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;
- 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.
- 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.
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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?