Now Warcraft 3 Is Getting a New Update [PATCH NOTES REVEALED]
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[UPDATE] Warcraft III's 1.27a update is out now and the patch notes have popped up in Blizzard's forums. Like the Diablo II patch before it, this one should make Warcraft III run more smoothly on newer machines. There are also a series of known issues to be aware of. You can see the full patch notes below.
Warcraft III 1.27a Patch Notes:
Specific Changes & Improvements
- Throw away that old PowerPC Mac in the closet; we've created a new installer to support Mac 10.10 and 10.11
- Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
- Fixed a crash caused by Chain Lightning
- Windows 8.1 and 10 saved games are still stored in a location that requires running as system admin
- Some graphical issues with the cinematics are still occurring
- Changes to gamma settings will not take effect in windowed mode
- Cyrillic characters are still not displaying
- Disabled ambient sound while a MIDI issue is being resolved
- Mac 10.9 and earlier are not supported
- Mac build does not support the editor
The original story is below.
Blizzard Classic Games lead Robert Bridenbecker made the announcement in a YouTube video posted today by Back2Warcraft. The video is themed around the Chinese version of Warcraft III, but Bridenbecker explains that the update, 1.27, will be released around the world on March 15.
"Thank you very much for your support over the past decade, playing Warcraft III," he said. "Over the past few months, you may have noticed we have introduced a new battle platform. It's introduced features like matchmaking [and] the ability to communicate with your friends at a level that is unparalleled to anything we have done with Warcraft III in the market before. And on top of that, we're proud to announce that on March 15, the next patch for Warcraft III will be available in the market, simultaneously with the rest of the globe."
At this point, Blizzard isn't saying what's included in the patch. Back2Warcraft suggests in this follow-up video that the patch may include balance tweaks, but this is not confirmed.
Bridenbecker also teased in the video that Warcraft III's upcoming patch won't be the last, as Blizzard is planning more updates of unspecified nature for the future.
Diablo II's patch--its first in almost five years--introduced changes to help the game run better on modern computers. It's possible Warcraft III's will do the same.
These updates for old Blizzard games comes after the company formed Classic Games division last year.
"We need engineers to help maintain our legacy games," Blizzard said at the time. "We have a history of maintaining our games for many years. Our earlier games are still played and enjoyed today, so we want to continue to maintain them for those communities."