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, its cutscenes were low-quality, highly compressed, not perfectly synced to the audio, and a few were even just straight up missing from the leak. Now, after years of working on it, someone has remastered all the cutscenes, fixed them up, and made it easier to experience this bit of video game history.
As spotted by Indie Retro News other PC gamersmodder The Silver83 recently released the finished 1.0 release of WACRP (Warcraft Adventures Cutscenes Remastered Project). The mod contains 20 completely remastered cutscenes, including two which didn't actually exist in the initial leak but appeared later on via a different DVD leak.
You can see an example of what this mod and its improved cutscenes look like in the video below:
A lot of work went into this release, according to the modder and the project's website. Apparently, DerSilver83 hand-removed all the compression artifacts from all of the cutscenes. The modder also used Photoshop to painstakingly redraw entire frames and assets, frame-by-frame. Continuity issues have also been fixed and some new transitional scenes have been created entirely from scratch. All audio was also synced and everything now runs at the correct 12fps.
All told, DerSilver83 says they have 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 all they can in what they call a “reasonable timeframe” and are happy with the end results.
“I want to remember this project as something fun before it transforms into some kind of a burden,” said DerSilver83 on the project's site. “So this is it. The final release of my Cutscenes Remaster Project and I hope everybody who uses it can enjoy it as much as I do. I always wanted to create a substantial mod for a game I love and I can finally say that I have achieved (or at least tried) that.”
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, 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 own Luke Plunkett.