- For the original Warcraft II game and in-depth information, see Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.
|Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition|
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Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition is a Battle.net-enabled version of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, with the expansion Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal built in. It was released on October 8, 1999. This is essentially the same as Warcraft II, but it allows for usage on Battle.net, and, unlike its offline counterparts, does require a CD Key to install.
The game features many upgrades and enhancements over the original version. Features from StarCraft, such as right-click commands for units, and queuing multiple units for production, were implemented. The game was also ported to be natively supported under Windows, unlike the original game which ran under DOS. A fix for newer processors was included so regardless of how fast your processor was, the screen scroll speed was consistent; unlike the original version which was meant to be run on a 486 processor and when running on a modern processor, the screen scroll speed was too fast.
The original version of Warcraft II supported online play, but only through IPX protocol, and not the TCP/IP protocol which became standard after its release. Many players used the paid-for program Kali, which emulated an IPX network over the internet and allowed people to play it easily online. Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition added support for Battle.net.
Other upgrades and enhancements over the original game include:
- Ability for up to eight players to compete over Battle.net using "Spawning" technology from one CD.
- Automatic map passing over Battle.net.
- Implementation of Top vs. Bottom multi-player template.
- Shared Vision in multi-player games.
- Improved game set-up, game options, dropping of players and inclusion of Battle.net chat.
- Game speed is set prior to a Battle.net game beginning, and cannot be changed.
- Incorporation of the 3 Pauses per player/per game rule.
- Assigning and selection of Groups through # keys.
- Ability to choose Random starting race, resources and tileset.
- Attack Move command will now function correctly.
- Patrol command now sends units to the selected location rather than stopping after any contact.
- Set maps and game parameters for Ladder Games.
- Ctrl+click or double-click will select closest 9 units of that type currently on the screen.
- Spacebar centers the map on last 8 transmissions (sequential).
- Current food displayed along with gold/oil/lumber.
- Maintained compatibility with the DOS version of Warcraft II via local area network or modem.
- Unit limit raised from 600 to 1,200 for Enhanced games.
- Upper limit of 200 food for each player, like StarCraft.
- Mining out an oil platform completely no longer returns a small amount of lumber and gold to the player.
- Flying Machines, Goblin Zeppelins, Goblin Sappers, Demolition Squads now have a Patrol option.
- Canceling Foundries no longer uses all of the oil you spent to build it.
- Allies can see friendly invisible units now.
- Allies' towers and flying units now reveal enemy subs.
- Partially-built towers can no longer see submarines.
- Death Coil will no longer damage allies.
- New sounds have been added for Skeletons, Runes, Eyes of Kilrogg, and for completed upgrades.
- First Town Hall/Great Hall now build at the speed of a Farm. All other Town Halls/Great Halls build at the normal rate.
- You can now take 1,000 screenshots instead of just 100.
- Support for two new game speeds (Slowest and Faster).
There are 12 different versions of Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition: 1 in 1998, 4 in 1999, 2 editions in 2000 and 5 editions from Best Seller Series in 2001. Additionally, a battle chest was released in 1999, the Warcraft II: Battle Chest that was a one CD edition, it included the game with its official Strategy Guide.
Differences between the versions:
- Original release and 2000 editions with version 2.01a includes folder "ISP", which was replaced by the "Manual" folder.
- 1999 and 2001 editions included "Manual" folder including the manual and Adobe Reader.
- 2001 edition included the manual but by the name "Strategy Guide".
- 2019 edition was released on GOG.com with an Enhanced and Classic version. Enhanced provides resolution controls and LAN connection only while the Classic gives Battle.net support and uses original graphics.
- Main article: System requirements § Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition
Notes and trivia
- The official website for Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition is still accessible.
- Announced on July 10, 1998, the original title for the game was Warcraft II: Platinum Edition before release, until it was changed to the title it has now. Blizzard's original plans to include an additional all-new Warcraft II Platinum campaign were scrapped in the interest of emphasizing Battle.net Edition's true intent: to provide the classic Warcraft II as is, with extensive multiplayer support and a few select gameplay enhancements. It was originally slated for a early 1999 release, then changed to a Summer 1999 release until it finally released with a new name in fall of 1999.
- The game has the first movie trailer for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
- Warcraft II: Combat Edition, a fan-made custom version of the Battle.net Edition, was made to play on more third-party servers instead of Battle.net's servers that are now ultimately defunct.
- Multiplayer maps
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment - News Archive: October 1999. Blizzard Entertainment (1999-10-08). Archived from the original on 2000-05-21.
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II Battle.net Edition Now Available on GOG.COM. Blizzard. Archived from the original on 2019-03-28. Retrieved on 2019-03-28.
- ^ Gamespot - Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition Review. Gamespot (1999-11-10). Archived from the original on 2005-11-03. Retrieved on 2017-10-12.
- ^ Warcraft II Comes to Battle.net with New Platinum Edition. Blizzard Entertainment (1998-07-10). Archived from the original on 1998-12-05.
- ^ Warcraft II Platinum original webpage. January 27, 1999.
- ^ Warcraft II Platinum original webpage. May 8, 1999.