Blizzard is releasing a remastered version of their classic RTS StarCraft on August 14 for PC and Mac.
StarCraft: Remastered will feature new matchmaking with ladders and leaderboards, player profiles that track ones’ statistics, widescreen support for up to 4K resolutions, “higher fidelity” audio, and other updates and modern conveniences.
Despite these tweaks, the original game will remain. Playing StarCraft: Remastered will be like “putting on your glasses,” says Blizzard Classic Games team head Rob Bridenbecker. “You put on your glasses and everything crisps up, but it’s still the same game.” In game, with the click of a button, players may switch between the remastered and original versions – putting on and taking off their glasses.
The remastered game is available for pre-purchase in the Blizzard online store for 14.99 USD. It will require the StarCraft Anthology, for free in the Blizzard store, a Blizzard account, the Blizzard desktop app, and an internet connection to play.
Those who preorder the game will get three new building skins: one for the Char Hive (a Zerg structure), one for the Korhal Command Center (a Terran structure), and one for the Aiur Nexus (a Protoss structure). They will also receive goodies in StarCraft II, like new portraits.
Since its release in 1998, StarCraft has remained a definitive RTS game and a pillar of e-sports. StarCraft II was released in 2010 and has had two expansions follow, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void.
If you’ve never played the original, get it for free from the Blizzard online store to atone for your sin.