Blizzard is remaking ‘StarCraft’ with better graphics — and it’s making the original version free

People still play the original StarCraft, a real-time strategy game that first came out in 1998.

Now, the intergalactic war game is getting a major face-lift, the game’s developer, Blizzard, announced Sunday.

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“StarCraft: Remastered” will preserve the gameplay of the original 1998 title, but the new title will update its aging graphics and audio and will ensure better compatibility with modern computers, the company said.

“Gameplay and balance have been precisely preserved,” Blizzard said in a statement.

Preserving the gameplay is important for this remake because the original StarCraft is still played as an e-sport, especially in South Korea.

Here’s what you need to know about the StarCraft remake:

    The anticipated release date is “summer” 2017. It will be able to display graphics in 4K and wide-screen. The audio (“Spawn more overlords!”) has been remastered. The online component has been updated, with cloud support for saves, custom maps, and other user-generated content. It will be released for Windows and Mac, but we don’t know the price yet. As with the original, gamers will be able to play matches online. “StarCraft: Remastered” will include all of the original game’s storyline and single-player version as well as content from an expansion, “Brood War.” The original game and its expansions will be called “StarCraft Anthology,” and Blizzard will make it free to download and play. All three original races – Protoss, Terran, and Zerg -will be playable.

And here’s how the newly updated graphics look:


The best way to look at the graphics improvement is by looking at individual units. Here’s a Protoss Carrier before:

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And here’s the same unit after the face-lift:

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Zerg Overlord, before:

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And after:

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The Terran Battlecruiser is looking good:

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Here’s a look at how Zerg infantry units have been updated:

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The purple really pops on these Space Marines:

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Here’s what a Protoss player will see in the remastered game:

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Here’s what it looked like before:

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New Terran graphics:

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Old Terran graphics:

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Another look at the Terrans in HD:

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The Zerg got a face-lift too:

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How they looked before:

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