The original StarCraft and its expansion, Brood War, are getting some shiny new graphics and features in StarCraft: Remastered, an updated version of one of the most important strategy games of all time.
At the I <3 StarCraft event in Seoul, South Korea, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime announced StarCraft: Remastered would be coming this summer, with improved graphics, audio and matchmaking.
But those will be the only things changing in this version, according to a Blizzard news release — they won't be touching the original game's mechanics, leaving it just as it's been since since Brood War's last balance patch in 2001.
“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," Morhaime said in a news release. “With StarCraft: Remastered, we’re modernizing the original game’s visuals, audio, and online support to ensure that players can enjoy StarCraft for another 20 years and beyond.”
On top of the remaster, Blizzard will also be releasing the original versions of StarCraft and Brood War for free later this week, along with Patch 1.18, the first StarCraft patch in eight years. The patch will include bug fixes, keybinding options, an observer mode and optimization for modern Windows operating systems. All your save data from StarCraft and Brood War will carry over into Remastered, and the two versions of the game will be able to interact for multiplayer.
StarCraft: Remastered is set to launch this summer, though no specific release date has been announced.
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