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Blizzard Patches 'Warcraft III,' Offers Modern System Compatibility

Perhaps there is a hint of nostalgia in the air over at Blizzard Entertainment, which just released an update for another one of its classic PC games, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The patch comes on the heels of a similar update to another of Blizzard’s back-in-the-day blockbusters, Diablo II.

Last November, Blizzard quietly announced the creation of a classic games division with the intent of bringing its original core game titles, including StarCraft, Warcraft III and Diablo II up to speed with modern computer systems. Diablo II got its recent patch 16 years after its release, and now Warcraft III is getting the same treatment 14 years after its debut.

Patch 1.27a improves compatibility for Warcraft III in Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 in addition to adding a new installer for Mac 10.10 and 10.11. To put it into perspective, the game debuted with compatibility for Windows 98, ME (shudder), 2000 and XP. Those operating systems are long gone, save the declining population of users clinging to unsupported software and hardware, likely so they can play their favorite classic PC games. Blizzard says now you don’t have to, because Warcraft III lives on.

Although there are still some lingering issues addressed in the patch changelog, the Classic developer account posted to Blizzard’s forums, stating that they are still working on a balance change and a new map pool for Warcraft III, signifying that this is only the first of possibly many updates for the classic game title.

Blizzard’s revival of the classic game titles that made the company what it is today has been generally well-received by its fan base. At this rate, an update for Starcraft could be just around the corner.

Derek Forrest is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom’s Hardware and Tom’s IT Pro. Follow Derek Forrest on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, RSS, Twitter and YouTube.

  • toddybody
    Very refreshing to see a developer give some attention to their catalog. I'd be shocked to see this from other studios...
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  • jkhoward
    This is great, I hope that this brings players back to the game. I'd love to see some new custom maps!
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  • dgingeri
    Sweet!
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  • tbjamies
    Anyone know if there is native widescreen support now or do i still need edit the registry?
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  • dgingeri
    I'm downloading it now. I have an ultrawide screen, (Dell 31" 3440X1440) so I'll find out pretty quick.
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  • dgingeri
    I just got it installed. (It installed extremely fast!) It works perfectly at 3440X1440, and all lower resolutions were available down to 1024X768, in both 16 bit and 32 bit color.
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  • tbjamies
    Thanks for the update! You mean via the graphics settings page correct?
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  • Wolfshadw
    I DL'ed the patch for Diablo II and it worked find for my widescreen 1920x1080 display. Didn't think to check what resolution I was actually playing at. At work, so can't check now.
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  • RedJaron
    Interesting. I thought they said they'd never support anything wider than 16:9 in StarCraft II since it was an unfair advantage or something. Guess WCIII doesn't exactly have tournaments or ladders.
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  • Wolfshadw
    Still waiting for the Warcraft II patch, please!!! Never cared for the cartoonish animation of WCIII.
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