Warcraft 3 Reforged has finally been released by Blizzard, but already some people are upset at Blizzard due to a graphical downgrade that has apparently been instituted prior to the game releasing. The Warcraft 3 Reforged downgrade is a far cry from what players were shown at BlizzCon 2018, when it was first announced.
Warcraft 3 is the most popular of the three Warcraft games, the trilogy of strategy games that eventually gave way to the World of Warcraft MMO that has made Blizzard into such a video game titan. The game focuses primarily around Arthas Menethil, the Prince of Lordaeron, as he slowly falls into the role of the Lich King.
On a ResetEra thread that spoke about the Warcraft 3 Reforged downgrade, various picture comparisons were made between the original version of the game and the Reforged version, alongside various trailers and screenshots that Blizzard had shown before release.
In some instances, textures on the Reforged version of the game actually look less detailed than unpolished even than the original Warcraft 3, which came out in 2002 on a much less impressive technological benchmark.
While Blizzard did say at the previous BlizzCon that their ambitions for Reforged had gone down significantly over time, many gamers aren’t taking that as an excuse, especially given how bad the Warcraft 3 Reforged downgrade is.
The game, while not an actual remake, is definitely a remaster; with no real narrative changes and no redone cutscenes, the game is definitely not what Blizzard promised, though we might actually have the fans to blame for how the Warcraft 3 Reforged downgrade went.
Early in the game’s development after its announcement, players responded to a Blizzard statement that the current voice-actors of notable characters from the game would be replacing the original audio tracks. The players apparently wanted the original voice over, however, and it appears Blizzard took that attitude and scaled back their ambitions.
The lack of any real changes also means that the game will have a number of continuity issues between it and World of Warcraft, rather than having its story adjusted to mesh with the new canon. In contrast to how excited people were when this game first was announced, it seems like the Warcraft 3 Reforged downgrade will consign this game to failure.