Blizzard Releases Free Original Starcraft and Brood War, Paid w/ HD Graphics, More Updates to Come

Oh boy oh boy oh boy–that’s the sound of computer gamers everywhere who lived in the heyday of the 90’s who have no doubt heard about Blizzard’s little Starcraft Remastered project. The project updates the old original Starcraft and Brood War games with remastered HD artwork among other additions. However, they’re charging $15 for the remastered version

However, Blizzard also released the original untouched games for free download. Yes, free.

Come on, these are absolute classics of the real time strategy genre. I remember being hooked on the engrossing storylines, with decent voice acting adding that little extra to pull you in. The addicting, fast-paced gameplay is a real gem and the artwork was already fantastic for the time period. A true Blizzard quality game–the exemplar of the standard.

The Official Word

Read Blizzard’s official release statement for yourself:

StarCraft®: Remastered upgrades the essential sci-fi strategy experience from beginning to end. Welcome back to the original game and its award-winning expansion, StarCraft: Brood War.

We’ve remastered our units, buildings, and environments, improved game audio, and broadened our supported resolutions. Illustrated interludes bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor and Kerrigan to life like never before. Most importantly, the strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged.

Highlighted Features

  • Remastered Graphics
  • Remastered Dialogue and Audio
  • Blizzard Friends and Matchmaking
  • Classic StarCraft Gameplay

HD Graphics Comparison

Check out the before and after HD graphics for yourself–it’s quite the sight:

zerg base from starcraft in regular quality
BEFORE – Cool 90’s era art quality right?

And now the remastered version:

zerg base from starcraft in high definition remastered quality
AFTER – Oh snap son, I put on glasses and see HD now!

In case that’s a bit hard to see, here’s a closeup on that Hive:

closeup on the zerg hive in hd

More to Come

Blizzard isn’t done yet–looks like they still have a few more exciting developments coming on 4/27, 5/5, and 5/12. That’s three more updates of ludicrous fun (hopefully). I’ll be looking forward to whatever they have in store:

screenshot showing 3 more upcoming updates from blizzard

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and download a free copy of Starcraft and Brood War!

Sunny Mui

Sunny Mui

An SF Bay Area native with a decade of Comic Con experience. Reader of books, comics, and more. He also writes short stories and poetry once in a while, when he's feeling to the task. Designer, developer, and marketer by trade, but professional fun person by night.
Sunny Mui

Post Author: Sunny Mui

An SF Bay Area native with a decade of Comic Con experience. Reader of books, comics, and more. He also writes short stories and poetry once in a while, when he’s feeling to the task. Designer, developer, and marketer by trade, but professional fun person by night.

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