At BlizzCon 2016, a fan questioned Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce about remasters of Warcraft 1 and 2, which helped set the stage for World of Warcraft. The response could come as a let down to most gamers as he answered that Blizzard, despite having all the assets and resources for the games, have no plans to remaster the first two games in the Warcraft series.
“Weare fortunate enough to have all of the original source code and assets to everything we’ve done in the past,” explained Blizzard co-founder, Jack Pearce. “But actually, it turns out, it’s really hard to access that stuff, unlock it, and figure out how it all works. Because we’re old, we’ve forgotten.”
“We had some dedicated folks that were passionate about the idea, dig up the Warcraft 1 assets and code. They got it working and they got it running in a window. And I played it. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans was awesome for its time. I promise you, in today’s world, by today’s standards, it’s just not that fun any more.”
“We have limited resources with everything that we choose to do,” said Pearce. “We would much rather work on amazing content for World of Warcraft for you guys, or for Overwatch, or evaluating what a future project pipeline might be and devote our time to that, rather than going back and digging up those fossils.”
To lighten up the mood, Blizzard stated that they are further planning to make a re-release of the original Diablo within Diablo 3, along with Warcraft 3 and Starcraft, showing that they are not completely inconsiderate towards their fans’ nostalgia for older games.
“We totally appreciate your enthusiasm for those old games,” said Pearce. “We love them too.”
There was still no appearance related to the three titles at Blizzcon this year either, so it looks like gamers have a fairly large waiting period ahead of them. As for Warcraft 1 and 2, they will sadly remain in the past.