Behind the Scenes of StarCraft: Remastered

Blizzard Entertainment shared an in-house interview with the developers currently working on the StarCraft: Remastered. This behind-the-scenes interview shows a few side-by-side comparisons between the original StarCraft in-game art and the remastered version. Read the full interview.

Brian Sousa
Senior 3D Artist

You worked on the original game back in 1997. What’s been the coolest thing for you to revisit as a leading artist on StarCraft: Remastered?

Brian: There were some things that really made me geek out. The new Goliath the team came up with—it’s so awesome, it makes me feel bad, because I made the original one. I was like, “Oh my God, did you see how much detail they put into this thing?”

Behind the Scenes of StarCraft: Remastered

 

 

Blizzard Entertainment Recovers Missing StarCraft Gold Master CD

Quite interesting story developed over the past few weeks, when Reddit user Khemist49 bought a bunch of stuff on eBay and accidentally came across a digital jewel. Unsure what to do, he posted the following in Reddit:

“Could this be the missing Gold Disc? I purchased a lot off eBay with a ton of Blizzard stuff that appeared to be from a storage unit. This and a bunch of Blizzard games were in the unit…”

Eventually, he decided to reach out to Blizzard Entertainment and shipped the CD back to Blizzard. A few weeks later, Blizzard sent him a free copy of Overwatch: Origins, a $250 voucher to spend in the Blizzard Store, and an all-expense-paid accommodations to attend BlizzCon for free.

The thing is Blizzard Entertainment said this Gold Master CD was either missing or stolen many years ago. It is absolutely amazing that Blizzard got it back just when they are developing the StarCraft Remastered with 4K HD support. — source

Patch 3.13.0 Preview: Scythe of Amon

In their newest preview for 3.13.0, Blizzard reveals their newest mission for Starcraft 2 coop mode, which is based on the Legacy of the Void mission “The Host“.


In our newest Co-op Mission, Lyrak, one of Matriach Vorazun’s scouts, reports the discovery of a new threat from Amon. Lyrak discovers that Amon has created a new type of Hybrid and is beginning to awaken it by funneling energy from a Xel’Naga temple. Your mission is to prevent Amon’s most powerful weapon from being unleashed on the universe.

Scattered throughout the map are Void Slivers that are channeling energy to spawn the Voidshade Hybrid. They are protected by Void Rifts that will spawn enemies from every race. If players do not destroy a Sliver within the time given, the Hybrid will be summoned and you will instantly fail the mission. You’ll need to constantly monitor the remaining time and decide when is the best moment to send your army on the offensive.

Because of the threat that this new enemy brings, your secondary mission is to help evacuate the citizens in the surrounding city and save them from Amon’s attacks. To do so, you have  to clear a patch for the shuttle and ensure that it arrives at its destination safely.

Scythe of Amon arrives with Patch 3.13.0. Which commanders do you think will do exceptionally well on this map? Let us know in the comments. We’ll see you on the battlefield!

 

New StarCraft II Co-op Commander: Fenix

Yesterday, Lead Co-op Designer David Sum revealed that Fenix will join the game as the new StarCraft II Co-op Commander. You can watch the reveal in the video below around 00:17:00.

 

Fenix is able to switch between three-forms to adapt to any situation: Praetor Armor, Solarite Dragoon, and Cybros Arbiter. The new commander will be available for purchase in patch 3.13 for $4.99. Learn more about his abilities and features here.

 

 

StarCraft Remastered Cinematic Tease?

Update: The image teased was not related to StarCraft Remastered. Oops! It was instead the reveal of a new StarCraft II Co-op Commander: Fenix. That I did nail. Check out the announcement videos here

Recently, Blizzard Entertainment announced the StarCraft Remastered Edition is coming this summer. The original StarCraft is getting an upgrade to 4K high-definition, and that means cinematics should definitely be remade from scratch.

Today, the StarCraft Twitter posted an enigmatic image, that doesn’t exactly reveal much unless you know your StarCraft lore. The image in question seems to depict a zealot and a hydralisk. If you take a close look at the background, it shows what looks like a temple pillar.

The image harkens fans to the cinematic where a hydralisk ambushes Fenix the zealot, and kills him (behind-the-scene). Blizzard hasn’t discussed much about the StarCraft Remastered cinematics, but this image opens the possibility of a upcoming cinematic reveal.

Watch the video below to check out the original cinematic scene described in this new image.

 

Blizzard Entertainment Announces StarCraft: Remastered

Blizzard Entertainment Announces StarCraft: Remastered, supporting 4K HD monitors with enhanced graphics and audio. The original soundtracks, dialogue, and animated portraits have been remastered, as well. It has not been clarified, but it is likely the cinematics too. In addition, LAN & Modern play, and be able to zoom in and out.

However, it won’t be a free DLC to complement your original copy of StarCraft. A price will be announced at a later time. If you have a friend, or you have never played StarCraft, StarCraft and StarCraft Brood War will now be FREE. You would only pay for a upgrade to the Remastered version as an option. HD and non-HD players will be able to play together. Gameplay has been preserved intact. In the meantime, here you have a sneak peek into the StarCraft: Remastered.

Blizzard Entertainment Announces StarCraft: Remastered

The groundbreaking sci-fi real-time strategy game remastered in 4K Ultra High Definition, to include all content from the original award-winning game and its renowned expansion, StarCraft: Brood War®.

StarCraft: Remastered maintains the gameplay and balance that set the standard for the RTS genre, while updating graphics and audio, and adding matchmaking, ladder, social features, and more!

IRVINE, Calif. — One of the highest rated, most celebrated games of all time has evolved. Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled StarCraft®: Remastered, a reverently crafted modernization of the original award-winning real-time strategy game. StarCraft: Remastered will offer a full graphical overhaul of the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War® expansion, while preserving the sublime gameplay that captivated millions of gamers around the world and served as the foundation for professional global esports.

“StarCraft is a pure distillation of Blizzard’s DNA — its story, its balance, and all the little details reflect our long-running commitment to epic entertainment, and it’s been a staple in competitive gaming and esports for almost 20 years,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “With StarCraft: Remastered, we’re modernizing the original game’s visuals, audio, and online support to ensure that players can enjoy StarCraft for another 20 years and beyond.”

The remastered graphics and audio will bring a modern look and feel to the timeless classic, with widescreen UHD support for up to 4K resolution. Other updates will include new illustrations to enhance storytelling in the StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War campaign missions; advanced matchmaking; full connectivity to Blizzard’s gaming network for social features and updates; cloud saving for campaign progress, custom maps, replays, and keybinds; support for eight new languages in addition to the original five; and more. While these improvements will bring StarCraft to the modern era, gameplay and balance have been precisely preserved, for an experience that will feel identical to veteran players.

Blizzard is developing StarCraft: Remastered for release on Windows® and Mac® PCs, with an anticipated release date this summer. Pricing and related information on StarCraft: Remastered will be announced at a later date. Prepare to venture once again onto the planetary battlefields of the war-torn Koprulu Sector; command the forces of the zerg, protoss, and terrans in their struggle for galactic domination; relive the epic saga of Marshal Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, and Praetor Fenix; or just vie for the GG against fellow players in this rejuvenated version of the online competitive RTS that set the bar for an entire genre.

Learn more at www.starcraft.com

In preparation for StarCraft: Remastered, Blizzard Entertainment will update StarCraft: Brood War later this week to version 1.18. The update will include bug fixes and improvements, including the ability to rebind keys; observer mode; modern anti-cheat measures; compatibility improvements for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10; and more. Once the update is live, StarCraft Anthology, which includes the original game and the Brood War expansion, will be free to download and play.

 

Starcraft: Remastered

The classic is back! Blizzard announced Starcraft: Remastered, a 4K Ultra High Definition remake of the original game.

This is a return of the gameplay of the beloved game from 1998 but with a fresh coat of paint using updated graphics and audio, as well as added matchmaking, ladder, social features and more.

FEATURES

  • Widescreen 4K Ultra HD Resolution
  • Classic StarCraft Gameplay Remains Untouched
  • New Illustrations Enhance Original Story
  • More than 50 Single-Player Missions
  • Plugged in to Blizzard’s Gaming Network
  • Cloud Saves for Campaign, Custom Maps, Replays, and Keybinds
  • Localized in 13 Languages

GORGEOUS ULTRA HD VISUALS
  • 4K Ultra HD Graphics and Upgraded Audio: StarCraft: Remastered will include high-resolution unit models, buildings, doodads, and tilesets, as well as high-fidelity music and sound effects to bring the original game into the modern era, while retaining the classic StarCraft style.

  • Same Timeless Gameplay: The gameplay balance and idiosyncrasies have been painstakingly preserved from the original game. Mutalisk stacking, magic-boxing, unit pathfinding, control-group limitations, and more will all remain intact, allowing veteran players to enjoy playing and watching high-level competitive matches as before.

UNSURPASSED REAL-TIME STRATEGY GAMEPLAY
  • Includes Original and Expansion Campaigns: Return to the planetary battlefields of the war-torn Koprulu Sector and command the forces of the terran, zerg, and protoss across more than 50 story-driven single-player missions.

  • Fall in Love Again: Relive the epic saga of some of gaming’s most memorable and beloved heroes and villains, including Marshal Jim Raynor, Lieutenant Sarah Kerrigan, and Praetor Fenix.

  • Enhanced Storytelling: Original cinematics will be improved to 1080p resolution, while mission interludes and introductions will feature new comic-book style illustrations.

ROBUST FEATURES BRING THE TIMELESS CLASSIC TO THE MODERN ERA
  • Blizzard’s Gaming Network Brings a Bevy of Features: In addition to accurate matchmaking and enhanced ladder functionality, players will also be able to stay in touch with and chat with friends playing other Blizzard games. The classic functionality of named custom games and custom game lobbies will be retained, for the familiarity of long-time StarCraft players.

  • Localized in 13 Languages: English, German, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish (LatAm), Spanish (European), Polish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese

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StarCraft II Patch 3.10.0 – Patch Notes

Blizzard Entertainment deployed patch 3.10.0 adding a new TotalBiscuit announcer purchase option, and the 2017 Ladder Season 1 map pool. In addition, various balance updates for the following Co-op Missions Commanders: Nova, Stukov and Zagara.

The bug fixes encompass the Nova Covert Ops Campaign, Co-op Missions, Arcade, Interface, and a couple Gameplay adjustments.