Warcraft 3 Reforged released yesterday and despite the interest in the remaster, things aren’t looking too good so far. Many players are reporting a lot of issues with the game that should’ve been fixed or changed before launch but weren’t. These issues range from the performance of the game, all the way to issues lying deep in the game’s EULA. Needless to say, the community is not happy and expected more from a company such as Blizzard.
Starting with the most glaring issue of them all is the rights of custom game map makers. If you dig into the EULA, you can find an excerpt that says any maps are “intellectual property” of Blizzard. This means they can officially use your map at any time, and they are not required to compensate you. For map makers, this is huge and is only a fraction of the restrictions they have now. There’s also a restriction on copyrighted material (which no longer allows some previous Warcraft 3 maps) and the removal of inappropriate maps.
As said previously, they aren’t the only ones affected. The game has a lot of issues too, such as unit movement being locked to 20 FPS. This is only bogged down by a ton of the game’s features not receiving any updates. Most glaringly in that regard is the game’s cutscenes being ripped straight from the original version with no updates. If you want to read a compiled list of all the big issues, there’s a great Reddit post summing that up here.
Overall, things are not looking good for the future of Warcraft 3 Reforged. With many of the issues not being fixable without a complete overhaul, it’s hard to tell where they’ll go from here. We can only hope things will look up though.
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