Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film.
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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
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.
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, 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.
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.
Blizzard Entertainment released a new StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Patch which introduces Commander Stukov to the Co-op Missions. A new bundle includes the three Nova Covert Ops missions and the Nova Commander for Co-op Missions. Updates for the WCS Observer interface. 4 new maps for 1v1 Community Custom Maps & 2017 Ladder Season 1. Changes to the Co-op mission commanders, multiplayer balances, and bug fixes.
A new commander, Stukov, has been added to Co-op Missions.
Stukov is the first commander to control a dual race army.
Stukov’s mindless horde of Zerg and Infested Terran will devastate the enemy base with constant waves of troops. He can call down the Apocolisk, a giant Ultralisk with Terran armament, and the Aleksander, an infested Super Battlecruiser, from his top bar abilities.
Stukov is available as a standalone purchase for all players.
A new “Super Nova Bundle” is now available for purchase.
The Super Nova Bundle includes all three Nova Covert Ops Mission Packs and the Nova Co-op Commander.
The Super Nova Bundle supports dynamic bundle purchases, where the bundle price will be adjusted accordingly if any number of items in the bundle are already owned.
The new Nova announcer will be granted to players who purchase the Super Nova Bundle, or have both the Nova commander and all three Nova Covert Ops Mission Packs as standalone purchases. For more information, see our blog.
New updates have been made to the WCS Observer Interface. This can be found in the Options menu under “Observer and Replay”.
Support has been added for 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 team games.
Support has been added for 16×9, 16×10, and 4×3 resolutions.
The WCS Observer Interface will now detect whether tournament observers have data set up in Logos.SC2Mod, and will automatically adjust settings for faster setup.
Four new 1v1 community maps have been added to Multiplayer > Custom. These maps will be included in the 2017 Ladder Season 1 map pool:
This is a partial transcript of the BlizzCon 2016 StarCraft II DeepMind Panel. Unfortunately, for some reason, only 28 minutes were available in the Virtual Ticket VOD. The event was hosted by the following panelists:
Oriol Vinyals (research scientist, DeepMind)
Kevin Calderone (software engineer, StarCraft II)
Paul Keet (senior software engineer)
Tim Ewalds (DeepMind, software engineer)
StarCraft II and Deep Learning
Female Voice: Welcome to the DeepMind and StarCraft II Deep Learning panel.
Artosis: Hi, everyone. I’m Daniel Stemkoski, much better known as Artosis, and I am the world’s #1 StarCraft fan. I’ve been playing for 18 years now. I was a StarCraft I and StarCraft II pro gamer; and I haveve lived in Korea for over 8 years commentating it. I tell you this because… well this is the only way for me to explain how excited I am to be on this panel, to be asking these guys questions about DeepMind tackling StarCraft II.
I, like many of you, watched the Alpha Go match against Lee Sedol, and it was amazing to see a computer destroy the best player in the world and to see StarCraft chosen next, it just kind of validates my whole life. You know always knowing inside the reason why I’m just so bad at StarCraft is because it’s harder than chess and go. So I’m very excited about this, and without further ado I’d like to introduce the DeepMind research scientist Oriel Vinyals.