Blizzard has always been a company that knows how to market and publish their games for big returns. Today is no different. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Starcraft, the gaming company, known mainly for its success with World of Warcraft has announced that Starcraft will be getting a complete graphical overhaul, but that’s not it.
Before the release of StarCraft Remastered, Blizzard are also making the original vanilla game as well as its Brood War expansion pack completely free to play along with a patch update to bring it into the 21st century. The free to play version will be available from Blizzard’s website, and maybe even their Battle.Net desktop client, but we’re not sure on that one yet.
Blizzard are promising some awesome changes, from graphical updates, 4K support, improved audio and a much needed improvement to matchmaking online. The Remastered edition of the game are due this summer, although we cannot give an exact date yet.
Here are some patch notes on what is going to be happening to the free to play version of StarCraft and Brood War:
Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
Added UTF-8 support.
Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
Added options to display actions per minute.
Added Observer mode.
You can catch the full patch notes here along with all the information to download the game.
I’ll just leave this video here to show you have beautiful Starcraft: Remastered is going to look