During a panel at this past weekend’s BlizzCon, a fan asked if Blizzard had any plans to remaster the Warcraft series’ first two games. Unfortunately for that fan and anyone else who wanted them, Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce said there are no plans at this time (via Eurogamer).
Pearce explained how Blizzard is fortunate enough to have access to the original source code and assets, but he says it’s “really hard to access that stuff, unlock it, and figure out how it all works.”
“We had some dedicated folks that were passionate about the idea, dig up the Warcraft 1 assets and code,” Pearce continued. “They got it working and they got it running in a window. And I played it. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans was awesome for its time. I promise you, in today’s world, by today’s standards, it’s just not that fun any more.”
The Blizzard co-founder explained that the developer has limited resources, and it would “much rather work on amazing content” for games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch or work on a new project altogether. Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime jumped in at this point to say, “At this time.”
“We totally appreciate your enthusiasm for those old games,” Pearce said. “We love them, too.”
While Blizzard isn’t working on remasters for Warcraft 1 and 2, it is releasing reworked content based on the original Diablo for Diablo III.