Warcraft 3 Reforged was supposed to be a remastered version of the 2003 outing of the real-time strategy game, but it ended up removing a ton of features, having worse cinematics, and even sports an inimical terms of service that craps on the fine work of modders.
Over on the Warcraft 3 sub-reddit there’s a post by HolyFuror that outlines all of the missing, removed, or downgraded features in Blizzard Entertainment’s re-release of the popular RTS title. This includes the lack of automated tournaments, the inability to create clans, profiles,the ladder feature, missing 3D animated campaign backgrounds and portraits, as well as no communal channel listings, nor proper RoC campaign balance, and the inability to play custom campaigns.
You can, however, still play custom maps, just not custom maps through a custom campaign. You can see some of the custom maps at play in the video below from Vimp Gaming.
But it doesn’t end there.
Some players are reporting that attempting to play the original Warcraft 3 online forces the game into an update to Reforged, since they pulled the original Warcraft 3 servers in an attempt to get players of the old game to update to the newest version. Retroactive downgrading, basically.
But it gets worse.
Apparently the terms of service have been updated to waiver any modder rights for acknowledgement or credit for whatever they produce for Warcraft 3: Reforged. This was posted over on /r/Games/ and taken from this section of the Blizzard custom game acceptance policy…
“To the extent you are prohibited from transferring or assigning your moral rights to Blizzard by applicable laws, to the utmost extent legally permitted, you waive any moral rights or similar rights you may have in all such Custom Games, without any remuneration.”
YouTubers like ItsAGundam were quick to rightfully criticize Blizzard for essentially trying to usurp the work of modders for their own gain.
In simple terms, if modders manage to create a new custom game type, the likes of which could end up being as popular as the original DOTA was for Warcraft 3, Blizzard can take credit for it and use it as their own to make money on it, and the modder could be left with nothing but empty pockets and a broken dream.
At this point, anyone still supporting Blizzard Entertainment is anti-gamer.
Blizzard hates freedom, as evident with their support of the PRC by suspending Blitzchung and the casters due to Blitzchung championing the rights of the Hong Kong protestors. Blizzard hates fun, as evident with their sanctions on players who use Pepe memes on social media or audience members who hold up the “Okay” hand sign. And Blizzard loves culturally disruptive propaganda, as evident with them turning their two main characters in Overwatch gay for no other reason than to brainwash kids into thinking homosexual sex is a-okay, even though they have higher rates of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
At this point, why would any gamer in their right mind support a company that hates you?
(Thanks for the news tip QuickshooterMK2, Sweet Maple, and Ace)