Blizzard Entertainment gave STARCRAFT fans two huge pieces of good news this week when the game giant announced that not only would the original game be free to download, but an updated, remastered version would be arriving this summer.
The upcoming new edition, known simply as STARCRAFT: REMASTERED, leaves all the much-loved gameplay functions in place while giving the graphics an upgrade. It will be available in 4K HD, have new audio, and be compatible to play with the original STARCRAFT. The remastered edition also include BROOD WAR, the original expansion set. Blizzard president Mike Morhaime made the announcement at an event in South Korea called I <3 Starcraft. He gave no specific release date, but promised that the new version would be out in the summertime.
The original game, which launched in 1998 and is widely considered to be one of the best real-time strategy (RTS) games ever, has sold over 11 million copies worldwide, making it the sixth most popular game of all time. It has become a staple in the world of competitive video gaming, known as e-sports. Now, STARCRAFT: BROOD WAR will be completely free for download with its new update that also promises better compatibility with modern operating systems, new anti-cheating measures, and a few new features such as an observer mode. The STARCRAFT ANTHOLOGY pack, which includes the original game and its expansion set, will also be completely free to download as of the new update.
STARCRAFT voice actors Robert Clotworthy (Jim Raynor, STARCRAFT, STARCRAFT: BROOD WARS, and STARCRAFT II: WINGS OF LIBERTY), Dave Fennoy (Gabriel Tosh, STARCRAFT II: WINGS OF LIBERTY), and Neil Kaplan (Tychus Findlay, STARCRAFT II: WINGS OF LIBERTY) will be at the Famous Monsters Convention in Dallas to sign autographs and meet fans of the game.