At this year’s Blizzcon, Blizzard Entertainment’s co-founder Frank Pearce explained the company’s decision behind not wanting to remaster Warcraft 1 and 2. At a 25th anniversary panel during the event, a fan asked if either of these games would ever be remastered, and Pearce responded accordingly.
“We had some dedicated folks that were passionate about the idea, dig up the Warcraft 1 assets and code. 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.
“We have limited resources with everything that we choose to do. We would much rather work on amazing content for World of Warcraft for you guys, or for Overwatch, or evaluating what a future project pipeline might be and devote our time to that, rather than going back and digging up those fossils.”
It’s a reasonable explanation. There are many games of old that we look back on fondly, and wish we could play them again on modern systems. But the truth is, some of them just don’t age very well, and might be better left in the past after all.