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‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ release date updates: Game’s official launch still tentative with only a few weeks left before 2019 ends

From the “Warcraft 3: Reforged” cinematic trailer | Photo credit: Blizzard Entertainment via Warcraft 3 channel/YouTube screenshot

There is less than a month before a new decade begins, but the release date of “Warcraft 3: Reforged” remains tentative. Blizzard Entertainment has promised to release the full version of the remastered game this year, and they have not announced any changes to that yet. The developer’s silence, however, is causing some fans to worry.

Warcraft 3: Reforged’ release date: Can Blizzard deliver the promised 2019 launch?

It was understandable that Blizzard did not provide a specific release date when “Warcraft 3: Reforged” was announced at BlizzCon 2018. The video game company only set a launch window sometime in 2019, but the situation is now completely different as a new year is right around the corner.

The game’s multiplayer beta opened in late October, sending the message that “Warcraft 3: Reforged” is approaching the final stages of development. However, some might have already been considering the possibility of “Warcraft 3: Reforged” getting delayed since the opening of BlizzCon 2019 last Nov. 1 when Blizzard president J. Allen Brack only said the game is coming “soon” instead of announcing a specific release date.

The pre-purchase page of “Warcraft 3: Reforged” still indicates that a full release is slated “on or before December 31, 2019.” However, Brack’s use of the word “soon” in the penultimate month of the year could also translate to the game getting launched in early 2020 if a delay becomes ultimately necessary.

To those who can no longer bear the supposed extended waiting period, there is another way to play the game even before the full launch. Pre-purchasing “Warcraft 3: Reforged” certainly gives fans access to the multiplayer beta.

Warcraft 3: Reforged’ gameplay: What to expect

“Warcraft 3: Reforged” is essentially a remastered release of the original title from 2002. Blizzard did not change much about the original plot and gameplay, but the characters, environment, and buildings have gone through an overhaul. Avid fans will get to revisit the classic “Warcraft 3” but in visuals that support 4K resolution.

Blizzard promises a total of 62 single-player missions from the “Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos” and the expansion “The Frozen Throne.” Developers have also recreated the animation of more than four hours of cutscenes from the original titles.

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