Ever since Blizzard Entertainment released Warcraft 3 Reforged, fans have been up in arms about its graphics quality. A Reddit user by the name of u/krOnicLTD reported that Blizzard is now offering automatic refunds to people who bought Warcraft 3 Reforged.
The Reddit user stated that he pre-ordered the game in December 2018 like many other players. He even played through the Beta version for 10-15 hours. He also played the actual game for 5 hours but refunded the game soon after. The game was automatically refunded even after him, playing for a significant amount of time.
The Reddit user, like many other people, went on to show his disappointment about the game. Some users refunded the game after pre-ordering it due to its negative reception. They were hopeful that Blizzard would listen to the fans and put more effort into salvaging Warcraft 3 Reforged. Although, there seems to be no indication of any further development on the game.
As soon as Warcraft 3 Reforged hit the shelves, Blizzard has received a thrashing from fans. When the game was first announced at BlizzCon 2018, the game looked like a completely remastered version. When the game saw the light of day, fans instantly recognized that something was awfully wrong.
People were quick to compare the released product with the original game and the various trailers and screenshots that were released before. The comparison confirmed the doubts of the fans. Warcraft 3 Reforged had somehow gone through a graphic downgrade prior to its release.
In some cases, the textures of Warcraft 3 Reforged looked worse than the original game itself. The original Warcraft 3 was arguably the best installment in the Warcraft franchise. It paved the way for Blizzard Entertainment to release World of Warcraft which received universal acclaim.
It seems that providing automatic refunds is Blizzards’ way of apologizing to the fans. They are trying to minimize fan backlash as much as possible. This does indicate that Blizzard realizes its blunder although they are yet to comment on the situation.
Refunding the game will not make up for the let-down that is Warcraft 3 Reforged. The game is not at all what they advertised it to be. Instead of automatic refunds, they should announce a new patch or rollback the game, entirely. That would give them enough time to sort out its graphical problems. There seems to be no evidence of such a thing happening. As of right now, fans are penalizing Blizzard for the mess that is Warcraft 3 Reforged.