Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is a high fantasy real-time strategy video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, and was released in July 2002. It is the second sequel to Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and it is the third game set in the Warcraft fictional universe. An expansion pack, The Frozen Throne, was released in July 2003.
Warcraft III contains four playable races: Humans and Orcs, both of which had previously appeared in Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, and two new races, the Night Elves and the Undead. Warcraft III’s single-player campaign is laid out similarly to that of StarCraft, also by Blizzard Entertainment, being told through all four of the game’s races in a progressive manner. Multiplayer mode allows for play against other players, via the Internet, instead of playing against computer-controlled characters as is done in the single-player custom game mode.
The game shipped 4.5 million units to retail stores and over one million units sold within a month. Warcraft III won many awards including “Game of the Year” from more than six different publications.