In the wake of an overwhelmingly bad response to Warcraft III: Warforged, including record-breaking review bombing and an onslaught of refunds for pre-purchase of the game, Blizzard has finally responded to disappointed fans and players.
According to an official forum post by Warcraft community manager Randy Jordan, also known as Kaivax, Blizzard has been following player feedback closer over the past couple of days and has plans to remedy many of the reported bugs and fix many of the issues that players have been lamenting about en masse. In addition, Jordan apologised on behalf of Blizzard for providing players with an experience that failed to meet expectations.
The patch dedicated to fixing colour and shading issues in Classic Mode are expected to be incorporated into a larger patch expected to release later this week. This patch will additionally address issues such as fixing some portrait animations and audio bugs, implementing some UI fixes, and more. The patch notes will provide a detailed list of all of the fixes upon launch.
Patches, however, will not address some of the things that have bothered fans since the game’s release last week. Jordan made it clear that while they are taking feedback from the Warcraft III community very seriously, there are some things that they will not be adjusting. On the matter, Jordan had this to say,
“Related to that, as we talked about last year at BlizzCon, we did not want the in-game cutscenes to steer too far from the original game. We went a little deeper into the thought process behind that at the show, but the main takeaway is that the campaigns tell one of the classic stories in Warcraft history, and we want to preserve the true spirit of Warcraft III and allow players to relive these unforgettable moments as they were (albeit rebuilt with new animations and the higher fidelity art).”
Blizzard recognises that this particular forum post does not necessarily address all of or even a majority of the questions and concerns players have posed after the last week. That said, Jordan assures readers that Blizzard is committed to the development and support of this game and will be committed for “a long time to come,”. Until the release of the patch, Jordan encourages players to continue providing feedback on the game as they will continue to keep up with what the Warcraft III community has to say.