The rumors have been confirmed, we’re getting an HD remake of the timeless classic.
Almost 20 years after the release of the original StarCraft, the most acclaimed real-time strategy of all time is getting an HD makeover.
The rumor has already been out for about two weeks following a report by Sports Seoul, which hinted towards a remastered version of the game coming this year. With Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime travelling to South Korea to take part in a special “I ❤ StarCraft” evet just before the first GSL finals of the year, speculations got closer and closer to being reality.
Now officially confirmed, we know that StarCraft: Remastered will feature updated widescreen 4K ultra HD resolution, while retaining the old gameplay. A slider on StarCraft’s site perfectly illustrates what the differences between the old game and its remade version will be.
On top of that, StarCraft: Remastered is said to introduce a new matchmaking and friendlist systems to make finding allies—and enemies—more intuitive.
While that’s incredible news for the fans of the strategy, it could also mean a healthy continuation of the recently revived BroodWar esports scene. With the decline of StarCraft 2 in Korea, a number of BroodWar tournaments emerged, capturing the old storylines of legends such as Jae-Dong “Jaedong” Lee and Young-Ho “Flash” Lee. During the playoffs of the second Afreeca StarLeague, which featured all four of the TaekBangLeeSsang—the greatest BroodWar players of all time—viewership peaked at 95,000, rivaling that of the StarCraft 2 World Championship itself.
With StarCraft: Remastered coming, it could just mean more of these peaks.