Tapping into the pool of what made Blizzard great, Warcraft 3: Reforged issues invites for multiplayer beta testing.
Today, Blizzard is known for bleeding out veteran game developers, corporate scandals, constantly canceling projects, and making sequels worse than an indie studio. It is also known for creating games that have no coherency and story, such as Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm.
However, a long, long time ago, it was not so. Blizzard was known for breaking the gaming ceiling with its creativity and tight gameplay loops. The Warcraft franchise was especially conducive to fortifying the studio as a gaming giant.
17 years after the release of Warcraft 3, the remastered Warcraft 3: Reforged is nearing its release date with live multiplayer beta testing.
Warcraft III: Reforged's multiplayer beta begins this week!
— Warcraft III: Reforged (@Warcraft3) October 29, 2019
The first round of multiplayer testing will only include the foundational races of the Warcraft universe — orcs and humans — both for 1v1 and 2v2 matchmaking. After that, in the following weeks, they will be joined by night elves, the undead, and the additional gaming modes you grew accustomed to in Starcraft 2.
The likelihood of receiving an invitation is certain if you have already pre-purchased the $40 Spoils of War edition. Getting that edition will also enhance your main characters with a number of Reforged skins. Cross-game content for all current Blizzard stable of games will also be there:
- World of Warcraft (Meat Wagon mount)
- Hearthstone (Third Ward card)
- Diablo III (pet)
- Overwatch (icons and sprays)
- Heroes of the Storm (Thrall, Jaina, Anub’arak, and Tyrande heroes)
Don’t worry, if you didn’t get the Spoils of War Edition, you will eventually get an invite if you merely pre-purchased the Standard Edition — just not in the initial waves. However, this can change if Blizzard decides they need more players for testing the multiplayer functionality.
The fully-featured Warcraft 3: Reforged should be released by the end of this year.
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