It’s been a very long time since the release of the first part of the tremendously popular multiplayer game series, Warcraft. I still remember the first time I played this game, was in 2008, and from that day I became a huge fan of this game.
And if you are one of those million people who are obsessed with this game. You know the reason behind the obsession, creating your own avatar and exploring them in a huge landscape, fighting against various monsters, solving quests, interacting with other players, third- & first-person camera view, and the most important making Real-Time Strategies to win against your opponent, I just loved this game and so do you.
It’s been 18 years since the release of Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, and we are still waiting for Warcraft 4. The closest we got to it was Warcraft 3: Reforged.
History of Warcraft
In 1994 Blizzard (developer of Warcraft) came up with their classic Warcraft: Orcs & Human game. The first part got popular among the gaming community in no time, due to that we saw a sequel of the game very next year, Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness.
The most popular game among the series Warcraft 3 came after eight years, and due to its increased quality in graphics and the other features, it became extremely successful in the gaming industry. We saw several expansions in the game via WoW (World of Warcraft) and Warcraft 3 as Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne and Warcraft 3: Reforged.
Considering the success & popularity of this game, it is surprising that Blizzard hasn’t come up with Warcraft 4 yet.
When Is Warcraft 4 Is Releasing?
We are not currently working on Warcraft 4. The closest we will get to Warcraft 4 at this moment is Warcraft 3: Reforged.
As a long-time fan of this game, I will say, it’s really disappointing that we are not getting a sequel of Warcraft 3 in the near time.
Before the release of Warcraft 3: Reforged, Blizzard started releasing new patches and updates for Warcraft 3. In between 2011 to 2016, there had been no patches or any updates for the game.
At that time many of us took this as a hint, Blizzard is working on a new game for warcraft! And we were partially correct. Blizzard releases a new game but that was a remaster of Warcraft 3.
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Warcraft 4 – Reason for Delay
The major reason for the delay in Warcraft 4 is the storyline. How will the story continue? is the biggest question. Most of us will agree on the fact that there is no chance that Warcraft 4 is coming out as a sequel of Warcraft 3.
The reason behind this is the World of Warcraft. With the release of World of Warcraft & its expansions, all the plotlines from the game have been resolved. Therefore it is going to be very odd if Blizzard will decide to forget about the events that happened in World of Warcraft & its expansions, and just go back to The Frozen Throne to pick up where it ended.
Coming up with a sequel would mean creating another timeline, and that will create confusion for those who have totally sunk their head in World of Warcraft.
I know what are you thinking right now, how will Blizzard solve this issue or there is no hope for warcraft 4. In past, we have seen the same situation with a very popular game Starcraft and at that time Blizzard came up with a reboot.
Warcraft 4 – Reboot
A reboot means reusing the concept & characters of the game or re-writing it completely.
Being a long term fan of the Warcraft game series I didn’t like many events that took place in the World of Warcraft & its expansions. Such as the death of my favorite characters Arthas and Illidan.
Many of us lost our interest in the game when World of Warcraft: Cataclysm came out. Story-wise this game was very much off tangent. We saw a significant change in the game’s mechanism which brings the casual mainstream audience much closer.
A reboot would undo all these unfavorable events, it would satisfy a bunch of the fans who are missing their favorite characters and other features of the game. Reboot for the fourth part of the game would be a perfect weapon to reset this complicated lore.
As the developers of the game say ‘currently they are not working on Warcraft 4’. And due to the messy storyline created by World of Warcraft, we are not getting Warcraft 4 in the near future. Maybe a reboot would clear this mess, or maybe Blizzard will try to create a time-skin in the story. But that will also create a lot of confusion for the players.
So, a new installment in the Warcraft series remains as deceptive as ever. What we can do is wait, it might happen in the coming years.
What do you think about the future of Warcraft 4? Is there any hope for a 4th installment? What do you think about the mess created by World of Warcraft?
At this point, there is no news from the developers so just wait and watch.
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