Blizzard has had its hands full lately with two large expansion projects for its two current money makers, World of Warcraft and Diablo III. Warlords of Draenor (WoW) and Reaper of Souls (Diablo III) are do to drop sometime in the near future (we hope) and were the center stage at Blizzcon 2013, which took place over the weekend. But for a split second during the event's Warcraft Q@A planel, Blizzard fans forgot all about the expansions and focused on a key phrase spoken by WoW production director J. Allen Brack.
Brack revealed that Blizzard has put together a small team (no word on the actual size) of developers that will focus on breathing new life into the company's legendary RTS series. This team is reportedly responsible for reworking the "original three," Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, for use on modern PC's. Unfortunately, we aren't sure exactly what that means.
Are we going to see updated graphics, or improved gameplay? Is the company suggesting that they are going to re-port these RTS favorites as updated releases, or are they simply reworking the code to allow them to be played on today's PC's? If the latter is true, it shouldn't exactly take a team to do it. There are already a variety of ways to play older PC games on new machines, and compatability modes make it easy to boot up most titles no matter their age. Because of this, perhaps Brack was cryptically suggesting that this team would be giving these old school titles a fresh coat of paint, which would definitely appeal to nostalgic Blizzard and RTS fans.
Something else to consider is the possibility that this team is laying the groundwork for Warcraft IV. There was no mention of the possible sequel at this year's convention so don't go dancing around or freaking out just yet. As of now, the Warcraft IV possibility is just a rumor, but the re-porting of Warcraft's-of-olde could hint that the developer is going to work on a new age RTS and needs to establish a shell that will work on new systems.