StarCraft: Remastered Announced by Blizzard
StarCraft: Remastered Coming This Summer
Blizzard Entertainment have announced that a remastered version of the veteran RTS game StarCraft will be coming this summer.
The remaster will include a “full graphical overhaul” of StarCraft and its expansion Brood War.
A range of new features and support are being added to the game including widescreen support up to 4K resolution, new illustrations to enhance the story, advanced matchmaking, cloud saving, custom maps and replays.
CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment had this to say about the remaster:
“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.
“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.”
The company has also reassured that the gameplay and balance of the strategy game have not been altered or changed in any way from the original.
You can see HD screenshots for the remaster below:
In addition, StarCraft Anthology which includes the original title and the Brood War expansion will soon be free to download and play with an update which includes big fixes and other improvements coming to Brood War later this week.
The original game was released in 1998 and as of 2008 sold 9.5 million copies around the world growing Blizzard’s Battle.net multiplayer service by 800%.
The title is well-regarded as a seminal RTS especially in South Korea where the game became the country’s national e-sport and is where Blizzard sold 4.5 million of those 9.5 million units.
StarCraft is set during Earth’s 26th century in the Koprulu Sector, a distant area of the Milky Way galaxy. Three factions fight for dominance: the Terrans who are humans exiled form Earth, the Zerg who are insectoid aliens seeking genetic perfection and the Protoss, a humanoid species with advanced psionic abilities.
StarCraft: Remastered is coming this summer to Windows and Mac with pricing to be announced at a later date.