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Surprise Warcraft III update hints at remastered edition of 16 year old game

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Surprise! Warcraft III, the vintage PC strategy game of 16 years, has been given an unexpected update from its developers Blizzard. 

Focusing on its multiplayer modes, the tweaks see almost every hero getting reworked for balancing issues, as well as a revised map rotation system for competitive bouts. In addition, the player count for custom matches has been upped from 12 to 24.

There will also be some technical improvements to the game too, including new support for widescreen monitors and a deeper map editor for those looking to create custom matches.

More to come?

The timing of the update coincides with Blizzard's announcement of a new invitation Warcraft III competitive tournament, bringing the game up to the standards expected of a modern esports tournament.

But some fans have speculated that it could lead to more new additions for the series. A Warcraft III: Remastered Edition, along the lines of what Blizzard similarly achieved with Starcraft, has long been rumored. These could be the first steps towards modernizing the classic game ahead of a bigger overhaul.

Blizzard has long supported its legacy games, providing updates to them many, many years after their original releases. But this is a considerable effort even by their standards, seemingly suggesting that there could be more to come.

Gerald Lynch

Gerald is the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves his gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Based out of TechRadar Towers, London, Gerald was previously Editor of Gizmodo UK. He dreams of the day when he can pop on a VR headset and meet Lawnmower Man-era Pierce Brosnan. Sadly, Pierce doesn't share the dream.