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Original StarCraft Gets Updated For First Time In 8 Years – Now Free For Everyone

Fancy diving back in time and trying out a true gaming classic? Blizzard has you covered, with the original StarCraft going free-for-all.

Believe it or not, the original StarCraft is still hugely loved in some parts of the world. In particular out in the Far-East, where the game is still a staple on the professional gaming scene. Now Blizzard has taken the decision to update the game for the first time in eight years, converting the game to a free game and making some minor fixes along the way.

The game is now free to anyone with a Windows PC or Mac, available via the Blizzard website.

The updates mad to the game make a number of cosmetic fixes. These include;

General

  • 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.
  • Added autosaving for replays.
  • Added an option to display the game timer.
  • Added UPnP support.
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend.
  • 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 anticheat capabilities.
  • Improved installation and patching performance.
  • Mac Beta support now available for 10.11 and up.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, 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.

Known Issues

  • The profile section is currently unavailable.

 

All of this is building hype to the StarCraft: Remastered game that is set to be released in the Summer.

Will you be downloading the Legacy edition of StarCraft? Do you have any fond memories of the game?

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