Blizzard Launches Official Warcraft III Test Server, Nostalgia Ensues

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos has finally received its first official Public Test Realm (PTR) fifteen years after the real-time strategy game was released.

Posting on the official forums, Blizzard shared that it is currently performing balance changes and other adjustments for the betterment of the game. This is an ongoing process and players are likely to face some issues should they choose to jump into the game right now. The latest patch notes for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos can be read below.

General Improvements & Gameplay Objectives

  • Balanced creep camp difficulty progression from early to late game
  • Balanced creep drop tables for better item progression from early game to late game
  • Item diversity: Varied Level 1 though 6 charged items and Level 1 through 6 permanent items
  • Balanced all start locations: total amount and starting distance from lumber, equal amount of spacing, equal size choke points, et cetera
  • Balanced expansion distance from start locations
  • Decluttered points of interest to reduce visual competition during gameplay
  • Retextured map surfaces for better visual clarity – both on screen and mini-map
  • Minimized the size of trees and doodads that obstructed player view of points of interest
  • Added cliff lines or deep water to edges of the map – removing hard edges (aesthetic choice for immersion)
  • Properly placed trees and doodads on the pathing grid: full-cell Medium Grid to half-cell Medium Grid alternate
  • Removed the rolling shoreline waves from rolling hills to remove the noise the waves created – remains for cliff shores

The test server of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos features maps for 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, and free-for-all. According to the developer, latency has been improved for players but more work is still required to meet modern standards.

In its current state, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos does not support automated tournaments or leaderboards. The competitive features should arrive once the game exits the test realm.

The installer can be downloaded for both Windows and Mac. However, it will require a legitimate CD key for activation. This can be purchased from the official store. Either that or if you still have the original key from purchasing the game over a decade back.

A couple of years back, rumors surfaced that Blizzard is interested in remastering its classic titles. StarCraft Remastered already arrived this summer, leaving behind Warcraft III and Diablo II. Perhaps we will be hearing about a Warcraft III HD release in the coming months.