Blizzard's 16-year-old real-time strategy game Warcraft 3 is now widescreen.

A big new update, which has been available in test form since February, is now live to all, and it adds widescreen support to the influential fantasy RTS.

To prevent stretching, Blizzard added bookends to the in-game interface and black pillars to the menus. The video below, from professional Warcraft 3 player Grubby, shows off Warcraft 3's new widescreen look.

Elsewhere, the lobbies are expanded to support 24 players and there's a long list of balance changes, which you can check out on

Blizzard has reset the Warcraft 3 ladder, too ("good luck and have fun on the climb" enthused Blizzard's Pete Stilwell), and expect automated tournaments to arrive next week. Of note: Blizzard warned this will be the last version of Warcraft 3 to support Windows XP, which suggests more updates to the game are coming.

There are rumblings that Blizzard is preparing to announce a remaster of Warcraft 3, rumblings sparked by this new patch and a recent high-profile tournament. Blizzard released StarCraft: Remastered in July 2017 and it went down well, so a similar treatment of Warcraft 3 makes a lot of sense.

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