Blizzard has no plans to remaster the first two games in the Warcraft series, said the company's co-founder, Frank Pearce.

Pearce was part of a special 25th anniversary panel at this year's Blizzcon, which concluded with one of those wonderfully unpredictable Q&A sessions. It was at this point the question was raised by Blizzard fan, Jack.

Nice one, Jack.

"We are fortunate enough to have all of the original source code and assets to everything we've done in the past," explained 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. 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."

Fellow co-founder and Blizzard president, Mike Morhaime, was quick to jump in at this stage and add the words: "At this time!"

But yes, despite news that Diablo 3 will be receiving an update adding reworked content from the original Diablo game, for now at least, Warcraft 1 and 2 will remain in the past.

"We totally appreciate your enthusiasm for those old games," said Pearce. "We love them too."

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