“Warcraft III: Reforged” is ready to introduce new players to its award-winning RTS gameplay. Now offering new visual updates, updated in-game cutscenes, and full Blizzard Battle.net implementation. The upcoming re-release features modern matchmaking and tournament support, and will be supported well into the future with gameplay and balance updates according to the publisher.

Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the title during Blizzcon this year, the game is a real-time strategy title that laid the foundation for Azeroth’s most epic stories. A remake of the original, “Warcraft III: Reforged” sees the original “Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos” and its award-winning expansion, “The Frozen Throne”, rebuilt from the ground up. The publisher teased the title in its announcement adding, “The founding of Orgrimmar. The fall of Lordaeron. The reign of the Burning Legion. The rise of the Lich King. Veterans and newcomers alike will experience these pivotal events in Azeroth’s history like never before in Warcraft III: Reforged, from the points of view of four distinct factions: the mighty Orcs, the noble Humans, the ancient Night Elves, and the insidious Undead Scourge.”

The company also stated that all of the characters, structures, and environments have been recreated to emphasize the depth, dimension, and personality of the world. The Warcraft III saga, which spans more than 60 campaign missions, enjoys an epic retelling in Reforged, with over four hours of updated in-game cutscenes and rerecorded voice-overs that into the earliest renditions of key characters like Sylvanas Windrunner and Arthas Menethil.

‘Warcraft III is monumentally important to us here at Blizzard, and its influence is evident in everything we’ve done since,’ said J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment. ‘A project like Warcraft III: Reforged isn’t something we undertake lightly, partly because of this legacy, but more importantly, because we know what it means to our players.’

Warcraft III’s dedicated community of mapmakers has kept the game thriving since it launched in 2002, and Reforged boasts an improved World Editor highly influenced by an ongoing dialogue with this group of creators. With new tools and features, the World Editor will set mapmakers free to craft new universes for players to enjoy. Existing custom maps will be playable in Reforged, and players will be able to use the new matchmaker to find partners or opponents for traditional melee and custom games.

Warcraft III: Reforged will be released in 2019. Those eager to relive the history of Azeroth can pre-purchase the game today in a standard edition, and Spoils of War Edition, which includes unique skins for four of the game’s hero units, as well as a host of in-game bonuses for a number of other Blizzard games, such as a gruesome Meat Wagon mount for World of Warcraft, the Third War card back for Hearthstone, and more.

For more information on Warcraft III: Reforged, visit the official website at http://www.warcraft3.com. For screenshots, video, and other media, go to https://blizzard.gamespress.com/classic.