Blizzard describes Warcraft 3: Reforged as a “complete reimagining” of its real-time strategy classic, which is probably the best way of explaining what it’s doing with the 16-year-old game. Part remaster, part rebalancing, part retcon, Reforged will be a major upgrade for the game that won’t leave players of the original behind.
During an interview at BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard’s Brian Souza and Pete Stillwell explained that players who own the original Warcraft 3 will be able to play against those who own Warcraft 3: Reforged, and vice versa. Maps and other community created content made in the original Warcraft 3 are also compatible with Reforged.
Stillwell, senior producer on Warcraft 3: Reforged, said that from a technical standpoint, the two versions of the game will live under one client to achieve that compatibility.
Warcraft 3: Reforged was developed with a different goal in mind than last year’s StarCraft: Remastered, Stillwell said.
“When we went to Korea [for StarCraft: Remastered] and talked with pros and people still playing in game rooms, the overwhelming feedback was ‘Please don’t change the game,’” Stillwell said. “‘Make it pretty, give us a modern matchmaker and then quietly step away, Blizzard.’ Getting those marching orders made the endeavor not just easier but more focused. But with [Warcraft 3: Reforged], we’ve talked with the communities in Europe and in China [who say],…