Earlier in 2017, Blizzard Entertainment released a new patch for the original Starcraft, improving compatibility with newer operating systems and making the game completely free. Today, the studio has a new patch for another classic. Warcraft III will eventually be updated with Patch 1.29, which is currently available for testing on the Public Test Realms.
The patch is planned to add widescreen support to Warcraft III. There's also changes coming to multiplayer, increasing game lobbies to 24 players and expanding the available team colors. The World Editor is getting another pass, with size limits for objects, map size, tile sets, resources, and more being increased. Finally, Blizzard is making balance changes to specific characters and units.
Unlike Starcraft II, Blizzard has offered a full smaller patches for Warcraft III within the last decade. Patch 1.25b and 1.26 actually came out in 2011, with some small fixes and balance changes. There were another few patches in 2016 and 2017, leading up to today's patch.
Announcing the Warcraft III Invitational! See the latest PTR changes in action with @followgrubby, @Back2Warcraft and more!— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) February 22, 2018
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More importantly, this patch is celebrated by the very first Warcraft III Invitational. Blizzard Entertainment has brought together some of the best Warcraft 3 players from around the world for a whole series of special events. The entire thing will take place on February 27 - 28 on Twitch, with Back2Warcraft casters Neo and Remo hosting the event.
"We love and continue to support our Warcraft III community, and we’re excited to see classic competitors like Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, Park "Lyn" Joon, and Kim "ReMinD" Sung Sik try out all the new PTR changes for themselves—including balance adjustments to many heroes, widescreen support, and more – all playable now on the PTR!" said Blizzard community manager Josh "Khalmanac" Quinnett.