Blizzard will be making a remastered copy of Warcraft III.
Here's an interview with Pete Stilwell, Senior Producer at Blizzard Entertainment:
The current version of Warcraft III is 1.28.6 PTR which was released in August 2017, and will be the groundwork for the remastered version. There are patch notes available.
A reddit thread has been started, forecasting upcoming changes to the game.
It'll be interesting to see if this becomes Warcraft IV (Warcraft 4), or if they will still title this as Warcraft III. Given the track record so far, with the Starcraft Remastered project, it's likely the title will remain as it's been over the past decade. We'll have to watch and see what Blizzard does with this game.
Also worthy to note, the Senior Software Engineer job description that was open for the Classic Games team seems to have been taken down, indicating this role has likely now been filled.
Following that, there's also news that community leaders and gaming professionals are being invited to Blizzard HQ to review the changes being made to the game. More info on that here.
Hey guys, check out this Discord community called Warcraft 3 United:
They wanted to affiliate with us and we've gladly obliged. They are a community consisting of many Warcraft III and other Blizzard communities coming together. They're pretty friendly people and are passionate about Warcraft III.
As part of being affiliated, I felt like it was appropriate to post news about it. :)
Thank you to Wc3Addict for the invitation!
We've setup an official BNETDocs Discord server!
Anyone who wants to chat with BNETDocs staff or its community is welcome. A few familiar faces are there already!
Here's the invite link: https://discord.gg/u87WVeu
What does this mean for the BNETDocs Slack?
We're keeping it for now, and yes that means there's a Slack and a Discord. I am trialing the Discord server to see if it's better received by the community. At a later date, we will look at getting rid of one or the other, depending on how everyone feels.
I performed some infrastructure changes to BNETDocs over the weekend.
- spun up a new server at Vultr: vultr-chi.bnetdocs.org.
- server.bnetdocs.org is now lsn.bnetdocs.org.
- all content and settings were transferred to the new server, with minor adjustments.
- the bnls database was transferred from an even older server to the new server.
- used a different filesystem path on the new server for data.
- bnetdocs.org and redux/labs/www.bnetdocs.org now point at vultr-chi.bnetdocs.org.
- lsn.bnetdocs.org is shutdown, to be deleted later.
The cause for this is due to the instability of the previous provider. I have been shopping around other providers and Vultr has been great. This new server should have a longer lifespan as well as it is now on CentOS 7 instead of Fedora. ;)
Oh, and happy new year late!
StarCraft 1.18 has been officially released today by Blizzard, the first patch in over 8 years. With this patch, StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free to play. A copy of the patch notes has been provided below.
Note: When patching StarCraft, please use the ‘Run as Admin’ option; it is required during your first client run to migrate saves and avoid issues from Windows system admin changes.
StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes
StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free. Follow the links here to begin installing:
- Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
- Added UTF-8 support.
- Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
- Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
- Added options to display actions per minute.
- Added Observer mode.
- Added opponent information when joining a game lobby.
- Added autosaving for replays.
- Added an option to display the game timer.
- Added UPnP support.
- Updated to a new OpenGL backend.
- Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over Battle.net.
- Improved UI layout in Battle.net sections.
- Improved behavior of available lobbies within the ‘Join Game’ section.
- Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
- Improved anticheat capabilities.
- Improved installation and patching performance.
- Mac Beta support now available for 10.11 and up.
- Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, and other graphic glitches.
- Fixed problems with LAN game discovery.
- Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in Battle.net menus.
- LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes.
- The profile section is currently unavailable.
See the official Patch Notes for yourself if you'd like.