StarCraft Cartooned Available

So what is StarCraft Cartooned? Have you watched the Carbot Animations’ StarCraft videos? Then, how about playing StarCraft: Remastered with all units, buildings, and tilesets customized to look like those in real-time? That is StarCraft Cartooned.

Blizzard Entertainment and Carbot Animations have partnered to recreate the StarCraft gameplay experience.

You can buy or gift the StarCraft Cartooned game for $9.99 at the following page.

Twitch Prime – Abathur: Evolved Bundle

Twitch Prime sent a newsletter to all its members to remind that the Abathur: Evolved Bundle ends on April 10th.

In addition, Twitch Prime took the moment to inform their upcoming plans for StarCraft II. New loot bundles will be announced soon for Swann (April) and Vorazun (May).

I added a video, at the bottom of this page, showing all the perks of this bundle from within the StarCraft II game’s Collection tab.

StarCraft: Remastered Patch 1.22.3

The StarCraft: Remastered Patch 1.22.3 updated several maps, overhauled the replay info screen and replay file format. It also fixed the replay sync issues. Season 3 has begun.

PATCH NOTES

Greetings Cerebrates, Commanders, and Executors. Patch 1.22.3 has arrived. Welcome to Season 3!

Features and Improvements

New Zerg themed ranked play rewards.

  • S,A,B,U rank portraits and frames.

Map Pool Updates

  • (2) Cross Game 1.06
  • (2) Overwatch 2.2
  • (3) Medusa 2.2
  • (4) Circuit Breakers 1.0
  • (4) Fighting Spirit 1.3
  • (4) Ground_Zero 2.0
  • (4) Colosseum 2.0

RANKS (Note: For the first two weeks ranks will be MMR bucketed based on last season’s data. After which we will switch to the percentage-based breakdown above.)

  • S Rank – Top 1% of players
  • A Rank – 7%
  • B Rank – 21%
  • C Rank – 21%
  • D Rank – 21%
  • E Rank – 21%
  • F Rank – 8%

OTHER

  • Overhauled replay information screen and replay file name format.
  • Friends presence notifications can now be toggled on and off with the chat commands /f on and /f off.
  • /dnd will also ignore presence notifications from friends. Additionally, when /dnd is now toggled feedback will be provided as to wether it’s on or off.
  • Added /f o as an alias for /f lo

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed a bug introduced in last patch which caused replays to go out of sync when any player left the game. Note: existing replays created under that patch will not be repaired – they will remain broken.
  • Re-enabled disconnect stats.

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!

 

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

Screenshots (SD vs HD)

 

Unit Comparision

 

 

Portraits

Trailer

Starcraft II Coop: The Vermillion Problem

The UNN news anchor Donny Vermillion returns, and with him comes a new map for Starcraft Coop.

Based on the Wings of Liberty mission “The Devil’s Playground”, this mission sends you on the planet Viridium Prime to harvest so called “xenon crystals” before the planet explodes.

Lava Rising on Viridium Prime

Just like on Redstone III, lava will rise on a regular basis, forcing you to bring your ground forces to safety before the lava incinerates your units, and in turn disrubting your harvest of xenon crystals.

Lava Monser terrorizes terran citizens

Like with other coop missions, there is a bonus objective: In “The Vermillion Problem” you have to defeat a lava monster, which only appears when the lava level is high.

The Vermillion Problem | Viridium Prime


Visit the original article here to read in detail what Adam Levy, gamedesigner at Blizzard, can tell about the creation of this new coop map.

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