I mentioned at the end of January that Warcraft III Reforged had finally been released by Blizzard, linking out to some of the early problems with the work that people were complaining about. I had pre-ordered it back after BlizzCon 2018 and was going to wait a while before tackling it because I figured Blizzard might have a plan to fix things.
Meanwhile, the heat on the game just kept getting hotter, and now it is the turn of Honest Game Trailers.
Honest Game Trailers has a tradition at hitting at the weak spots of titles in a way that is often light and doesn’t make you feel bad if you’re a fan. For example, every video about a Pokemon game reminds us how close to the path GameFreak stays. But we like it that way and can laugh at ourselves for our devotion.
And then there is their new video about Warcraft III Reforged… but I suspect that it might be tough to find fans of the remake give the tally of issues that have been discovered since it launched. Have you seen its score on Metacritic?
Ouch. So instead of a self-deprecating chuckle that fans can have at their own expense, this episode runs more like an indictment.
Compare to that, the look back to the Warcraft RTS franchise they did about four years back is practically a love letter.
I don’t want to say that Warcraft III Reforged necessarily should have been a slam dunk for Blizz… though they still had a lot of goodwill and nostalgia going for them… but they set expectations back at BlizzCon 2018 that they not only didn’t meet, but features that were kind of expected were removed. Oh, and to keep everything in sync, they were also removed from that copy of Warcraft III you own if you updated it to play online. Not a good look for what SynCaine is calling the “New Blizzard.”
As for a plan, as reported elsewhere, Blizzard is offering “no questions asked refunds.”
That is less of a plan and more or a mea culpa I suppose, but it is something I guess. And since this apparently being my month for disillusionment and refunds, I applied for the latter (having experience the former) and it was approved within a few minutes. There are a series of options to choose from when you request a refund, but for this one “Regret” seemed to be pretty much on the nose. I am sure that applies to Blizzard’s feelings as well at this point.
My credit card hasn’t been reimbursed yet. The messaging is a bit muddled, with various responses telling me I’ll have my refund in 3, 7, or possibly 15 days. But I expect it will come through eventually. (Edit: Just checked and I have been refunded within the 3 day estimate, so high marks for Blizz on that I guess.)
Maybe I should stop pining for a Diablo II remaster and just keep hoping they don’t mess up WoW Classic. I am still enjoying that.