Blizzard can't catch a break lately, with its latest game launch becoming an instantaneous controversy. Features advertised for the game's launch are mysteriously missing, such as the re-built cutscenes, while major pillars of the original Warcraft III client have been removed entirely.
Today, Blizzard posted an update on the game's official forums detailing what it plans to address in the coming months.
- Blizzard is committed to Warcraft III for the "long term."
- Blizzard is addressing color problems found in the "classic" version of the client, which they say is caused by a bug.
- The patch will also fix portrait animations and audio bugs, UI issues, and "more," with patch notes coming soon.
- Leaderboards and clans will return in a "major" update in the future, to transition to the new MMR system. Blizzard will provide more info in the "coming weeks."
- Blizzard explained why it removed the original Reign of Chaos ruleset, citing "low usage," noting that they can return via custom games.
- Blizzard reiterated that it changed strategy on the in-game cutscenes, leaving them as they were 17 years ago, instead of the previously advertised "upgraded" versions with new camera angles and modernized story beats.
As someone who primarily wanted the campaign to be refreshed, I'm a bit disappointed that we're probably never going to see the advertised tweaks to the story, even as an option. For those who are invested in the game's multiplayer, hopefully, Blizzard will restore the client to its former greatness sooner, rather than later.
The full statement from Blizzard:
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