Warcraft 1/2 not getting the Diablo 1 Treatment

Warcraft Remake Editorial

When people heard about Diablo 1 being introduced into Diablo 3 as a way to celebrate the franchise in 2017, of course people thought back to the other games that made Blizzard famous: Warcraft 1 and Warcraft 2. However, Pearce confirmed during Blizzcon that under no certain terms would we get a remake of Warcraft 1 or Warcraft 2. Specifically, he had this to say:

“We had some dedicated folks that were passionate about the idea, dig up the Warcraft 1 assets and code. They got it working and they got it running in a window. And I played it. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans was awesome for its time. I promise you, in today’s world, by today’s standards, it’s just not that fun anymore.”

Warcraft 2 Remake Editorial

Let’s look at that: Not that fun anymore. For him, maybe, sure. I don’t necessarily know that I agree because honestly? I love nostalgia, like most of my generation does. Though I did get to play a lot of Warcraft 1 and 2, thanks to having friends who owned PCs [I did not], and even played the console ports of Diablo and Warcraft 2. . .Those were not so fun. He insists that it wouldn’t be fun anymore, but I’m not so sure I agree. I’ve been considering dusting off my Warcraft 2 CDROM and seeing for myself if it’s just “not fun anymore”. Most people I’ve talked to said they still love Warcraft 1 and 2 and would play them still. I understand that their resources only go so far, and they have current games they have to focus on. I get that. But to say “Never gonna happen, nyah nyah nyah” seems kind of trite. I’d like to see a visually updated Warcraft 2; the first maybe not so much. But to be frank, I’m not upset that they aren’t considering it, just how they responded, and insist it won’t be fun. Don’t tell people what’s fun and what isn’t. That’s our job as press!

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  • Herschel Pilcher III

    I love the old games, but there is a reason we’ve advanced gaming tech in recent years. There is nothing wrong with the ideas presented in classic games and using those in tandem with modern tech.

    A better use of time, however, would be actually coming up with new ideas. Too much of the entertainment industry is just rehashed old ideas/product. It’s sad.