Blizzard has announced StarCraft: Remastered, a high-def release of one of the most iconic real-time strategy games of all time, after months of speculation and rumors.
The announcement on the official site details the new additions and revisions. StarCraft Remastered will include sharper 4K visuals, cinematics at 1080p resolution, and upgraded audio tracks. It’s also adding a few modern additions, like cloud support for replays and keybind settings. It will connect to the newer version of Battle.net for modern social features, and it has added support for eight more languages, bringing the total up to 13.
Of course, as a remaster, it will still retain the standard gameplay, as the trailer below shows units behaving exactly as they did in the original. Blizzard appears to have left the core gameplay untouched, which makes sense considering the venerable classic was widely played for well over a decade and helped popularize professional esports.
Check out the announcement trailer for a comparison of the old visuals to new.
StarCraft: Remastered will drop sometime this summer. If earlier rumors are to be believed, that will mean sometime in May or June. But the preparations for it will start much sooner than that. This week, the original StarCraft: Brood War will update to version 1.18, which will add observer mode, key rebinding, improve compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and put in some new anti-cheating features.
For those who may have missed it the first time around, Blizzard will be releasing the StarCraft Anthology as a free download, following this week’s update. That includes the original, non-remastered StarCraft and Brood War expansions, so those of you who weren’t in college in the early 2000s can experience the magic like we did.