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WarcraftJun 12, 2019 2:00 pm CT

When is Warcraft 3: Reforged’s release date?

Blizzard is being coy with release dates lately. For example, we still don’t have one for Warcraft 3: Reforged. We were told we were going to have a beta for it in early 2019, but so far that’s not reflected on the official site. You can download Warcraft 3 on the Public Test Realm, but that’s not the Reforged version. So when will this game be released?

We have heard 2019 from Blizzard themselves — specifically, that the game will release on or before December 31st, 2019. This is not meant to be taken as the actual release date. As we’ve seen before with both Legion and Battle for Azeroth, “on or before” dates like this are commonly used when soliciting pre-orders before actually announcing a release date for a game. It’s less a hard and fast date and more we won’t release the game after this point date.

In order for the beta to actually come out in “early” 2019, it would have to have come out last month. But it could still come out fairly soon — if it comes out in the next two months that’s enough time for a two to four month beta and a release date on or around BlizzCon 2019, which would be my current absolutely speculative favorite date for the game’s release. It was announced at BlizzCon 2018, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it come out near to BlizzCon 2019.

November’s an unusual but not unheard of time for a Blizzard game release — original flavor World of Warcraft was released on November 23rd, 2004. The original Warcraft: Orcs vs. Humans was also released on November 23, 1994, almost exactly 10 years before WoW, making this November 23 the 15 year anniversary of WoW and the 25 year anniversary of Warcraft as a whole.

This makes me willing to believe that we’ll get Warcraft 3: Reforged on November 23 as a kind of anniversary present for the entire franchise.

It also makes sense considering how big the roles of characters like Sylvanas Windrunner, Jaina Proudmoore, Thrall and Tyrande Whisperwind are in Battle for Azeroth, since Warcraft 3 is the game where they all made their first appearances. Azshara’s Naga? Warcraft 3. The first hints of the Old Gods in Warcraft come during The Frozen Throne storyline. Even Kalimdor didn’t exist before Warcraft 3. With the story of Battle for Azeroth so heavily involving many of these characters, a big anniversary release for Warcraft 3: Reforged makes a lot of sense. So remember to either jeer at my foolishness or applaud my prescience because that’s my opinion, expressed for you here — we’ll get a release date soon, and it’ll be November 23, 2019.

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