Fans of yet another popular game franchise from Blizzard Entertainment will have to keep waiting for the fourth installment, at least for now.
At last weekend's BlizzCon 2018, the game developer announced Warcraft III: Reforged, a remastered edition of 2002's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion that will feature updated animations, characters, and campaigns from the fan-favorite game.
The news that Blizzard is revisiting the classic real-time strategy aspects of the Warcraft franchise years after pivoting to MMO with the wildly successful World of Warcraft was enough to fuel speculation that a fourth installment in the series might be underway. Sadly, that does not seem to be the case.
"I mean, I wouldn't rule anything out, but we don't have any plans around [Warcraft IV] at this point," Pete Stilwell, Blizzard's senior producer, told GameSpot. "Getting [Warcraft III: Reforged] right, I think, is our priority first and foremost."
So, unless Blizzard is hiding some kind of surprise announcement in the coming months, Reforged is not a back-door way of announcing new Warcraft games for the moment.
That could be particularly disappointing for some fans given the major letdown that rocked attendees at BlizzCon this year. After teasing multiple possible projects in the popular Diablo franchise, leading many fans to believe Diablo 4 was on the way, the developer announced the mobile game Diablo Immortal instead. Fans were not pleased, and because this is the gaming world they were not shy about showing it.
Still, this is a different situation. Blizzard didn't tease a new Warcraft game, just a remaster of an old one, and while that can certainly be a measurement of interest for new games in the future, it's not exactly a bait and switch. For now, Warcraft fans will just have to make do with an updated version of a classic, and hope that maybe the next BlizzCon will bring something more.