Fan Spends Six Years Remaking Never-Released Warcraft Game

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Years ago, one never officially released Warcraft point-and-click adventure game developed by Blizzard in the late 90s has been leaked online. While the game was fully playable at the time, its cutscenes were low quality, highly compressed, not perfectly in sync with the audio, and a few were even missing simply due to leaking. Now, after years of working on it, someone has remastered all of the cutscenes, fixed them, and made it easier to experience this part of video game history.

As spotted by Indie Retro News and Gamer on PCmodder DerSilver83 recently published the finished version 1.0 of WACRP (Warcraft Adventures Cinematics Remaster Project). The mod contains 20 fully remastered cutscenes, including two that didn’t actually exist in the original leak but later appeared via another DVD leak.

You can see an example of what this mod and its improved cutscenes look like in the video below:

DerSilver83 / Blizzard

A lot of work has gone into this build, according to the modder and the project’s website. Apparently DerSilver83 manually removed all compression artifacts from all cutscenes. The modder also used Photoshop to painstakingly redraw entire frames and assets frame by frame. Continuity issues were also fixed and some new transition scenes were created entirely from scratch. All audio has also been synced and everything is now running at the correct 12 fps.

In total, DerSilver83 says they have been working on this mod for about six years, and this latest version 1.0 represents the end of the project. They explained in a July 31 post that they had done everything they could within what they called a “reasonable time” and were happy with the end results.

“I want to remember this project as something fun before it turns into some kind of burden,” DerSilver83 said. on the project site. “So this is it. The final version of my Cutscenes Remaster project and I hope everyone who uses it can enjoy it as much as I have. I’ve always wanted to make a substantial mod for a game that I love and I can finally say that I succeeded (or at least tried) on this.

To actually play this, you’ll need to do some searching around the internet to find the appropriate files needed to play the full game, because this mod only contains the remastered cutscenes and nothing else.

In the meantime, you can learn more about Warcraft: Lord of Clans Going through this beautiful story from our very own Luke Plunkett.


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