Blizzard co-founder and president, Mike Morhaime, announced this weekend that “StarCraft: Remastered” is going to be in stores this summer. The remastered version will include both the popular original real-time strategy game and its expansion, Brood War.
The announcement was made during the “I <3 StarCraft event” in South Korea. According to Morhaime, the game will support a 4K resolution and a revamped audio. The silhouettes and the animations of the “StarCraft: Remastered” will mirror the original game. The game will be available for PC and Mac. No price has been announced.
StarCraft: Remastered will be as authentic to the original as possible
StarCraft is a military science fiction media franchise that debuted in 1998. It is set at the beginning of the 26th century, in a distant galaxy that struggles for dominance of four species, the Terrans, the insectoid Zerg, The Protoss and the Xel’Naga. There have been several versions of the successful game such as StarCraft: Ghost (2001), StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010), StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (2015).
Now it’s the turn of the new “StarCraft: Remastered,” which is going to be available for fans all over the word this summer. According to Mr. Morhaime, this version will include the original game and the Brood War expansion.
According to Blizzard the silhouettes and the animations are aimed to be loyal to the original game, although, some units might appear slightly different. Blizzard expressed that, instead of completely redesigning units with an abundance of flat pixels, it filled these spaces as needed.
The game will still run in 2D using the original game engine. As well, the field of view will be the same, but users will be able to switch from 4:3 aspect ratio to widescreen HD. Therefore, StarCraft: Remastered is apparently going to be perfect for the player who loves the original game.
More online features will be unveiled in the next weeks
This version will be supported by the Company’s Blizzard app (former Battle.net) so players can easily launch the game from the same PC they use to play Overwatch and Hearthstone. This will help players with matchmaking which takes into consideration their skills and other preferences, so they can find people to play with online in a simpler way.
Blizzard has acknowledged that they needed to improve the way people had to find a match to play. The company has promised to provide more information about the online features in the weeks to come.
It was also announced that the game has been in development for 18 months. There were rumors about its existence since last year, but not a single word was uttered by Blizzard about it until this weekend. The price of the game is still a mystery.
Source: Digital Trends