Blizzard's Warcraft series was a landmark in gaming.
Not only were they great games in their own right, they also proved that the then-fledgling real-time strategy genre, which had previously limited itself to modern-day or futuristic settings, could work perfectly well in a fantasy setting. Not only that, but the deep lore created for the games proved popular with fans, and eventually went on to spawn the most popular massively multiplayer game of all time along with all manner of other spinoff products.
The new World of Warcraft expansion, announced at BlizzCon, takes players back into the past of the Warcraft universe to relive past conflicts. As such, the original Warcraft games and their campaigns are about to become a whole lot more relevant to World of Warcraft players -- many of whom may not have experienced them first time around.
Speaking at a question and answer panel at BlizzCon, production director J. Allen Brack commented that the team at Blizzard has been considering reviving the original Warcraft games for some time now.
"So, we have a several guys on our team who are actually working on a side project to do something like that in some form or fashion," he said. "We're fans of Warcraft 1, Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, and we'd love to replay those games for sure."
Brack didn't give any further details, so it's not clear whether the plan is simply to resurrect the old games using DOSBOX, GOG.com style, or whether the intention is to do something altogether more ambitious like remaking them with, say, the StarCraft II engine. Either way, for those who enjoy Warcraft's well-realized lore and setting but have no interest in playing massively multiplayer games, the return of these classic games will likely be welcome news.