After 19 years at a maximum resolution of 640x480 and a fixed 4:3 aspect ratio, StarCraft is getting a high-resolution widescreen update. Blizzard has officially announced that it's re-launching the legendary science-fiction RTS title as StarCraft Remastered. The game will support widescreen resolutions up to 4K, thanks to re-drawn 2D art. Meanwhile, the standard versions of StarCraft and Brood War will soon be free to download and getting a new patch.
StarCraft Remastered will let players zoom in and out of the playfield for close-up or eagle-eye views of the action. The full single-player campaign from the base game and its Brood War expansion pack will be included. The game's mission briefings are to be re-imagined in a comic-book-style format, and the audio will be upgraded with re-recorded music and dialogue.
The original version of the game is getting some attention in the meantime, according to a post at StarCraft community site Team Liquid. Version 1.18a will arrive soon, superseding the most recent Brood War 1.16 patch from 2009. The update fixes a few bugs, including compatibility with recent versions of Windows and behavior issues with Valkyrie and Dragoon units. The information posted to Team Liquid suggests that both StarCraft 1.18a and StarCraft Remastered will maintain compatibility with the older version 1.16 of the standard game.
Blizzard isn't ready to talk specifics about the release date of StarCraft Remastered just yet, saying nothing more definitive than "summer 2017." The new patch 1.18a has a more concrete date of March 30. Patch downloads should be a bit faster on modern broadband connections than they were on the modem connections so common back when StarCraft's released in 1998.