Please fire the person who is in charge for making all these decisions or give me his/her name. If they were already working on a big patch with ranked games and player profiles etc. why the hell would you fire the people NOW?! You can't tell me that this company has not enough money to pay a few developers patching the old games. Outsourcing patches means that new people will have to fix some stuff they don't even know and probably won't touch the ranked matchmaking and player profiles already in development.
Just make the game Open Source and you will get much more done than in the last few months. Right now I am willing to patch the game myself. It's just some C/C++ code and probably one line of code to add the custom campaigns button.
Even improving the performance of the shitty main menu would not take that long.
I wouldn't mind it, given that there is some modding potential - which I doubt there will be.Warcraft for phones, uhmm, wonder if there will be a section on the Hive for that too in the future, in the case that becomes a reality ofc.
You mean Q4 earning calls?Well, there was an ATVI investor call today.
No surprise there.Obviously no mention of Reforged
Again, no surprise there. People keep say that Shadowlands is actually quite a decent expansion. Haven't come back to WoW myself, mostly cause it doesn't feel right after what they've done with Warcraft 3, and cause my Arcane Mage is a total sh**t now, literally the worst DPS spec in game, but people actually say it's quite nice.World of Warcraft was unsurprisingly listed along Call of Duty and Candy Crush as one of the key titles for the company.
Again no surprise there, considering Blizzard's been basically pretending that the game doesn't exist.Overwatch 2 being set for 2022 or later kinda is.
Sadly, after what they've done with Reforged, I can't blame Blizzard for firing them. Sure Reforged is Blizzard management fault, yes I agree, but the devs are also to blame as well, maybe not as much, but definitely are to blame as well.This pretty much confirms that the Classic Team is gone and the support for other games is being outsourced.
Surprise! Well, no. Not really.Diablo 2: Resurrected is indeed a thing.
Sadly, after what they've done with Reforged, I can't blame Blizzard for firing them. Sure Reforged is Blizzard management fault, yes I agree, but the devs are also to blame as well, maybe not as much, but definitely are to blame as well.
As I've said, everything, in part.
Well I don't really think that's particularly fair tbh, unless you can point to something the dev's did, maybe changes to the campaign, to the client etc that you disagree with then maybe you'd have a point but you also need to bare in mind the fact that the development was rushed and corporate anounced pre-orders for a one year later release without telling the devs.
Damn, at first glance this phrase made me rejoice, then I reread and understood what you meant.But few people seemed interested in doing what I am doing partly because I struggle to be interested in teaching them how.
Not sure what the "easy way out" is, but personally I appreciate a little push to get started on working stuff out. Then I can work from there autonomously, but after being out of the loop on wc3 related stuff for so long, it is difficult to know where to start if I ever wanted to "mod" wc3 in the deeper meaning/branch of it.But he mixes it up with some random rant about people asking him things, when it's normal that they do so, even in a wrong way. As a tool developer (seller) on Unreal and a game designer, I myself am confronted with these kind of people all the time.
The morale boost is most welcome . Yet, desyncs, crashes, lack of custom campaigns, these are things that only the persons holding the source code can fix. Wc3 community has gone far, but it took advantage of things like unofuscated code that are not a reality anymore. The thing about wc3 was always that the perfect learning curve it had on any of its subfields. High quality modeling became an obstacle, and ofuscated code is probably gonna be one too. As someone here already said, there's only so much time you can dedicate to your hobbies.I see people decrying the future of Warcraft III, but that future is up to you as a community. Over the last three years I had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of you all over the world, worked with you on features, troubleshooting bugs, organized a tournament, and so much more. I know your talent. Warcraft III can still be the creative outlet you want it to be.
The "easy" way would be to ask me on one of my hundred videos "HOW DO YOU AN HACK AND SLASH". The additional "spice" would be to kinda "blame me" for not answering or asking like if I must answer.Not sure what the "easy way out" is, but personally I appreciate a little push to get started on working stuff out. Then I can work from there autonomously, but after being out of the loop on wc3 related stuff for so long, it is difficult to know where to start if I ever wanted to "mod" wc3 in the deeper meaning/branch of it.
