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Blizzard announced StarCraft: Remastered. The complete graphical upgrade of the original StarCraft (including the Brood War expansion). It’s expected to be released this summer. This version will feature 4K graphics and 1080p cinematics, upgraded audio, and new comic-book-style mission. The gameplay and balance will be “precisely preserved”.

“StarCraft remains very popular, especially in Korea. It’s doing so despite legacy’s aging infrastructure, and from the client perspective, graphics, compatibility, and online features that are not up to modern standards, We decided this was going to be our love letter to the SC diehards. So while the team dusted off the report, rebuilt the pipeline, and rediscovered the codebase, we also spent hundreds of hours connecting with passionate and proactive folks all over the globe: The ones who have been keeping this game going. They gave us insight into the add-ons, game servers, and defined what made Brood War, Brood War.”

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StarCraft: Remastered will also bring modern connectivity to the game. That includes (Blizzard App) support for matchmaking and chat, enhanced ladder functionality, and support for friends lists, streaming, and cloud saves. The new matchmaking feature will automatically connect players of equal skill based on their chosen race, but the game will also continue to support the original matchmaking system.

At the end of March, there will be a new patch for StarCraft: Brood War, updating it to version 1.18. When that goes live, StarCraft and the Brood War expansion will both be made free. StarCraft: Remastered will not be free, but it will be multiplayer compatible with the original, so you can upgrade at any time without losing your progress in the campaign.

StarCraft: Remastered will to be out this summer. For more information, hit up the new