Before there was Overwatch, before Hearthstone, before World of Warcraft, Blizzard really built their reputation for online gaming off the back of StarCraft. It helped to really cement Battle.net as their homegrown online network – a brand that is now being retired – and found a huge amount of popularity as a competitive multiplayer game.
Now Blizzard are reviving this classic RTS, going through the entire game and recreating every sprite and effect in higher detail, so that it won’t look terribly out of place on a 16:9 HD screen. The days of 800×600 are long behind us, and blurry pixels designed for CRTs just don’t cut it anymore.
Though StarCraft Remastered is out this summer, the original game isn’t being left behind. It’s due to receive a patch on 30th March that brings it up to speed with better support for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 – operating systems that were barely a twinkle in Microsoft’s eye back in 1998 – but will also allow the original game to play with and against those using the remaster.
Better than that, if having to play at low resolution doesn’t put you off, StarCraft and its Brood War expansion will be made free at the same time.