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.
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
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?”
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
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!
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.