Blizzcon 2014 Prediction: Warcraft RTS Remastered
So this year we celebrate two big milestones for Blizzard entertainment. First is the 10 year anniversary of their extremely successful MMO, World of Warcraft. But more importantly its the 20 year anniversary of the Warcraft franchise. I remember Warcraft, Orcs and Humans being the 2nd RTS I ever played right after Command and Conquer, and instantly I was hooked, eventually picking up Warcraft 2 and Warcraft 3. Sadly outside of Warcraft 3, the other 2 really aren’t playable on modern computers, but they contain such great story, especially with the Warcraft movie, focusing on that very first RTS, or at least drawing heavily from that storyline. Its sad to watch 2 great games that helped start it all just collect dust and many new players to the Warcraft universe to never experience them. Which brings me to my prediction…
At Blizzcon 2014, my prediction is that Blizzard will remaster the Warcraft RTS series. A small pet project for the past few years, to update the engine, graphics, etc. Then at Blizzcon re-release them as a special Warcraft RTS Anniversary Edition, remastered to work on modern computers. At Blizzcon 2013, J. Allen Brack suggested that this was indeed an active side project stating:
“So, we actually have a guy on our team — actually several guys on our team — who are actually working on a side project to do something like that in some form or fashion. We’re fans of Warcraft 1, Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, and we’d love to replay those games for sure.”
And what better time to release the original trilogy than on the 20th anniversary of the franchise. Also recently Kotaku connected a LinkedIn profile update of a Blizzard employee to “Titan” the rumored next-gen MMO. But what if this project wasn’t Titan, what if it was for a remastered Warcraft RTS? On episode 182 of The Sundering I suggested that this would be the big reveal, a re-release of a remastered Warcraft 1-3, and not project Titan. Also what if this version somehow made it to tablets as well as PC?
So this is my prediction of a “new” game reveal at this year’s Blizzcon 2014. If I am right, then I am extremely excited about this, I would love to play another Warcraft RTS, even if its just the remastered originals.