Blizzard has released its first StarCraft patch 1.18 in eight years, some 23 years after its initial release. Whilst there are some big features that the new update brings, none are as important as the developer now handing the whole game and its Brood War expansion out for free.
The official site reads: “StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free. Follow the links here to begin installing”. Below that are options for both PC and Mac owners.
StarCraft: Remastered releases later this year, and will feature both the original game and its expansion, so this seems to be more of a celebratory “thankyou’ from Blizzard than anything else.
The major updates that the patch brings are the following:
- Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
- Added UTF-8 support.
- Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
- Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
- Added options to display actions per minute.
- Added Observer mode.
- Added opponent information when joining a game lobby.
It’s a great gesture by Blizzard, and one which will allow players who perhaps missed out on the late ‘90s and noughties StarCraft craze to finally get involved – perhaps a decade or two too late, though. To get a taste of what it’s like, here’s some gameplay:
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