warcraft III players as well as attract new players to the real-time strategy franchise.
However, real-time strategy games aren’t as popular as they were back in 2002, with many preferring to play autobattler games like Auto Chess or battle royale games like Fortnite. Still, Warcraft III: Reforged offers a solid graphic overhaul of the original, and fans of the campaign can re-enjoy the journey with better graphics and video. It is still yet to be seen how the multiplayer community will grow and if it will attract professional talent the same way Starcraft has.
Determined not to miss out on the profits this time, Blizzard implemented new policies in Reforged, but so far the community response has been overwhelmingly negative. The permissive nature of the World Editor in the original Warcraft III allowed for creative content creation that resulted in the creation of DOTA, as well as entertaining mini games that involved third party content such as Mario from Nintendo. However, with the new policies, many independent developers seem uninterested in using the new platform to create any games, which may affect the popularity of the game itself. Still, fans of the original campaign may find the a replay of the new version to be entertaining on its own.