You remember how old that Xbox One Duke controller article made you feel? Well, how’s this for a shocker – it’s been 20 years since the original StarCraft was released on disc. That’s right, two whole decades. In that span of time, the series has become one of the strongest franchises in gaming history, and it’s only spawned a handful of games. To celebrate the game’s anniversary, Blizzard Entertainment is preparing a series of in-game giveaways, several live streams on Twitch, and a short film has been commissioned for the franchise, among a dozen other little things.
Players on StarCraft: Remastered and StarCraft 2 can log in on 6 March 2018 (that’s tomorrow!) to receive some commemorative in-game skins that change the UI theme, and StarCraft 2 players will get an additional portrait and decal as well. Blizzard will set up an anniversary stream on Twitch featuring StarCraft players and personalities through the past two decades, and the short film will be available on the StarCraft Youtube channel on 31 March 2018, titled “StarCraft is Life: A Celebration”.
Other Blizzard games will be joining in the celebrations through the next month as well. Overwatch players can sign into the game between 6 March and 3 April 2018 to receive a Kerrigan skin for Widowmaker. Diablo III players can log in from tomorrow and receive a new pet called Dominion’s Revenge, a miniature Terran Battlecruiser. Inside World of Warcraft, between 31 March and 6 April, players will be able to salute any one of the available StarCraft-themed pets to receive the “Salute to StarCraft” Feat of Strength (and to be clear, I have no absolutely no idea what this actually does).
Heroes of the Storm players can log in from 27 March 2018 and receive a free portrait pack for the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races, and finally Hearthstone players can play “a Starcraft-inspired Tavern Brawl” between 21 and 25 March to receive three free Kobolds and Catacombs packs.
As a reminder, the original StarCraft is completely free, and you can grab it via this link to experience some nostalgia. StarCraft: Remastered is a rework of the original that includes updated textures and more detailed characters, support for higher resolution displays and newer operating systems. StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty is also free to play, and some parts of the online features are free as well.