You might’ve seen the news this morning that the original StarCraft is getting a makeover, sporting new 4K textures, support for modern display resolutions, alongside some other enhancements, bug fixes and tweaks. For people who won’t be buying the 4K remaster, an upcoming patch from Blizzard will allow anyone playing the original, unaltered version of the game to play online with those who own the remastered version. It also makes the game free, forever.
The patch notes for the game are quite incredible, considering that support for the game has been shut down for nearly a decade. The patch updates the game’s launcher and adds in every competitive mode that’ll be in the remastered edition. It’ll add proper support for the game running on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, which was a major pain in the past. Many of the advanced features of StarCraft II have also been implemented, like the ability to display actions per minute, or the ability to save and analyse replays of your matches.
The patch will be available on 30 March 2017. A patch for the Mac version will follow soon after. If you’re a Linux gamer running the game through WINE, it currently has a Platinum rating, although tweaks may be necessary to get things running.
StarCraft v1.18a Patch Notes
StarCraft and Brood War will now be completely FREE.
Specific Changes & Improvements
Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between
Added UTF-8 support
Added Keybind options
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
Added autosaving for replays
Added in game timer option
Added UPnP support
Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over Battle.net
Improved UI layout in Battle.net sections
Improved behavior of available lobbies within the Join game section
Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
Improved installation and patching performance
Native support for Fish
Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan, and other graphic glitches
Fixed problems with LAN game discovery
Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in Battle.net menus
LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes
Valkyries will fire missiles regardless of population size
Dragoons will not freeze and require a Stop order before accepting new orders
Mac is not supported this patch, but is in progress