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Blizzard’s “side project”: bringing Warcraft 1 and 2 to modern PCs


A tiny team within the great monolith that is Blizzard Entertainment are fiddling with games they haven’t touched for a decade and a half. They’re working to rejig Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness for contemporary PCs.

One fan asked a laser-focused question of the WoW dev team at a BlizzCon 2013 panel this weekend – would Blizzard consider making the older Warcraft games compatible with modern computers?

“So, we actually have a guy on our team – actually several guys on our team – who are actually working on a side project to do something like that in some form or fashion,” said WoW production director J. Allen Brack, about as directly as he could manage. “We’re fans of Warcraft 1, Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, and we’d love to replay those games for sure.”

Coo! It’s difficult to imagine that GOG haven’t already approach Blizzard about adapting the Warcraft games for modern machines. But the thing about operating a self-imposed closed system like battle.net is that you have to do everything yourself.

It’s certainly the right time for the early Warcrafts to return – new WoW expansion Warlords of Draenor rewinds the clock to a “pivotal moment in history to fight against and alongside legends from Warcraft’s brutal past”. And Duncan Jones’ Warcraft movie has finally been revealed as a first-contact story of the very Orcs & Humans who subtitled Blizzard’s first-ever RTS.

Does your history with Blizzard pre-date Warcraft III? By all means, fill the comment section with your reminiscences.

Thanks, Polygon and MMO Champion.