Blizzard Adds a PTR to Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos

The publisher isn’t ready to give up on Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos quite yet, as the newly launched PTR proves.


There are any number of things you might have been doing in 2002. For instance, you may have been playing the hot new game from Blizzard, Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos. People have mostly moved on to other things since then, and so has the developer, but this week it released a new patch for the old classic and announced it is has set up a PTR (public test realm).

According to developer Pete Stilwell, who made the announcement, the PTR will allow the company to test “new Map Pools for 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and Free-for-All.”

The installer, which is available for Windows and Mac, also includes the following general improvements and gameplay objectives:

  • Balanced creep camp difficulty progression from early to late game
  • Balanced creep drop tables for better item progression from early game to late game
  • Item diversity: Varied Level 1 through 6 charged items and Level 1 through 6 permanent items
  • Balanced all start locations: total amount and starting distance from lumber, equal amount of spacing, equal size choke points, et cetera
  • Balanced expansion distance from start locations
  • Decluttered points of interest to reduce visual competition during gameplay
  • Retextured map surfaces for better visual clarity - both on screen and mini-map
  • Minimized the size of trees and doodads that obstructed player view of points of interest
  • Added cliff lines or deep water to edges of the map - removing hard edges (aesthetic choice for immersion)
  • Properly placed trees and doodads on the pathing grid: full-cell Medium Grid to half-cell Medium Grid alternate
  • Removed the rolling shoreline waves from rolling hills to remove the noise the waves created - remains for cliff shores

Remember that to play Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and enjoy the enhancements, you will need to have a legitimate copy of the game installed. Blizzard’s post offers links to discussion related to the map pools, and also makes note of a few known issues that remain even after the update:

  • We are aware Warcraft III matchmaking is a bit long in the tusk; we will be improving matchmaker logic for a future patch
  • Automated Tournaments and Ladder Board are not functional for PTR
  • Latency was improved with 1.28, but still needs work to meet modern standards

Despite its age, Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos remains a topic of discussion among fans and even some within the company. Are you interested in spending more time with the game, especially given the ongoing support?

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    August 14, 2017 12:52 PM

    Jason Venter posted a new article, Blizzard Adds a PTR to Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos

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      August 14, 2017 12:58 PM

      Warcraft 4 confirmed!

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        August 14, 2017 1:08 PM

        That would be fucking incredible. I've had no interest in WoW over the years, but I've been hoping for a return to Warcrafts RTS roots for well over a decade now.

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          August 14, 2017 1:11 PM

          Nothing but boners over here.

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          August 14, 2017 1:18 PM

          It would be amazing hey. What about a open world Warcraft RTS!? That is what I want and think Blizzard should attempt it. Basically super size it all and push the boundaries. Or heck just make a better Warcraft 3 since it owns. I would take anything at this point :)

          Same, I really hope they are working on it. I played Wow for two years and loved it(played solo), then eventually I burnt out and eventually dropped MMOs all together. So yeah I really hope they go back to the RTS format or even try an ARPG format. Really I could go either way and eat up both.

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          August 14, 2017 2:15 PM

          You know it would end up being dogshit though. The WoW and D3 teams would have a heavy influence on it, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least if it introduced a bunch of MOBA elements as well.

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      August 14, 2017 1:13 PM

      I really love how much Blizzard supports their older games.

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        August 14, 2017 1:27 PM

        It definitely makes it easier to justify investing in a Blizzard game, knowing that the company isn't one to release and forget.

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      August 14, 2017 1:37 PM

      One of the best games ever IMO.

      I played through this game last winter and it still holds up well. It's a shame that Blizzard will never release another game in the series. Oh well.

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      August 14, 2017 1:39 PM

      why ROC and not TFT?

      does the fringe crowd who still plays wc3 only play roc or something? i never really got into actually playing wc3. i played through the campaign and then wasted a million hours playing all the amazing custom maps in TFT

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        August 14, 2017 2:56 PM

        I assume it applies to both. It's not a big secret that they're doing WC3 Remastered which requires delving into this codebase, they must have decided to start doing some early patches in preparation.

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        August 14, 2017 6:08 PM

        Yeah that really confuses me too

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      August 14, 2017 6:32 PM

      After like 5,000 hours of Dota, watching legit WC3 matches on Twitch breaks my brain.

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      August 15, 2017 6:57 AM

      It would be nice if these new patches fix the color distortion and cutscene problems. The game is still mostly playable but its still super annoying to have to watch the cutscenes through VLC instead of through the game itself.

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