Fan spends six years recreating never-released Warcraft games

Fan spends six years recreating never-released Warcraft games

Gif: Blizzard / DerSilver83 / Kotaku

Years ago, a never-officially released Warcraft point-and-click adventure game developed by Blizzard in the late 90s was leaked online. While the game was completely playable back then, the cutscenes were low quality, highly compressed, not perfectly in sync with the audio, and a few were even missing straight up from the leak. Now, after years of working on it, someone has remastered all the cutscenes, fixed them and made it easier to experience this piece of video game history.

As discovered by Indie Retro News and PC playermod DerSilver83 recently released the finished 1.0 release of the WACRP (Warcraft Adventures Cutscenes Remastered Project). The mod features 20 fully remastered cutscenes, including two that didn’t actually exist in the first leak, but appeared later via another DVD leak.

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

DerSilver83 / Blizzard

A lot of work went into this release, according to the modder and the project’s website. Apparently, DerSilver83 manually removed all compression artifacts from all the footage. The modder also used Photoshop to painstakingly redraw entire frames and assets, frame by frame. Continuity issues have also been fixed and some new transition scenes have been created from scratch. All audio was also synchronized and everything now runs at the correct 12fps.

All told, DerSilver83 says they’ve been working on this mod for about six years, and this latest 1.0 release represents the end of the project. They explained in a post on July 31 that they have done everything they can in what they call a “reasonable time frame” and are happy with the end results.

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

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

In the meantime, you can read more about Warcraft: Lord of The Clans via this great story from our very own Luke Plunkett.

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