Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

Blizzard isn't planning to remaster Warcraft 1 and 2

Blizzard isn't planning to remaster Warcraft 1 and 2

"...it's just not that fun any more."

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.

"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.

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Warcraft most successful game-film, Duncan Jones up for a sequel

The Warcraft movie hasn't Thralled critics but it's doing the business globally - and director Duncan Jones is up for a sequel if it comes to it.

Globally the Warcraft movie has made $377.6m, reported Box Office Mojo, and more than $200m of that in China. That makes Warcraft the most commercially successful video-game film ever, beating previous champion Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ($336m), which starred Jake Gyllenhaal's muscular torso.

The Angry Birds film, meanwhile - which I've watched and it isn't great - has made $327m.

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Blizzard has World of StarCraft trademark

But popular mod allowed to live on.

It's all smiles for Ryan Winzen, creator of head-turning StarCraft II mod World of StarCraft. After an ominous start to the week when Activision's legal team blocked videos of the mod on YouTube, Winzen now finds himself with a job offer from League of Legends developer Riot Games and an invite to Blizzard HQ by the StarCraft II and World of Warcraft maker itself.

Blizzard on 15 years of Warcraft, 5 of WOW

"You just don't know how it's going to do."

Blizzard has launched a special site celebrating the fifth anniversary of World of Warcraft - which launched on 23rd Novmeber 2004 - as well as 15 years of the Warcraft series.

Blizzard's Samwise Didier

The art director talks Warcraft and StarCraft. And checkers.

Art is important to Blizzard. The offices of the World of Warcraft developer, currently working on RTS sequel StarCraft II, are plastered with it. Vivid, colourful and extravagant concept art is hung everywhere. The offices even have a curator, part of whose job description is to ensure that huge floor-to-ceiling pieces are displayed around the campus. One such piece is in the canteen - a jolly painting of drinking dwarves by Samwise Didier.