Blizzard have announced that they will re-release StarCraft, the RTS game that defined the genre. The original game and the Brood War expansion have been remastered to 4K resolution and will feature updated recordings of the original soundtrack and dialogue. Oh, and by the way, Blizzard are making the original game free. Yes, you read that correctly.
Many developers are re-releasing their most popular games with updated graphics. While some may seem like an easy money grab, others stay true to their roots while extending the life of the game. StarCraft Remastered will reportedly keep the original’s gameplay and mechanics:
We’ve remastered our units, buildings, and environments, improved game audio, and broadened our supported resolutions. Illustrated interludes bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor and Kerrigan to life like never before. Most importantly, the strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged.
However, it will be improved with “advanced matchmaking; full connectivity to Blizzard’s gaming network for social features and updates; cloud saving for campaign progress, custom maps, replays, and keybinds”. This sounds very promising to me!
StarCraft Anthology for FREE
But wait! There’s more! Version 1.18 of Brood War will be released later on this week. With this update, the StarCraft Anthology will become free to download and play. Besides being able to grab the title free of charge, the update will implement better ant-cheat methods, as well as improved compatibility with modern operating systems.
This can be seen as a clever promotion for the 4K version of the game. It will get fans like myself to once again play the game that I fell in love with as a kid, in preparation for the release of Remastered. Once I’m playing the game with classic 90’s graphics, I’ll certainly want to buy the UHD version once I see the difference.
With this announcement, Blizzard have taken the Anthology down from their online store. The original game and expansion were retailing for $15 up until this point.
The original StarCraft was released in 1998, and the Brood War expansion followed shortly after. In 2010, the sequel title StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (pick it up here!) was released to very positive reviews.
StarCraft Remastered will drop this summer. In the meantime, you can pick up StarCraft Anthology for free on Blizzard’s online store. Are you excited about this news? Will you download the free version, and are you thinking about buying the remaster later on this year? Let us know what you think!