Don't expect "too much" Reforged mentioning. Especially since it's only presented together with SC and SC2. You forgot to say that this is the first Blizzcon after 5 years without Heroes of the Storm even getting mentioned (despite being on the poster) meaning that game is now officially dead.So, the Blizzcon schedule is up: Schedule - BlizzCon
Thus it's also time for my list of Blizzcon predictions and a where we stand/rumor/leak summary with a rather jaded commentary, because I'm getting old.
(spoiler: there are no leaks this year oh, well...)
Anyway, let's start with Reforged, because there IS SOMETHING. I mean, not for Reforged, but W3 - there is a "Strategy" channel that will contain:
- a Starcraft/Starcraft II mini-tournament/invitational thing for famous pros
- a 20 minute Blizzard anniversary panel focusing on the early games
- a "user-generated" content showcase for SC, SC2, W3
- a community showcase and a live-animation panel
I wonder what W3 custom content they show off at the "user-generated" showcase panel. I doubt they're going to take any custom campaigns, because Reforged doesn't support them , so they'll probably focus on SC/SC2 and mention some popular W3 maps only briefly. But hey, maybe they'll give a shoutout to the Hive
As for the rest... I didn't expect them to talk about Reforged, but not organizing even a single showmatch for a remaster released a year ago is very, very telling. Best case scenario, we'll get an update post before Blizzcon, though WoW and Hearthstone already got theirs, so maybe we're already past that point. My guess is that there won't be any Reforged news for a while. Depressing, but hardly surprising.
STILL TUNE IN TO THE CUSTOM CONTENT PANEL TO SEE IF THEY MENTION US HYYYYYPE!
(day 2, 20th February, here's a schedule that converts to your timezone: https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/9737-BlizzConline-Schedule)
On the other hand, Overwatch 2 got only 1 panel... Given how they described the game at last Blizzcon, i.e. as a mix between a new game (lots of new content) and an expansion pack (but tied and still updating the original), I thought that it was coming out relatively soon. Like, even last year or early this year soon. That obviously didn't happen and now it looks like it might not come out this year. Yikes.
But then, the original game is "dead", the Overwatch league is a fail and Overwatch 2 got a very "meh" reception when it was revealed, so I guess that nobody cares anymore. At least I don't see any hype for Overwatch 2. Heck, I see more people interested in Diablo Immortal (of all things) or meme-ing Reforged than talking about OW2 And to think that this was one of their big announcements last Blizzcon. Yikes again.
WoW just got a patch 9.0.5 PTR with some system changes and the patch is supposed to arrive in March, so their Blizzcon panels will probably be about 9.1 and 9.1.5. Maybe also a little tease of 9.2, but nothing special. Plus there are rumors that Classic: Burning Crusade is coming, so there's that. Oh, and they're going to show that Ancient mount that players voted for, which I'm actually excited about, because the prospect of riding on a big tree when I resubscribe to WoW for a bit sounds fun
Hearthstone I literally couldn't care less about - obviously they will reveal the next expansion. And I heard they're rotating out the old basic set of cards and the new one is free. I'm guessing that it's meant to incentivize people to try Hearthstone, since they'll be able to get a decent amount of cards to build decks with for free. Get them hooked, throw in some free packs, foster that lootbo... I mean, card pack addiction and watch them spend, right? Yeah, I'm out.
Finally, Diablo. Immortal is likely getting an alpha/beta/release date announcement. It definetely comes out this year as per their earnings report. As I've said before, it's supposedly really good, so if you have a phone (hehe) then I guess that's interesting. Anyway, it would be hilarious if they released it on an April's Fools day I know it won't happen, but damn - the memes would be glorious
On to some more serious matters. Diablo 4 is showing a new class. At last Blizzcon people spotted a piece of concept art for a Hunter-style class, so it might be it. Here's the art if you haven't seen it yet - https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/e43fow/diablo_iv_hunter_class_concept_art/. Other than that, they have 3 panels, so... Lots of time to talk about updates and show new stuff - I'm guessing one will be about the class and one for a general D4 dev update.
Here's where the plot thickens, because I doubt D4 will have enough content for more than 2 panels and I don't think Immortal can carry a whole panel, so I'm going to guess that the "developer roundtable thing" is going to be a shared D2 Resurrected/Diablo Immortal panel.
Other than that - no room for new IPs, a lot of community/fluff stuff and some Q&As. Pretty standard stuff minus e-sports.
