StarCraft: Remastered, the HD update to Blizzard’s seminal sci-fi real-time strategy game, will release on August 14, 2017, exclusively for PC.
The new release, which has been developed in-house at Blizzard, will bundle together both the original StarCraft game and the ‘Brood War’ expansion while adding an array of modernised bells and whistles. As this announcement suggests, StarCraft: Remastered will include the entire campaign for both games, as well as much-respected multiplayer portion. New features for this re-release include widescreen 4K support, a new matchmaking system, updated audio, and the option of cloud-based saves for the campaign and replay videos. The game has also been localised into 13 different languages.
Despite the host of updates, the gameplay remains unchanged, with players able to switch between the remastered and original versions at any time, as well as the ability to play in multiplayer with those who own the original 1998 release (which is now available for free).
Starcraft: Remastered will retail for USD$14.99/£12.99. Anyone who purchases the game will receive an exclusive co-op commander for use in StarCraft II, while those who preorder will gain access to three unique building skins within StarCraft: Remastered.
The new release promises to revitalise the visual experience of the original game, with the upgrades readily visible in the trailer embedded below:
StarCraft: Remastered was officially announced in March this year. The last new game for the series was 2015’s StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, which capped off the StarCraft II trilogy. Blizzard’s most recent game, meanwhile, is the highly-acclaimed multiplayer first-person shooter, Overwatch.