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Warcraft 3 gets a big update as remaster rumours swirl

Blizzard has issued a major new patch to Warcraft 3 amid rumours the company is set to announce a remaster of the 16-year-old real-time strategy game.

The update, which is live now on the Warcraft 3 PTR, makes balance adjustments to many of the heroes, adds 24-player lobbies and widescreen support. Check out the patch notes on Battle.net.

In a post on Battle.net, Blizzard announced the first Warcraft 3 Invitational, which is set for 27-28th February. Well-known competitors from around the world will be at Blizzard's Irvine, California headquarters to take part. Expect to see Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, Park "Lyn" Joon and Kim "ReMinD" Sung Sik to play Warcraft 3 with all the new changes brought about by the update.

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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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Now Warcraft 3 gets a new patch - four years after the last one

Hot on the heels of the new update for Diablo 2, Blizzard has released a patch for its wonderful real-time strategy game Warcraft 3 - four years after the last one.

Like the Diablo 2 patch, Warcraft 3's 1.27a update, out today, focuses on modern system compatibility.

Here are the patch notes (unfortunately there's no widescreen support!):

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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.

BlizzCon 2007 details

BlizzCon 2007 details

Second convention in August.

Blizzard has announced plans for its second BlizzCon gaming convention today, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center on the 3rd and 4th of August.

Everyone from age four and up is invited along to celebrate the company's biggest and best franchises, enjoying a wide variety of different activities from dressing up to sound-alike contests.

Tickets are expected to go on sale on the official website in the next few months, and will cost you USD 100 per person.

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Blizzard on the future

Is a cold wind gonna come and blow us all away?

Downstairs there's a massed crowd of Blizzard acolytes. Upstairs, it's different. Quieter. With more tea.

Warcraft 3 cheaters banned

More than 50,000.

Blizzard Entertainment has reasserted its aggressive stance against cheating in its online games, permanently shutting down over 50,000 user accounts this week.