I have never posted here but I have been a huge fan of Warcraft 3 since i was a small kid discovering video gaming for the first time.
Warcraft 3 was my first online game and I had many good times from then up until now STILL playing Warcraft 3 Reign of Chaos TO THIS DAY.
I am very sad you locked RoC – as I never made the jump into TFT but that is a seperate matter! (RoC is still the Warcraft from MY childhood…)
I am writing this because I cannot overlook some of the change in direction of character art/model/design and feel that I am worried about other changes that might follow with it…
I was always a huge Night Elf fan so I will be discussing purely on my opinion of these changes – but that does not mean I do not have strong feelings about the other races too.
This is ‘Warcraft 3: REFORGED’ emphasis on Reforged right?
This is about and based on PAST events NOT the events of World of Warcraft.
This is my Tyrande Whisperwind:
The one I grew up with
Whilst I understand these are outdated they are still the ORIGINAL design of the character that I know and love. Now quite distinctly she has BLUE HAIR with a elune/moon jewel that we all journeyed through Warcraft 3 campaigns with.
Now the first time I was concerned was when I saw the official site for Reforged had this image for her:
But also in your concept arts she has Teal hair and is missing the elune/moon jewel…
Concept art reforged Tyrande:
In the recent leak she looks vastly different:
Recent leaked Image:
Which to me is much more in line with what she looks like in WoW (future events that is all after Warcraft 3)
How she looks in WoW:
Which to me has now gone in the direction of the Heroes of the Storm design:
Now whilst this could be explained much better than someone like me…
This is just not the same Tyrande that I grew up playing Warcraft 3 with…
This is the WoW / Heroes of the Storm version which is all AFTER Warcraft 3 (you could pass that off by saying she is older / changed hair whatever) but its not Tyrande from the time period in Warcraft 3 Reign of Chaos // The Frozen Throne.
And you can apply this logic to A LOT of the changes being made to characters across all of Reforged…
It really worries me about what will happen to some of the other characters.
For example Cenarius in Warcraft 3:
But in WoW:
UPDATED- - - Realise I got this image wrong apologies for that.
Which makes me fearful for the Keeper of the Grove and Demon Hunter models…
Or the basic paladin…
Sorry but look at that haircut compared to the original:
And its not just the heroes/characters either… some of the units are heavily influenced from designs based on WoW models.
Example being ALL of these silhouettes:
And a lot of the models visible in gameplay videos and pictures on the website that were not shown in this post I.E the Footman.
(I could show many more but you get the point I was trying to make I hope).
Slight variations are to be expected but some of these fundamentally change the look and designs of the original and for me and many others they are just not our Warcraft (the past) its too much influence from WoW/HoTS (future) events and designs.
I know that we can just use the old Warcraft classic version etc – thats what everyone will say. But let me ask you this.
Do die hard fans of Warcraft 3 Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne not deserve our characters with their original designs looking glorious in HD / 4k too?
I don’t know what I am trying to accomplish with this – its more just writing my thoughts onto somewhere it might be read.
But please Blizzard. Keep all of this in mind with these changes you are making.
Warcraft 3 was the ORIGINAL not WoW.
You are essentially touching up the original not re-designing it to bring it in line with WoW… At least that is what I and many others were hoping for…
And I really hope for the sake of Warcraft 3 that we are not alone on this because we are the one’s who have been playing since 2002 onwards.
Who will still be here after people have played through the RTS once or twice and go back to their MMORPGs.
–I realise this is probably not the best explanation and maybe I could have portrayed the point better – but this was a real attempt to reach out and put my honest opinion out there.–
Please try to respect my opinion as I will respect yours in the replies.
Thank you for reading!
PS: Why cant I post images or at least links to the images? Made writing this very difficult…
Just wanted to quote something I wrote below because people keep seeming to skip the thread and assume that I want a purist only Warcraft 3 remaster.
Which is not what I am implying: