With the original Diablo getting the necromancy treatment (not to be confused with the Necromancer treatment) in Diablo III, fans of other Blizzard series are wondering when they’re gonna get theirs. The answer for Warcraft? Not any time soon, unfortunately.
During a Q&A at BlizzCon (via Eurogamer), Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce fielded a question about remasters of Warcraft 1 and 2. He explained that Blizzard does have all the original source code and assets for those games (developers are not always so fortunate), but it can be hard to access it and figure out how it all works again. A lot of time has passed. People forget.
But it is possible. For Pearce, the bigger issue is, right now it’s just not worth the effort.
“We had some dedicated folks that were passionate about the idea dig up the Warcraft 1 assets and code,” he explained. “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.”
“We have limited resources with everything that we choose to do,” he added. “We would much rather work on amazing content for World of Warcraft for you guys, or for Overwatch, or evaluating what a future project pipeline might be and devote our time to that, rather than going back and digging up those fossils.”
However, he added that Blizzard still loves those older games, and Blizzard president Mike Morhaime chimed in with an, “At this time,” implying that things could change.
I get where Pearce is coming from. Shit, I played Warcraft 2 first, then tried Warcraft 1 and thought it was kinda dull. That happened back in... 1996? But those games were still foundational for people like me, and it’d be cool to have the option of reliving the good old days. Oh well. Maybe one day we’ll get full remakes with reimagined mechanics? I can dream.