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StarCraft Remastered confirmed by Blizzard, will be released this summer

by Ron Duwell | March 27, 2017March 27, 2017 6:00 am PDT

Blizzard took a trip to Seoul this weekend, naturally meaning that it had some big news regarding StarCraft. And guess what, it did! The company confirmed that it is working on a 4K UHD remake of both StarCraft and StarCraft: The Brood War, and this exciting new bundle will be released later this summer.

In addition to the visual upgrades, Blizzard stated that the remake will include the “original soundtrack and dialogue, re-recorded and rejuvenated,” and the mission briefings in between the campaign levels will be completely redone. The battles viewpoints 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.

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.

Blizzard also released a handful of before-and-after screenshots to accompany the announcement.

Remastering a classic is never easy to do

I’ve seen plenty of remasters over the last few years, and personally speaking, I consistently flock back to the original versions after a few minutes of the new builds. I’m not sure how many others follow suit, but remasters only inspire me to seek out older, more nostalgic experiences.

The Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle remasters? Nope, went right back to the original pixelated graphics. Those dreadful Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI remasters on Steam? Don’t make me laugh!

StarCraft is about as iconic to gaming as they come, and while a remaster has the chance to shine a brand new light on it… well…

Polygon

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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