For more than ten years die hard Warcraft fans have been asking Blizzard for a sequel to what’s widely known as one of the best fantasy RTS titles of all time – Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard is a company that listens to its fans on occasion but have so far not managed to fulfill this particular request, nor do they plan on doing it as far as we know. Seeing as how Warcraft 4 is unlikely to grace our PCs anytime soon, the master race took matters into their own hands and have begun working on the next best thing. Although the project in question is not a sequel to Warcraft 3, it’s definitely very impressive and might just be a dream come true for many gamers out there.
Enter WarCraft: Armies Of Azeroth, an unofficial remake of Warcraft 3 that’s being developed in the Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm engine by some very talented modders. Just last month, nostalgia hit me and I finished replaying the Warcraft 3 campaigns for the eleventh time, but after seeing this mod I think I might be ready for my twelfth playthrough already. The creators of this mod were somehow able to keep the atmosphere of the original intact while also managing to greatly improve the graphics. Despite the fact that WarCraft: Armies Of Azeroth is running on the Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm engine, the game doesn’t look like it’s taking place in a futuristic universe. Indeed, the fantasy setting is all there complete with all the magic and medieval-inspired weapons we know and love from the original.
The mod in question has actually been in development for a number of months already but has only recently got its first gameplay trailer showcasing the Alliance faction, more commonly known as the Humans. For all the World of Wacraft fans out there, this is the original Alliance, so don’t expect to see Draenei, Night Elves or Worgen here. What you’ll mostly be looking at are Humans, Dwarves, and Blood Elves (yes, they weren’t always with the Horde), so just like in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne. From what I can gather, the creators of WarCraft: Armies Of Azeroth are taking one faction at a time and are currently only working on finishing the Alliance, although I hope I’m wrong since I’m absolutely DYING to see how the Undead will look like in the Starcraft 2 engine.
This is apparently not just any old remake judging by the video description which mentions something about new gameplay and features. Definitely looking forward to that. As for a possible release date, it’s currently TBD so we might have to wait a while until we’ll be able to play this mod. This is a pretty big effort with no involvement from Blizzard Entertainment and these types of projects usually take a bit. But considering that Blizzard is not likely to make a surprise announcement regarding Warcraft 4 in the foreseeable future, this is essentially our best chance at experiencing the RTS world of Azeroth in a brand new way .
You can stay up to date with Warcraft: Armies of Azeroth by visiting the mod’s Facebook page here. Also, be sure to check out this ongoing Reddit thread if you want to see what others have to say about the new gameplay trailer.