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Warcraft 3: Reforged criticised over downgrades

The game's updated cutscenes and adapted story were cut.

Warcraft 3: Reforged criticised over downgrades

Warcraft 3: Reforged criticised over downgrades

Blizzard has made a classic game development blunder. They downgraded Warcraft 3: Reforged, the 4K remaster of the company's classic RTS. The company showcased Reforged with modernised cinematics and updated story elements back in 2018, but since then, Blizzard has cut these planned changes.

This cutback has left a lot of customers aggravated, as Blizzard's confirmation of these downgrades in late 2019 were not as well publicised as Blizzard's original upgrade plans. This left some customers playing the game with the expectation of upgrades that didn't exist in the released game.

Warcraft III: Reforged is a title that's a lot less ambitious than what Blizzard first promised. Like Starcraft: Remastered, Warcraft III: Reforged now offers gamers graphical upgrades and little else.   

While Warcraft III: Reforged's graphical upgrades remain impressive, it is easy to see why consumers are annoyed at Blizzard. Below is a video from the YouTuber GyLala, who has compared one of Warcraft III: Reforged's Blizzard 2018 cutscenes to the same cutscene from the game's retail release. 


Warcraft III originally released in 2002, making the game almost 18 years old. Initially, Blizzard promised something more than a standard game remaster, but at the end of the day, all we have is a few visual upgrades.

Sadly, Blizzard's story changes, which were due to make some of the game's maps more like their World of Warcraft appearance, and cinematic cutscenes were cut, a move which makes Blizzard's £24.99 standard price for Warcraft III: Reforged seem too high for many fans. Perhaps Blizzard's lessened ambitions should also have come with decreased pricing. 

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30-01-2020, 07:14:37

Peace
They also didn't change the tech under the hood, resulting in VERY poor performance on highly demanding fun maps like "Tree Tag". We're talking about 30-50 FPS sometimes... The same scene in the original WC3 plays at 170-250 FPS.


This comes from German tech news website heise.deQuote

31-01-2020, 03:38:58

Greenback
I also hear people who had classic WC3 on battlenet got downgraded to reforged even if they hadn't bought the game. Blizz not allowing refunds even for people who hadn't installed the game.Quote

31-01-2020, 07:28:20

Peace
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Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
I also hear people who had classic WC3 on battlenet got downgraded to reforged even if they hadn't bought the game. Blizz not allowing refunds even for people who hadn't installed the game.
How is getting Reforged "lite" for free a downgrade? I've been looking for that on the client yesterday and didn't find anything.Quote

31-01-2020, 08:17:45

Warchild
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Originally Posted by Peace Ð View Post
How is getting Reforged "lite" for free a downgrade? I've been looking for that on the client yesterday and didn't find anything.
I wonder if he means, those wanted the original true WC3 game as it was released long ago (via purchasing) were forced to upgrade to the remastered. If that is the case, I would be disappointed too.

Unless reforged has the option to play via remastered images, or classic (like Halo MCC). If not, they do have grounds for complaining.Quote

31-01-2020, 09:09:12

Peace
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
I wonder if he means, those wanted the original true WC3 game as it was released long ago (via purchasing) were forced to upgrade to the remastered. If that is the case, I would be disappointed too.

Unless reforged has the option to play via remastered images, or classic (like Halo MCC). If not, they do have grounds for complaining.
Reforged "lite" = Reforged with Classic graphics, so that would be no problem. If you buy the full Reforged you can even switch between graphics options.Quote
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