StarCraft Remastered Out Now With 4K Support

Blizzard complements the free original version with a remaster.

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StarCraft is a classic real-time strategy game, but it's fast approaching its 20-year anniversary. Those who have become fans through the more recent StarCraft II series of games or Heroes of the Storm (which features numerous StarCraft characters) face a tall task in attempting to revisit the original game. That changes today, with Blizzard releasing its first-ever remaster, simply titled StarCraft Remastered.

As announced previously, this overhauls some areas of the game while leaving others--namely gameplay--intact. There is native widescreen support, including 4K, with new artwork to match; you can even jump back and forth between the new and old visuals with a single button press. (You can see some comparison shots in the gallery below.) Similarly, the audio has been improved, while the cutscenes will now play in HD. Added matchmaking support will also help you to find a competitive multiplayer match online.

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"I think when you see the 4K sprites, you start to understand the volume of work that was done here," Blizzard senior software engineer Grant Davies told GameSpot recently. "It's a lot more than just a small content patch. I wouldn't say it's a full new game because the gameplay is exactly the same as how it's been for 20 years, but when you look at it, you go, 'Man, this is totally a new experience.'"

StarCraft Remastered launches today for $15 and includes both the base game and Brood War expansion. If you'd prefer to experience the original--or simply want something cheaper--Blizzard released both StarCraft and Brood War for free earlier this year.

This may not be the last remaster we see from Blizzard; Activision, of which it is a part, is considering releasing more after the success of Crash N. Sane Trilogy. Blizzard also has new IPs in development, though it won't rush any of them to market.

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Won't save my games, and now when I try to play it's the original version and not the remastered.

great job Blizzard

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In other words, they just Capcom-ed it.

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How about Diablo or Diablo 2 next? I suppose they don't want people to abandon Diablo 3 though.

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@atopp399: I doubt they wanted people to abandon StarCraft II either, but there were still plenty of people playing the original. Also, by the time any Diablo II remaster came out, the Necromancer Pack will have sold about all it's going to sell, and it wont matter if people stop playing Diablo III.

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After being burned with so many so called "remastered" editions (AoE2/Baulders Gate comes to mind) i was ready to put this in the back of my mind. Fortunately looks like Blizzard really came through! Playing through a classic like this again for only $15 when I expected $25-$30?

In the immortal words of Phillip J Fry: "Shut up and take my money!"

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@ghost140: Not sure what was wrong with BG:EE. You get the base game plus ToSC and other features for only $20. Sure the cutscenes were pretty low tech and could have been better. I just finished a play through and it was a great time.

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@darkelf83: BG:EE had a lot of bugs when it came out. Mostly fixed now, but anybody who bought it at launch had a reason to be kinda pissed.

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Are we getting a review on how this holds up 19 years later or is this considered above the other remasters out this year doesn't need one? I'm also curious about this statement "face a tall task in attempting to revisit the original game" as the game has been available on Blizzards website for years.

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You gotta be absolutely dumb if you complain about this. This is an easy buy.

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$15 is a steal for what's being offered.

Will be interested to see if this rekindles competitive Brood War esports.

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Priced at $15, I don't see how anyone could think this is a cash grab. They could have been like Capcom or Nintendo - and charged $40 or even $50 just because its enhanced over the legacy version (ie. Ultra SFII or Mario Kart 8 'Deluxe'). For the Starbucks kids - that's like 3 less lattes for the month, or for the WoW crowd its 1 month to take off.

They have this value priced just to cover their costs of artists, modern battle.net integration, software QA, future support. If anything, they likely subsidized it upfront and prolonged their ROI time to lower the price for the community.

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@mbrogz3000: I just chinned half a dozen pints in the last couple of hours, at considerably more cost than the countless hours of fun this game will provide.

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@mbrogz3000: seriously. I had a sundae for $7 last night - my fat ass can't complain about a $15 remaster of one of the greats of RTS - especially when they offer a free unremastered version as an alternative

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@xantufrog: I also had a $7 sundae... at a certain ice cream chain known for their "Blizzards," no less.

Today I'll spend that $15 on THIS Blizzard classic w/o question.

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@xantufrog: I'm sure there will be some that complain... Those who don't know what it takes to design and make something.. And if they complain, refer them to the free version.

Anyway, I just played the first 5 missions. The game is just gorgeous on a 1080p display (Hell...its about damn time!). Bright full colors; the animations are all there, but improved. For anyone who doesn't know, the models, thankfully, are still the pixel art - they still have that frame skip appearance during animation, but are just really really cleaned up and nice looking. The character animation gif portraits were redone (I kinda was hoping for the old ones but cleaned up), but they look really anyway. The cutscenes have been upscaled, and have a filmgrain filter added - so they look good as well. There also are some new static artwork cutscenes...those are always welcomed. Gameplay and control is identical - which is perfectly fine - I wouldn't expect anything different from it. Its just a real treat! Highly recommend to any SC fans and casual players to get it - especially if you still own your original and brood war first run big boxes!

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GOG?

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@chiefwiggum16: Probably not while Blizzard has their own, proprietary digital storefront to sell it through.

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@chiefwiggum16: I wouldn't count on it sadly, though this and the rest of their classic catalog really would fit in well there.

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As much as people say this is nothing more than a cash grab the fact of the matter is that it will probably still sell well.

-THERE'S A MARKET NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: cash grab? the original game is free now.