If you woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, you're not the only one. As promised, the 1st of December marks another milestone in the unfolding journey towards Warcraft 3: Reforged. Hail Warchiefs, Lichs, Commanders, and Keepers..
Today saw the release of Blizzard's newest patch for the game (1.30.2), as well as the resolution of an unexpected problem that many have faced since the announcement of the remastered game release next year, that of access to Warcraft 3 classic. As of today, those who pre-purchase Reforged, or already own legacy keys, also gain access to classic via the installer released here.
There are those though, who didn't look at today with anticipation as much as dread. As we know, a controversial impact of the newest patch is the potential end of host bots. We covered the initial story here. As of yet, there has been no further statements from Blizzard about the devastating effects the patch will have on the custom games community and all the infrastructure they have built up over the past years through development and improvements to host bots. It does remain something we would always hope for though, to see stronger ties and communication between the community and developers.
Unfortunately, whether you fall into one, both, or even the third category from the above, you are likely to be facing various issues upon freshly downloading or updating your existing game. Since launch, the patch seems to have broken far more than it has fixed. Issues relating to disconnects, crashes and total lack of access to battle.net servers have run rampant throughout melee and custom game experiences alike. Hotfixes are inbound, but whether they may salvage December 1st as a day of excitement, remains to be seen.