The patch notes for the upcoming Warcraft 3: Reforged PTR confirm that players will soon be able to create and play custom campaigns.
Warcraft 3: Reforged players will finally be able to play modified custom campaigns with the release of 1.35.0. Now available on the public test domain for Blizzard’s tumultuous remaster of a beloved classic, Warcraft 3: Reforged is now close to content parity with its predecessor.
Released on January 28, 2020, Warcraft 3: Reforged had a rough start. At one point boasting the title of “lowest user-rated game on Metacritic”, the modern 2002 remaster Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne arrived without several key features as well as some questionable design decisions. The controversy surrounding the game has been heightened by Blizzard’s choice to replace the original’s client Warcraft 3 entirely, forcing fans into what many considered an inferior product. During launch, Warcraft 3: Reforged had no competitive ladders, no tournaments, no custom campaigns, and a series of game-breaking bugs. While multiple content and balance patches have fixed many of the initial issues with the game, it remains clear that Blizzard still has a long way to go to fix any remaining wrongs from the remaster’s initial launch.
Announced with a day and date release on its PTR, patch 1.35.0 for Warcraft 3: Reforged comes with a litany of balance changes and bug fixes to its main game mode. However, the much-needed balance comes after announcing a long-requested feature. A staple of the modding scene in Warcraft 3, Custom Campaigns are fan-made stories and scenarios meant to be shared and enjoyed by the community. From distant hypotheses in the world of Azeroth to recreations of epic stories buried deep in the Warcraft tradition, custom campaigns have been used as an expansive tool to allow players to experience sides of the Warcraft universe they could only dream of.
The announcement of version 1.35.0 was welcomed by the Warcraft 3: Reforged community. While Blizzard has stirred controversy over the past few years, with some citing its merger with Activision as the beginning of the end, the commitment to righting the missteps of Warcraft 3: Reforgedit is the initial launch is commendable. Blizzard’s patch tempo has accelerated over the course of 2022, with 1.33 released in August, 1.34 in November, and now 1.35 released for testing on December 13. The list of features missing from the 2020 remaster has shrunk considerably.
There is still work to be done to achieve parity with the classic version of warcraft 3, but the outlook has never been better for the remaster of one of the best-selling RTS games of all time. For those who don’t know Warcraft 3: Reforged, or the holdouts still waiting for Blizzard to get the game into a state worthy of succeeding the original, the live client build of patch 1.35.0 presents a perfect time to dive in and give Warcraft 3: Reforged a chance.
Warcraft 3: Reforged is available to play on PC.
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