Mar 26, 2017

Blizzard announces the Starcraft: Remastered, Brood War to be made free

This weekend during the Starcraft 2 2017 GSL Season 1 Grand Finals in Seoul, South Korea, Blizzard announced a long rumored project of theirs exists, Starcraft: Remastered.

The remastered edition will include both the original Starcraft and Starcraft: Brood War, with a fresh coat of paint. This isn’t just an adaptation of Starcraft plugged into the Starcraft 2 engine either. Staples of the 1998 game are still there, such as only being able to select 12 units at a time instead of 100’s at a time. This is all done to keep the original gameplay intact, while allowing the game to be played with modern elements like a global friends list and 4k support. Starcraft: Remastered will be released sometime this summer.

In addition to Starcraft: Remastered, Blizzard also announced that starting with the 1.18 patch for the original Brood War, Starcraft: Brood War will be completely free. Not free-to-play, not with each campaign locked behind a paywall, but 100% free. Even better, the patch will release within a week. 1.18 will also include a new observer mode, fullscreen and windowed support and improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. All of your replays and friends list that you build in 1.18 will even port into Starcraft: Remastered when it releases later this year.

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