StarCraft: Remastered

Key events

Battle.net renamed Blizzard Battle.net

Bigger name change rejected, new logo erected.

For nearly a year Blizzard has been threatening to change the name of its proprietary online multiplayer service Battle.net to the more on-brand Blizzard.net. That is the name of the company, after all, which would theoretically make things less confusing. However, after a scant few months under the new monicker Blizzard rethought this approach because the Battle.net name has been around for over 20 years (since the studio launched Diablo in 1996). Changing it now has led to bewilderment.

StarCraft Remastered has a release date and price

In March Blizzard announced its award-winning sci-fi real-time strategy StarCraft would get a modernisation. Finally we have a release date and price.

StarCraft Remastered launches worldwide on 14th August and will be available for Windows and Mac PCs for 12.99.

The remastered version will see a full graphical upgrade to the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion. Other features include:

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StarCraft and its Brood War expansion are now officially free

The original StarCraft and its expansion Brood War have been made free by developer Blizzard Entertainment in preparation for the real-time strategy game's remaster due this summer.

There's no catch. It's just free on both PC and Mac.

Along with making the games free, Blizzard updated these perennial classics with a new 1.18 patch adding a few key features like the ability to toggle between fullscreen and windowed modes (Alt+Enter), an Observer mode, autosaves, improved UI layouts in Battle.net, improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and more. You can read the full patch notes here.

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StarCraft Remastered out this summer

Blizzard has announced StarCraft Remastered, due out this summer.

The revival of the classic real-time strategy game includes 4K visuals, modern online play and LAN support with Blizzard Friends and Matchmaking.

Blizzard has remastered all the units, buildings and environments, and improved the game audio. Comic book interludes tell the original story with a fresh coat of paint.

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