Today, Blizzard announced that its hit real time strategy game StarCraft be getting remastered. It will be called, well, StarCraft Remastered no less and is due out this summer for PC.
This new version of StarCraft will feature 4K graphics and cutscenes that run at 1080p. Additionally, the game’s audio will be receiving a massive upgrade. Graphics and sound aren’t the only thing that will be brought into 2017, though. StarCraft Remastered will also support online multiplayer play through Battle.net – which is now known as the Blizzard App. This will allow players of similar skill to face off against one another in a way that the original game never allowed.
If you’re worried that the original gameplay of StarCraft will be altered in this new version of the game, then you can breathe easy. Blizzard has confirmed that while there will be many changes coming to Remastered, tweaks to the gameplay will not be among the alterations. “Updated graphics, modern amenities, and other new features won’t matter if we ruin gameplay,” said Classic Games senior producer Pete Stillwell.
Stillwell also touched on why they decided to remaster the game saying:
StarCraft remains very popular, especially in Korea. It’s doing so despite legacy Battle.net’s aging infrastructure, and from the client perspective, graphics, compatibility, and online features that are not up to modern standards. We decided this was going to be our love letter to the SC diehards. So while the team dusted off the repos, rebuilt the pipeline, and rediscovered the codebase, we also spent hundreds of hours connecting with passionate and proactive folks all over the globe: The ones who have been keeping this game going. They gave us insight into the add-ons, game servers, and defined what made Brood War, Brood War.
Lastly, the original StarCraft and its expansion Brood War will be available for free at the end of this month when the game receives its new update version 1.18. The original StarCraft will also be compatible with the remaster so players who download the game when it becomes free can then immediately transfer their data when after purchasing Remastered later this year.
Blizzard definitely has to be commended for continuing to support an almost 20 year old game and making sure that its audience doesn’t die out. You can watch the reveal trailer for StarCraft Remastered below and read more about what changes will be coming on the game’s website.