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Chronicles of the Second War - Fan Made Warcraft 2 Remaster
27/9/2020 em 23:43
Since Warcraft III: Reforged was announced, fans of the RTS series have dreamed of all the new new mod possibilities using the upgraded engine. Once such dream is coming to life, as Warcraft 2 is being remade and remastered by an ambitious group of fans from the
. This large scale project, titled
Chronicles of the Second War: Tides of Darkness
, intends to not only remaster both original campaigns, but also add Warcraft 3 hero design and sidequests, as well as tying together story elements from World of Warcraft and the background books.
In addition to an outstanding teaser video showcasing their plans, the
first four missions are already available for testing
as demo missions for Warcraft III: Reforged!
The teaser video already shows a lot of detail, including new custom models representing some of the heroes from Warcraft 2. Notice Orgrim Doomhammer as an unmounted, recolored version of Thrall, and his version of the eponymous Doomhammer retaining the deadly spike which was originally shown in the Warcraft 2 manual art drawn by Chris Metzen in 1995. Many Alliance models are similarly remastered, with plans to create unique custom models for most units and buildings, including unique elements for the different human kingdoms and orcish clans.
Since the release of Warcraft 3 Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne - I had a dream to recreate Warcraft 2 campaigns using the Warcraft 3 engine capabilities.
I've been creating maps and models, doing long pauses, quitting and remaking stuff for years.
When Warcraft III: Reforged was released it inspired me to finish this campaign.
At that time in early 2020 new teammates that were driven by the same inner fire, contributed to the project significantly - @Shadi, @Moonman, @Bagysta, @Triceron and @Antontama.
Chronicles of the Second War: Tides of Darkness - is the attempt to reforge the Warcraft 2 Tides of Darkness Campaign.
This is very complicated and challenging task because of great discrepancies between WC2 and WC3/WOW lore, different game mechanics (Naval) and big amount of chapters to make.
At the Current moment the maps for Tides of Darkness Orc campaign are almost finished and the polishing, voice acting and bugfixing process is in progress.
All the team is working on the project in its free time so we cannot set any deadline.
Since Custom campaign feature is not available yet, the team decided to release first 4 missions of ACT 1 of Tides of Darkness Orc campaign as demo maps.
The current list of features can be found below, but keep an eye on the
for more up to date information, or preview the
for a look at what work has gone in so far!
Gameplay is vastly improved from WC2, now including sidequests, creeps and other mechanics from WC3.
- Warcraft 2 economy (prices and resource gain, no tax rates)
- Naval resource - Oil
- Naval buildings and ships
- Dual tech-trees for buildings (basic and advanced)
Custom Assets and more will feature both WarCraft II aesthetic as well as appearances from World of Warcraft.
- Custom models for most units and buildings
- Snowcaps system for all buildings in winter tileset for deeper immersion
- Dynamic weather and fog
- Bloodsplats during the fights as well as prolonged corpse decay time for more realism
- Voiced over dialogues (some still not final!)
Lore / Story will be heavy drawn from established lore in original games, World of Warcraft, Chronicles and other book series.
While there are some discrepancies when it comes to certain events and characters,
we made sure to deliver a clean, straight and presentable series of events that transpired in the second war.
- In the book Teron'gor was kiled in the assault of Temple of the Dead, and Rakmar Sharpfang survived.
Later Rakmar was sacrificed by Gul'dan in a ritual to create Deathknights.
In the campaign we switched their fates to pop up Teron, since he is more important character for the warcraft 2 plot unfolding.
Rakmar will be shown as deathknight cameo.
- In the official Lore Orgrim personally slayed the warlocks in the temple of the damned and imprisoned Gul'dan.
In the campaign Orgrim was busy with Stormwind siege and ordered Temple of the Damned siege to Blackhand sons that submitted to Orgrim after he killed their father.
- In official lore of the second war the main leader of the missions is Utok Scratcher.
In campaign he will be shown orc semi-hero (i.e. Naisha, Falric..), and in human campaign he will be a hero enemy boss during the siege of Lordaeron.
Characters from the original early games will be featured in our campaign.
- Rend Blackhand (available in demo)
- Maim Blackhand
- Zuljin (available in demo)
- Zuluhed the Whacked
- Orgrim Doomhammer
- Nekros Skullcrusher
There's no word on when exactly this will be completed, as it's a fan made project undertaken in the developers free time, but the work that has gone in so far is outstanding, and bound to keep us eagerly waiting for more! The first four missions are available for testing now, so if you can't wait to experience what Warcraft 2 might be like inside the Warcraft 3: Reforged engine,
check out the demo and leave some feedback on their forums
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