I didn't forget - I just decided to pay my respects to HotS with a curtain of silenceYou forgot to say that this is the first Blizzcon after 5 years without Heroes of the Storm even getting mentioned (despite being on the poster) meaning that game is now officially dead.
How did you manage? I mean seriously. Mine was a newest model from December 2018, and now, two years later, it's falling apart, literally. Your phone is a technological miracle. The thing I'm mostly interested in is TBC, late TBC was the first time I ever got to play WoW, so who knows, I might come back to WoW after all. I also don't play Overwatch, FPSs just aren't my thing. And I too will try out Immortal, once or if I get a new phone.Heck, my old phone might be holding up great, but it's like 5 years old already, so... Perhaps I'll need to buy a new one this year and when I do, I might even consider trying out Diablo: Immortal. I know it's blasphemy, but it legit looks good, so if it's F2P and I'll get a phone that can run it, why not?
Quite simply. It's a MOBA. Sure it's FPS, full 3D, has no minions, but it's a MOBA in pretty much every other way. And MOBAs require content to be added constantly. Few months of content drought is already critical for a MOBA. And a full year of content drought, as it is now for OW... well that's the result.How did Overwatch die off so quickly?
Every game has some playerbase, even "hits" like Reforged, Anthem or Fallout 76 The thing is - Overwatch was supposed to be the next big thing - a huge game, with a thriving e-sport scene and constant updates. And it definetely started this way, but declined tremendously over the years and now it's just a niche title. And for a game that had huge plans like Overwatch... that's pretty much "dead".Overwatch is far from dead lol. They have a solid playerbase
Aye, pretty much this. Overwatch had issues with content updates from day one and modern multiplayer-focused games rely heavily on constant additions and changes. This and e-sport/streaming, which Blizzard hurt by pushing Overwatch League so hard.It's a MOBA. Sure it's FPS, full 3D, has no minions, but it's a MOBA in pretty much every other way. And MOBAs require content to be added constantly.
Well, I got myself a classic phone for work (I said I was getting old! on the other hand: I don't need it for anything else than calls and it has a good battery, which is super nice because I don't have to remember to charge it regularly ), so outside of checking something online, I don't use my smartphone (the 5 year old one) too much That's probably it. And that I'm usually pretty lucky with choosing devicesHow did you manage? I mean seriously. Mine was a newest model from December 2018, and now, two years later, it's falling apart, literally.
We're completely different Taking it then that you didn't try Shadowlands?The thing I'm mostly interested in is TBC, late TBC was the first time I ever got to play WoW, so who knows, I might come back to WoW after all.
While I agree on the fact that they haven't peaked like they wanted, it remains a game with numerous game modes all finding games pretty fast (except DPS Ranked).Every game has some playerbase, even "hits" like Reforged, Anthem or Fallout 76 The thing is - Overwatch was supposed to be the next big thing - a huge game, with a thriving e-sport scene and constant updates. And it definetely started this way, but declined tremendously over the years and now it's just a niche title. And for a game that had huge plans like Overwatch... that's pretty much "dead".
Overwatch is far from dead lol. They have a solid playerbase and while the content got pretty quiet these past months I'm sure they're hard focusing on getting OW2 more hyping than it was before.
No, I haven't. Heard people say it's quite nice, not Legion nice, but nice. But for some reason I simply didn't care. Maybe it's just me, maybe it's Blizzard, maybe it's my lack of (enough) free time, maybe it's a fact SL is the first expansion with 100% new lore, maybe it's everything combined. I might come back to TBC for nostalgia sake, heck even today TBC probably has the best dungeons and raids of any expansion (rivaled only by WotLK), but it's a big might.We're completely different Taking it then that you didn't try Shadowlands?
You made some good arguments, so I'll concede that calling it "dead" was too harsh.While I agree on the fact that they haven't peaked like they wanted, it remains a game with numerous game modes all finding games pretty fast (except DPS Ranked). It means there are still many players on the game.
I might concede that it's not "dead", but we'll have to agree to disagree about the "niche" part.It's far from "niche" yet.
