There’s a pair of announcements from Blizzard about their new version of Starcraft and a second name-swap. First, Starcraft Remastered is now officially available. This new version of the game is a faithful reproduction of the original as far as its playstyle and visual effects, but the original assets have been reimplemented in native 4K and the game now supports 16:9 aspect ratios, leaderboards, replays, ladder ranks, player profiles, and cloud saves. More significant changes, like offering universal autocasting across all units were not implemented, as Blizzard wanted to offer a version of the game identical to what became a worldwide sensation and practically a Korean religion back in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The slideshow below shows some of the updates Blizzard has made to Starcraft with this project. In some cases, there are now new details available that couldn’t be seen before. Zerglings, for example, actually had hands in the original game, but they were too small to see. Now, at 4K, they’re visible. A unit-by-unit comparison is available on Blizzard’s website.
Meanwhile, in other Blizzard news, the “Blizzard” app branding that never made any sense and that no one liked or used is going away. The company is resurrecting the Battle.net brand, which always made far more sense and had two decades or more of support behind it. The service will once again be known as Battle.net or Blizzard Battle.net.
If you pick up the remastered Starcraft, feel free to let us know how well it’s aged and if the game is as fun as it was back in 1997. This updated version includes the Brood Wars expansion and currently sells for $ 14.99. Players who are short on cash but also play World of Warcraft have the option to convert in-game gold over to Blizzard wallet funds to purchase the game, should they wish to do so.
Only the 4K version of the game now costs money; the original versions of Starcraft and Brood Wars are free to play with a Battle.net account. Players who want more information on the classic game before pulling the trigger on the purchase of the remastered variant (or who are happy with the game’s original graphics) can download it via the Battle.net app. To the best of our knowledge, this version of the classic game works on all modern operating systems; you’re paying for the graphics update with the Remastered, not a version of the game compatible with Windows 10.