The massively popular strategy game StarCraft and its Brood War expansion from 1998 are getting a makeover this summer, as Blizzard has announced StarCraft: Remastered. The developer has completely redone the graphics and audio of the classic game, while keeping the gameplay faithful to the original.
The remaster will support up to 4K resolution, with visual upgrades for units, buildings, and environments of all three factions, in addition to new interlude artwork for the single-player storyline. That's not all, the soundtrack, game audio, and dialog have all been re-recorded.
The developer is also adding some new features such as cloud saves, custom maps, Blizzard network integration for social features, key binds, replays, along with support for eight new languages, and more.
Even with the release of StarCraft 2 back in 2010, the first is still used in a variety of gaming tournaments and remains highly popular to this day. Blizzard's decision to keep the remaster's gameplay identical to the original is a great strategy to bring fans of StarCraft over to the new release.
Blizzard is also preparing a new update for the 19-year-old Brood War expansion, expected for release later this week. it will contain better compatibility support for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, key rebinding, an observer mode, new cheat detection methods, among bug fixes and other improvements.
As soon as the update is live, the StarCraft Anthology pack, carrying the original StarCraft and its Brood War expansion, will be completely free to download through the Blizzard Store. It's a great opportunity for those who want to try out the source material before StarCraft: Remastered is available for purchase. Keep in mind that the difficulty curve may be a bit steep compared to more recent strategy games.
StarCraft: Remastered is launching sometime this summer, with pricing details yet to be announced by the developer.