Oh, I know, but after that HotS has also been getting some patches, didn't it? However, as time went on, I think it started slowing down. I'd assume it was because the full team likely left some unfinished stuff that the smaller team was able to finish fairly easily, but once that well went dry and they had to do things from scratch, it look more time. And finally, now that the Classic Games Team is gone, one could only wonder what it means for HotS updates. I think there will be some, though not very often.MasterBlaster, HotS was in full throttle and even received massive patches, updates and a gameplay overhaul before it was (very suddenly) had the plug pulled on it.
Which is sad, really. This modern trend of "we have to be the biggest and make ALL THE MONEY" is so annoying. I'm confident that HotS was popular enough to pay for its development and make a bit of profit, but the company simply figured out that they'll make more money if they move the devs to something else. On one had, can't blame Activision on making that step, on the other - as I've said above - it's really sad.The reason being simple, it was not competing favorably with League of Legends and DOTA 2.
If you're going define a dead game as a game that is no longer playable then sure, you're right. But then, there's not a lot of dead games out there as even some very old titles still have an okay-ish population.A dead game would be something like Sacred, Lineage II, Age of Mythology or Heroes of Newerth. For online games, true death comes when the servers are shut down.
Then I would submit you have a very different understanding of the term "dead" as it applies to games.To me, however, a dead game is a game that is limited to it's (not necessarily insignificant) core playerbase, but is mostly irrelevant to the general gaming audience and as such, is very unlikely receive significant updates and grow, so it will likely struggle to maintain its population in the long term. I guess you could say it's more "dying" than "dead", but with how many games are pumped out these days and how easy it is to find something else to play, I don't think there's really that much of a difference.
P.S. And yes, I'd say Reforged is in this group.
I'm sorry but, how is this so hard for you to figure out it's not what I want?How is this so hard for you all to figure out?
The real question now is... is Reforged considered dead
You know what could easily save Reforged?P.S. And yes, I'd say Reforged is in this group.
The actual reality matters, not wants. If official Warcraft III dies, then Warsmash could be exactly what we need to continue the game's advancement.I'm sorry but, how is this so hard for you to figure out it's not what I want?
Don't get me wrong, I'm impressed and all. I'd even be rejoyed if you could manage to make it through with Warmash.
But even without talking about Reforged and new graphics, I want to play on a unified version with all players at once. Not a side-mod.
I think it will be pretty hard to recode the whole Warcraft III game. Displaying the graphics might be a start but the pathfinding, AI, spells, etc. etc. You will probably never get the exact same behavior of the original game except you simply use its code as reference.
It's obvious to why he would think it's Warcraft 3, it's not weird and understandable why he would think you're trolling him.I published a video of Warsmash and some guy commented on it saying that he wanted to work with me to make maps and that he was good at triggers. So I told him it was not a video of Warcraft 3. He said he did not believe my trolling and asked why I wanted to hurt him. Obviously YouTube comments are crazy, but we live in interesting times.
. is your project Open Source? Any link to a repository?
A first aspect of the present invention is directed to a storage medium having a game program stored therein to be executed by a computer (CPU 31) of a game apparatus (3) for causing a display apparatus (TV 2) to display an image of a three-dimensional game space, in which a plurality of characters (player-side characters 71 through 75) each of which can be an operation target of a player appear, as seen from a virtual camera. The game program causes the computer to execute a selection step (S2); a motion control step (S5, S8); a first display control step (S10); a designation target change step (S22); a first change step (S33), and a second display control step (S34). In the selection step, the game apparatus selects one of the plurality of characters as a selected character (71). In the motion control step, the game apparatus causes the selected character to perform a motion in accordance with an operation by the player, and causes non-selected characters, which are the plurality of characters other than the selected character, to perform a motion based on a predetermined motion rule. In the first display control step, the game apparatus sets a position of the virtual camera in accordance with a position of the selected character and thus causes the display apparatus to display an image of a partial area of the three-dimensional game space taken by the virtual camera, and causes the display apparatus to display a cursor (aiming cursor 76 or ground cursor 77).
Maybe you can apply for Blizzard and patch the original game Just show them what you already did to fix Warcraft.
So, what if my part to play in the imaginary remaster of wc3 that I'm hoping for is to release a better model editor around the time the thing drops for sale
So that the custom modeling community can continue to exist with even better technology when all the old 3d fan models are basically invalidated and thousands of hearts are broken
So, I said to Kam, maybe I can be the guy who gives you suggestions from the outside, and that can be how I contribute.
Most people don't realize just how critical Retera was to the project.