Ever felt like kicking it back and a respite from playing stuff like Witcher III or Dragon’s Dogma? Well, according to Blizzard you will be able to enjoy some golden oldies, thanks to a team of bright engineers who are in love with the classics.
In a recent video, posted on the Back2Warcraft channel, Robert Bridenbecker, the big man in charge of Blizzard’s Geriatric Division (golden oldies like Diablo I, Diablo II and Warcraft III) announced that after a whole decade, Warcraft III will receive a patch.
According to Bridenbecker, the patch will only work with the Chinese version of the game, but Blizzard assures us that in the near future, this new tweak will be compatible with all versions of Warcraft.
Despite the fact that the company did not disclose the patch’s content, in the clip, Bridenbecker mentions something about improved matchmaking and a new feature that allows players to communicate with each other.
And there’s even a launch date for the path. According to the chief’s claims, the patch will be released on the 15th of March all over the world.
Besides patching up Warcraft III, the company has also released a new compatibility tweak for Diablo II. Over the years, Blizzard’s Classic Games Division has amassed numerous golden oldies game engineered in an attempt to spruce up the old games.
Bridenbecker also said that even though most players own top notch computers, and that everybody’s playing stuff fancier games, there are a lot of players who yearn for the good old days, where a game relied more on storytelling than on graphics.
This is the reason why most of us are looking for ways to play the classics like Wolf 3D, Warcraft I and II and maybe some Total Annihilation. There are a couple of ways to play old games on a new computer, and all of them revolves around DOSBox or something similar.
Unfortunately, DOSBox can only go so far: you can run the game, play it, enjoy it, but you can’t shake the feeling that you’re actually playing the game on a computer that’s being virtually emulate by another computer.
So, in order to shake off this uneasiness, Blizzard tried to recreate the one-on-one approach. This means that games like Diablo II, will receive compatibility patches that will enable players to run them even on modern computers without having to use game emulators.
As far as Diablo II is concerned, the game was patched more than five years ago. The latest update contains smoother graphics and improved multiplayer features.
In his closing remarks, Bridenbecker also said that this won’t be the last patch Warcraft III will receive. The company is set on revamping all the old games, in order to make them playable.