StarCraft’s HD remaster is out now
And you can play the original StarCraft for free.
Seminal RTS StarCraft is back for another round of Zerg-rushing antics with the release of StarCraft: Remastered.
Announced back in March, StarCraft: Remastered is an odd sort of remake for the nearly 20-year-old game, as it uses the same engine that the original game used way back in 1998. This means that all the bugs, quirks and exploits StarCraft pros have discovered over the years are present and accounted for in StarCraft: Remastered. It also means that StarCraft: Remastered sports full multiplayer compatibility with the original StarCraft game and its Brood War expansion.
That said, the remaster does add in a bunch of new features, which bring the game up to snuff with the expectations of a modern gaming audience. Both StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion are included in StarCraft: Remastered and each game has been upgraded with 4K textures, improved audio quality and widescreen support. There's also a new matchmaking system not present in the original StarCraft, as well as online leaderboards for competing against your friends as well as the best StarCraft players in the world.
Taking cues from other recent HD remasters, StarCraft: Remastered also lets you switch between the original StarCraft visual style and the new 4K graphics with a press of a button. Probably not something you're going to do often, but it's pretty nifty nonetheless.
StarCraft: Remastered is available right now on PC and Mac for AUD$22.45/USD$14.99 through Blizzard's Battle.net store or through the StarCraft website. Alternatively, you can download and play the original, un-remastered StarCraft for free through Battle.net.
Blizzard also announced today that it will be keeping the Battle.net name after an unsuccessful rebranding earlier this year.