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Warcraft 3 patch removes Windows XP support, remaster incoming?

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You've got to give to the Blizzard - when they smell hype in the water, they ain't letting go. Blizzard has now patched Warcraft 3 and judging by the patch notes, the likelihood of seeing a remaster is up somewhat serious. Super serious.

Hot on the heels of the 'secret event' Blizzard invited Warcraft 3 veterans to, the company's Public Test Realm (PTR) has been overhauled, in a way that seems to confirm the likelihood of a remaster.

The patch adds widescreen support, with some mechanisms in place to ensure that the game plays well on new rigs. It's not only more massive screens - the game's lobbies will now support 24 players and team colours, all of which suggest the scale of which Warcraft 3 fans haven't really had the chance to indulge in.

And yes, you read that right - Windows XP is moving on to the green pastures, with Blizzard breaking the news in a cold, harsh forum post. Just kidding, but I can't help it, I actually loved the little guy. Anyhow, this again seems to corroborate the rumours of a remaster, for better or for worse.

You may recall the initial hoot blasting off the hype train came from a Russian website publishing an interview with two Warcraft 3 veterans, where they confirmed that Blizzard invited them to a secret event. Blizzard's NDA enforcement horde is perfectly capable of cursing your land and slaughtering your cattle, so the two refused to divulge more.

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Now, I'm not going to compare Warcraft 3 remaster with EA's Burnout Paradise, because they're miles apart. In truth though, both are milking an already hollow cow, and even if Blizzard does it with a superior rotolactor, it's still an old cow. Cower overwhelming!