There's gold to be gathered and trees to be chopped down, because some enterprising modders have rebuilt the classic real-time strategy game Warcraft III using Starcraft II's powerful map editor.

Warcraft: Armies of Azeroth makes use of the Warcraft III assets Blizzard oh-so generously released a few months ago to recreate the twelve-year-old game in Starcraft II's glorious HD level creator. Based on this gameplay trailer, courtesy of Destructoid, things look promising. The Armies of Azeroth team has managed to nail the feel and flow of Warcraft III, emphasizing growing your powerful hero units alongside your army as you gather the gold and supplies needed to conquer all who oppose you, and given the age of the classic title (and the complete lack of Warcraft IV), it's about time Warcraft fans get something new(ish) to play that wasn't an MMORPG.

Don't get your hopes too high yet, though. Ambitious mods like these have a tendency to crash and burn before coming to fruition, and given what a titanic undertaking it is to recreate all of Warcraft III, don't be surprised if the mods many engineers tire of the project midway through production. After all, they're doing this for free, just for the fun of it, and real-life obligations often get in the way of big projects like this. Still, Warcraft fans can keep their fingers crossed that this major mod will see the light of day. You can follow Armies of Azeroth on Facebook or Twitter if you want to get involved or stay up-to-date with their progress.

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