The rumors were true and StarCraft & Broodwar are currently being remastered by Blizzard for a PC & Mac release this summer. This looks to be a full remastering of the original game with new crisp HD art and an updated engine for modern LAN and Internet gameplay. Next week Blizzard will drop an update to the original StarCraft game to get ready for the remastered version this summer:

"In preparation for StarCraft: Remastered, Blizzard Entertainment will update StarCraft: Brood War later this week to version 1.18. The update will include bug fixes and improvements, including the ability to rebind keys; observer mode; modern anti-cheat measures; compatibility improvements for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10; and more. Once the update is live, StarCraft Anthology, which includes the original game and the Brood War expansion, will be free to download and play. "

StarCraft is one of my all time favorite games and it getting this HD remastering update is incredible. To date some of the best HD remasterings of games have given them new life in a world where running them on modern systems is difficult and the old StarCraft is no exception. Blizzard updating the multiplayer means that it will be easier to play StarCraft with friends over the Internet, which up till now has been pretty difficult.

"In StarCraft Remastered, we’ve kept everything you love about StarCraft, but upgraded everything else.

Detailed visuals - Zoom out for a Battlecruiser’s view of the battlefield, or zoom in to see the veins on a Mutalisk’s wings.

Stylized Briefings - Race-themed comic book interludes tell the original story with a fresh coat of paint.

Amped Audio -The original soundtrack and dialogue, re-recorded and rejuvenated.

I've wondered if Blizzard would use the original engine to do a possible retelling of StarCraft or use the new StarCraft II engine and it seems this is a remaking of the original game with much update love. From the many behind the scenes videos about StarCraft i've heard the codebase is hard to work with so this is a pretty large effort and I can't wait to pick it up when it drops this summer. I also hope Blizzard releases a collectors edition, that would be an incredible way to launch this retelling of the game.

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/26/2017 at 06:09pm

I was just coming to post this! I hope we get the same kind of treatment for Diablo II and others. Starcraft is coming up on 20 years old... 20 years! It's amazing to see it played so heavily still, and getting this kind of update.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 03/27/2017 at 01:05am

Yeah, Travis is right, it was about 20 years ago (apparently) that I got my copy of Starcraft. I couldn't find it within my small local area, so I actually travelled half an hour to a Wal-Mart in West Virginia to get it. I can't remember which box cover I chose, I think it was Protoss or Terran.

This is good news and what surprises me more is that it's supposed to be out this summer. I enjoyed the game and the expansion. I liked the cut scenes and funny things units and characters say. Remember, "I love you Sarge!" LOL

However, I'm not sure when or if I might pick this up. I enjoyed SCII, but the recent additions were a bit too difficult for me and I ended up cheating. This kind of turned me off a little bit. I remember using cheat codes on the original. I don't remember it being extremely difficult. It's been a long time since I've played it, so I don't recall very much very well.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/27/2017 at 03:12am

The only missions I remember I cheated on in SC was the ending mission where the Protoss team up with the Terrans against the Zerg. That was nuts and I just typed in the code to have it be over. And it was. And I was confused by the ending.

Go figure. smile

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/19/2017 at 06:30am
Travis   Admin wrote on 04/19/2017 at 01:10pm

And when the remaster comes out we'll be able to play multiplayer across this version and the remaster.

The one thing that I question is that CD-key banning is the most effective tool they had against hackers. They don't have that now since someone can just make a new account rather than having to pony up money for it.

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