Warcraft 3: Reforged Reportedly Made Retroactive Changes to Classic Client

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Warcraft 3: Reforged Reportedly Made Retroactive Changes to Classic Client

January 30, 2020

By: Robert N. Adams

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Some of the lucky fans who have their hands on Warcraft 3: Reforged are rather upset at the current state of the game, with one such fan highlighting a long list of features that have suddenly changed.

Players have had a good chunk of time to enjoy Warcraft 3: Reforged and it has a fair few problems. Some are reporting issues with disconnects and general instability — something that really shouldn't be a problem for a game that was originally working just fine almost two decades ago.

Nonetheless, remasters can and do have new problems emerge, and it seems that the developers have a lot on their plate at the moment. Unfortunately, they've also reportedly made the decision to make some drastic changes to the Classic version of the game.

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What's changed in the Classic Version of Warcraft 3: Reforged?

A post on the game's official forums details a robust list of features that have been changed for the classic version of Warcraft 3 that is included with a purchase of Reforged. According to this user, these features were previously available as recently as a day ago and now are suddenly unavailable:

  • Cross-region play
  • Custom campaigns
  • Clans
  • Player profiles
  • Ladder play
  • The Battle.net-style chat system
  • Old-style U.I.
  • Legal issues with a much more severe EULA
  • Classic graphics are missing shadows, saturation, and some spell effects
  • The Reign of Chaos campaign is using balancing decisions from The Frozen Throne

Additionally, a number of features were available in vanilla Warcraft 3 prior to 2018 and are no longer in the game:

  • Arranged teams
  • Reconnection via GProxy
  • Overall game stability
  • Online lobby list
  • Competitive custom games
  • Ability to kick & ban
  • Ping issues
  • Hack/maphack protection
  • Anti-spam protection
  • Automated replay saving
  • Replay Archive

It's unclear why Blizzard has decided to make these changes. Considering that the game currently has a 1.4 User Score on Metacritic, it seems like the developers have a lot of work ahead of them.

Have you experienced any issues with Warcraft 3: Reforged? Do you think the game should have been delayed to sort out these problems? Let us know in the comments below!

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