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Monday, March 4, 2002

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IMG Previews WarCraft III Multiplayer
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In early February, Blizzard began sending out nearly 5,000 betas of their upcoming strategy game WarCraft III to PC users. Our own Andy Largent recently took it for a spin and has previewed the game based on this multiplayer beta.

Here's a snippet from the preview:

I'll be honest in saying that I wasn't too thrilled to hear WarCraft III was going to be making use of 3D technology. At the time of the announcement, hardware acceleration still seemed unnecessary in my mind. But more than the fears over needing to upgrade hardware, I also saw it as a genre that wouldn't really benefit from being in 3D. Like hardcore Mario platformer fans, it was hard to imagine breaking the RTS from the 2D isometric world of sprites and tiles.

Let me just say that after seeing it in action, I take it all completely back. WarCraft III initially feels much the same as a 2D RTS. The superb Blizzard artists have done an excellent job of giving the units in WarCraft III an amazing array of color and life, especially considering the few number of polygons they had to work with.

Unfortunately, it seems Blizzard is not planning a Mac multiplayer beta test. However, despite this bad news, our sources tell us that the Mac version of WarCraft III is neck-and-neck with the PC version, and if all goes well, the game will be released simultaneously sometime in June.

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