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‘StarCraft Remastered’ Announced, Original Goes Free This Week

The grandfather of the modern RTS returns with sharper visuals and 4K-support this Summer.

After weeks of rumors and speculations, Blizzard officially confirmed the release of an updated version of StarCraft, due to release this Summer. StarCraft Remastered features all content from the original game and expansion StarCraft: Brood War, along with updated 2D visuals, new character illustrations, revised dialogue and remastered and brand new audio samples. For those with capable PCs, StarCraft Remastered can be played at resolutions up to true 4K.

Apart from the future release of StarCraft Remastered, Blizzard announced that one final update will arrive for the original StarCraft later this week. “Version 1.18” will add a dedicated match-observation mode, the ability to rebind and customize keys, and update OS compatibility for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. Once the update goes live, fans and newcomers will have the luxury of downloading the StarCraft Anthology (original + Brood War expansion) absolutely free through the official StarCraft website.

The original StarCraft released in 1998 for PC, followed by the Brood War expansion later that year, and the infamous StarCraft 64 in 2000. Though it wasn’t the first real-time-strategy game for PC, StarCraft gained popularity due to its comparatively faster-paced gameplay and seemingly infinite number of strategical options. StarCraft‘s success can also be attributed to South Korea’s competitive PC gaming community: The option to compete against others through LAN allowed for pop-up StarCraft tournaments across the country; StarCraft: Brood War is often considered to be the first true E-Sports title, and is still played on a professional level- though primarily in South Korea- even after the releases of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void.

StarCraft Remastered does not have an official release date nor price as of this time.

Source: Blizzard
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