“Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos” The game that launched a thousand other games. It’s been fifteen years since “Warcraft III” came out, and fans are still living in eternal hope that we may get to see another installment of the strategy game before we die. To be honest, the chances of that are pretty slim. And yet, as I write this, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon, like a paladin emerging from the dark…
“Warcraft III” is a highly played game all over the world. When it was released as a sequel to the much less popular “Warcraft 2,” Blizzard probably had no idea what a gold mine they had on their hands. At first, I remember playing the game alone, then playing the expansion, Frozen Throne, and then spending YEARS playing multiplayer with my friends.
Since “Warcraft III” was such a hit, it is still being played today all over the world. In fact, I recently just dusted off my copy and have begun again from the original Human campaign. All these hours playing hard mode is tough to sustain without coffee. I find that a constant supply of caffeine is needed to fuel me in the dark hours. Coffee is such an important part of marathon gaming. We almost feel that there should be a specific brand just for us gamers.
The Evolution Of The Game
Once Blizzard had an idea of just what a hit “Warcraft III” would be, they wasted no time in milking its popularity as much as they could. “World of Warcraft,” aka “WoW,” is an RPG game that followed a few years after and became even more popular than the original strategy game. “WoW” has entered a cult-level of fan history, and not just for gamers either. Most people would be able to recognize the name and possibly even just by a screenshot.
It conjures up images of gamers hunched over dimly lit screens in a dark room consuming junk food for months on end without seeing the light. In truth, a much larger portion of the world’s population plays “WoW” and still does. For years, Blizzard has concentrated on bringing out a new version of “WoW.” Movies, board games, and toys have all followed, while the strategy game remained the same. And yet, there are rumors, just on the edge of hearing “Warcraft 4.”
“Warcraft III” — Reforged
It is worth noting here that at BlizzCon 2018, a remastered version of “Warcraft III” was announced. It is set to be launched towards the end of 2019. But here we are in November 2019 and there is no sign of it yet. Blizzard doesn’t have to go about creating a whole new game, they can just update the graphics on the existing one. I expect this to sell well. I know I’ll buy it.
They’ll get a whole slew of new fans and old ones will only be slightly mollified about not getting a sequel. People will spend months playing remastered campaigns and then multiplayer games. It’s a clever way to distract us from the fact that there’s been a lack of a new “Warcraft” for over a decade.
But Will It Actually Ever Happen?
So will a new “Warcraft” actually ever happen? Blizzard has had enough time to develop one. “Warcraft II” came only a year after “Warcraft 1.”
Pete Stilwell, who is Blizzard’s senior producer, has been quoted saying that:
“First and foremost, our priority is to make “Warcraft III: Reforged” as good as it can possibly be.”
So does that mean that they DO have plans for a sequel?
How Would The Story Continue?
“Warcraft” has always been heavily story-oriented. You can buy books based on the storyline, and of course, the movies have added to it as well. “World of Warcraft” saw several expansions and game add-ons that took over from where “WC3” ended. Most of the plotlines involving all of the heroes have been explored. Any new game would have to carry on there.
Blizzard would be pretty silly to simply carry on from where “Warcraft III” ended. However, one can’t help but wonder if the plot lines and characters have been totally wrung out. One idea would be to jump far into the future. Strategy game remakes are always better with a new faction or five. Those who have played “WC3” know the Humans, Undead, Orcs, and Night Elves so well that we are literally begging for something new and shiny. Maybe with great big dragons as their level five creature.
And So, We Wait….
The fact is that “Warcraft” fans grow a little more despondent every day. Those of us that loved WC3 aren’t getting any younger. No one knows if a sequel will be released or if it would be in our lifetime. In the meantime, we do have “Warcraft III: Reforged” and “World of Warcraft: Return to Azeroth” to keep us busy. “Reforged” looks to be a superb game. If the remake of “Starcraft” is anything to go on, then “Reforged” will almost certainly be a whole new game in itself. We can always hope.
It does amaze me that with the huge popularity of esports these days, Blizzard has not recognized the potential to create a new game that is still familiar. After all, “DotA 2” is still wildly popular and played in competitions at all levels. Surely “Warcraft 4” could lead to some massive amounts of bettable gameplay? Come on Blizzard! Give us our sequel!