Blizzard Announces StarCraft Remastered Coming This Summer In Glorious 4K
Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime remarked, “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 e-sports for almost 20 years”.
According to Blizzard, it has, “kept everything you love about StarCraft, but upgraded everything else.” This remastered edition will incorporate a "full graphical overhaul" with "widescreen UHD support for up to 4K resolution". This includes updates to units, buildings, and environments. The original dialogue and soundtrack have also been re-recorded and “rejuvenated”.
The gameplay will largely remain the same with a few upgrades. Players will be able to zoom out to view the larger battlefield or zoom in to the inner workings of their campaign. StarCraft Remastered will also include comic-book like interludes that “bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor and Kerrigan to life like never before.”
Brood War will be updated to version 1.18 this week, separate from the Remastered release. The update will bring a number of bug fixes, observer mode, and “modern anti-cheat measures’. The update will also allow players to connect to and play with players still using the the existing 1.16 patch or future gamers with the Remastered version. Brood Wars will also now be an entirely free product.
StarCraft is a military science fiction strategy game that was released by Blizzard on March 31st, 1998 for Windows. The game features three distinct species at war with one another. The game was an immediate success and it sold over 1.5 million copies in its first year. Its success led to a number of expansions, spin-offs, novelizations, and sequels.
StarCraft Remastered will be available this summer. There is currently no price being quoted.