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Friday, September 21, 2001
Warcraft III Chat Transcript Answers FAQ
11:13 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Warcraft III.net, the website devoted to all things Warcraft III, has recently posted a chat transcript that answers a truckload of questions concerning Blizzard's upcoming RTS game. Among the people who participated in the chat were Geoff Fraizer, Lisa Bucek, Beau Yarbrough, Bob Bridenbecker, Gil Shif from PR and the War 3 Dev Team, represented by: Rob Pardo and Chris Metzen.

Readers may remember earlier development news on WC3 concerning the downsizing of the number of heroes per race from 4 to 3 units. For those disappointed by this removal, fear not. Various spells and abilities from these 4th heroes were moved to other units/heroes, and in one case, the hero was simply demoted to unit status.

Many questions were also asked and answered concerning multiplayer. Currently, they are testing multiplayer with a whopping maximum of 12 players, though this may change in the final build. As far as improvements to Battle.net go, there will be anonymous matching for gates, improved ladders that do not allow "win trading," team ladders and clan support. Concerning the acquisition of heroes in multiplayer, every player will start out with enough mana stones to purchase one hero at the start of a game, but must harvest additional stones before the second one can be purchased. Another interesting multiplayer addition is that players can now ally themselves with computer-controlled players.

Other questions addressed focus on specific units, including the Kodo Beast, the Troll Hunter, the Priestess of the Moon, and the Dwarven Steam Tank, described as a heavily armored transport with the ability to demolish buildings with a wrecking ball. There are also questions about various maps, structures and unit abilities that are answered.

When asked about the targeted release date, Lisa Bucek was quick to note that it will ship within the first half of 2002. Though not noted in the interview, Blizzard has been forecasting a simultaneous Mac/PC release for this title as well.

In the meantime, be sure to check out this latest chat transcript for even more details on this highly-anticipated strategy title.

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