Blizzard Entertainment will re-release the original StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War as a high-definition remake called StarCraft: Remastered, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime announced during the company’s I <3 StarCraft event in Seoul, Korea today.
StarCraft: Remastered will offer the classic real-time strategy game’s campaign and multiplayer mode updated for “4K UHD” resolution. The remaster will also include StarCraft’s “original soundtrack and dialogue, re-recorded and rejuvenated,” as well as revamped briefings between missions.
As for the game’s remastered visuals, Blizzard says players will be able to “zoom out for a Battlecruiser’s view of the battlefield, or zoom in to see the veins on a Mutalisk’s wings.”
“StarCraft is a pure distillation of Blizzard’s DNA—its story, its balance, and all the little details reflect our long-running commitment to epic entertainment, and it’s been a staple in competitive gaming and esports for almost 20 years,” Morhaime said in a press release. “With StarCraft: Remastered, we’re modernizing the original game’s visuals, audio, and online support to ensure that players can enjoy StarCraft for another 20 years and beyond.”
Other enhancements coming in StarCraft: Remastered include “advanced matchmaking; full connectivity to Blizzard’s gaming network for social features and updates; cloud saving for campaign progress, custom maps, replays, and keybinds” and support for 13 languages.
StarCraft: Remastered is coming to Mac and Windows PC this summer. Check out some screenshots of the original game and their remastered counterparts in the gallery below.
The original StarCraft was released for Windows PC in 1998 and followed by an expansion, Brood War, later that year. Blizzard released a sequel, StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, in 2010.