One of the most beloved PC games of all time is getting some modern upgrades.
Blizzard has announced that a remastered version of their seminal 1998 real-time strategy game StarCraft is set for release this summer. The new version will feature a “full graphical overhaul” with “widescreen UHD support for up to 4K resolution,” as well as updates to units, buildings, and environments. Blizzard has confirmed that the soundtrack and dialogue have also been remastered and that additional features will include new illustrations, matchmaking updates, cloud saves, custom maps, replays, and more.
“While these improvements will bring StarCraft to the modern era, gameplay and balance have been precisely preserved, for an experience that will feel identical to veteran players,” Blizzard said in its announcement. A specific release date and pricing have yet to be announced.
StarCraft: Remastered will include “all content” from the original games, as well as its expansion, StarCraft: Brood War. Interestingly, Blizzard has announced that the current Brood War expansion will be updated to version 1.18 this week, complete with bug fixes, the ability to rebind keys, observer mode, “modern anti-cheat measures,” and more. After the update goes live, Blizzard plans to make StarCraft Anthology, which includes the original game and Brood War, available for free.
“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,” Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said in a statement. “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.”
Check out the official launch trailer below: