StarCraft II War Chest Phase 1 Available today

Blizzard Entertainment will sell new skins for each StarCraft II race each month (starting today at 6pm EST/3pm PST) until all phases are unlocked. 25% of the sales will go to supporting eSport prize pools.

UNLOCK INTERGALACTIC TREASURE

War Chest: BlizzCon 2017 introduces more than 70 new items (spread across three phases), including sprays, emoticons, exclusive portraits, and StarCraft II’s first army-wide skins, all for a steeply discounted price.

Each War Chest begins with a single unit skin and an exclusive portrait. Additional skins are divided into three phases, and can be unlocked by playing Multiplayer or Co-op matches during or after the corresponding phase, until by the end of the challenge you have a full set. Your initial purchase also grants awesome rewards in other Blizzard titles. Check out the full details here!

SUPPORT STARCRAFT II ESPORTS

25% of all War Chest purchases go directly to StarCraft II esports. The first $200K will be added to the $500K BlizzCon 2017 prize pool, with any surplus contributing to StarCraft II event production.

 

SCHEDULE

July 19 – War Chest Opens, Phase I Unlocks

Aug 16 – Phase II Unlocks

Sept 13 – Phase III Unlocks

Oct – Purchase Deadline

Nov 4 – War Chest Closes

 

First Purchase Loot

Unlocked once, upon first War Chest purchase only: Diablo III Tal’darim Pet (War Chest Exclusive), a Heroes of the Storm Loot Box, and a Hearthstone card pack.

War Chest: BlizzCon 2017 Details

The purchase period ends on October 4th, after which you will have one month of Bonus XP to complete your War Chest and finish unlocking all rewards.

Progress is applied retroactively to newly purchased War Chests. If you have unlocked 5 rewards from the Zerg War Chest, and you purchase a Protoss War Chest, you will immediately unlock 5 Protoss rewards.

Progress is shared across War Chests, so if you purchase more than one, you can work on them all simultaneously.

If you don’t complete your War Chest before the November 4th deadline, don’t worry: all War Chest skins will become available for purchase at full price on a later date.

 

 

 

In addition, each phase will also unlock a new StarCraft II digital comics titled Shadow Wars

Years after the events of Legacy of the Void and Nova Covert Ops, it seemed that peace had come to the Koprulu sector at last . . . But even when leaders understand each other, their warriors on the ground do not. Hidden in the shadows, their battles rage on.

 

 

Blizzard Launcher Icons Redesigned to Fit StarCraft: Remastered

Last night, Blizzard Entertainment updated the Blizzard Launcher with smaller game icons. The large game icons were definitely changed to the smaller ones in other to be able to fit the two new games coming in mid-August to the Blizzard Launcher:

StarCraft: Remastered (August 14 release date) and Destiny 2 Beta (PC) — slated for late August.

 

StarCraft: Remastered – We Are Under Attack! Video

A new StarCraft: Remastered spotlight content has been unlocked revealing the new video teaser: “We Are Under Attack!” Blizzard Entertainment posted a live action video of a Zerg and Protoss invasion upon Seoul.

Citizens go on with their daily activities when suddenly the sunlight coming through the windows darkens. Curious, they approach the window to see in terror UFOs descending upon their city. Zerg overlords approach the shore. Mayhem ensues as citizens flee in the streets.

StarCraft: Remastered launching on August 14th. Upgrade to Remastered to gain three portraits, three skins (Korhal Command Center, Aiur Nexus, and Char Hive), and a free Stukov Co-op Commander in StarCraft II.

StarCraft: Remastered coming to the Blizzard Launcher

An elaborate hands-on gameplay article by Ars Technica, reveals that StarCraft: Remastered will be played from the Blizzard Launcher.

That means access to all your Battle.net Friends across all post-2004 Blizzard games, better downloads and updates, and… future cross-game promo content? Hmm.

Ars Technica: SC:R will boot from within Blizzard’s official launcher, as opposed to the standalone EXE that StarCraft: Brood War currently operates from. The beta version I played weighed in as a 4.53GB install, but I cannot confirm whether that file size included any single-player content, which was unselectable from the main menu. Running the “remastered” version in menus brings up entirely new background art. LAN support remains entirely unchanged.

 

 

StarCraft: Remastered Arrives August 14

Blizzard Entertainment announced the StarCraft: Remastered will be released on August 14 adding 4K graphics, and an enhanced UI across the board for only $14.99. As stated weeks ago, a player with the old StarCraft and a player with the Remastered version can play the same match seemlessly. All that changes on both sides is the graphics quality.

If you need another reason to buy this masterpiece, Blizzard has a bonus for you: pre-purchase to unlock three exclusive building skins, the free Stukov co-op commander, and three iconic portraits for StarCraft II.

StarCraft: Remastered Arrives August 14

The award-winning RTS classic and Brood War® expansion have been modernized with 4K Ultra High Definition graphics, enhanced audio, new matchmaking and leaderboard systems, and more.

Pre-purchase and receive three exclusive building skins for StarCraft: Remastered, as well as a co-op commander and three iconic portraits for StarCraft II.

IRVINE, Calif. — Experience the original clash between the terrans, protoss, and zerg like never before in StarCraft®: Remastered, a lovingly crafted modernization of the award-winning sci-fi real-time strategy game from Blizzard Entertainment , which launches worldwide on August 14 . Grizzled StarCraft veterans and new commanders alike can now pre-purchase the game through the online Blizzard Shop and receive some exclusive in-game rewards.

All players who pre-purchase before August 14 will receive three unique building skins for use in StarCraft: Remastered—the Char Hive, the Korhal Command Center, and the Aiur Nexus. Additionally, those who purchase StarCraft: Remastered will receive digital bonuses in StarCraft II, including the Alexei Stukov co-op commander and three unique portraits that celebrate StarCraft: Remastered.

StarCraft: Remastered adds modern conveniences to the original StarCraft experience while maintaining the same gameplay that has captivated a passionate community of gamers for almost two decades. It’s also fully compatible with the existing version of StarCraft, meaning that those who purchase the upgrade can play with those who already have StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War®. Updates and new features include:

  • Full graphical upgrade of the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion
  • Widescreen UHD support for up to 4K resolution
  • New matchmaking and leaderboards
  • Player profiles that track individual statistics
  • Cloud saving for campaign progress, hotkeys, and replays
  • Higher fidelity music and sound
  • Switch between Remastered and the original StarCraft with the click of a button!

“Nearly 20 years ago, StarCraft welcomed millions of gamers to an epic sci-fi universe—and also helped form the foundation for esports as we know it today,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “Passionate gamers around the world are still playing Brood War, both with friends and competitively, so we’re modernizing the technology behind StarCraft so that they can continue to enjoy the game for many years to come.”

StarCraft: Remastered will be available for Windows® and Mac® PCs for $14.99 USD and will be fully localized into English, Brazilian Portuguese, European and Latin American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and simplified and traditional Chinese. Learn more at www.starcraft.com

 

 

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!