Blizzard is re-release Starcraft later this year; in glorious 4K UHD resolution. This is more than just a graphics update, as the developers have also re-recorded new high definition audio to go along with it.
To be fair, Starcraft: Remastered is technically the original Starcraft: Broodwars with a new coat of paint. This is a good thing as it retains the original multiplayer options; including LAN play. An option that is seriously missing from modern games that require people to connect to remote servers.
The new visuals also mean that players will be able to zoom in and out as they please. According to Blizzard, players will be able to zoom in until they see the “veins on a Mutalisk’s wings”.
A new series of in-game comics will also be released to enhance the storyline missions as well.
Interestingly, Blizzard is also releasing the original version of the Starcraft alongside the remastered edition. The 1998 release of Starcraft: Broodwar will be a free download for everyone; while Starcraft: Remastered is set to be a paid upgrade to the free release. There’s no word on how much this will cost at the moment, but we don’t expect it to be that expensive.
More importantly, Blizzard developers have clarified that the free-to-play version of Starcraft will be able to interact with the Remastered version. Allowing players with smaller budgets to still play with their friends who can afford the upgrade.
Starcraft: Remastered is set to be released in the summer of this year.