Today Blizzard unveiled the remaster of StarCraft, “one of the highest rated, most celebrated games of all time”. The real-time strategy sci-fi game has been given a full graphical makeover, while still maintaining the game’s core gameplay. StarCraft: Remastered has widescreen ultra HD support up to 4K that is set to “bring a modern look and feel to the timeless classic”.
The remaster also includes the game’s expansion, StarCraft: Brood War. Both have improved illustrations to help with storytelling, advanced matchmaking, the ability to save campaign progress to cloud saving, customs maps/replays and keybinds as well as 8 new supported languages in addition’s to the game’s original 5 languages.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, said;
“StarCraft is a pure distillation of Blizzard’s DNA—its story, its balance, and all the little details reflect our long-running commitment to epic entertainment, and it’s been a staple in competitive gaming and esports for almost 20 years. With StarCraft: Remastered, we’re modernising the original game’s visuals, audio, and online support to ensure that players can enjoy StarCraft for another 20 years and beyond.”
The remaster is being developed for PC and Mac, with an anticipated release date of this summer. Pricing and related info is set to be released later down the line. In preparation for the remaster StarCraft: Brood Wars will be updated to 1.18 which brings “bug fixes and improvements, including the ability to rebind keys; observer mode; modern anti-cheat measures; compatibility improvements for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10; and more”. Once this update goes live, StarCraft: Anthology, which includes the original StarCraft and Brood Wars, will be free to download and play.
Are you a StarCraft fan looking forward to this remaster? Or have you been looking to get into the game and now have an excuse to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @bulletin_ben!