Blizzard has suddenly swung into action with Warcraft 3 with news they have just launched a v1.29 patch PTR.
The 1.29 update has been released to test widescreen support, hero balance changes, updates to map pools and some experimental features such as 24 player support in custom games.
There has been a lot of rumours floating around that Blizzard could be getting ready to reveal a new Warcraft RTS or even a Warcraft 3 remaster this year. Last week news broke that Blizzard is holding an event this month in Irvine, which includes some well known Warcraft 3 players. Blizzard has today announced that it’s a special Warcraft 3 Invitational which they say is to celebrate 15 years since the game was released. It’s a lot of effort to go to just to celebrate an anniversary and they could be priming the community for bigger news later this year.
The basic patch notes for this v1.29 patch update can be seen below and a list of hero balance changes have also been released.
Specific Changes & Improvements
Added bookends to the in-game interface
Added black pillars in menus to prevent stretching
24 Player Support
Game lobbies revised to support 24 players
Team colors revised and expanded
Color selection is an ongoing effort, feel free to leave specific suggestions with color codes
Balance & Map Pools
Head here for details and focused discussion: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20762006793#1
World Editor Upgrades
Head here for details and focused discussion: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20761976724#1
Clans may now be created
Mac clients launch on 10.11 and beyond
Unable to change resolutions in native fullscreen
PTR only supports English version of the client
This will be the last version to support Windows XP