Blizzard Responds to Warcraft 3: Reforged Fan Feedback
Blizzard has finally issued a statement since launch responding to early complaints about the recently released Warcraft 3: Reforged. The developer says it will address several issues in future updates, some arriving as early this week, but other elements of the game like the cutscenes will remain as-is.“First off, we want to say we’re sorry to those of you who didn’t have the experience you wanted, and we’d like to share our plans for what’s coming next,” Blizzard says in its first developer update for Warcraft 3: Reforged since launch.The forum post from Warcraft community manager Randy “Kaivax” Jordan goes into detail about some of the ways Blizzard will update Warcraft 3: Reforged. First, there will be a patch later this week that will fix, among other things, the bug causing colors and shading issues in Classic Mode. The patch will also address portrait animations, audio bugs, UI fixes, and more.However, in regards to the controversial animated cutscenes, or lack thereof, Blizzard says that it wanted to keep the cutscenes true to the original game.“[T]he main takeaway is the campaigns tell one of the classic stories in Warcraft history, and want to preserve the true spirit of Warcraft 3 and allow players to relive these unforgettable moments as they are (albeit rebuilt with new animations and the higher fidelity art).”So it appears that Blizzard doesn’t have plans at this stage to change how the cutscenes are presented, though they did receive visual improvements thanks to the remaster efforts.Elsewhere in the blog post, Blizzard says it’s still working on standing up features like leaderboards and clans which are coming in a major patch at an unannounced date. Unfortunately, that means that the lack of these features will continue to impact all Warcraft 3 players, even those who haven’t purchased Reforged.Warcraft 3: Reforged players soon expressed displeasure with the launch version of the classic strategy RPG after it was discovered that key features were missing, along with some launch-day connectivity issues.A previously demoed cutscene animation was ultimately cut from the final version of the game, and network features weren’t present during the launch. Blizzard addressed these complaints in today’s blog post, but it will still be some time and additional patches for some of the issues to be addressed, if at all.IGN is currently working on a review for Warcraft 3: Reforged so keep an eye out for that to be published soon.
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